Episode #47

Gabfest Radio: The Your Feet Are Killing Me Edition

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Reporters swarm former Governor Eilot Spitzer as he tries to collect petition signatures for his late entry into the city comptroller race. (WNYC/Brigid Bergin)

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the turmoil in Egypt, and the challenges it poses for the Obama administration. They also discuss Eliot Spitzer’s decision to run for office and whether the former New York governor (and Slate contributor) deserves forgiveness. During the cocktail chatter portion of the show, the Gabfesters are joined by special guest Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the MTV series Catfish, which is based on the 2010 documentary film of the same name. One of the show’s executive producers, Nomi Ernst Leidner, joins the Gabfest to dissect the knotty issues surrounding long-distance online relationships, fake personal profiles, and the mechanics of reality TV production. Then, our critics consider Frank Rich’s recent column in New York magazine, in which he lays the blame for privacy’s death not on the NSA or media corporations, but on American exhibitionism and our increasing lust for attention. Is he right? Do Americans no longer care about privacy? Finally, the Gabfest’s own Dana Stevens recently published a blistering screed against flip-flops—breezy summer sandals or unhygienic harbingers of the apocalypse?

Join the Gabfest discussion all week long at the Political Gabfest Facebook page and the Culture Gabfest Facebook page.

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):

Need an Egypt overview? Shadi Hamid, director of research for the Brookings Doha Center, talks to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog about the recent ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Slate’s Will Dobson writes that the window is closing fast for a democratic transition out of Egypt’s revolution.

An unhealthy economy isn’t helping Egypt’s stability—Emily cites the country’s GDP growth rate, which began descending around 2007.

David curated his favorite Slate posts by Eliot Spitzer, several of which advocate for more shareholder activism. Spitzer wrote The Best Policy column for Slate from 2008–13.

While Spitzer is asking for forgiveness, he’s rarely offered it to others, writes John.



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

The 2010 film Catfish.

MTV’s Catfish TV series.

The Wrap’s interview with host Nev Schulman.

Dana Stevens’ review of the film for Slate.

The Culture Gabfest episode that featured the film.

When Privacy Jumped the Shark,” by Frank Rich for New York.

Reporter Glenn Greenwald and commentator Glenn Beck talk Edward Snowden.

Frank Rich’s writing for the New York Times on the Lewinski scandal.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

A Pew Research poll on Americans’ opinions on NSA spying.

Your Flip-Flops Are Grossing Me Out,” by Dana Stevens for Slate.

BuzzFeed’s “22 Important Reasons Why No One Should Ever Wear Flip-Flops."



Dana: The TLC reality show about a cake shop in New Jersey, Cake Boss.

Julia: The novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple.

Stephen: Edmund Wilson’s book on the Civil War and the birth of modern America, Patriotic Gore.

Outro: “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.

Hosted by:

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, Stephen Metcalf, David Plotz, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner

Comments [2]

Fishmael from NYC

Hang in there, Dana! Flip-flops in the city are for morons, to be pitied/judged as a good new Yorker.

Jul. 13 2013 07:55 AM
dpatriss from NYC

Emily seems to be saying that we should forgive Spitzer because he was good in his last elected position but Weiner shouldn't be forgiven because he wasn't an effective representative in Congress. Those things have nothing to do with forgiving or not the two men. Weiner was very effective in that he brought up in the press and on TV etc. the Democratic view and was very effective in getting the Democratic party's program out their in the open. You don't have to always get bills passed like naming post offices etc. to be effective. Let the people decide who should be elected. It looks like Weiner has the people behind him. I am not sure about Spitzer. It is Christian to forgive. What the two men did was personal and if their wives forgave them, who is Emily or anyone else to forgive or not on the criteria that they think they were good or bad politicians. I think they both have not only repented, but will not repeat their actions.

Jul. 13 2013 07:45 AM

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