GLOW, Lorde’s Melodrama, and the new Ken dolls.

Long Live Man-Bun Ken

Long Live Man-Bun Ken

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June 28 2017 10:26 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Man Bun on a Hot Tin Roof” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on GLOW, Lorde’s Melodrama, and the new Ken dolls.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the new television show GLOW on Netflix, a fictionalized look at the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling of the 1980s. Alison Brie stars as a self-serious actress who is just grateful to finally have a job, but are the performances enough to carry the show beyond its ’80s facade? Next, they’re joined by Slate music critic Carl Wilson to discuss Lorde’s new album Melodrama and the ways in which she’s grown as an artist. Finally, a new generation of Ken dolls debuted this week. The gabbers break down the new looks and why they’re so ripe for comedy.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Dana: The Twitter feeds of @TUSK81, @ParkerMolloy, and @alexandraerin

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Stephen: The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, and the band Alvvays, including their song “Archie, Marry Me”

Outro: “Archie, Marry Me” by Alvvays

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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.