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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?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- The Big Short, the movie version
- Michael Lewis’ 2011 book, The Big Short
- Recent movies that discussed the 2008 financial crisis: Inside Job, 99 Homes, and Margin Call
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- The Planet Money podcast
- The original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton
- The Slate Superfest episode when Dana and John Dickerson interviewed two of the cast members of Hamilton
- The Slate Political Gabfest’s segment on Hamilton
- The song “Aaron Burr, Sir”
- The song “Alexander Hamilton”
- The song “The Room Where It Happens”
- “Dear Theodosia,” the ballad about fatherly love
- “Say No to This,” the song about Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds
- The trio of sisters Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy: “The Schuyler Sisters”
- Angelica Schuyler remembers her first conversation with Hamilton in “Satisfied”
- “Academics: Forget About Public Engagement, Stay In Your Ivory Towers” by James Mulholland in the Guardian
- Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
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