Gabfest Radio: The Home Stretch Edition

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On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the political impact of Hurricane Sandy, the altered relationship between President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and the state of the presidential race going into the final weekend.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner have taken refuge from the blacked-out Slate offices in lower Manhattan and are joined on the phone by Slate writers Jody Rosen and David Haglund. They discuss Twitter as both hyperlocal newswire and social media rumor mill during Hurricane Sandy. The Gabfesters then talk about the Mormon scholar D. Michael Quinn and the controversy over studying history within the Latter Day Saints church.

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Here are links to some of the items mentioned in this week’s episode:


POLITICAL GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):

John says Romney’s polling momentum has stalled; if you’re unfamiliar with Nate Silver’s work, his October 28 post has an overview of the polls and a discussion of his methodology.

Slate’s Matt Yglesias looks into Romney’s plans for FEMA.

John references feedback he collected from undecided voters.

David wonders how Mormonism may affect Romney’s political views about FEMA; in Mother Jones, Stephanie Mencimer reports on what’s unique about the Mormon response to prior natural disasters.

Bloomberg’s Josh Barro argues that shifting FEMA’s responsibilities to the states won’t save money.


Cocktail Chatter:

Emily chatters about why the Supreme Court isn’t a dog’s best friend.

John chatters about The Browser.

David chatters about the Fitter Families Contest. You'll find the medal he talked about on this page.


CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):

The video of a ConEd transformer exploding in Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy.

The fake photo of the Statue of Liberty that went viral during the storm.

The BuzzFeed article that outed @ComfortablySmug, the former hedge-fund analyst who used Twitter to intentionally spread false rumors about the storm as it was happening.

Will Oremus for Slate on misinformation about Hurricane Sandy that originated from police scanners.

With its tendency to self-correct hoaxes and falsehoods, Twitter as self-cleaning oven

For Slate, Jody Rosen on how Twitter helped him recover his stolen bike.

David Haglund's article on D. Michael Quinn and Mormon intellectualism.

Jack Mormons vs. ex-Mormons.

The September Six, Mormons who were excommunicated in 1993 for publishing scholarly work about the Mormon Church.

D. Michael Quinn’s 1981 lecture, “On Being a Mormon Historian.”

Controversial Mormon Church leader Ezra Taft Benson



Julia’s pick: The movie Broadcast News, which offers a refreshing dramatization of a woman’s commitment to her career.

David Haglund’s pick: The Welsh singer-songwriter Katell Keineg. If you like Jeff Buckley and Joni Mitchell, start with her album "Jet." 

Stephen’s pick: Donald Hall’s essay on the history of poetry readings, including his own anecdotes from a lifetime of reading his poetry for audiences.