On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz present their annual "Conundrums" show. We asked listeners to send us their most vexing moral or ethical dilemmas, and the panelists debate their favorites.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner also let you set the agenda. Listeners left us voicemails about overlooked cultural topics, and the hosts tackle as many as they can.
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 refers to a 19th century legal case about four men stranded in a lifeboat, and the grisly way some of them survived.
Cocktail Chatter: Top Political Moment of 2012
David picks Joe Biden's apparently-unplanned statement in favor of gay marriage, which led to President Obama's momentous decision to take the same public stand.
Emily picks Karl Rove's election night refusal to believe Fox News's own electoral vote projections.
John picks Mitt Romney's "47% video," the secretly-taped remarks he made at a Florida fundraiser that became a turning point in the 2012 campaign.
CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):
Stephen mentions Ron Rosenbaum's 1986 profile of Jack Nicholson (New York Times subscription required)
Julia mentions an Atlantic Wire story about the "Gangnam Style" video and its creator, Psy.
Dana’s pick: Jonah Weiner's profile of Jerry Seinfeld in The New York Times Magazine.
Julia’s pick: Pamela Colloff's Texas Monthly piece "The Innocent Man."
Stephen’s pick: "The Last Detail," one of Jack Nicholson's best, and least celebrated, performances.