Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Finding Dory, UnReal, and the phenomenon of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

Is Finding Dory Charming or Too Familiar?

Is Finding Dory Charming or Too Familiar?

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June 22 2016 1:47 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Jalapeños on Your Eyeballs” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Finding Dory, UnReal Season 2, and the phenomenon of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

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This week on Slate Plus, the gabbers respond to a listener question from Liza Pringle about a moment in one’s life when a literary text or song lyrics made a real difference.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss whether Finding Dory is a worthy successor to its Nemo counterpart. How well does Pixar handle themes of disability? And how does this movie stack up in the broader Pixar pantheon? Secondly, Aisha Harris joins the critics as they discuss the way UnReal Season 2 deals with race, and how it reflects the cynical world of reality shows like The Bachelor. Lastly, CBS’ Late Late Show host James Corden has a bona fide cultural phenomenon on his hands with Carpool Karaoke. What is so appealing about this segment, and how are these “candid” forms of celebrity interview changing late-night TV?

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