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    Working: How Curator Sheena Wagstaff Chooses Art for the Met

    Working: How Curator Sheena Wagstaff Chooses Art for the Met

    Host Rumaan Alam talks about art curation with Sheena Wagstaff, who leads the Metropolitan Museum's program of modern and contemporary art for the Met Breuer and the Met Fifth Avenue. First they discuss the curator’s role of deciding which works of art are culturally important. Then Wagstaff makes her case for why people should see art in person and why it’s such a tragedy that no one is able to see the Met Brauer’s current exhibition of works from prolific German painter Gerhard Richter. 
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    Podcast production by Cameron Drews.
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    Outward: The Queerness of Quarantine Bubbles

    Outward: The Queerness of Quarantine Bubbles

    This month, Christina admits to creating a quarantine bubble, and she talks with Bryan and Rumaan about why she felt comfortable joining her friends in this way and why our community seems better-equipped than others to figure out how to make such micro-communities work. Then they discuss two new documentaries on Netflix, A Secret Love and Circus of Books, and unpack how these films tried and failed to reckon with the depths of their subjects while still stirring some warm feelings along the way.
    This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder.
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    Working: Alison Wright Explains How Actors Get Emotional on Cue

    Working: Alison Wright Explains How Actors Get Emotional on Cue

    Host June Thomas digs into the craft of acting with Alison Wright, who portrayed Martha on The Americans and now plays Ruth on the new TNT adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 movie Snowpiercer (which itself was based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige). Wright explains how she developed Ruth’s unique accent in Snowpiercer, how she utilizes the tools of Method acting to tap into emotions on stage, and why she thinks Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep are such impressive actors. 
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    Spoiler Specials: Hollywood

    Spoiler Specials: Hollywood

    On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full spoiler-filled detail. This week, Slate’s Sam Adams, Matthew Dessem, and Daniel Schroeder spoil Hollywood. Ryan Murphy and co-creator Ian Brennan reimagine a more inclusive golden-age of filmmaking. While the first couple episodes of the Netflix series stay relatively grounded in reality, the series takes a sharp right turn into self-serving fantasy by simplifying the fight for equality and progress within Hollywood. 

    You can read Sam Adam’s review here. 

    You can read Matthew Dessem’s Fact Versus Fiction here.

    Note: As the title indicates, this podcast contains spoilers galore.

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    Podcast production by Rosemary Belson.

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    Culture Gabfest: Normal People?

    Culture Gabfest: Normal People?

    This week on the Culture Gabfest, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the Hulu adaption of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Next, they talk about John Krasinski’s Some Good News. Finally, the panel dives into Dana’s comfort watch for this week: In a Lonely Place.
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    Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Rachael Allen.
    Endorsements:
    Dana: Spike Lee’s short film about New York City.
    Julia: The Donut Hole in La Puente, Calif., a trip inspired after reading “Drive-throughs and drive-ins were fading. Coronavirus made them a lifeline” by Carolina A. Miranda in the Los Angeles Times.
    Steve: Nick Lowe performing “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” as part of Rolling Stone’s “In My Room” series. Also, Nick Lowe’s “I Read A Lot.”
    Plus, check out Madison Cunningham’s “Dry As Sand.”
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    Decoder Ring: Gotta Get Down on Friday

    Decoder Ring: Gotta Get Down on Friday

    Rebecca Black's music video for Friday was Youtube's most watched video of 2011, thrusting the thirteen-year-old Rebecca into a very harsh spotlight. Dubbed "The Worst Music Video Ever Made" Friday was an almost universal object of derision. This is the story of how Friday came to be, and how nearly a decade after it went viral, it sounds so different than it did back then.
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