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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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Dana: The Feminization of America by Ann Douglas
Stephen: The Hissing of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell
Outro: “The Hissing of Summer Lawns” by Joni Mitchell
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