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Does Steve make glorious snow angels? Do Dana and Julia brood by the fire? This week, Slate Plus listeners will find out what the critics do on a snow day.
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.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
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- The Deer Hunter
- The Green Berets
- “Not A Very P.C. Thing to Say” by Jonathan Chait
- Slate’s exploration of outrage in 2014
- I’ll See You In My Dreams
- White God
- The End of the Tour, the David Foster Wallace movie
- Going Clear
- The Brooks Barnes piece on TV’s new role at Sundance in the New York Times
- Aisha and Forrest’s reporting from the Sundance Film Festival on Slate
Dana: The episode titled “This Senator Saved My Love Life” from the WNYC podcast Death, Sex & Money
Julia: white balsamic vinegar
Steve: The Rediscovery of the Mind by John Searle
Outro: “Wintertime Love” by the Doors
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