Episode #16

Gabfest Radio: The Death of Handwriting Edition

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Saturday, December 08, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, discuss the GOP’s search for better leverage in the fiscal cliff negotiations, and the ethics of The New York Post’s tragic cover photo.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the end of handwriting and Philip Hensher's book "The Missing Ink," and Slate's June Thomas stops by to explain why she neither wants a wife, nor wants to be one.

Join the Gabfest discussion all week long at the Political Gabfest Facebook page and the Culture Gabfest Facebook page.

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):

Emily and David agree with Matthew Yglesias: raising the Medicare eligibility age is a bad idea.

Ygelsias is also following the GOP’s discussion of a plan to recapture negotiating leverage by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.

John’s recap of the “Campaign Decision Makers Conference” at Harvard’s Institute of Politics details some of the lessons learned by the Romney and Obama campaigns.

David references David Brooks while arguing that conservatives should re-evaluate their use of anti-government rhetoric. This week, Brooks wrote about what the GOP should seek in return for higher tax rates.

Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder has more on the New York Post’s cover photo of Ki Suk Han.


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

June Thomas’ Slate piece "Don't Be a Wife."

"Here Comes the Groom," by Andrew Sullivan.

"The Age of Dissonance; Gay Marriage? How Straight," from The New York Times in 2004.

"The New Normal Not Good Enough" by Lynne Huffer in The Huffington Post.

Philip Hensher’s book "The Missing Ink."

Julia’s Slate piece on handwriting, which reviews the Hensher book: "The End of Pens: Is Handwriting Worth Saving?"



Dana’s endorsements: Elliott Holt Twitter fiction.

Julia’s endorsement: Jethro Mullen on Instagram.

Steve’s endorsement: "Breaking Bad."


Hosted by:

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, Stephen Metcalf, David Plotz, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner

Comments [1]

claire from upper manhattan

Re the Medicare and Soc Sec discussion: 1. take a look at the Medicare cuts proposed, not just to providers, which is bad enough, but to recipients as well. It might not make any difference whether the age is 65 or 67 if the program is just an empty shell anyway. Its really, really bad what they're thinking of cutting - the services the elderly need most (so of course it would save money to cut them! duh...) 2. Re Social Security: "adjustments to the COLA" - is anyone aware that the COLA was Zero for two years in a row that the Congress received their normal generous COLA? Or aware that the Social Security COLA is already below the real cost of living? People who have to live on that are going to be so squeezed, together with the Medicare cuts, that we might have to shell out more for a new homeless population.

Dec. 09 2012 06:24 PM

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