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Aug. 27 2014 11:43 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Mmmm … Simpsons” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Simpsons, The One I Love, and the ALS ice bucket challenge.


Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 310 with David Haglund, John Swansburg, and Julia Turner.

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On this week’s episode, Julia is joined by Slate senior editor David Haglund and deputy editor John Swansburg to talk about the many joys and sorrows of The Simpsons, on the occasion of FXX’s syndication and complete rerun of the show. Next up, Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass star in the surreal romance The One I Love. Can surrealism and romance reach a happy equilibrium, or is this movie just too strange to be good? Finally, the gabbers take on the ice bucket challenge. It might be impossible to critique a charitable enterprise without veering into gauche territory, but they give it their best shot.

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


John: Comedy podcast The Champs, especially the episodes featuring Blake Griffin, MC Serch, Arsenio Hall, and Chris Rock.

Julia: “See My Vest” from the “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds” episode of The Simpsons.

Outro: Buddy Guy, “Feels Like Rain

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David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

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



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