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Today (1/23) I heard a familiar, brilliant woman on Brian Lehrer's show, trying to figure out who this was.Dana Stevens! What the hell happened to Gabfest Radio?Is there NO ROOM, anytime during the week, for WNYC to get this show back on the air?
It's on the schedule for Sunday 9/21. What's up with that?
Loved this show, you need to bring it back, and at a reasonable time!
I'm bummed this show was canceled! It was terrific.
Loved this show, very sorry it has been discontinued.
Sorry that the show is no longer available on WNYC. Is it gone because of poor ratings, a contractual dispute, or why?
I really enjoyed this show. I'm so sorry that it is no more - at least not on broadcast radio. Thank you for your contributions to smart radio.
Tell me why Gabfestradio is being discontinued—the smartest talk radio on WNYC, so what gives, folks? I'm serious, I need an answer from you or from WNYC master programers. WNYC has a habit of discontinuing shows of superior intellectual interest, which applies to Gabfestradio. So I want to know if it's you, gabfesters, or you, WNYC board of programers who have decided to discontinue. Remember: radio is power. Podcast: phooey.
Also, you, Gabfest folks, said on the air that we would still be able to get it as a pod cast. No instructions found here. OK fess up, someone or someones. Brief, yes, I am. URGENT too. Who answers queries?
What a drag that Gabfest has been cancelled. It has brought me to WNYC Sunday evenings. Smart, interesting, complex and subtle ideas. I've wished the show was longer, particularly the political section. Presumably it will be replaced with another celebrity-with-something-to-sell interview program. Judging by the ad nauseous list of station supporters throughout each day, it appears that interviews follow financial support. Why didn't Gabfest just follow suit and add some ambitious stand-up wannabe to each panel?
I have loved the show. How sad it will end this evening. Cant WNYC's audience take good discussion?Or is it the WNYC establishment which is taking away all the good programming, that is, programmingwith intellectual content. Likewise, Michelle Martin's show has gone the same way... What's next?
OH No! I loved this show every Sunday night - smart funny commentary on politics and kulture.
I've loved it! I go to WNYC for smart talk and Gabfest does that better than most shows, especially on the weekend. Now they're saying it's going away? How come? If I can still get a podcast, it sounds like WNYC decided not to broadcast it anymore, not like Slate's not going to produce it anymore? More of the radio-lite, social-media-ization of WNYC? I'm gonna be bitter about this.
Really? Leaving? I adore gabfest radio, and hate that it's going! I'm not as diligent with podcasts as I would like to be, mostly because I work from home and always always have WNYC on. But I'll have to seek out the gabfest podcast. At least that's not going away. Right???
I really liked this show. Sorry it will be gone.
Loved the show, I'm sorry it's over.
I am soooo upset that this is not going to be on WNYC anymore. I am not techno savy and will really miss this. Why was this taken off? Please let me know. You also took off another show that i liked directly after Lenny Lopate with Michelle Martin. Why??
'Walk on the Moon' is my favorite music compilation soundtrack (sixties' greats).Also enjoyed "Postcards from the Edge" - Shirley MacLainesings Sondheim, "I'm Still Here', also Streep singing "I'm Checking Out."
Thanks for the show .
Gabfest leaving? Boo Hoo! Great program. Literate, informative, interesting cutting edge (for radio).Why oh why?
I can't believe that one of the most interesting shows on the radio is being taken off. Makes no sense. Unfortunately, this last week wasn't my favorite ("The Giver" sounds dull; discussion was dull), still, I hate to see it go. Don't other people like, and listen to, this show? I don't get it.
I have enjoyed Gabfest and so sorry to see it leave WNYC... good information, commentary,smart ideas .... Thanks.
When awake at 7-8 AM on a Saturday, I listen to Gabfest and find the speakers highly intelligent, well educated, amusing, linguistically able, smarmy and self-absorbed. (I was amazed to learn that several of them are parents.) It's amusing, if annoying, to listen to their know-it-all, exclusive attitudes about everything.
BTW, there are folks out here who DO know Tom Lehrer: not everything is YOUR discovery.
