Gabfest Radio: The Out From Under the DOMA Edition

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Celebrating the DOMA decision at the Stonewall Inn

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court’s historic rulings on same-sex marriage and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss the Paula Deen scandal and celebrity apologies in general. Do celebrities’ apologies—or nonapologies—even begin to help them atone for awful behavior? Then the gabbers take a look at the new CBS series Under the Dome, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, in which a mysterious, impenetrable dome surrounds and holds captive an entire small town. Finally, the crew considers the decline of the humanities major: Why is it happening, does it matter, and what can be done about it?

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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):

Eric Posner, writing in a Slate email exchange with Emily, Richard Posner, and Walter Dellinger, says there’s no clear constitutional reason for striking down DOMA.

Emily’s reply expands on her comments in the podcast—she thinks that while Justice Kennedy’s decision may not pass the constitutional lawyer test, it does pass the common sense test.

The court sidestepped Hollingsworth v. Perry, arriving at a decision on standing that Walter Dellinger previewed in Slate in 2010.

What now for the GOP? “It was a busy week in existential threats to the Republican Party,” writes John.

The 2007 New York Times wedding announcement of Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the challenge to DOMA.

Emily compares the “argle-bargle” of Kennedy and Scalia to Justice Roberts, who wrote a quieter opinion on the VRA that “takes away one of the most important tools for ensuring minority rights that Congress has ever created.”

Nate Silver wrote about voting trends in the country’s majority-minority congressional districts.

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

Paula Deen fired by Food Network.

Deen’s awkward apologies.

Alyssa Rosenberg on Deen’s apologies, for ThinkProgress.

Anna Holmes on the “theater of public apology” for Time.

The TV series Under the Dome, on Amazon.

Under the Dome: A Novel, by Stephen King.

Troy Patterson reviews Under the Dome for Slate.

Artist Damien Hirst.

The Heart of the Matter,” a report by the Commission on the Humanities & Social Sciences.

The Decline and Fall of the English Major,” by Verlyn Klinkenborg in the New York Times.

The Humanist Vocation,” by David Brooks in the New York Times.

Philosopher Richard Rorty.


Dana: A moving obituary for James Gandolfini, by New York magazine’s Matt Zoller Seitz.

June: The ridiculously addictive smartphone game “Candy Crush.”

Stephen: The indie rock band Beach Fossils and their eponymous debut album.

Outro: Beach Fossils, “Clash the Truth.”