On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether John Kerry's accidental Syria plan can work, and what that means for international law. They also discuss whether Bill de Blasio's victory in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary is a rejection of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his policies.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, our critics take down Salinger, Shane Salerno’s new documentary about the reclusive writer. The film features a star-studded cast of talking heads, whose commentary on Salinger fluctuates between unfounded speculation and total hagiography. Next, the Gabfest turns to the concept of popularity, as defined (or redefined) by Adam Sternbergh in this week’s New York Times Magazine. Adam joins the critics to discuss the ways in which the Internet has both clarified and confounded our measures of cultural popularity. Finally, the Gabfest examines changes at the Onion. After 25 years in publication, the satirical newspaper has ascended from supermarket periodical to a mini-media empire in its own right. Changes in the staff and the tone of the paper, however, have led some critics to ask: Is the Onion still funny?
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):
Vladimir Putin rakes President Obama over the coals for promoting American exceptionalism in a New York Times op-ed.
If the Syria deal goes through, it will be a vindication of the force of international law, writes Emily.
A campaign ad for New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio starring the candidate's son highlights the differences between de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Sixty-one percent of New Yorkers say empathy is the most important quality for a new mayor, a New York Times-Siena College poll found.
CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):
Farhad Majoo’s Slate piece on changes at the Onion.The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Dana: Wise Up Ghost, a new album Elvis Costello and The Roots
Julia: Breaking Bad on AMC
Steve: BBC America’s crime drama Broadchurch
Outro: “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas.