Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Laura Kipnis’ Title IX investigation, generational labels, and Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs.

The Trouble With Using Generational Labels Like Millennial and Baby Boomer

The Trouble With Using Generational Labels Like Millennial and Baby Boomer

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June 3 2015 1:49 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Laura Kipnis’ Title IX investigation, generational labels, and Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Emily Bazelon joins the critics to discuss a Title IX investigation that was filed against Northwestern professor Laura Kipnis following a polemical essay she wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Were these charges and this investigation examples of administrative overreach? Next up, are generational labels a lazy and bogus way to explain human behavior? Rebecca Onion joins to make the case for why they are. Finally, Carl Wilson joins to discuss the career of guitarist and songwriter Jim O’Rourke, and his latest album, Simple Songs.

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