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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers talk Interstellar. Is our lantern-jawed hero Matthew McConaughey as transporting as ever, or has Chris Nolan bent reality a little too far this time? Next up, Slate head of podcasting Andy Bowers joins the Gabfest to talk about the reboot of Lisa Kudrow’s reality TV satire The Comeback. A lot has changed in the television landscape since the 2005 first season—is the show keeping up with the times? Finally, Jody Rosen comes into the studio to talk about his deep dive into the world of the Knowledge, the notoriously fiendish testing system designed to drill the entire geography of London into cabbies’ memories. Psychogeography, the changing role of technology in our everyday lives, Julia’s kid’s middle name—it’s all here.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs
- Phil Plait’s take on the bad science of Interstellar, and his mea culpa: The black hole is spinning, duh!
- Season 1 of Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback
- Laura Dern on HBO’s Enlightened
- The Twin Peaks reboot
- Episodes, on Showtime
- Ricky Gervais’s Extras
- Swimming With Sharks
- Jody Rosen’s investigation into the Knowledge for T magazine
Dana: The Web series High Maintenance.
Julia: Billie Holiday’s “Am I Blue.”
Jody: Sasha’s choice, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown: “It isn’t like John Wayne movies, it’s the truth.”
Steve: Suzy Hansen, “America’s Long Holiday: When Narcissism Attacks,” on The Baffler.
Outro: “Am I Blue,” by Billie Holiday
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