Culture Gabfest on Rogue One, Search Party, and Stevie Wonder.

The Wonder of Stevie’s Most Creative Period

The Wonder of Stevie’s Most Creative Period

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Dec. 21 2016 12:59 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Life Star Death Star” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Search Party, and Stevie Wonder.

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This week on Slate Plus, Dan makes Dana and Stephen revisit their past opinions to re-evaluate them.

On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the movie Rogue One, the newest addition to the Star Wars film franchise, and contemplate whether it works as a standalone success or if it falls under the shadow of its predecessors. Next, the gabbers consider the new comedy-mystery series on TBS, Search Party, about a group of friends searching for an old college acquaintance who has gone missing. Are these characters irredeemable narcissists, or are they simply lost in adulthood? Last, it’s Wonder Week here at Slate, where we’re taking an opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest musicians alive: Stevie Wonder. Pop critic Jack Hamilton joins the Gabfest to discuss Slate’s Wonder Week coverage and the artist’s incredible creative streak from 1972–76.

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Dan: Pedro Almodovar’s new film Julieta

Stephen: Teenage Fanclub’s new album Here

Outro: “I’m in Love“ by Teenage Fanclub

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Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s culture department. He is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, an oral history of Angels in America.

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

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.