On this week’s Culturefest, our critics are joined by Slate senior editor Dan Kois to discuss his article on the 40th anniversary of Free To Be … You and Me and whether its advocation of gender equality remains relevant and its feminist ideals convincing to children today. The Gabfesters then consider the institution that is the Saturday Night Live debate send-up and how its origins as Dada event comedy translate to a television landscape saturated with political satire. Finally, they discuss the website HeTexted.com and crowdsourcing the deciphering of romantic ambiguity.
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Slate’s Culture Gabfest: Free To Be … You and Me, Saturday Night Live debate spoofs, and HeTexted.com
THE ART OF THE WIRE: A DISCUSSION WITH CAST AND CREATORS. Check it out below as ROBERT CHEW enacts what PROPOSITION JOE would think of Barack Obama, and JAMIE HECTOR explains the back-story he created for MARLO STANFIELD, and writer GEORGE PELECANOS admits they could’ve done a better job portraying women characters, and FRAN BOYD — the inspiration for David Simon’s The Corner — explains love and redemption, and POOT … well, TRAY CHANEY will tell you that Poot is just Poot.