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In this week's Culture Gabfest, Slate’s June Thomas joins the discussion to parse the massive success of the Anglo hit Downton Abbey. Next, Gabfesters debate whether Moneyball hits a home run or strikes out. Finally, the wait is over: It’s the Culture Gabfest’s much anticipated granola-thon! Sporkful duo Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison join our critics to adjudicate our definitive granola taste test.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
Slate’s TV Club on the second season of Downton Abbey.
Slate’s Brendan Tapley on how Downton Abbey cured his broken heart.
Ben Zimmer's video of Downton Abbey’s most glaring anachronisms.*
Dame Maggie Smith’s greatest Downton moments in “Sh*t the Dowager Countess Says.”
Downton Abbey’s official site.
Dana’s review of Moneyball.
Slate’s David Haglund on the fallacies of Moneyball.
Slate’s Book Club on the 2003 book, Moneyball.
Cinemablend’s interview with Moneyball director Bennett Miller.
The New York Times profile of Moneyball’s real-life subject, Billy Beane.
Wikipedia’s entry for baseball statistics guru Bill James.
The Nibble.com’s extensive history of granola.
The Sporkful’s official site.
Neil Diamond’s classic song, “Crunchy Granola Suite.”
And the winning granola recipe: Slate’s L.V. Anderson on how to improve your granola.
Don’t forget: The Gabfest’s own Dana Stevens will be appearing on this week’s edition of “Movies on the Radio.”
Outro: Neil Diamond’s “Crunchy Granola Suite.”
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