Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Selma, the cultural response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the new online-only Merriam-Webster edition.

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Selma, the cultural response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the new online-only Merriam-Webster edition.

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, Jamelle Bouie joins the critics to discuss Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, Selma. David Oyelowo is an undoubtedly compelling actor, but can he live up to Dr. King’s legacy? Next up, the cultural response to the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo has engulfed the Twittersphere with ambiguity, activism, and confusion. The critics talk through their responses to this baffling event. Finally, Stefan Fatsis joins the Gabfest to talk about his recent profile of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, newly gone into its fourth—and, for the first time, online—edition.

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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.