On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the significance of President Obama’s surprise decision to seek congressional approval for a military mission in Syria. They also discuss the gun and pot laws provoking new fights about federalism.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, our critics discuss Drinking Buddies, the latest film by Joe Swanberg, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. Set in a Chicago brewery, the film follows Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) as they negotiate their platonic friendship, their entrance into bourgeois adulthood, and their respective romantic relationships. Think When Harry Met Sally meets A Midsummer Night's Dream, saturated in an excess of beer. Next, the Gabfest turns to a new Slate series by science and health editor Laura Helmuth on the swiftly increasing human lifespan and its effects on our conception of self. Laura joins the critics to explain, among other things, why we are #NotDeadYet. Finally, creative ambassador for Barneys and Slate contributor Simon Doonan talks about his latest book The Asylum, explaining his ascent from “working class slag” to fashion industry mainstay.
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):
Fred Kaplan supports Obama’s decision to seek congressional approval.
While liberals are fighting federal marijuana laws, they’re also scorning state challenges to federal gun laws—Emily wrote about what distinguishes the two fights over federalism.
CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):
A.O. Scott’s New York Times review of Drinking Buddies.
A definition of “mumblecore” films by David Denby.
Simon: CBS fantasy drama Under the Dome.
Steve: Ray Monk’s new biography of Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb.
Outro: “Checking Out” by Langhorne Slim.