Jonah Lehrer, London Olympics, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry: Slate’s Culture Gabfest weighs in

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Jonah Lehrer, the Olympics, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Jonah Lehrer, the Olympics, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Aug. 1 2012 5:47 PM

The Culture Gabfest: Scary Mascot Edition

Slate's podcast about Jonah Lehrer’s fabrication and resignation, the London Olympics, and the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

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On this week’s Culture Gabfest, our critics consider Jonah Lehrer’s resignation from the New Yorker following the discovery that some of the quotes he attributed to Bob Dylan in his latest book were fabricated. The Gabfesters are then joined by Slate contributor Seth Stevenson to contemplate the 2012 London Olympics mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, and their place in the Olympic mascot pantheon. To set the stage for a discussion of the opening ceremony, Julia provides a vivid recap of Danny Boyle’s witty, wacky, and distinctly British 2012 offering. Finally, the critics discuss the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and the work of the Chinese artist, dissident, and provocateur Ai Weiwei.

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Dana’s pick: Total Recall, the 1990 smart science fiction movie from director Paul Verhoeven, in advance of the reboot coming out this week.

Julia’s picks: The entirety of Slate’s coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games and diving into AMC’s dark-comedy hit series, Breaking Bad.

Stephen’s picks: La Jetée, the 1962 short sci-fi film by Chris Marker, the French filmmaker who died on Monday. And a brief reading from last week’s endorsement,Randall Jarrell’s Pictures From an Institution.

Outro: “Jerusalem” by Hubert Parry and performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey from The Royal Wedding: The Official Album.

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