Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the downfall of Bill Cosby, the legacy of Mike Nichols, and what the critics are thankful for this year.

Why the Press Ignored the Cosby Allegations for So Long

Why the Press Ignored the Cosby Allegations for So Long

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Nov. 26 2014 10:22 AM

The Culture Gabfest “How Could You?” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on the downfall of Bill Cosby, the legacy of Mike Nichols, and what the critics are thankful for this year.

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, Grantland’s Wesley Morris joins the critics to discuss the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby and the cultural fallout of an icon’s downfall. Next, in celebration of his remarkable career, each Gabfester has chosen a Mike Nichols movie to rewatch and consider anew: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Heartburn, and Charlie Wilson’s War. Is there a classic period for Nichols, or was his versatility his professional signature? Finally, a new tradition—Thanksgiving thankfulness. What are the critics grateful for from 2014? Spoiler alert: They’re ambivalent. Oh, and happy birthday, Julia!

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

Endorsements:

Steve: The manga Attack on Titan.

Anime art by Stella, Steve's daughter.
Anime art by Stella, Steve’s daughter.

Image courtesy Steve Metcalf

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Dana: The unreleased Alicia Keys song, We Are Here.

Julia: “So in Love,” by Curtis Mayfield.

Wesley: Japanese sock company Chup.

Outro: “Gratitude,” by Earth, Wind, and Fire

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

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

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