Culture Gabfest on Hidden Figures, Oscar nominations, and punching Nazis.

Is It Ever OK to Punch a Nazi?

Is It Ever OK to Punch a Nazi?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Jan. 25 2017 12:12 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Chalkboard Ninja” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Hidden Figures, Oscar nominations, and punching Nazis.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics are joined by Slate producer Veralyn Williams to discuss the movie Hidden Figures, a feel-good film that tells the little-known story of three black women who helped America win the space race. Then, the gabbers break down the snubs and surprises of the 2017 Oscar nominations. La La Land received a record-tying 14 nominations—but were they deserved. Finally, Dana and Stephen are joined by Slate’s Jacob Weisberg to discuss the viral video of Richard Spencer being punched in the face on Inauguration Day. Is violence an acceptable reaction to free speech?

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Julia: Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

Jacob: The documentary A Girl in the River by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

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Stephen: “The Chase” by Inigo Thomas in the London Review of Books

Outro: “Little’s Theme” from the Moonlight soundtrack by Nicholas Britell

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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.