Gabfest Radio: The Live from Washington Edition

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On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, recorded live at Washington's Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Obama’s second inaugural address and what it signals about his new approach to governing, and social media policy in the workplace.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner dive into the controversy surrounding torture, moral ambiguity, and blood lust in Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty." Then, in light of Esquire’s recent profile of Megan Fox, the Gabfesters discuss the state of celebrity journalism—from the “rules of the game” to the best and worst of the form. Finally, Slate contributor and “Dear Prudence” advice columnist Emily Yoffe joins the conversation to talk about the history of the advice column and the legacy of the late Pauline Phillips, better known as Dear Abby.

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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):

John says Obama used his inaugural speech to nod to the coalition that elected him and to sew it more fully into the American story.

The Washington Post has the complete transcript of Obama’s speech.

How have four years in the White House changed the Obamas? Jodi Kantor asked friends and staffers close to the first family.

Slate contributor Josh Eidelson says “Go Ahead, Complain About Your Job on Facebook.” The New York Times also wrote about recent decisions about workplace social media policies by the National Labor Relations Board.

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

Dana Stevens’ review of "Zero Dark Thirty" for Slate.

The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald on the “pernicious propaganda” of "Zero Dark Thirty" and Andrew O’Hehir for Salon on the danger of reducing the conversation about the movie to a political debate.

Kathryn Bigelow for The L.A. Times responding to criticisms about the movie’s depiction of torture.

Peter Maass for The Atlantic on “government-embedded filmmaking.”

Esquire’s profile of Megan Fox for their February 2013 issue.

Esquire’s “Women We Love” feature.

“Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie,” Stephen Rodrick’s terrific profile of Lindsay Lohan for The New York Times.

Lynn Hirschberg’s 2009 profile of Megan Fox for The New York Times.

Ron Rosenbaum for Slate on the worst celebrity profile ever written and the rules of conducting celebrity interviews.

Slate’s Emily Yoffe on the timeless charm of Dear Abby.

Margalit Fox’s obituary of Pauline Phillips for The New York Times.

Jessica Weisberg for The New Yorker online on "Tiny Beautiful Things," the collected advice columns of the Rumpus’ Dear Sugar.

Athenian Mercury Project, a website that reprints questions and answers from the first English-language newspaper advice column.

“Dear Athenian Mercury: Questions and Answers From The First Advice Column in English” from the Awl.

Dorothy Dix, the forerunner of the modern advice columnist.

"Saturday" by Ian McEwan.



Dana’s pick: Alexandra Horowitz’s "Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know," a fascinating read discovered by way of Adam Gopnik’s New Yorker piece about the evolution of dogs and the human-dog relationship.

Julia’s pick: In light of reading Ian McEwan’s "Sweet Tooth," which features a poorly drawn female heroine, a plea to listeners to recommend a great essay about McEwan and gender.

Stephen’s pick: The 1989 British miniseries "Traffik," which was the basis for Stephen Soderbergh’s 2000 movie "Traffic."

End music: “Dear Abby” by John Prine.