Gabfest Radio: The Cognitive Madisonianism 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 possible ways out of the government shutdown crisis, as well as the looming debt ceiling debate. They also discuss this week's rollout of Obamacare.

Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner join in on a debate initiated by Clive James in the New York Times, lamenting the state of the American book review. Have American critics lost their bite? Also, the critics take stock of Apple’s newest operating system iOS7, assessing its successes, controversies, and departures from a Jobs-approved aesthetic.

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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):

House Speaker John Boehner says he won't allow a federal default, The New York Times reports.

A CBS poll conducted after the shutdown began found that 72 percent of Americans disapprove of it.

The work of Yale political scientist Juan Linz explains why the American political system is doomed, Matt Yglesias writes.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked Americans to cut the same slack Apple gets when it releases a new product.

Republican governors in the most competitive re-election races are taking Medicaid money, John writes.

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

Clive James’s New York Times piece criticizing American criticism

Lee Siegel’s response to James in The New Yorker

Isaac Chotiner’s responds to Siegel’s response in the New Republic

Helen Vendler’s hatchet job review of David Denby’s Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World

Dana’s flip-flop hatchet job

Julia’s Slate review of The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher


Dana: John Updike’s 1961 review of Franny and Zooey in the New York Times

Julia: The unexpectedly delightful shelter magazine House Beautiful

Steve:, Louis Menand’s merciless review of Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate and Vi Hart’s math videos

Outro: "I Got No iPhone," by Parry Gripp.