I listen to Gabfest faithfully, but have 2 comments, first about content: seems like choices for discussing the political gabfest topics were formally more cutting-edge and esoteric. Mostly what's discussed now is what's been discussed all week by others, so there's nothing much for your already knowledgeable listeners to learn. Second, Emily, and less-so, David, interrupt to a distracting degree. It's hard enough to keep up with the understandable mile-an-hour speaking tempo, since there's so much to talk about. However, such smart people interrupting each other to add important information WHILE SOMEONE ELSE IS TALKING is a real bummer. We want to hear a key point you feel compelled to add, and too often this becomes impossible. Use your debating etiquette, please.
The recent discussion about ABC Family (I admit I have never seen the show) seemed to gloss over several things I think are very important. Who is the father of the biological child and who is the mother and which one of the two women is the mother.
"Mom who's my father? "Honey that's not important. You're two moms love you. You father is sperm donor S123."
Why is this important? Well (full disclosure) I'm adopted. And secrecy is a big issue for adult adoptees. In NYS and many other states we've been fighting for the right to get our original birth certificates for decades but have been thwarted by those who believe secrecy must be preserved. Is gay procreation another aspect of birth secrecy? Why are many important gay politicians, like former Senator Tom Duane opposed to adoptee rights? You tell me.
Historical preservation segment risible. Reminded me of Richard Linklater's "Slackers" -- just overeducated, over-intellectualized, yet thoughtless and jejune, 30-somethings making noises at each other.Vocabulary skills:risiblejejune
please refer to the subject of your critique as you critique and reiterate it at the end. I enjoy the discourse and want to buy a book or see a movie or listen to a soundtrack that was discussed so highlight it at least at the end of discussions. can the podcasts rewind. I can pause and go forward but I cannot rewind!
I've grown tired over the years of the old political talk programs, with the same old faces and tired retailing of Beltway CW. But I find Gabfest refreshingly different and engaging. I especially like that the political half hour is followed by one on culture, so I can find out what movies and plays I really should catch. I wish it were on more than once on Saturday a.m.
Why are you guys always so puzzled about conservatives? Don't you have ANY conservative friends? Not one? Two?
I'm a big fan of this show. I love the format and the intelligent commentary. I have, however, one small gripe. Too often we are subjected to the following condescending comment: "Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll be familiar with this story...". Inevitably I am unfamiliar with the reference, but I listen to the culture gabfest to become more aware, not to have my intelligence insulted.
I was shocked that the Gabfest discussion of the United Auto Workers losing the vote to unionize the Volkswagon plant in Tennessee barely mentioned the aggressive campaign by local republican politicians against unionization. Gabfest's analysis did not address now much government anti-union propaganda and scare-tactics may have affected the workers' voting down the union. Gabfest left out a big piece of the picture and their analysis of this issue is therefore incomplete and irresponsible.
checking back on the audio player, which still mostly does not work.the latest episode is now working and plays when clicked; however, previous shows still don't play in firefox and chrome browsers.will someone be looking into this fix sometime soon??thanks,
why is it that every time i come to the GF page to listen to a previous show, the audio player doesn't work?please check into the audio player not working . . . thanks.
I'm looking for your poetry references from Sunday, Jan. 26th....Yes, you were on then, or may have been a repeat of the Friday program, do I need to listen to that whole thing to hear this at the end?
Dear Gabfest congratulation on being a bunch of terrific feminine products. from now on every time i will hear you , i would be reminded that you are ok with children being molested, it could be your own children, so long as a perpetrator is somebody famous or somebody you like.you can pamper your finely cultured orifices with anything you like,semicolons, for example, but you cant hide , even from yourselves, that you are nothing but a bunch of above mentioned products from general stores of Steubenville and Glen Ridge.
