Gabfest Radio: The Extreme Makeover (GOP 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, appearing before a live audience at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca, discuss the GOP’s autopsy report on the 2012 election, and the gender politics of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, Dana Stevens, John Swansburg, and June Thomas discuss

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Here are links to some of the items mentioned in this week’s episode: 


Here’s a link to this week’s full podcast, which includes a special appearance by The Colbert Report host and Gabfest fan Stephen Colbert. (Video also available.)

John says the GOP’s autopsy of its 2012 loss puts political expediency over principles.

The RNC report’s official name is the “Growth and Opportunity Project.”

In The New Yorker, Anna Holmes surveys the reaction provoked by Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In

Slate’s Jessica Grose relates her own maternity experience and doesn’t find Sandberg’s advice helpful.

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

 David Haglund for Slate on why the miniseries is the ideal TV form.

For Slate, June Thomas on Jane Campion’s first miniseries, An Angel at My Table.

Troy Patterson on Top of the Lake for Slate.

Mike Hale’s review of Top of the Lake for The New York Times.

The TV shows The Killing and Twin Peaks.

Geeta Dayal on David Bowie’s new album The Next Day for Slate 

David Bowie’s 2004 album Outside and his 1977 album Heroes.

The movie The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie. 

Cracked Actor, the BBC documentary about David Bowie.

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s “David Bowie Is” exhibit. 

Matthew J.X. Malady on doing away with the email signoff for Slate.

Chris Gayomali for the Week on what your email signature says about you.

This is Not the End of Email Etiquette” by Rebecca Greenfield for the Atlantic Wire. 


June’s pick: The BBC Radio 4 radio show and podcast Ramblings. On a recent episode host Clare Balding went on a walk and picked up litter with David Sedaris.


John’s pick: A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook, a book that explores the creation of four Eastern cities that were built to mimic Western modernization.

Dana’s pick: Bach 360°, WQXR’s 10-day festival that celebrates the birthday of the composer J.S. Bach with more than 200 hours of his music.

End Music: “The Next Day” by David Bowie.