Slate contributor Seth Stevenson discusses his coverage of the ongoing trial of crime boss Whitey Bulger, and describes growing up in Boston during Bulger's criminal career. Plus: With the death of Soprano's star James Galdolfini, we discuss pop cultural portrayals of gangster life, and how closely they reflect the lives of real gangsters like Bulger.
Voters in swing states are enduring a gauntlet of campaign advertising this election season. Reporter Seth Stevenson, who lives in New York City, decided to fly to one of those states (Ohio) and subjected himself to 45 hours of campaign advertising. It wasn't pleasant. Bob spoke with Stevenson, who wrote about the experiment for The New Republic.