Slate Superfest East: A megapodcast on Obama’s immigration reform push, the rise of the emoji, and Adam Silver’s call to legalize sports betting.

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Nov. 19 2014 10:36 AM

The Superfest East, “Podcasts Collide” Edition

Slate’s megapodcast on Obama’s immigration reform push, the rise of the emoji, and Adam Silver’s call to legalize sports betting.

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This week’s episode is a special superpodcast co-starring Hang Up and Listen, the Political Gabfest, and host Dan Kois. First up, the politics crew discusses Obama’s plans for immigration reform. Is this a dangerous amplification of executive powers, a smart play for votes, or something else entirely? Next, our own culture trio discusses emoji: its rise, its poetry, its complexity. Will Steve admit this low-culture medium into his arcane heart, or will Julia be waving her wheatgrass in the wind alone? Then, the Hang Up and Listen crew debates NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s call to legalize betting on sports. There next follows a special segment, in which Dan Kois pits teams of two podcasters against one another to debate a question. Are bees better than dolphins? What about Billy Joel vs. Beethoven? Finally, we get some answers. We close out with some questions from the crowd in Brooklyn. Thank you all for coming out!

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Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

John Dickerson is a Slate political columnist, the moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail

Stefan Fatsis is a panelist on Hang Up and Listen. He is writing a book about Merriam-Webster and the future of the dictionary. Follow him on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s culture department. He is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, an oral history of Angels in America.

Josh Levin is Slate’s editorial director.

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

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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.