On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss a potential breakthrough in the government shutdown and parse Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's freewheeling interview with New York magazine.
Then on the Culture Gabfest portion of the show, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s new 3-D film, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts adrift in space. Visually dazzling, the film’s cinematography uncannily captures the experience of weightlessness. Next, the critics turn to the new Showtime drama Masters of Sex about William Masters and Virginia Johnson, two pioneering researchers in the field of human sexuality in the 1950s. And finally, with the help of Carl Wilson, Slate’s music critic, the gabbers discuss the concept of “coolness,” posing the question that befuddles middle schoolers and pop stars alike: What does it mean to be “cool” in 2013?