Gabfest Radio: The All In Edition

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On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon and David Plotz, along with special guest Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, discuss the Petraeus affair and its possible fallout in post-election Washington, and the Supreme Court’s decision to review the Voting Rights Act.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss "Skyfall," the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, and the evolution of the Bond universe. They then consider Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Essays Since 1950, zeroing in on a few particular pieces and discussing how the essay has changed as a form over the past 60 years. Finally, the Culturefesters are joined by Dan Pashman, Culture Gabfest producer and host of the podcast The Sporkful, for a discussion of Thanksgiving’s best practices and favorite traditions for omnivores and vegetarians alike. Hint: they include the Veggieducken.

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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)

Visit the Slatest blog for ongoing updates about the General Petraeus affair. And Emily has a few questions for the FBI.

David and Emily reference Alison Buckholtz’s discussion of military spouses and infidelity.

Regarding weird things about Florida, Ta-Nehisi recommends George Packer’s study of the state's experience of the foreclosure crisis.

President Obama, at his first press conference since re-election, acted like he had leverage and a mandate, says John Dickerson.

Nathaniel Persily, professor of political science and law at Columbia University, says the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may be doomed.

“Republicans want ‘stuff’ too,” says Ta-Nehisi, in response to Mitt Romney’s assertion that Obama won the election by handing out gifts to Democratic constituencies.


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

Dana Stevens’ review of "Skyfall" for Slate.

The evolution of the Bond girl by Alyssa Rosenberg for XX Factor.

Issac Chotiner’s exhaustive explanation of what makes Bond great and his ranking of all things 007 for Slate.

The movies "American Beauty" and "Revolutionary Road," also directed by Sam Mendes.

Jane Martinson for The Guardian online asking if "Skyfall" is a “less sexist Bond film.”

Art Threat’s Michael Lithgow on gender and homophobia in "Skyfall."

Spy novelist Jeremy Duns on the origins of Ian Fleming’s James Bond.

Actors who have been considered for the role of James Bond over the course of the franchise.

"Skyfall"’s theme song sung by Adele.

Robert Atwan’s selections for top essays of the postwar period including those by David Foster Wallace, James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, and Phillip Lopate.

David Foster Wallace’s 1997 essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”

Joan Didion’s 1979 book "The White Album: Essays."

Michel de Montaigne’s pioneering book "Essays" (the collection of prose that pioneered the form).

Normal Mailer’s 1967 book "The White Negro."

The Turducken, Frankenstein of holiday roasts.

The Thanksgiving centerpiece every vegetarian should have on the table, Dan Pashman’s multitudes-containing Veggieducken.

How to Turn a Full-Body Turkey Suit Into a Turducken Costume.

The Slate Culture Gabfest, “Great Granola Showdown” Edition.



Dana’s pick: “Of Friendship,” by Michel de Montaigne, which laments the loss of his best friend and is the first essay to use the term “essay.”

Julia’s pick: Joan Didion’s 1967 essay “Goodbye to All That,” about how the newly arrived twentysomething’s enchantment with New York City evolves and fades over time.

Stephen’s pick: Stephen Jay Gould’s book "The Mismeasure of Man," originally published in 1981, which explains trends in the cultural analysis of psychometric data and reveals the fallacies inherent in biological determinist explanations of intelligence.