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Episode #66

The Counterfactual Camelot Edition

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Picture taken on June 26, 1963 shows then US President John F Kennedy (L) giving a speech at the Schoeneberg city hall in Berlin. (DPA/AFP/Getty)

On this week's episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, live at the Bell House in Brooklyn, discuss why the Kennedys still loom so large in the American imagination and ask the question: What if JFK had lived?

On the Culture Gabfest, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Dallas Buyers Club, an Oscar front-runner featuring stunning performances—and radical physical transformations—from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Based on a true story, the film follows Ron Woodroof, a homophobic Texan who, when diagnosed with HIV, begins illegally smuggling antiviral drugs into Dallas. And finally, with Slate's assistant editor Laura Anderson, the critics discuss Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University whose death and alleged mistreatment by the university's administration has become a cause célèbre for underpaid academics across the country.

You’ll find links to some of the items mentioned in this episode on the Political Gabfest and Culture Gabfest show pages. You can also join the Gabfest discussion all week long at the Political Gabfest Facebook page and the Culture Gabfest Facebook page.

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