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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, Slate’s own music critic Carl Wilson joins the Gabfest to interpret the new monster record from Taylor Swift, 1989. Will Steve ever come around on the ex-country starlet? Next, Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi have made a New York Review of Books documentary, The 50 Year Argument. The magazine is twice as old as Taylor Swift, but is it half as good as her album? Finally, the viral Hollaback video recording the catcalls one woman received over the course of one day in New York has inspired interesting conversations and caught flak for its racial politics. The critics discuss the video and their experiences of street harassment.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Carl Wilson’s review of Taylor Swift’s 1989 on Slate
- Alison Griswold on Swift pulling her music from Spotify on Slate
- Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”
- Her dorky turn in the video for “You Belong With Me”
- The Lana Del Rey–esque “Wildest Dreams”
- The New York Review of Books documentary, The 50 Year Argument
- The Hollaback video of one woman’s day of street harassment
- Amanda Hess explains street harassment’s invisibility to men on Slate
- Hanna Rosin on the racial politics of the catcalling video on Slate
- Dee Lockett interprets the other ways white men dominate social space on Slate
Dana: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experiences, by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Julia: Scouting New York, the microhistorical gem of a blog written by a location scout in New York
Steve: The early albums of The Who, specifically the song “Substitute”
Outro: Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High”
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This podcast was produced by Ann Hepperman. Our intern is Josephine Livingstone.
Update, Nov. 5, 2014: The audio of this podcast has been updated to reflect the correct date, Nov. 12, for the Chicago Political Gabfest Annual Conundrum Show.