The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: more news from the Middle East's primary terror group, another film adaptation of a book, the influence of soundtracks and more.
On the political spectrum: the panelists discuss the long-term impacts of the ongoing problems in Ferguson, as well as the execution of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS.
On the cultural side: the panelists discuss the new movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian schoolroom-staple The Giver. Can Jeff Bridges’ version outshine the Hunger Games juggernaut, or is The Giver’s anti-conformist message too outdated to be interesting? Next up, Slate’s Amanda Hess has identified an interesting seam of Internet conversation: ironic misandry. Can a political joke ever truly be funny? Can a funny joke ever be effectively political? Finally, given the massive success of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, a conversation is in order. Our critics talk about great soundtrack albums, the marriages of celluloid and songs you should know and love.
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