Gabfest Radio: The Sandra Day Dishonor 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 morass at Guantánamo Bay, including the ongoing prisoner hunger strike, a prisoner’s memoir excerpted on Slate, and what President Obama can do to finally close the detention center. They also discuss retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s recent expression of regret about the landmark Bush v. Gore case.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Michael Bay’s new movie Pain and Gain, which has some humor, little humanity, and no warmth. The ‘Festers are then joined by New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter to discuss his new book about the battle for morning TV dominance. Finally, our co-hosts ponder Amazon’s new TV pilots and whether its crowdsourcing model could herald a change in TV content.

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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):

The Guantánamo memoir of Mohamedou Ould Slahi in Slate.

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage reported on the current hunger strike by Guantánamo prisoners; he’s also assembled a Tumblr that inventories the reading library available to prisoners.

The New York Times published an op-ed by Guantánamo prisoner Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel about the hunger strike

Also via The New York Times, documents and research about Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel and Mohamedou Ould Slahi.

President Obama can actually close Guantánamo whenever he wants, writes Eric Posner.

Justice O’Connor made her remarks about Bush v. Gore during an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

Emily is extremely frustrated with Justice O’Connor.

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

A few of Michael Bay’s movies: Bad Boys, Transformers trilogy, Armageddon, and The Rock. 

Director Stephen Soderbergh

Notes on the Auteur Theory” by Andrew Sarris 

Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, by Brian Stelter.

Amazon’s original TV pilots

June Thomas for Slate on whether Amazon’s new pilots can transform TV.

Willa Paskin on Amazon’s comedy pilots for Salon.

The musical Web series from Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.  


Dana: The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda, currently playing on Broadway. 

June: The amazing FX series The Americans

Stephen: New York’s sports talk radio station WFAN, which handled the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins exquisitely.

End Music: "Naughty," from Matilda the Musical.