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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the film White Dog, a searing parable about childhood and animal cruelty. Next up, guest Simon Doonan joins to talk about his recent Slate series on charm. Is dazzle defunct in the modern world, or are we simply winning people over in charming new ways? Finally, the gabfesters and guest Dan Kois took a field trip to a karaoke bar to report from the front lines.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Click here to find out when White God will come to a theater near you
- Forrest Wickman’s interview with White God animal trainer, Teresa Ann Miller
- Planet of the Apes
- Bourne Identity
- Lady and the Tramp
- Simon Doonan’s “Charm Offensive” on Slate
- “Walking After Midnight” by Patsy Cline
- “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton
- The Sound of Music
- Lost in Translation
- “The Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen
- “Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen
- Baby Grand karaoke bar
- “Live to Tell” by Madonna
- “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and The Pips
- “No Scrubs” by TLC
- “Upside Down” by Diana Ross
- “Love Shack” by The B-52s
- “Just Like a Woman” by Bob Dylan
- “Just What I Needed” by The Cars
- “Little Pink Houses” by John Mellencamp
- “Cherry Bomb” by John Mellencamp
- “Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from The Lion King
Julia: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Steve: Minds, Brains and Science by John Searle
Outro: “Midnight Train to Georgia” karaoke rendition by Dana Stevens
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