Did You Ever Get a Gift Weirder Than a Robotic Panda?

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Dec. 15 2011 10:03 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Robo-Panda Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about marriage and generosity, childless women on TV, and the strangest gifts we’ve ever received.

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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.

Jessica Grose loves the song “212” by newcomer Azealia Banks, which is on a lot of year-end top 10 lists. It reminds her of Peaches.

Links to other things we mentioned:

The Generous Marriage” by Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times.
The generous marriage quiz, also in the Times.
Child-free on TV” by Jessica Grose in Slate.
Facts About Gift Giving” from Tyler Cowen’s Marginal Revolution.
Keep It” by Jonathan Chait in the New Republic.

Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.

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.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. Follow her on Twitter.