wnyc must has some administrative decisions to make.1/26/14
To the person on Gabfest who recommended "Engrenages"/Spiral, the French tv procedural: it seemed to me that the show featured too many shots of dead women, cut up women, cut up women's detached breasts (later seasons than the first), and a notorious shot of a black man eating his own feces. Also, on Netflix, there were subtitles. It was fun to see how the local police precinct would disregard the rules and just beat suspects, when they felt they had to extract confessions. I say that this was fun because one suspects that this kind of thing goes on all the time. (I live a block from the police station where Abner Louima was sodomized with the handle of a toilet plunger, so this detail seems like honesty to me.)
you haven't seen The Fighter???? how can you be a WNYC movie critic reviewing O'Russel and talking about Bale and Silver Linings and not have seen the Ffighter??? also, what's with the valley girl up-talking?? even articulate and intelligent women speak like 16 yr. old valley girls?like OMG, did she just say GynOracy?
discussing the flaws in the ACA rollout is so yesterday's newstalking about it is one thingdwelling on the negative is another
I take all of you have sufficient health insurancebecause if you didn'tthe tone of your conversation would be vastly different
finally if the ACA ultimately succeeds in helping tens of millions of people get insurancewhile helping millions of others in getting more comprehensive affordable insurancethen all of you political gabfesters (except Emily) should immediately resign from journalismand find a career where being cranky is more of an asset
Before detailing the Iran agreement you managed to say conservative and neocon so many times that the details were reduced to jetsam. FYI "conservative/neocon" Sen Schumer said "the disproportionality of this agreement makes it more likely that Democrat and Republicans will pass additional sanctions."
its sort of pathetic that you go to the theater for your show and you chose broadway. there is a glut of interesting theater downtown, including shakespeare -- why would you chose broadway? all your criticisms about the show were ones you could say about most broadway plays. next time look harder.
Boy o boy! What a treat at the close of the weekend.My only gripe: the recommendations at then end of the show (or "tell"), can swell the wish list and shrink the pocket.Carry on, please.Judy
Interesting conversation that is at times difficult to listen to given that the folks talking in the second half hour punctuate the end of many sentences with "right?" Or is "right" and not a question, but rather a statement that what a person is saying is, in fact, correct and thus not open to debate? Why have people adopted this phrase? It's annoying and I hear it more and more often. Particularly ironic hearing folks on public radio imploring listeners and conversation partners to agree with them.
This program is a delight. Everyone knows how to actually speak in coherent imaginative sentences. The content of these sentences is also a pleasure. Where did all these dazzling people come from? Keep it up.
I agree with today's comments about io7: it is flat and featureless. I miss all the warm and fuzzy features that make my iphone so special.
I find the political section to be a lot of fun. I don't get news from anywhere else but comedy central, so it's nice to see coverage that is a bit more serious. The cultural section is good stuff, but not the meat for me.One criticism is the way the men control the conversation of both sections. Women are definitely welcome to comment, but they don't present the topics of the day unless it's the endorsement.All in all, I find this show to be very informative and easy to listen to.
I found "Need a House, Call Ms. Mouse" on Amazon and the images on Google!
David Plotz's growling at Emily Nussbaum this morning to Just Stop Talking showed how sexism slips out of men who must have the last word. He would NEVER have said that to a guy. And Emily's statements about international law being partly behind Obama's stand-down on use of force had the added imprimatur of being correct, which screaming at Emily to shut up didn't change. It only reflect one truism: that macho talk show hosts and their producers - even on NPR - when strutting their bravado can be just as caddish as Bill O'Reilly. One simply doesn't expect to hear this kind of thugishness on Gabfest Radio. Be a mensch, Plotz, and leave your male-domination traits at home.
I enjoy your show. I appreciate the time spent on melody. It is a fine article that was the subject of your discussion. While most pop music is no longer concerned with melody (these things go in cycles) there is plenty if you look for it. You are all maybe too young to know much about the "great American songbook." Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Arlen, Mercer, Loesser, Hoagy Charmichael, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy van Heusen, these and many more wrote hundreds of songs that are "driven" by melody. Great melodies! Randy Newman has written many good tunes he just can't sing them very well. Bach yes, Schubert of course. How about Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Strauss -any Strauss - Handel, even Mozart wrote a pretty nice tune or two. I have taught music in public schools and privately for over 30 years. Over that time the girls no longer hear women singing in head register boys hear whining stressful scraping in the upper ranges of the male voice. They find pitch matching and singing melody difficult because they don't relate to that aspect of music. They haven't been exposed to much melody. I have been changing that in my classroom.
