On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why the massacre at Washington's Navy Yard hasn't prompted serious discussion of gun control laws. They also wonder whether Pope Francis' comment that the Catholic Church spends too much energy opposing abortion and homosexuality signals a new direction for the Vatican.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner answer listeners’ questions spanning a wide range of topics, including their preferred means of media consumption and the book that best encapsulates New York City. The gabbers also talk about their favorite paintings and literary milestones from their childhoods.
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):
The Navy Yard shooting shows that our approach to guns combined with our approach to mental illness is deadly, Emily writes.
Criminologist James Alan Fox has found that white Americans tend to be more interested in white shooters than black ones.
In an interview with the Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica, Pope Francis explains why he has chosen not to spend much time talking about abortion, homosexuality, and contraception. America magazine has the English translation. Will Saletan writes that the interview is proof Francis is a liberal.
CULTURE GABFEST (Click here for this week’s individual episode at Slate):