In this week's gabfest, DoubleX's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, discuss the Swedish rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, incoming House Speaker John Boehner's propensity to cry, and whether Facebook is killing the holiday greeting card.
The DoubleX Gabfest weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:
Hanna Rosin: Florence and the Machine's single "Dog Days are Over."
Margaret Talbot: Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.
Emily Bazelon: The Xtranormal video "Adventures in Freelancing."
Other articles discussed in the gabfest:
The New Yorker profile of Julian Assange.
The detailed Reuters account of the rape charges filed against Assange.
Lesley Stahl's interview with John Boehner.
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