Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Wolf Hall, Bruce Jenner’s interview, and avocados.

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Wolf Hall, Bruce Jenner’s interview, and avocados.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, historical drama Wolf Hall tells the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in Henry VIII’s court. How does it stack up against Hilary Mantel’s novel? Next up, guest Bryan Lowder joins to discuss Bruce Jenner’s recent interview with Diane Sawyer. Did it effectively introduce trans issues to a broad audience? Finally, Adam Sternbergh’s recent piece in New York magazine follows the production of avocados in drought-stricken California. Will an avocado shortage mark a tipping point in our perceptions of global warming’s impact?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

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Endorsements:

Dan: Frontier, the quarterly art and comic monograph series

Julia: The chrome extension Earth View from Google Maps, which displays a gorgeous image of the planet whenever you open a new tab

Steve: Kid-approved movies for family viewing: Definitely, Maybe, About a Boy, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Outro: “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits 

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Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s culture department. He is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, an oral history of Angels in America.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.