Gabfest Radio: The Newtown 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 how America might confront gun violence in the wake of the latest mass shooting tragedy in Newton, Conn. They also discuss the legacy of the late Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner are joined by Slate columnist Dan Engber to discuss Peter Jackson’s "The Hobbit" and whether its increased frame rate helps or ruins the movie … or if the movie was already a ruin to begin with. The Gabfesters then discuss the entertainment appeal of the A&E series "Duck Dynasty" and what its popularity might say about the state of the white working class in America. Finally, they consider personality typology and the relevance of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.

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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):

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Sandy Hook school shooting and gun control.

David also mentions Slate’s project to track gun violence that happens after the Newtown shooting.

Emily and John both wrote about the politics of taking on the NRA.

David refers to a piece in The New York Times, “The Freedom of an Armed Society,” while discussing the impact of gun culture on American society.

In a USA Today op-ed, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlined six ways to confront gun violence.

Emily recommends Akhil Reed Amar’s piece about Robert Bork. David also recommends Jeffrey Toobin’s piece in The New Yorker.


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

Dana Stevens’ review for Slate of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Dan Engber’s defense of The Hobbit’s increased frame rate for Slate.

The Slate Spoiler Special for "Life of Pi."

The J.R.R. Toklein collection "The Silmarillion," which details the universe in which "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" take place.

5 Things You Should Know About 48 Frames Per Second.

The Vulture round-up of how critics described The Hobbit at 48 FPS.

The Ents from "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."

Tricia Romano for The Daily Beast on "Duck Dynasty" and "redneck TV.”

The TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies."

The series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," discussed on Culturefest Episode 206.

Fredrick Wiseman’s 1968 documentary "High School."

The documentarians Albert and David Maysles.

The free online version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator used by Dana, Julia, and Stephen to discover their types.

Lillian Cunningham for The Washington Post on the history and future of the Myers-Briggs.



Dana’s pick: The Facebook page and Twitter account for the proposed One Million Child March on D.C. for Gun Control.

Julia’s pick: Season 2 of the British drama series "The Hour," to be watched as you wait for "Mad Men" to return.

Stephen’s pick: The lush, beautiful Fleetwood Mac gem “Save Me a Place” and Guided by Voices’ rock song “Tractor Rape Chain.”