The Vegas Baby One More Time Edition

On this week's episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, Will Saletan, and David Plotz consider whether ballot measures to raise the minimum wage could help Democrats win in 2014. Also, Hillel International forbids local chapters of the Jewish campus group from sponsoring speakers who do not support Israel. Students at Swarthmore College, however, have renounced the policy. Were they right to do so?

On the Culture Gabfest, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss The Wolf of Wall Street, a three-hour bacchanal of sex, drugs, and investment fraud, directed by Martin Scorsese. Next, the critics turn to Britain's latest TV export Call the Midwife, a BBC drama about 1950s midwives in London's East End (the show airs on PBS on this side of the Atlantic). And finally, the gabbers discuss Britney Spears' new show in Las Vegas—and why you'd be wrong to think of it as a sad second act.

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