Michele Bachmann's Newsweek cover, international adoption, and a controversial hobo-themed wedding on this week's DoubleX Gabfest.

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Aug. 11 2011 10:27 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Hobosexual Edition

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In this week's gabfest, DoubleX founding editor Hanna Rosin, managing editor Jessica Grose, and editor Nina Shen Rastogi discuss two Michele Bachmann profiles (including the provocative Newsweek cover story), and a controversial hobo-themed wedding featured on Etsy's blog. E.J. Graff, a senior fellow at Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, joins us to discuss her heartbreaking series on international adoption, "The Makeni Children" in Slate.

The DoubleX weekly "coffee talk" endorsements:

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Nina Rastogi says she's late to the party recommending turntable.fm, the Internet DJ-ing service, but heartily endorses it nonetheless.

Hanna Rosin loves Sigrid Nunez's memoir of her time living with Susan Sontag, Sempre Susan.

Jessica Grose recommends the Aubrey Plaza episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast, and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which she thinks is a parable about middle age.

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

"Bachmann: Tea Party Queen" in Newsweek.
"Leap of Faith" in The New Yorker.
"Glazed and Confused" from The Daily Show.

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.