Gabfest Radio: The Don’t Call Them Hipster Dads 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 the standoff over the impending sequestration cuts, which will take effect on March 1 if no deal with reached between Congress and the White House. Plus, they talk about a White House press corps that’s grumpy over their access to the president.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss "Life is But a Dream," the documentary about Beyoncé that is written, directed by, and starring … Beyoncé. The Gabfesters then review the inaugural issue of Kindling Quarterly, the magazine that aims to fill the void of parenting-related content for the fathers of the creative class. Finally, continuing the conversation in the lead-up to the Academy Awards, they discuss "Searching for Sugar Man," the captivating Oscar-nominated documentary about the obscure singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez.

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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):

Check out Emily’s recent book tour appearances on The Colbert Report, Fresh Air, and Morning Joe. See a full list of Emily’s upcoming appearances on her website.

Absolutely everything you need to know about the sequester, at Wonkblog.

Via John, the GOP’s plan to replace the sequester, and the president’s.

Emily cites Paul Krugman’s continuing argument that now is not the time to rein in spending.

Emily mentions a poll by The Hill showing that most Americans do not know what the sequester is.

John cites a USA Today/Pew Research Center poll showing that most Americans favor Obama’s approach to the deficit and the sequester.

Do we need the White House press corps? Dave Weigel gives his take.


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

Nitsuh Abebe on Beyoncé and "Life is But a Dream" for New York.

Beyoncé’s halftime performance at the 2013 Super Bowl and her rendition of the national anthem at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Noah Berlatsky for The Atlantic on why we don't call Beyoncé a genius.

In The New York Times, Christopher Maag on Kindling Quarterly.

“What a New Dad’s Magazine Says about 21st Century Fatherhood” in the blog Role Reboot.

Alex Williams for The New York Times on “hipsturbia,” or enclaves of parenting age hipsters located outside New York City.

Sasha Frere-Jones on "Searching for Sugar Man" for The New Yorker online.

“Myth-making” in Searching for Sugar Man and what the documentary omits.

Singer-songwriters Syd Barrett (a founding member of Pink Floyd) and Nick Drake.



Dana’s pick: Jack Prelutsky, the prolific children’s poet in the vein of (but preferable to) Shel Silverstein, specifically his books "Something Big Has Been Here" and "It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles," both illustrated by James Stevenson.

Julia’s pick: The most Internet-y thing you’ll ever see: the viral video of goats yelling like humans.

Stephen’s pick: Following a recent monument tour of Washington D.C.: the Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln’s second inaugural address, which is inscribed in the memorial itself.


[End Music: “Sugar Man” by Rodriguez]