Silvio Berlusconi, Michele Bachmann's and Sarah Palin's potential White House bids, and Boomers aging gracefully on this week's DoubleX…

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June 2 2011 11:48 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Bunga Bunga Botox Edition

Listen to Slate's show about Ariel Levy's New Yorker article on Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin's potential White House bids, and two articles on aging.

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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin along with managing editor Jessica Grose and editor Nina Shen Rastogi discuss Ariel Levy's fabulous New Yorker article on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the status of women in Italy, Michele Bachmann's and Sarah Palin's potential bids for the White House, and articles by Dominique Browning and The Beauty Myth author Naomi Wolf on aging.

The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:

Nina Shen Rastogi is really digging the British series Torchwood, which she describes as a cross between The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Jessica Grose is embarrassed to be recommending makeup (especially such naughtily named makeup) but she swears that four people have called her "glowy" since she started wearing NARS' orgasm blush.

Hanna Rosin is getting into Geraldine Brooks' novel Caleb's Crossing, which is about the first Native American graduate of Harvard.

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

"The Case for Laugh Lines" in the New York Times.

"Basta Bunga Bunga" in The New Yorker.

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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