Insecure, Dr. Strangelove, and Twitter’s The Black Witch controversy.

Finding the Humor in Imminent Nuclear Annihilation

Finding the Humor in Imminent Nuclear Annihilation

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Aug. 16 2017 12:39 PM

The Culture Gabfest “Hella Doomed” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Insecure, Dr. Strangelove, and a major controversy rocking the world of YA Twitter.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss the HBO comedy Insecure with Slate producer Veralyn Williams, including how it focuses on female friendship and its casual depiction of the black experience. Then, the gabbers discuss Stanley Kubrick’s classic Dr. Strangelove, its relevance to the news of the past week, and what makes it still such a biting comedy after so many years. Finally, Laura Miller joins in to discuss a recent battle on Twitter over a young adult novel called The Black Witch.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements

Aisha: Queen Sugar, particularly the character Darla

Julia: the Flightview app

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Outro: “Them Changes” by Thundercat

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.

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.