On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the oral argument before the Supreme Court on a challenge to the Voting Rights Act, which Emily feels is in danger of being partially struck down, and Yahoo's decision to ban working at home.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and special guests Jody Rosen and David Haglund discuss the 2013 Academy Awards. They consider the career trajectory of Ben Affleck, canned acceptance speeches, and the alleged sexism of Seth MacFarlane’s opening number. They then discuss “Harlem Shake” in its current iteration as an Internet meme as well as its origins as a dance popularized in the early 2000’s by P. Diddy and his Bad Boy Records crew. Finally, our critics talk about the HBO series "Enlightened," and how its lead character Amy Jellicoe breaks the alpha male anti-hero mold.
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 hosted a Reddit AMA before taping—she answered questions about bullying, law, and the Gabfest.
Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer’s policy about working from home.
Farhad Manjoo says that working from home is a win-win for employees and employers. But Katie Roiphe argues that telecommuting has only added to the challenge of finding work-life balance. Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.
CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):
Slate’s “Let’s Talk Oscars” series by Dana Stevens, Troy Patterson, and Dan Kois.
Alyssa Rosenberg on Ben Affleck’s Best Picture acceptance speech.
"Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value," the book that provides a cultural history of awards and prizes.
Forrest Wickman for Slate on Anne Hathaway hate.
Seth MacFarlane’s Oscars opening number “We Saw Your Boobs.”
The Atlantic Wire on Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Oscars.
Amy Davidson for The New Yorker online on “Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars’ Ugly, Hostile, Sexist Night.”
“Harlem Shake” by Baauer.
Aisha Harris for Slate on “Harlem Shake” and the video of Harlem residents reacting to the meme.
Ann Powers for NPR’s The Record on the origins of the Harlem Shake dance.
One of the music videos that mainstreamed the Harlem Shake dance, “Let’s Get It,” by G. Dep featuring P. Diddy.
Jody Rosen and Chris Molanphy for Slate on the relationship between YouTube sensations and Billboard chart position.
Chris Molanphy in the Village Voice on black music on and off the pop charts.
David Haglund for Slate on why everyone should be watching "Enlightened."
Marc Maron’s interview with Mike White on Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.
Dana’s pick: 2013’s Oscar-nominated short films.
Stephen’s pick: The video “The Evolution of Mom Dancing” with Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama. Even if you’ve seen it 10 million times, watch it again.
[End Music: “Make Me Yours” by Bettye Swann]