Some of your favorite presidents have tried to pack the Supreme Court. So why does it sound like such an extreme tactic? And how did some of the top Democrats running for president come to embrace it? Guest: , Slate’s legal correspondent. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Culture Gabfest: Queen of Shade Edition
Dana Stevens, Isaac Butler, and Benjamin Frisch discuss HBO's documentary The Inventor about the Theranos scandal, the meteoric rise of Rupaul's Drag Race, and Netflix's awkward attempt at branding itself in the wake of cancelling the beloved show One Day at a Time. In Slate Plus: documentary recommendations.
Gist: What Merchants of Truth Gets Right
On The Gist, it wouldn’t just be morally right for Trump to finally denounce white nationalism. It would be politically smart. In the interview, Jill Abramson’s was released to glowing reviews—but valid accusations of plagiarism and factual errors took some of that shine off. As Mike asks Abramson (a former executive editor of the New York Times), were the negative headlines so grabby that they’ve damned the book’s valuable insights? And would that in itself prove many of her worries about journalism in the 21st century? In the Spiel, the New York Times, biased? You don’t say.
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Studio 360: Jia Zhangke’s Empathetic Eye
For much of his career, Jia Zhangke’s films were officially banned in his home country, China. But through austere, realist movies like Still Life , Platform , and The World , Jia became one of the most celebrated directors on the international arthouse circuit. His latest film, Ash Is Purest White , appears at first to be a conventional mob epic, focused on a “gangster’s moll” character played magnificently by Zhao Tao. But with a story beginning in 2001 and spanning 17 years, the movie is just as much about the effects of the rapid growth of China’s economy on its society. The dramatic changes led some working-class Chinese to form criminal brotherhoods for support.