Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Paul Greengrass’ new thriller Captain Phillips, the SAT writing section, and Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize.

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Oct. 16 2013 11:01 AM

The Culture Gabfest “We’re Not Here to Fish” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Captain Phillips, the SAT writing section, and Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize.

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On this week’s show, the critics discuss Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass’ based-on-a-true-story thriller, starring Tom Hanks as the eponymous captain whose ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates. Next, the critics prattle in polysyllables about the SAT writing section—does it teach writing or reward bullshit? And finally, with author and Slate contributor Meghan O’Rourke, the gabbers discuss Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize and the significance of her win for women, Canadians, and the short story medium.


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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.

Julia Turner, the former editor in chief of Slate, is a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.