The first time I heard the show it struck me that there was not a scintilla of conservative thought in the political section. Today there was a bit of "guessing" about what conservatives think about government taking property from citizens. Perhaps better not to do that. The Tea Party was scolded for not being concerned about it and REASON magazine was praised as being a libertarian publication that has dealt with the issue. The Tea Party is FULL of libertarians. There is a total lack of awareness of what is happening in the conservative world. Not unusual in liberals but really striking in this show.
John Dickerson just referred to both Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden as "troubled individuals". Who, indeed, is he to make such a blithe pronouncement? Is he not aware that Private Manning saw American soldiers, our children, killing civilians, including journalists? Am I to think that faced with the same information Mr. Dickerson would have kept his mouth shut? Perhaps Mr. Dickerson is less suited to journalism than he thinks.
Meh. The Culture Gabfest is usually pretty interesting, but the political portion is just the same old stupid, lazy, political horserace crap we get everywhere else. The big topic this week was Hillary's 2016 presidential run. Really? We're so out of substantive issues to discuss that we're going to spend the bulk of our time talking about the potential candidacy of someone who may or may not run three years from now? Lazy, lazy, lazy, and no better than any of the political chatter that gets aired 24 hours a day on CNN. You're not as smart as you think you are, guys.
The show airs the demise of a certain kind of education. The status symbol of education lives. Universities tuck their billions into good futures and bolster their sports for name recognition. The undergraduate trades on the weight of the University name, not the department of study. In order to shift that perception, what coalition-building and resource sharing needs to happen in the Humanities departments? Consider the self-interested parties to recruit as allies, e.g. Will professional organizations find that the survival of the humanities requires a force more powerful? To correct the perception of Humanities, characterizing professors as quasi-monks is a blind alley. The scholar of today is no monk, but a member of a department, an editor and contributing member of a professional journal, board member at various organizations. Hence the scholar competes in the market from more than one role, communicates with multiple publics. Because of peer-review, or because of family obligation, the activity of scholarship is never remote from the world. Cross-sectional identities of every individual likewise mean richer detail in our portrait of education. The political is complicated by drawing scholars into community that transcends national boundaries. Perhaps it's in someone's interest to paint scholars in medieval costume, cloistered.
Caught the sunday ight broadcast on WNYC as I was driving down to Cape May for three days of work. I'm a storyteller and I will be going to work in this county's libraries. Suddenly I was hearing a discussion of the humanities that was just what my life is about- how to inspire with words; how to create the alchemical images and rhythms that turn the every day into gold; how to make us see what has always been there in an entirely new way; and how to make an audience of students breathe and exhale at once, "Aha!" As soon as I hit the motel, I went to look for the additional material that is supposed to be on the web site- The Heart of the Matter- but can't find it. But I am now an enthusiastic listener.
I love your show, but am 68 and out of your viewers' typical age range; so I know stuff you should know; like:REED DIAMOND (re your 6/15 discussion of Much Ado...) was a HUGE MAIN STAR/CHARACTER ON HOMICIDE, LIFE ON THE STREET, which in its day was the hottest show on tv. He was also a featured star in JUDGING AMY, another mega-hit in the early 2000s. If you guys are going to discuss arts entertainment topics, PLEASE do better research before you give what turn out to be uninformed/misinformed comments. thanks.
Let me put it this way-- I'm cooking dinner on Sunday night. I hear Gabfest is on the radio. I keep the radio on. I'm intrigued. I listen. I think, hmmm, this is interesting. They're smart. I like their endorsement segment. But... it is SO pretentious I wouldn't bring up what I heard them talk about simply because there are only a few of my circle who would care. It is definitely slanted to one type of intellectual audience, which is fine. I like it but I find the commentary comical with the amount of large, descriptive words being thrown around that I haven't ever really heard being used before. So be it. I'll keep listening, but could you like tone down the pretentiousness a notch. But, in thinking about it, I don't think you can because it wouldn't be authentic to who you are and what your show is about.
