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.
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):
Absolutely everything you need to know about the sequester, at Wonkblog.
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.
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.
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.
[End Music: “Sugar Man” by Rodriguez]