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Friday, January 24, 2014

Lena Dunham on the set of Girls Lena Dunham on the set of Girls (Jojo Whilden / HBO)

On this week's episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether President Obama is as tired as he sounds in a recent New Yorker interview and what the Netflix documentary Mitt reveals about the Romneys.

On the Culture Gabfest, panelists Stephen Metcalf, David Haglund, and Julia Turner discuss Lena Dunham's Photoshopped Vogue pictures and the $10,000 bounty that Jezebel offered for unretouched versions of the shoot. Next the critics turn to Woody Allen, whose receipt of the Golden Globes lifetime achievement award unearthed allegations of sexual abuse from his past. Do these allegations diminish his cinematic achievements? And finally, inspired by Kathryn Schulz’s New York magazine piece about the "5 best punctuation marks in literature," the critics discuss the subtleties of punctuation.

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.

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Comments [4]

Dear Gabfest congratulation on being a bunch of terrific feminine products. from now on every time i will hear you , i would be reminded that you are ok with children being molested, it could be your own children, so long as a perpetrator is somebody famous or somebody you like. you can pamper your finely cultured orifices with anything you like,semicolons, for example, but you cant hide , even from yourselves, that you are nothing but a bunch of above mentioned products from general stores of Steubenville and Glen Ridge. wnyc must has some administrative decisions to make.

Jan. 26 2014 09:02 PM
Victoria sant Ambrogio from Nj

You seem to have such short memories. Maybe I'm unrealistic to expect a higher standard from you, but you pretty much sounded like Mitch McConnell earlier today on Fox News Sunday, talking about the "Obama economy". I know an old Bronx woman who can tick off the eight crises / disasters Obama had to (and did) deal with starting on his first day in office. No recent president and not many presidents altogether had to deal with a heavier load of potential disasters. You don't remember? I'm not going to list them (frankly I don't remember every one of them either, off hand, but if I were going to be discussing the subject on national radio, I would brush up). But at least do you remember that the whole freaking economy had just collapsed? Do you think it was just dumb luck that we struggled our way back from the cliff hanging over severe depression? You're not aware of the fearsome crash course the guy had to take, to find and implement a way through the acute disaster, to where we'd have the luxury of bewailing the evils of the bankers at our leisure? We were extraordinarily lucky there was a brilliant mind and a steadfast personality in the job at that moment. Maybe you all were basically untouched by the crisis, and so it wasn't memorable. But I think that's my biggest gripe with your conversations in general. They're clever, and you seem to think your perceptions are balanced and sophisticated, but they're often superficial, sophistic, short minded and as meaningful as a discussion of what your coworker wore yesterday. I recommend you watch or re watch the first episode of HBO The Newsroom, for starters.

Jan. 26 2014 07:44 PM
J M from UWS

Dis you jut say Lena Dunham compared photoshop to abortion? You don't want to do it but you want to know it's available if you need it???????? That's an outrage!

Jan. 26 2014 06:47 PM
dlmc from ny

Giving President Obama a pass for his failure to schmooze is absurd. That is the most basic job of a politician and why Reagan and Clinton are still admired by so many despite their failings. When Obama first took office he immediately smashed through Obamacare in a manner so obnoxious he was not even able to get Collins and Snow. This destroyed any goodwill Republicans had toward him. Despite that Boehner who is clearly a backslapper, old style pol was eager to work with Obama once he became Speaker. Obama is the one who destroyed that relationship. Yes, Boehner has not been able to keep his peeps in line, but that has been made much more difficult by Obama. In almost every national speech rather than act Presidential, Obama has called Republicans the enemy. Obama speaks more harshly about Republicans than Al Qaeda. Not exactly a method designed to help Republicans make difficult votes.

Obama was only able to win a second term because the Republicans went with such a lame candidate that the media was able to drag Obama over the finish line.

Jan. 25 2014 10:11 AM

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