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Elizabeth Banks Plays the Slate Podcast Game

It was a big night Tuesday at the Petersen Automotive Museum for Slate’s LA based audio-video producer Andy Bowers. For the first time since the website’s “The Culture Gabfest” podcast ramped up in 2008, the program’s sharp-witted gang hit town for a SoCal audience taping.

FishbowlLA was in attendance as deputy editor Julia Turner, film critic Dana Stevens and critic at large Stephen Metcalf discussed the recent Mike Daisey-“This American Life” controversy, Zooey Deschanel‘s pixie-ish charms and the blockbuster adaptation of The Hunger Games. Joining the trio on stage for the last topic was the film’s co-star Elizabeth Banks, who proved to be a very fun participant and helped close out the show’s “personal endorsements” segment with a shout-out for graphic novels.

Bowers, once with NPR, still works out of the public radio network’s Culver City facilities, where he now rents space. Tuesday night’s event, co-presented by Zocalo Public Square, offered the unique pleasure of listening to an Internet podcast while surrounded by vintage cars from the days when vehicles had no radios. Among the second floor stunners flanking the Slate journalists was a shiny black 1949 Alfa Romeo Villa D’Este, the only known such model to exist in the U.S.

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Richard Rushfield’s Book Party

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Richard Rushfield‘s book party was in a swanky English pub downtown. The kind of place where the shepherd’s pie is served with a baby green salad in a tangy vinaigrette.

Anyway, the place was packed for the release party of Rushfield’s college memoir “Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost.” And yes, in keeping with the theme of the book, we had trouble finding the place.

Pictured above is Gawker editor and author Richard Rushfield and Love Junkie author Rachel Resnick.

More photos after the break…

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Slate V–Video Magazine on the Net

Video killed the blog star. Slate V, and the V could stand for Venice where the new offices are, launches with animated advice columnist, viral videos from around the net, Magnum photo montages and such Slate-yness, according to the editor’s note. The Fray comments are few, but it’s early days yet. MightyBest makes this point:

When someone is VERY stiltedly reading their clunky prose out loud, I just have to close the video and not watch anymore.

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Editor Andy Bowers, came from NPR
where he ran the NPR/Slate collaboration. Bill Smee is the executive producer. He’d been at Discovery, Discovery Times and CNN.

With any luck, Slate will move away from offering the “print writers on camera” model (which makes the NY Times videos so dull) and into more original production.

However, Christopher Hitchen’s rant about Islamic Rage Boy would have been a great video.