Prohibition, Ikea, and Chris Christie’s Weight on This Week’s Culture Gabfest Podcast

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Oct. 5 2011 12:18 PM

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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner raise their glasses to Ken Burns’ newest historical documentary, Prohibition. Next, they look at the Swedish furniture powerhouse Ikea. For their final segment, they’re joined by Bloomberg columnist and Slate founding editor Michael Kinsley to discuss his recent Bloomberg article about Chris Christie, obesity, and presidential politics.

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

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Troy Patterson’s Slate review of Ken Burns’ new documentary series Prohibition.
The New York Times’ review of Prohibition.
CBS Sunday Morning
’s feature on prohibition, including an interview with Burns.
Daniel Okrent’s new book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.
Daniel Okrent: Fantasy baseball pioneer.
Lauren Collins’ New Yorker article “House Perfect.” ($)
The New Yorker
’s “Ask the Author Live” with Lauren Collins.
Easy to Assemble,” a Web series about an out-of-work actress attempting a “normal” job at the Burbank Ikea.
How to hack your Ikea furniture.
Forever 21 and fast fashion
, at Slate.
Ikea’s official site.
Michael Kinsley’s Bloomberg article, “Requiem for a Governor Before He’s in the Ring.”
Slate
’s Daniel Engber on Chris Christie’s weight in 2009, and again, just this past week.
Frank Bruni’s Sunday column at the New York Times, “The Round and the Oval.”
The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson wants Christie to “eat a salad.”
Don't forget, diet has been a presidential campaign issue before.

The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:

Dana’s pick: Take a technological sabbatical this weekend.
Julia’s pick: Eartha Kitt sings “I Want to be Evil.”
Michael’s pick: Ikea, especially their indecipherable instruction manuals.
Steve’s pick: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.

Outro: Eartha Kitt, “I Want to Be Evil”

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Michael Kinsley is a columnist for the Washington Post and the founding editor of Slate.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast.

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