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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers weigh in on Spotlight, the true story of a Boston Globe investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. How accurately does it portray journalism? Next up, Laura Miller joins to discuss The Man in the High Castle: a new show based on the novel by Philip K. Dick that imagines a world in which Axis powers won World War II. How faithful does the show stay to the book? Finally, Adrian Chen joins to discuss a new piece he wrote for the New Yorker which explores how a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church had a change of heart. What role did Twitter play in altering her most deeply held beliefs?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Spotlight the film
- An interview with Spotlight’s director and writer Tom McCarthy on Slate
- An interview with Globe journalist Walter Robinson on Slate
- Aisha Harris’ piece about Spotlight on Slate
- The Man in the High Castle streaming on Amazon
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- Laura Miller’s piece on Slate about The Man in the High Castle
- “Red, Reich and Blue: Building the World of the Man in the High Castle” in the New York Times
Adrian Chen’s New Yorker piece, “Conversion via Twitter”
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