Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Paddington 2, and drag.

Paddington 2 Has Some Funny Ideas About Prison Reform

Paddington 2 Has Some Funny Ideas About Prison Reform

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Jan. 24 2018 10:47 AM

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Culture Gabfest on The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Paddington 2, and drag.

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This week, the critics discuss Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s true-crime series American Crime Story, which stars Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace, Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace, and Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan. How does it stack up against the critically acclaimed first season, The People v. O. J. Simpson? Next, they turn to Paddington 2, a charming sequel to the children’s movie about a wee talking bear living in London. They unpack Hugh Grant’s sensational performance, critics’ warm reception to the film, and its unconventional views on prison reform. Finally, the gabbers discuss the current state of drag, including how mainstream attention has changed the art.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

June: Stone, a police procedural radio drama from the BBC

Bryan: The Queen documentary from 1968

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Outro: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep

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Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate associate editor and the editor of Outward. He covers life, culture, and LGBTQ issues.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.