Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Spotlight, The Man in the High Castle, and “Conversion via Twitter”

Man in the High Castle Creates a Fascinating World and Fills It With Dummies

Man in the High Castle Creates a Fascinating World and Fills It With Dummies

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Nov. 25 2015 12:33 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Spotlight, The Man in the High Castle, and “Conversion via Twitter.”

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Culture Gabfest's Julia Turner, left, Dana Stevens, Stephen Metcalf

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Steve McFarland.

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This week on Slate Plus, Dan, Steve, and Julia reveal whether they’re the good cousin or the bad cousin at the Thanksgiving table.   

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?

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

Adrian Chen’s New Yorker piece, “Conversion via Twitter”

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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.