On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists discuss the Republican National Convention, preview next week’s Democratic Convention, and assess what President Obama needs to do to recapture the excitement of 2008. On the Culture Gabfest, panelists discuss TLC’s hit reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," the new movie "Sleepwalk With Me," and the growing trend of public marriage proposals posted on YouTube.
Following up this morning's listener suggestion, Slate's Emily Bazelon and Jessie Klein, author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools look at the links between bullying and violence, from school shootings to teen suicides. Are we too quick to assign motives?
Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, discusses the proposed Virginia ultrasound law that would mandate performing ultrasounds on women seeking abortions, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear the case on affirmative action in higher education, Fisher vs. University of Texas, and Montana's attempt to reverse the 2010 Citizens United ruling that allowed corporate political spending.
The suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince in January made international headlines and changed the way that Massachusetts schools view and prosecute bullying in schools. What was described by state District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, initially, as a “nearly three-month campaign” of “relentless” and “torturous” bullying, may in fact have been a more nuanced and complicated case with an emotionally disturbed teenager at its center.
Both Conservatives and liberals have their concerns about Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. Senior editor for Slate, Emily Bazelon, explains that the left worries that she is too untested, while the right worries that she is too "gay friendly." This is based on a fight about the government's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, when law schools didn't allow military recruiters to come to schools.
Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and founding editor of Double X, looks at recent arguments in cases dealing with privacy and genetically engineered seeds.
Bullying has long been a problem for school children and it seems that the level of violence is both increasing and spreading beyond the schoolyard on to the Internet. On Monday, charges for "unrelenting bullying" were filed against nine teenagers in the case of Phoebe Prince. The 15-year-old girl hanged herself in January after being tormented for months by other students at her high school. Two teenage boys were charged with statutory rape and a clique of girls were charged with stalking, criminal harassment and violating Phoebe's civil rights.