Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Better Call Saul, Whiplash, and the ethics of publishing Harper Lee’s manuscript.

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Feb. 11 2015 11:30 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Ass Over Teakettle” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Better Call Saul, Whiplash, and the ethics of publishing Harper Lee’s manuscript.

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This week on the Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. Can the show break new ground in Albuquerque’s underworld? Next up, Whiplash is Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated thriller. Is tough love the best way to nourish talent? Finally, the critics weigh in on the ethics of HarperCollins’ decision to publish Harper Lee’s recently discovered manuscript, Go Set a Watchman.  

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Dana: Bob Dylan’s new album, Shadows in the Night

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Outro: Bob Dylan, “Why Try to Change Me Now”

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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.