Gabfest Radio: The Mr. Smith Returns to Washington 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 whether the long-discussed option of limiting the filibuster is really about to happen, and the ethics of outing bullies online.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime film "Liz & Dick," Slate’s Seth Stevenson drops by to discuss his piece on the Web-video montages known as supercuts, and the hosts debate whether the photo sharing app Snapchat is a tool for teenage vice or a harmless waste of time.

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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):

Wonkblog has a collection of links to filibuster reform coverage.

Emily recommends a 2011 Slate piece about the filibuster by Akhil Reed Amar.

Emily wrote about the online confrontation between internet group Anonymous and a group of teen bullies.


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

Reviews and commentary on "Liz & Dick" from The New York Times, Slate, and Buzzfeed.

The forthcoming Martin Scorcese film on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

"Furious Love," the book on which "Liz & Dick" was based.

Seth Stevenson’s piece on supercuts.

The Video Remix ”Supercut” Comes of Age by Andy Baio (Wired, 11/1/11).

“Telephones” by Christian Marclay (1995).

Five of the best supercuts on YouTube by David Holmes (Daily Dot, 7/3/12). Home of the Obsessive Video Montage.

The Real Problem With the iPhone Sexting App by Katie Heaney.

Does Snapchat offer safe sexting from smartphones, or a false sense of security? by Graham Cluley.



Dana’s pick: The new Slate blog of historical treasures and oddities, The Vault.

Julia’s pick: An iPhone game called Flow.

Stephen’s pick: The poem “First Sight” by Philip Larkin.