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In this week’s Gabfest, Slate senior editors Hanna Rosin and Jessica Grose, along with Slate contributor June Thomas, discuss “When Baby Makes Three,” a new paper from the National Marriage Project; the depiction of childless women on both sitcoms and dramas and the strangest gifts we’ve ever received, including a Robotic panda and a Slate ... personal massager.
The DoubleX "coffee talk" endorsements:
Hanna Rosin says that Bink & Gollie is the rare children’s book that appeals to all the kids in her family—ages 3 to 11.
June Thomas recommends Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy, by Maggie Anderson with Ted Gregory, which is out in February.
Links to other things we mentioned:
TODAY IN SLATE
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.
Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.
The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team
The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Smash and Grab
Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?