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Episode #103

The Gabfest is a Party of Ideas Edition

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Friday, August 08, 2014

The Gabfest crew has much to talk about this week: a new poverty initiative, the next potential sci-fi blockbuster, elections in Tennessee, and more.

On the political spectrum, the panelists discuss Paul Ryan’s poverty plan and Tennessee’s Supreme Court retention elections.

On the cultural side, the panelists discuss the intergalactic caper Guardians of the Galaxy. Is Bradley Cooper à la raccoon enough to charm them, or does this movie have too many echoes of blockbusters past? And then: the worlds of political journalism, advice columns, and British tennis have all been lately hit by plagiarism scandals. No big deal, or unforgivable transgression?

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

Comments [1]

Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

I really liked your show today, for how you talked about Robin Williams and how much we can't know, and also the credit you gave to the magical qualities of the weather.

What it brought up was partly how sad it is climate science doesn't seem to include weather and climate as composing the very accessible poetry of "the weather today", every day, as an individual experience we all share and love to talk about. Yes it does come partly from climate science, both in how it makes us acutely aware of weather, and more I think too, from the weather being so easier to look forward to, much more visible in its changes hour to hour.

So then that brought to mind an odd thought, it's the great storms of economics that are most unappreciated, utterly ignored by climate scientists too, nearly invisible to everyone except as limp fables punctuated by daily numbers and dark references to the past. They're also the main driving force behind climate change itself too, of course, but taboo to talk about really both because we can't visualize them like the tumults of the weather, and because our own money is their source of heat.

Aug. 16 2014 08:10 AM

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