Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Pain and Gain, Top of the Morning, and Amazon’s TV Pilots

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May 1 2013 11:06 AM

The Culture Gabfest: But Mostly Pain Edition

Slate's podcast about Michael Bay’s movie Pain and Gain, Top of the Morning and the battle for morning TV dominance, and Amazon’s TV pilots.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Michael Bay’s new movie Pain and Gain, which has some humor, little humanity, and no warmth. The ‘Festers are then joined by New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to discuss his new book about the battle for morning TV dominance. Finally, our co-hosts ponder Amazon’s new TV pilots and whether its crowdsourcing model could herald a change in TV content.

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

This week’s Audible suggestion: Just Kids written and narrated by Patti Smith

Endorsements:

Dana: The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda, currently playing on Broadway.

June: The amazing FX series The Americans.

Stephen: New York’s sports talk radio station WFAN, which handled the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins exquisitely.

Outro: “Top of the Morning,” by Bing Crosby

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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.