On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the President’s plan to attack Syria. They also discuss the debt ceiling, immigration, and other challenges that confront Congress on its return to session.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, our critics discuss the The World’s End, the final film in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy. The film follows five childhood friends who reunite in middle age to conquer the Golden Mile—a herculean beer binge across 12 pubs in the fictional Newton Haven, England—and find themselves in a position to save the world. The gabfest reviews the film and situates it among this summer’s other apocalypse parodies.
Next, with the help of Slate critic Aisha Harris, the gabbers take on Miley Cyrus’ now-viral performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, which featured an African-American dance crew, a twerking Miley, and a foam finger in all the wrong places. Was it racist? Over-sexed? Or just terribly awkward? Lastly, the gabfest celebrates the end of summer with a discussion of amusement parks: their hedonism, romance, and iconic place in an American summer.