Gabfest Radio: The Swab My Cheek Edition

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the new revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, and the Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds routine collection of DNA samples from criminal suspects.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, Dana Stevens and June Thomas are joined by Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Meredith Blake to discuss the USA Network’s new series Graceland, a simultaneously sunny and gritty show about undercover agents living in a Real World-esque beach mansion. Next, they’re joined by Slate columnist and Barney’s creative ambassador Simon Doonan to discuss the Met’s new retrospective exhibit “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Finally, Slate’s new music critic Carl Wilson joins the Gabfest to take on the topic of hatred as a critical tool: When is it OK to just say, “I can’t stand this band, book, or movie?”

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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):

Glenn Greenwald’s scoop about the NSA’s collection of Verizon customers’ phone records.

The Washington Post’s article about PRISM.

Channeling David, Slate’s Will Saletan expressed some ambivalence about the “Orwellian” aspects of the government’s spying efforts.

Emily wrote about the legal processes that can compel companies to turn over their customers’ data.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on DNA collection had Emily wondering whether Justice Kennedy had ever seen an episode of Law & Order.

If police find a DNA “match,” that doesn’t mean they have the right suspect.

In an article in Slate, Barry Friedman says he thinks the court missed a distinction between two types of searches, regulatory and investigative, that reflect two types of policing.

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

Meredith Blake on Graceland and USA’s “blue skies” shows, for the Los Angeles Times.

June’s 2012 Slate piece on the pleasures of summer television. Graceland’s official page.

USA network’s shows Burn Notice, Suits, Royal Pains, and White Collar.

The official website for “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

The Met’s 2011 Alexander McQueen exhibit.

The revolutionary “Sex” (later knows as “Seditionaries”) boutique.

Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.

The bands The Slits, X-Ray Spex, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Carl Wilson’s piece on hating the National, for Slate.

Dana Stevens hating on Natalie Portman, for Slate.

The oft-maligned fashion designer Ed Hardy.


June: The entertaining, eclectic new website about all things television,

Dana: Fill the Void, a new Israeli film about an arranged marriage in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family.

End Music: “That’s the Way It Is,” by Celine Dion