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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss the new Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, which chronicles the 15 months one woman spent in federal prison and is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name. What does the show say about our obsession with fish-out-of-water middle-class characters caught in a world of crime? And does it continue Netflix’s promising track record of original programming? The gabbers then dissect the unsettling, gorgeous, and absolutely original new documentary The Act of Killing. The film follows several perpetrators of a mass killing of alleged communists in mid-1960s Indonesia as they stage re-enactments of their harrowing techniques and confront their own deeds in the process. Lastly, Simon Doonan joins to add a British perspective as the gabbers chat about the newborn royal baby and ask the key question: Who cares?
- Orange Is the New Black, a memoir by Piper Kerman.
- Orange Is the New Black on Netflix.
- June Thomas on the series, for Slate.
- Show creator Jenji Kohan’s Weeds.
- Actresses Laura Prepon and Kate Mulgrew.
- Errol Morris’ essay on The Act of Killing, for Slate.
- Dana Stevens’ review of the film, for Slate.
- The documentary Searching for Sugarman.
- Simon Doonan on schlepping to Europe, for Slate.
- Hello! magazine.
- Clip of a “royal watcher” from CNN, via Slate.
- British writer Andrew Morton.
- Simon’s forthcoming book, Asylum.
Dana: The new website, The Toast.
Julia: Mark Bittman’s recipe for “Pasta With Sardines, Bread Crumbs, and Capers,” for the New York Times.
Stephen: The band Tamaryn.
Outro: "I'm Gone" by Tamaryn.
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