Gabfest Radio: The Brooding Ethnic Antihero Edition

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On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by special guest Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor at The Atlantic. They discuss immigration reform’s path through the House of Representatives and Hillary Clinton’s age.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and David Haglund discuss the controversy surrounding The New Yorker cover commemorating the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Was the image of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie watching the news an appropriate one for a major civil rights victory? Then the gabbers take a look at Pedro Almodóvar’s new film I’m So Excited. Why has he returned to comedy when Spain is in the throes of an economic crisis? Finally, the crew considers Showtime’s new series Ray Donovan and asks why prestige dramas are so fixated on antiheroes.


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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):


It’s just another fantasy of political journalists, says David. But Jonathan Chait makes the case for why a discharge petition might happen.


Who needs Hispanic voters? Dave Weigel wrote about the voting math that is shaping the GOP approach to immigration reform.


Thomas Edsall also reviewed the GOP’s internal debate about its demographic challenges.


The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin reported on how the GOP is making an early issue of Hillary Clinton’s age.


Garance wrote that Hillary’s bigger problem may be the age of her advisors and loyalists.


David remembers Reagan’s comeback to a question about age at the 1984 Reagan-Mondale debate.



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


Moment of Joy,” the cover of this week’s New Yorker.

June’s response to The New Yorker cover in Slate.

Earlier New Yorker covers involving same-sex couples.

Flavorwire’s Tyler Coates on why the cover is “infantilizing and offensive.”

Barry Blitt’s Obama fist-bump cover.

Dana’s review of I’m So Excited.

June’s “Completist” column on Pedro Almodóvar, and her ranking of his films.

June’s interview with Almodóvar.

Maureen Ryan’s review of Ray Donovan in the Huffington Post.

June’s Brow Beat post about Ray Donovan and antihero fatigue.



June: The new ABC Family series The Fosters.

David: The Act of Killing, a forthcoming documentary about state-sanctioned murders in Indonesia.

Dana: A May 2012 discussion of New Yorker covers featuring Françoise Mouly, the magazine’s art editor, in conversation with the artists Barry Blitt and Bob Staake.

Outro: "I'm So Excited," by the Pointer Sisters.