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June 25 2014 11:33 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Summer Strut 2014” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Fosters, Brooklyn’s industrial signs, and the 2014 summer strut playlist.

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss The Fosters, an ABC Family teen drama about an interracial lesbian couple and their motley household of biological, adopted, and foster children. June Thomas, editor of Slate’s LGBTQ blog, joins the critics to discuss the show’s charms and to debate its political progressivism. Next, the gabbers turn to an essay by Ginia Bellafante in the New York Times, in which she criticizes sentimental New Yorkers for petitioning to save the Kentile Floors sign and other vestiges of Brooklyn’s industrial working-class past. Where is the line between cultural preservation and false nostalgia? And finally, after weeks of collecting listeners’ summer strut-worthy songs, the critics present a playlist of their favorites.

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

Endorsements:

Dana: The music video for Sia’s “Chandelier” and its 11-year-old dancing phenom Maddie Ziegler.

Julia: Scriptnotes, John August and Craig Mazin’s podcast about the process of screenwriting.

Steve: “Missing You” by John Waite, and Jody Rosen’s New York magazine tour de force “In Defense of Schlock.”

Outro: “You’re So Good to Me” by the Beach Boys

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.