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Episode #26

Gabfest Radio: Who’s Afraid of the Gabfest Edition

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama's State of the Union address, and the lessons aging politicians might learn from Pope Benedict’s surprise decision to retire from his lifetime appointment.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and guest June Thomas discuss the current Broadway production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s 1962 play about two married couples and their evening of sodden gamesmanship. The Gabfesters then discuss Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s historical drama about the final months of Abraham Lincoln’s life and his efforts to outlaw slavery through passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.

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):

John says that the president’s address contained a lot of ideas and one simple message: Republicans are the problem.

Slate’s Matt Yglesias curated an exhaustive reading list for several of the president’s new policy proposals.

David mentions an emerging “Senate first” approach to legislating, explained in further detail by Politico.

David refers to our Facebook poll, which asked about prioritizing the president’s SOTU proposals.

Slate’s Explainer answers everything about the pope’s retirement.

David cites data on the prevalence of dementia in older populations – he’s referencing “The Age of Reason,” a June 2011 presentation from Harvard University economics professor David Laibson.

 

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

The New York Times review of the 1962 Broadway premiere of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

The writings of actor and playwright Tracy Letts.

The 1966 film adaptation of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" directed by Mike Nichols.

"Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" director Pam MacKinnon on why directing that play is like mountain climbing.

Jesse Green’s October 2012 profile of playwright Edward Albee for New York.

The New York Times on the making of "Lincoln."

Possible "Lincoln" source material "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Aisha Harris for Slate on the mysterious origins of Tony Kushner's "Lincoln" script.

Dana Stevens’ review of "Lincoln" for Slate.

A.O. Scott’s review of "Lincoln" for The New York Times.

The movie "The Help."

John Williams, the composer who scored "Lincoln."

 

Endorsements:

Dana’s pick: James F. English’s book "The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value," a cultural history of awards and prizes, which will revolutionize the way you think about the Oscars and awards in general.

June’s pick: From journalist-turned-fiction writer Alex Berenson, "The Night Ranger (A John Wells Novel)" about his hero John Wells, who in this latest installment must rescue kidnapped do-gooders in East Africa.

Stephen’s pick: The song “Rotten Love” by Levy.

 

[End music: “Rotten Love” by Levy]

 

Hosted by:

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

Editors:

Stephen Metcalf

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