Love the Gabfest radio hour.Re: Christie's weight issue:Americans are overweight, but nevertheless there is aprejudice against obesity. Even recent evidencethat doctors are less sympathetic toward their fat patients.Wish Christie's policies would take prominence.
I think Gabfest is intelligent, but also entertaining, radio in an increasingly lowest-common-denominator public radio. It's a refreshing change. Also, I like the way women on the show don't pull their punches.
I enjoy Gabfest and the interesting topics discussed, but I must say this week's attack on Sandra Day o'Connor was most irritating. Especially difficult was Emily's attacking her and getting so excited that she rudely interrupted and when excited her voice went up an octave which made one want to turn off the program. A lively debate is interesting but civility is necessary if you want to let people hear your point of view. Cool it, Emily.
I enjoy all the Gabfests and respect all the Gabbers. John Dickerson is especially good -- he seems like that one guy (or gal) you know who you can turn to for reliable information and insights on political issues, times two. Some Gabbers have verbal tics that are pretty grating and distracting. As others have noted, the constant use of "right?" to end sentences and "so" to begin them is lazy and annoying. Bazelon is the worst offender here. Please break those habits for all our sakes! Her tone can also get pretty shrill for "radio" and it would be nice if she could try to moderate it. I do appreciate her keen analysis of legal issues. Dana Stevens is just fantastic (and as a bonus has a very mellifluous voice).
Your comments are interesting and informative. I do not know the name of the woman who was on the program this morning,Saturday, April 6 2013, but it was difficult to listen to what she had to say because of the very poor pitch of her voice. It sounded like a very small child. In fact many of the people on this program are in need of elocution lessons. Have the rules of radio become so lax that the people who appear on it do not know anything about public speaking.
However thoughtful your political analysis is, the start point is what President Obama has to do to get his plans past Republican obstruction. Try, for one program, or one segment, to make the start point, our deficits, our borrowing, our creating money,and how the Republicans (or anyone) can get past Democratic obstruction.
Goats yelling like humans? Just tuned it in and shut it off after less than a minute. Did it not occur to you that at least some of those goats are yelling or crying out because they know they are about to be slaughtered? Wake up, people.
Gravitas=old rich white guys, correct? I like baby people who have a sense of reality, work hard, immerse themselves in something & report back to those of us without the time/inclination to do all the research.
I look forward to the Gabfest. I value Plotz's intellectual rigor and candor and Dickerson's insights into the bizarre and arcane game that is politics. But when Bazelon speaks I cringe. Unlike her colleagues, she has a hard time starting and finishing a sentence without digressing or dropping the sentence for a new tangent. The only value she brings to Gabfest is when the topic is about the Supreme Court. On most everything else she is either clueless or, worse, wrong e.g. "welfare as we know it is over...". She may be a great writer and editor, and I'm sure she is a very nice person. A pundit she is not.
I've listened for years.It's my way of tapping into young, smart analysis of the weeks issues.Lets be realistic-- a law fellow at Yale, CBS political analyst and a senior editor of Slate magazine -- where else would I go!
GREAT SHOW...learn a lot...insightful and entertaining.
I love the Gabfest, been listening since 2008 ...
Political Gabfest is a must-listen for me. John Dickerson has interesting insights into today's politics, Emily Bazelon obviously cares about the less fortunate, and David Plotz keeps things lively with questions to get the John, Emily and the audience. It's one of the few podcasts that covers multiple subjects that I rarely fast forward through at least one topic a week.
Yuppie radio. The culture gabfest is super pretentious and obnoxious. The political gabfest tries but all three podcasters have basically the same viewpoint. It needs diversity. If you're a pro-establishment liberal and want to hear three people agreeing with you then this is the show for you. They are basically putting a yuppie magazines "water cooler" talk on a podcast. If you want a show with guests that aren't the friends of or disagree with the moderators but may have spent their lives on a particular issue then this is not the show for you.
