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Episode #65

The Pedaling Revolution Edition

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Friday, November 15, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss what happens if healthcare.gov doesn't work by Nov. 30, and whether bikes should be treated like cars.

On the Culture Gabfest, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss Scandal, the ABC political drama starring Kerry Washington as a fast-talking beltway "fixer." Next, the critics welcome Luke Barr to talk about his new culinary history Provence 1970. And finally, the gabbers share an ambivalent nostalgia for Blockbuster, which closed its remaining stores this week. Where did all the geeky store clerks go?

Comments [4]

David Keegan from Brooklyn

Hi,

Last week on my bike I was on my bike in Brooklyn approaching an intersection. The light turned green (for me) and I kept going. As I entered the intersection I was hit by a driver blowing through the light (he probably started accelerating when the light turned yellow and that he never took his foot off the gas).

He hit my front wheel and knocked me hard to the pavement, injuring my knee. And he kept going, never slowing down. There is no way he could not have known he struck somebody. People immediately helped me to the side, called 911 to report the hit & run, ask for medical attention, etc.

Had I been a little further out in the intersection while the driver was running the light, he might have struck my body, not just my bike. And that would have no doubt resulted in very serious injury or death at the speed he was going.

So I was saddened to hear "Gabfest Radio" completely blow an opportunity to have a meaningful discussion on bikes and road safety. Emily Bazelon would like for us not to "take...the money we spend on road infrastructure and turn it all into bike lanes." As if. Not remotely possible, Emily: this is the United States. But in framing the conversation that way, you completely blew the opportunity of exploring road safety -- for you, it's either all or nothing.

And David Plotz would like for drivers to avoid prosecution for killing people, "even if the car [sic] has done something slightly wrong." Nice one, David.

So according to "Gabfest Radio," the driver who struck me down the other day did nothing wrong. Or even if he did, he shouldn't be held accountable. Nor should we do anything about improving road safety because that would mean taking all of our money and "turning it all into bike lanes."

Wow, you guys are really something.

Nov. 18 2013 10:03 AM
Chris from NYC

Wow-- just heard your discussion about bikes. Shocking-- and infuriating. Instead of having a rounded, informed discussion of the topic, you yapped about your own feelings, contradicted yourselves, and boldly made idiotic admissions, such as how you feel completely within your rights to ride on the sidewalk and to run red lights-- in this latter case, because it is a waste of time and energy. To listen to you declare proudly that you don't think you should have to obey the laws really infuriated me-- and, frankly, just made me think you were not in possession of yourselves to the degree necessary to be allowed to talk freely on the radio. That you never raised the subject of pedestrian rights and safety was an riduclous ommission. I have a citibike membership and do ride in the city, but the arrogance of the riders around me-- and seeing how rudely they "coexist" with cars and pedestrians-- makes me question both the wisdom of having bikes in NYC and of my decision to go out and maneuver through the two wheeled narcissists. Listening to your discussion not only made me doubt that you are all ready for air, but at the same time confirmed for me that the people on the bikes really are a bunch of entitled, antisocial jerks.

Nov. 17 2013 07:03 PM
Tonero Williams from Brooklyn

I wish I could continue listening to your show this evening, but I can't.
Emily Bazelon voice is not meant for radio. Her condescending and whinny voice
is hard to stomach.

Nov. 17 2013 06:23 PM
ron from flushing

my wife loves scandal.

Nov. 16 2013 01:02 PM

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