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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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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Slate Launches ‘MySlate’

It’s easy to get bogged down with too much information when you spend all day online. You start out wanting to read about Greece’s new austerity measures and halfway through you check Twitter, find an article on the “alluring” dung beetle dance, and next thing you know you’re emailing your friends a beer ad featuring gyrating penguins.

Slate understands this process, and to help clear the online clutter it has launched “MySlate,” which is basically a personalized version of the site.

MySlate allows you to set up a custom layout featuring your favorite writers and sections on Slate. You’ll also be alerted to new content and comments, have access to a personalized newsletter and be able to save articles for later.

“We’re tremendously excited about the launch of MySlate,” said Julia Turner, Deputy Editor of Slate. “Giving our readers the option to read exactly the Slate they want — a Slate just for them — will lead to an even deeper kinship with our already loyal and fantastically dedicated readers.”

MySlate is a great idea to simplify browsing. You can get started on creating your custom layout here. Or you could keep reading Corin Nemec’s wiki page. Your choice.

Slate’s Top Right: A Gathering of The Best

Like most the Internet world, FishbowlNY loves a good list. From the ridiculous New York Observer Power Couple list to the top 10 most looked-up words on The New York Times’ website, if there’s some sort of ranking happening, we’re checking it out. We might not always like them (grocery lists, Power Rankings for “Becker” seasons, etc.) but we always read them.

One of the latest ranking features that we’ve come to love is Slate’s Top Right. Launched in late July, the feature seeks to bring together a list of 25 Americans – divided into categories like “Culture,” “Business,” and “Technology,” with five people in each – who are coming up with not just brilliant, but useful, ideas.

The name  Top Right comes from the quadrant graph, made popular by New York’s Approval Matrix, so those who are on this list are the best of the best. To make the list really pop, there are people you’ve heard of (Jack Dorsey) and some relatively unknowns who deserve to become known (Salman Khan).

Julia Turner, Slate’s Deputy Editor at the site’s New York headquarters, told FishbowlNY that the idea for Top Right came about when they decided that there was a void in the world of lists and rankings.

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