The panelists have much to talk about this week: the international fallout from Flight MH17, the democratizing power of Kickstarter, "Weird Al" Yankovic's big splash, and much more.
On the political side, the panelists talk about the international fallout from Flight MH17 with special guest Julia Ioffe of the New Republic. They also discuss conflicting rulings on another legal challenge to Obamacare.
Then the culture panel discusses Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Is the movie’s array of great motion-capture acting a strength or a weakness? Next, one man has attained Internet notoriety by raising tens of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter for the financing of potato salad. The critics assess Kickstarter’s reputation as a democratizing force in business. Finally, trends come and go, stars rise and fall, but “Weird Al” Yankovic remains. Slate’s music critic Carl Wilson joins the gabbers to talk about Weird Al’s 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun.
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