Makes the news fun and interesting
Long time member of WNYC here...
I like how the Political gabfest gives each topic some air (i.e. about 5 or 7 minutes). There is a dearth of insightful political/current events programming out there.
Not every show is a homerun...but more often than not, they get a solid hit. The recent show with David Leonhardt was great. In fact, I like when the gabfesters are joined by guests.
Something to consider... I'd like to hear some conservative points of view on the gabfest. I realize that's not really Slate's thing...however, I value hearing a range of opinions.
Found Slate about a year ago and have been hooked ever since. Political gabfest is fantastic...enjoy the different perspectives-such smart people. LOVE Hang up and listen...it is about sports but it isn't. Spoilers, Book review, Double X and Culture gabfests very enjoyable...human stuff!!
I love all the Slate Gabfests. Well, not so much the sports one. I never miss one. Great thoughtful listening when I am taking a walk or at the gym.
This show is amazing. I started listening to them as a podcast and am incredibly addicted. They are so funny and insightful. Great show!!
Love the Gabfest. The discussions are thought-provoking and I generally learn a lot.
As someone who enjoyed WNYC daily growing up there (and still online occasionally) and now gets to feast on BBC Radio 4 every day, the Political Gabfest is the only remaining US political commentary on my playlists because it continues to give me more of an insight than the formulaic crap on offer nearly everywhere else. Plotz provokes without (usually) coming across as a complete muppet. Dickerson has the best-tuned ear and the healthiest BS detector of any contemporary observer of Washington. Bazelon's insight into how the Court influences the overall landscape and her voice from a moderate feminist perspective remains relevant. The chemistry between them drives the format and feels like a more authentic and efficient way of discussing the week's events. That's why I've been a listener for 6 years. Fellow New Yorkers will come to appreciate that Gabfest is - and has been for a while - what intelligent radio for this century sounds like.
I find the opinions on this show to be fresh, the discussion lively, and the politics uncertain which is a welcome departure from the usual AM talkradio fair or even cable news channels with an agenda. This show has pulled me away from WNYC's other talkfest at 7 AM Saturday mornings, a show to which I was extremely loyal for years. The Culture fest seems totally off the wall some times ("Magic Mike" movie of the year?} but at least the commentators are passionate in their tastes.
Slate's Political Gabfest is one of the few podcasts I have been listening to for four years without fail, while many other podcasts I was once excited about got old, repetitive, or monotonous.
The Culture Gabfest, however, is not one I can listen to. It can occasionally be very entertaining, but on the whole I just do not enjoy it much. I find the hosts to be rather uninformed even as they pontificate authoritatively, and Dana and Stephen are extremely pretentious much of the time. It's very difficult listening for the few gems that come now again.
I depend on this show to keep on sounding intelligent, knowledgeable and thoughtful. I listen religiously to it, the Culture Gabfest and the Double X gabfest. Most of the folks I know just aren't this smart.
I prefer the Political Gabfest, but I thoroughly enjoy both (online).
"Baby people" who "lack gravitas". I am posting to completely disagree with that post. The Political Gabfest is a weekly listen for me. I really enjoy David, Emily, and John's interplay and insight. I would say that anything called a "Gabfest" isn't setting out to be a stern lecture on the day's events, but a more loose discussion about issues and ideas. If you aren't looking for that, then by all means go elsewhere.
There are not words (or at least ones I'd care to use here) that accurately describe how much I despise this program. I guess you're going after some type of "youth audience" letting these child-like pundits go head to head on the radio, but I know that when I want to hear important issues of the day discussed, or even when I'm ready to listen in to some cultural criticism, I want it to come from people who have a voice of authority. Gravitas. Not baby people awash in their own attitude flinging opinions around, because they imagine it's their job, not because they've put any wisdom or brainpower behind them. It's a sad and horrible hour. I hope it goes away.
