Slate’s Culture Gabfest on American Sniper, Jonathan Chait’s New York magazine article on the resurgence of political correctness, and the Sundance Film Festival.

A Rousing Defense of American Sniper as a Uniquely Excellent War Movie

A Rousing Defense of American Sniper as a Uniquely Excellent War Movie

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Jan. 29 2015 12:32 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Whiteout Conditions” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on American Sniper, Jonathan Chait’s article on the resurgence of political correctness, and the Sundance Film Festival.

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Clint Eastwood’s box office hit American Sniper. Is it a nuanced portrait of a devoted warrior or a slab of pro-war propaganda? Next up, political columnist Jonathan Chait’s controversial article about the resurgence of political correctness struck a nerve with Internet commenters this week. Is the left stuck in a self-destructive feedback loop of language policing? The critics weigh in. Finally, guests Forrest Wickman and Aisha Harris report live from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and discuss some of this year’s buzziest new independent films.

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Dana: The episode titled “This Senator Saved My Love Life” from the WNYC podcast Death, Sex & Money

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Steve: The Rediscovery of the Mind by John Searle

Outro: “Wintertime Love” by the Doors

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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.