Gabfest: The Organic, Artisanal, Locally Sourced Kimchi Edition

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On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why government shutdown negotiations look particularly grim this time around. Also, they contemplate whether it should be illegal to post naked photos of your ex online.

This week’s Culture Gabfest was taped before a live audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Our critics started by discussing Nicole Holofcener’s latest romantic comedy Enough Said. Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener as three divorcées with interlocking love lives, the film grapples with middle-age dating. Next, the gabbers turn to the setting of the live show: Brooklyn. Oft-associated with artisanal goods, local food, and proud Luddism, Brooklyn is spreading beyond its borough into a brand with international resonance. And finally, with the assistance of New York Times video game critic Chris Suellentrop, they discuss Grand Theft Auto V, the newest installment in the massively popular series.


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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 latest list of Republican demands for a debt-ceiling increase is a grab bag.

Matthew Yglesias writes that compromising on the debt ceiling in 2011 was Obama's worst mistake as president.

Emily argues that California's revenge porn bill doesn't go far enough.


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

Dana’s Slate review of Enough Said

Walking and Talking

Lovely and Amazing

Please Give

Friends With Money

The Dark Knight

Stephen’s T magazine piece, “Brooklyn: The Brand”


Grand Theft Auto V

Chris Suellentrop’s New York Times review

Gone Home, a first-person, non-violent video game

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by video game advocate Tom Bissell