Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Death of Stalin, Rise, and the Twitter Demetricator.

Heavy Humor Behind the Iron Curtain

Heavy Humor Behind the Iron Curtain

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March 21 2018 12:43 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Death of Stalin, Rise, and the Twitter Demetricator.

Culture Gabfest on The Death of Stalin.

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This week, the critics discuss the new Armando Iannucci film, The Death of Stalin, a black comedy about the power struggles in the USSR after Stalin’s death. How successfully does it walk the line between political horror and comedy? Next, they talk about the new television series Rise and wonder whether another series about a high school theater program can succeed so soon after Glee. Finally, the gabbers experiment with Ben Grosser’s Twitter Demetricator, which removes the likes, retweets, and follower data, to see what they can learn from a numbers-free social media experience.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Endorsements:

Dana: Elena Ferrante’s column in the Guardian

Gabriel: There’s a Riot Going On by Yo La Tengo

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Outro: “For You Too” by Yo La Tengo

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Gabriel Roth is a Slate senior editor and the editorial director of Slate Plus.

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.