On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, discuss whether raising taxes, enhancing revenue, or closing loopholes (or however you want to describe it) is going to be key to the White House and Congress finding a solution to the "fiscal cliff." They then discuss the new Steven Spielberg movie "Lincoln," and what it tells us about today's politics.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Pete Wells’ scathing review of Guy Fieri’s new restaurant in Times Square, the responsibilities of the critic generally, and whether a critic’s boiling rage can go too far in eviscerating its subject. They then consider Philip Roth's announced retirement, and the notion of when and why writers, artists, and public figures should call it quits. Finally, the Culturefesters share their thoughts on The New York Times opinion piece “The Quiet Ones,” enforcement of silence in public spaces, and corrective journalism that shames those who don’t require or respect the silence of the Amtrak quiet car.