Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Show Me a Hero, Straight Outta Compton, and office culture at Amazon.

The Wild Box Office Success of Straight Outta Compton

The Wild Box Office Success of Straight Outta Compton

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Aug. 19 2015 2:26 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Show Me a Hero, Straight Outta Compton, and office culture at Amazon.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, David Simon’s new HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero tells the true story of the reception of a federally mandated housing integration order in Yonkers, New York. The gabbers discuss the show with Jamelle Bouie. Next, John Swansburg joins the show to discuss Straight Outta Compton, the new biopic about the rise of West Coast rap pioneers NWA. Is it a sign of progress that a movie about gangsta rap dominated the box office last weekend? Finally, Allison Benedikt joins to discuss a recent New York Times piece about working at Amazon. Is it the hellscape reporters have claimed it is?

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

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Allison: “The Problem We All Live With” the first episode in a two-part series about school integration on This American Life

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Steve: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang and Slate for hiring Laura Miller

Outro: NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton

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