I woke up early this Saturday to get info about the storm but Gabfest was on & I starting listening to that. When they mentioned Law & Order they had me! I love love love how Julia Turner described her viewing habits for L&O & she had me smiling to myself because L&O is really an addiction for me. I'm hooked on all of them & will watch a L&O marathon whenever it's on. I remember the freshman season with Michael Moriaty. It has been & always will be a dream of mine to at least be an extra on L&O as a juror. A speaking part would put me in L&O heaven!
My favorite radio show. Come to Boston!
This is my 2nd favorite weekly show, after On the Media.
What a bunch of pretentious snobs. The culture gabfest seems to pick some entertainment that ordinary people like and then disses it because it is not nearly sophisticated enough for them. The funny thing is that their analysis usually reveals that it is actually they that live in some sort of bubble and have no clue.
I'm a WNYC and WQXR member and I like listening to the show enough to sometimes listen to the full-length audio on Soundcloud. The things I like the best are the recommendations to listeners and the chemistry between the hosts. Sometimes it gets a little too much into inside baseball sorts of topics, but they usually put a rein on the tendency.
I really enjoy Gabfest radio! Terrific addition to my weekend listening! Would not miss it! Thanks WYNC!
Culture gabfest makes me feel rather inadequate because these people clearly went to better schools than I did judging from their references. Listening to them is like sitting in on a graduate seminar or going to an Ivy League town and overhearing snippets of conversations that are so much smarter than those you have with your friends. But Gabfest has really grown on me as I'm beginning to trust the taste of the gabmeisters, in spite of their wordiness, and occasionally because of it. I couldn't understand half of what Robert Christgau said in his reviews either, but that guy NEVER steered me wrong. The great Victoria Pero of NJ is correct about the grating use of "Right." Pero that's a quibble of one who enjoys the show. To that quibble I would add "So" used at the beginning of a response to a question. It's such a service to the listener to make your speech impeccable, free of that stuff. Your ideas are serious, and we are hungry for serious ideas and opinions in this age of "everybody has his own opinion." What a bore that is! It's refreshingly humbling to listen to the show because it compels me to learn something new, get out of my routine and make some discoveries. I look at my iPod or Youtube favorites and fear I'm stuck in 1993, or the three months in 1989 when I was cool. Gabfest is such a throwback to those old college days you could sit in your dorm and discuss movies and music with smarter people who push you toward something good. It's so refreshing to feel inadequate listening to a radio show! I wish sometimes you weren't so polite with each other, but maybe I just have a fantasy about a cultural McLaughlin Group. Friends can have vehement and productive disagreements, so we won't be offended to hear some of that. I'm not a fan of the show's forays into foodie talk, as I go elsewhere for that sort of thing. Just another quibble...In all, I'm very grateful for this program, and will enjoy hearing how it evolves.
I look forward to Gabfest; it's a highlight of my week-end radio listening. I wish it were on more than once a week! At 7 a.m., when I hear it in NY, it's a great way to get the ol' brain cells going. Thanks and keep up the great work.
Mike from Inwood is right - "no incredible insights". Truly nothing more than a mundane Gabfest. Emily Bazelon especially is an esoteric shrill bore. I tried it out for a while - but it's just plain yuppie boring......... Dump this show quick before anyone finds out about it.
My new favorite find. Makes me laugh and makes me think. Also makes me completely crazy how every speaker sprinkles their text with the now ubiquitous "right?". This bizarre new filler which seems to request/demand validation on every other thought is as useless and distracting as the past several year's "listen" which began 8 out of 10 political punditry statements, regardless of their worth. Please, just speak! Speak your ideas without fashionable fillers that only serve to water down the impact of your actual thought and create a kind of dialectic sameness giving way to an inevitable parody hopefully written into Anchorman II.
Otherwise - you guys rock!
i hate it-one of the shows i turn off--bunch of yuppies
I'm sorry; perhaps that was mean.
Imagine you're in sitting in a Williamsburg (Brooklyn) bar next to three moderately informed and moderately educated hipsters discussing current affairs who are not yet three sheets to the wind. The conversation is not always predictable, but there are no incredible insights. Edit out the yawns and burps. Broadcast at 6 PM on Sundays.
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