Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Everybody Wants Some!!, Amazon Echo, and the “Mount Rushmore of American culture.”

The Culture Gabfest-ers Reveal Who They’d Chisel Onto a “Mount Rushmore of American Culture”

The Culture Gabfest-ers Reveal Who They’d Chisel Onto a “Mount Rushmore of American Culture”

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April 8 2016 2:00 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Live From Chelsea” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Everybody Wants Some!!, Amazon Echo, and the “Mount Rushmore of American culture.”

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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 393 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner

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This week on Slate Plus, Julia, Dana, and Steve reveal the cultural institutions that would get their charitable donations, their favorite ways to procrastinate online, and more. 

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused. Is it an anthropological study of the male pecking order, a fun time with some charming jocks, or both? Next up, the gabbers and Slate’s senior technology writer Will Oremus interview “Alexa,” the voice of Amazon Echo, and weigh in on the utility of anthropomorphized domestic artificial intelligence. Should we welcome our new A.I. overlords? Finally, Slate Culture Editor Dan Kois joins to reopen the debate over the Mount Rushmore of American culture. Will your favorite artists make the cut?

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

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Dana’s Mount Rushmore.
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Julia’s Mount Rushmore.
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Stephen’s Mount Rushmore.

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Endorsements: 

Dana: Ross Lipman’s Notfilm, a documentary on the making of Samuel Beckett’s Film.

Julia: The movie The Third Man, which makes Casablanca seem like a “Disney romantic cupcake.”

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Steve: The movie Diner and, in particular, this scene.

Outro: “My Sharona” by the Knack

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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.