Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Culture Gabfest “We’re Not Here to Fish” Edition

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 265 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

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On this week’s show, the critics discuss Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass’ based-on-a-true-story thriller, starring Tom Hanks as the eponymous captain whose ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates. Next, the critics prattle in polysyllables about the SAT writing section—does it teach writing or reward bullshit? And finally, with author and Slate contributor Meghan O’Rourke, the gabbers discuss Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize and the significance of her win for women, Canadians, and the short story medium.

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This podcast was produced by Sally Herships and engineered by Chris Wade. Our intern is Anna Shechtman.

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