The New Yorker’s Bert and Ernie cover, Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited, and Ray Donovan on the Slate Culture Gabfest.

The New Yorker’s Gay Marriage Cover, Pedro Almodóvar’s Latest Film I’m So Excited, and Showtime’s New Drama Ray Donovan

The New Yorker’s Gay Marriage Cover, Pedro Almodóvar’s Latest Film I’m So Excited, and Showtime’s New Drama Ray Donovan

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July 3 2013 12:00 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Do Bert and Ernie Get It On?” Edition

Slate's podcast about The New Yorker’s gay marriage cover, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film I’m So Excited, and Showtime’s new drama Ray Donovan.

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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss the controversy surrounding The New Yorker cover commemorating the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Was the image of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie watching the news an appropriate one for a major civil rights victory? Then the gabbers take a look at Pedro Almodóvar’s new film I’m So Excited. Why has he returned to comedy when Spain is in the throes of an economic crisis? Finally, the crew considers Showtime’s new series Ray Donovan and asks why prestige dramas are so fixated on antiheroes.

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



June: The new ABC Family series The Fosters.

David: The Act of Killing, a forthcoming documentary about state-sanctioned murders in Indonesia.

Dana: A May 2012 discussion of New Yorker covers featuring Françoise Mouly, the magazine’s art editor, in conversation with the artists Barry Blitt and Bob Staake.

Outro: "I'm So Excited," by the Pointer Sisters

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