Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Iron Man 3, Steven Soderbergh’s State of Cinema Address, and Inside Amy Schumer

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May 8 2013 10:34 AM

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Slate's podcast about Iron Man 3, Steven Soderbergh’s State of Cinema address, and Comedy Central’s new show Inside Amy Schumer.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Iron Man 3: typical summer tent-pole action fare or serious meditation on PTSD and the war on terror? They then dissect Steven Soderbergh’s State of Cinema address, today’s movie-going psyche, and the complicated relationship between art and commerce. Finally, the Gabfesters enter the world of the versatile (and pretty blue) stand-up comic Amy Schumer by way of her new Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer.

Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:

Endorsements:

June: Graeme Wood ‘s “Subu Must Die: How a Nation of Junkies Went Cold Turkey,” in the New Republic: The story of how the nation of Georgia miraculously cleaned up its epidemic needle-drug addiction.

Dana: BBC Radio 4’s podcast Tweet of the Day. Each episode presents the song and story of a different bird.

Stephen: Shane Black’s 2005 movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; delightful from beginning to end, it will make you like Val Kilmer.

Sally: The podcast Professor Blastoff. Co-hosted by comedians Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger, Professor Blastoff is an hourlong discussion, ostensibly about topics like science, religion, and philosophy, but really a weekly chance to listen to funny people who are best friends shoot the breeze and joke around.

Outro: “I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section.