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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the Tom Cruise franchise that’s been around for almost 20 years. What makes this plotless movie so mesmerizing to watch? Next, Katy Waldman recently demystified the hashtags #squad and #squadgoals in Slate. Why is this the summer of #squad? Finally, Carl Wilson’s recent Slate review of Kacey Musgraves’ latest album explores the problem with country music for people who don’t like country music. Why has the dismissal of this genre become widely acceptable?
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Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
- Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
- Steve’s piece about Tom Cruise from 2008 in Slate
- Mark Harris’ piece about Tom Cruise’s Oscar nominations in Grantland
- Live, Die, Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
- David Edelstein’s review of Rogue Nation in New York magazine
- “Taylor Swift, Waka Flocka, and the Roots of #Squad” by Katy Waldman in Slate
- Megan Garber’s piece about #squad in the Atlantic
- “Going Way Too Deep Down the Rabbit Hole With Nicki Minaj’s Recent Bar Mitzvah Appearance” by Rembert Browne in Grantland
- Carl Wilson’s review of Kacey Musgraves’ album in Slate
- Same Trailer, Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
- “Merry Go ’Round” by Kacey Musgraves
- “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town
- “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves
We learned after taping the show that the great Nashville producer Bill Sherrill died on Tuesday morning. Sherrill worked on lots of George Jones’ songs that Dana, Steve, and Carl mentioned in the Plus segment. He also produced the Elvis Costello country covers album, Almost Blue, that Carl discussed.
Steve: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett
Outro: “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other)” by Willie Nelson
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