Planned Parenthood and the federal budget, Lynn Tilton and women in business, and Hanna on this week's DoubleX Gabfest.

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April 14 2011 11:13 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Three Balls Edition

Listen to Slate's show about the federal budget and Planned Parenthood, tycoon Lynn Tilton and women in business, and the movie Hanna.


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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose, and editor Nina Shen Rastogi discuss Planned Parenthood and the budget crisis, a new report from McKinsey on women and management, an article in New York magazine about tycoon Lynn Tilton, and the movie Hanna, a fractured fairytale about a teenage killing machine.

The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:


Nina Shen Rastogi recommends the EP Valusia by the nu-goth artist Zola Jesus. She says it is the perfect music to listen to while walking around the city late at night in the mist.

Hanna Rosin was blown away by Synetic Theater's adaptation of King Lear, in which the classic Shakespeare play is performed without words. The theater's website describes it as "packed with apocalyptic visuals, farce, knife-play and acrobatics." Knife-play!

Jessica Grose enjoyed Siri Hustvedt's novel The Summer Without Men, about a middle-aged poet who has a psychotic break after her husband cheats on her, and decides to spend a summer in her small Minnesota hometown. It's a great beach read—slight in length but not in spirit.

Here are some links to other things we discussed this week:

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

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

Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.



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