Gabfest Radio: The Through the Looking (Google) Glass 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 how Apple and other corporations avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes. They also discuss Obama’s new drone and Guantanamo policies.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas are joined by music critic Jonah Weiner to review Random Access Memories, the much-hyped new album from the space-helmet-sporting French electronica duo Daft Punk. And then, the Gabfest crew takes a look at Google’s new smartphone for your face, Google Glass: Will it extend our human powers or finally debauch them for good?

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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):

Matt Yglesias wishes that Congress would leave Tim Cook and Apple alone.

Emily wishes that people would stop whining about the IRS.

Emily mentions that Luxembourg and other countries are facing pressure to start sharing more information about their banking practices.

Here’s Obama’s speech on drones and the war on terror.

Fred Kaplan thinks that the president didn’t say much on drones but appears ready to act on Guantanamo.

Eric Posner and Emily debate the Justice Department’s investigation of leaks and the balance between press freedom and security.

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

Daft Punk’s Homework, Discovery, and Random Access Memories.

Jonah Weiner’s interview with Daft Punk for Rolling Stone

Daft Punk’s 2007 “Alive” tour/album.

Guitarist/production legend Nile Rodgers

Beck, another genre reclaimer who hit in the ’90s. 

Phantom of the Paradise, directed by Brian De Palma, starring Paul Williams.

John Lanchester on Google Glass, for the London Review of Books.

Farhad Manjoo on Google Glass, for Slate.

Blogger Felix Salmon’s post on Google Glass and privacy norms.


Dana: Scottish-born singer, songwriter, poet, and humorist Ivor Cutler

June: Syfy’s dystopian, future-frontier-town based, alien-infused series Defiance.

Stephen: Poet Phillip Larkin’s poem concerning the sensation of foreignness, “The Importance of Elsewhere.”

End Music: “I’m Walking to a Farm” by Ivor Cutler