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We have exciting live shows coming up! On Oct. 8 we are coming to downtown Los Angeles. We’ll be joined by John August and Craig Mazin of the Scriptnotes podcast, plus a soon-to-be-announced special guest. Nota bene: Steve is scheming to bring some of the finest pie in upstate New York. Next up, the Oct. 20 Boston live show! Join us in Julia’s hometown.
This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, Julia and Steve are joined by three guests, in lieu of the irreplaceable Dana. Carl Wilson comes into the studio to talk about rockasaurs U2, whose new album you probably have, whether you like it or not. Do Bono and Co. have any credibility left? Next, Seth Stevenson recently reported on a huge upset in the world of competitive chess. What was this drama, exactly, and why wasn’t anybody else paying attention? Finally, Willa Paskin joins the gabbers to discuss Shonda Rhimes and explain why the New York Times’ use of the “angry black woman” stereotype to talk about her work was off-base, out of touch, and just plain wrong.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- U2’s early single, “I Will Follow”
- Their albums Boy and War
- Carl Wilson’s review of Songs of Innocence on Spin
- Seth Stevenson reports on the recent chess tournament in St. Louis on Slate
- The chess of Bobby Fischer
- Alessandra Stanley’s offending profile of Shonda Rhimes
- Willa Paskin’s bullshit call on Slate
- Steve’s favorite show, Grey’s Anatomy
- Emily Nussbaum on the race-blindness of Scandal
- The Help
- The Blind Side
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
- To Kill a Mockingbird
Willa: The third book in Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend trilogy, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Julia: The app Citymapper
Steve: Garry Wills’ Reagan’s America: Innocents at Home
Outro: U2, “One”
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