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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Scandal, the ABC political drama starring Kerry Washington as a fast-talking beltway “fixer.” With critic June Thomas, they consider the show’s color-blind casting and unprecedented use of social media to live-tweet its broadcasts, which have led some to consider it the future of network TV. Next, the critics welcome Luke Barr to discuss his new culinary history Provence 1970. The book recounts the fateful meeting of six titans of American cuisine in Southern France, a coincidental encounter that inspired an American food revolution. And finally, the gabbers share an ambivalent nostalgia for Blockbuster, which closed its remaining stores this week. Where did all the geeky store clerks go? And what will we do without them?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Scandal on ABC
- Willa Paskin’s Scandal tweet-recap on Slate
- Provence 1970 by Luke Barr
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
- The French Menu Cookbook by Richard Olney
- Dana’s elegy to Blockbuster on Slate
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita
- Face/Off directed by John Woo
- Scarecrow Video, the country’s largest independent video store
- New York City’s Kim’s Video
- Video Free Brooklyn in Cobble Hill
- Alex Pappademas’s history of video rentals on Grantland
Dana: The Prowl, a social media site that allows you to crowd-source your online shopping and find, among other things, “the perfect turtleneck.”
Julia: Happy Donuts, a 24-hour donut shop in San Francisco’s Noe Valley with unexpectedly “puffy and yeasty” artisanal offerings.
Steve: American Jazz pianist Marian McPartland and her NPR program Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, which remains the longest-running cultural program in NPR’s history.
Outro: “For All We Know,” sung by Shirley Horn on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
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