Will Matthew McConaughey Win an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club?

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Nov. 20 2013 10:31 AM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Dallas Buyers Club, David Folkenflik’s new book Murdoch’s World, and the state of adjunct professors in American academia.

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Dallas Buyers Club, an Oscar front-runner, featuring stunning performances—and radical physical transformations—from its lead actors, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Based on a true story, the film follows Ron Woodroof, a homophobic Texan who, when diagnosed with HIV, begins illegally smuggling antiviral drugs into Dallas. Next, the Culturefest welcomes David Folkenflik, NPR’s media correspondent, to discuss his new book Murdoch’s World. How did the well-born Australian become an antiestablishment maverick of the news industry? And finally, with Slate’s assistant editor Laura Anderson, the critics discuss Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University whose death and alleged mistreatment by the university’s administration has become a cause célèbre for underpaid academics across the country.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

Endorsements:

Dana: The Riddle of the Labyrinth, a new study of the ancient script Linear B, by New York Times writer Margalit Fox.

Julia: “Black Belt” by John Grant, a song worthy of an “autumnal strut.”

Steve: The 1962 short French film La Jetée, Green Acres Pie Stand in Livingston, N.Y., and the BBC radio show “Start the Week” with host Andrew Marr

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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 is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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