Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Big Short, Hamilton, and public engagement in academia

Why We Need (Yet) Another Movie About the 2008 Financial Crisis

Why We Need (Yet) Another Movie About the 2008 Financial Crisis

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Dec. 16 2015 12:19 PM

The Culture Gabfest “The Room Where It Happens” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Big Short, Hamilton, and public engagement in academia.

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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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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss The Big Short: the film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ 2011 book about the 2008 financial crisis. Does it offer a refreshing take on a familiar story? Next up, Hamilton is a genre-defying blockbuster Broadway hit, an instant American classic, and the hottest ticket in town. Is it as life-altering as everyone claims? Finally, a provocative new essay encourages professors to stay in their ivory towers. Should scholarly work be less accessible to a general audience?

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Julia: The song “Damage” by Yo La Tengo. Also the essay “Seeing Hamilton” by Tim Sniffen.

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Outro: “Damage” by Yo La Tengo

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.