Slate's DoubleX Gabfest on Sarah Palin's endorsement power, palliative care, and Jennifer Aniston's rom-com woes.

Slate's DoubleX Gabfest on Sarah Palin's endorsement power, palliative care, and Jennifer Aniston's rom-com woes.

Slate's DoubleX Gabfest on Sarah Palin's endorsement power, palliative care, and Jennifer Aniston's rom-com woes.

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Aug. 26 2010 10:17 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Mercurial Mommy Edition

Slate's DoubleX Gabfest on Sarah Palin's endorsement power, palliative care, and Jennifer Aniston's rom-com woes.

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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX's Jessica Grose and Hanna Rosin, along with Slate's June Thomas, discuss Sarah Palin's powerful primary endorsements in Tuesday's elections, a new study about palliative care, and the box-office failure of Jennifer Aniston's latest romantic comedy, The Switch.

The DoubleX Gabfest weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:

Jessica Grose: The Investigation Discovery show Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, which airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. The show tells true stories about people whose spouses were leading double lives.

Hanna Rosin: Gary Shteyngart's new novel about love in the time of hyperconnectivity,   Super Sad True Love Story. Hanna also recommends Susan Dominus' New York Times story about the three-inch Kate Spade wedge heel worn by many female politicians.

June Thomas: ABC Family's spate of summer shows: The fat camp dramedy Huge, the salacious teen soap Pretty Little Liars, and   Make It or Break It, which follows the trials of competitive gymnasts.

Here are some links to things we discussed this week:

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Hanna on Tuesday's election results, "Mama Palin Is 'Channeling Her Anger.' "

Alexandra Gutierrez's coverage of the Alaska GOP primary race between Palin-endorsed Joe Miller and incumbent Lisa Murkowski in Slate.

Atul Gawande's fantastic, upsetting New Yorker story on end-of-life care, "Letting Go."

On the box office failure of The Switch: "Once Jennifer Aniston Revisits TV, Should She Stay There?," from PopEater; "Jennifer Aniston's Box Office Blues," from CNN;  "A few theories to chew on," from the Sports Guy.

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Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX . She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.