The Political Gabfest for Dec. 31, 2009.

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook. Listener Rachel Carr recommends James Joyce's The Dubliners. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz take a break from politics to field listener questions in a game of truth-or-dare.

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Posted by Gail Sullivan at 1:18 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2009.

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Dec. 24, 2009

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com,which includes a credit for one free audiobook. Listener Glenn Shephard recommends Robert Wright's The Evolution of God. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, guest commentator Timothy Noah, and David Plotz discuss health care reform, new rules for airplane tarmac delays, and the scandalous Salahis.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

Emily mentions David Leonhardt's article in the New York Times on the health reform bill's Cadillac tax.
Tim compares the story of the Salahis to D.H. Lawrence's "
The Rocking-Horse Winner."
Tim talks about
OpenSecrets.org and tracking the Salahi's campaign donations.
Tim chatters about
the conviction of Brooke Astor's son, Anthony Marshall.
Emily chatters about
Anvil! The Story of Anvil, a documentary about a Canadian heavy metal band.
David chatters about Natalie Angier's New York Times article "
Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like To Live, Too."
Emily discusses
Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and the impact of health care reform on abortion.
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gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted by Gail Sullivan at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2009.

Dec. 18, 2009

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook. Listener Erica Hatfield recommends Robert Kurson's Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything To Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss health care reform and Joe Lieberman, the climate in Copenhagen, and online bullying.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

John discusses Heather Armstrong's Monetize the Hate experiment.
Emily discusses constitutional rights and
high-school bullying on YouTube.
Emily chatters about
Quan v. Arch Wireless, a court case dealing with sexually explicit text messages in the workplace.
David chatters about his inspirational role in wife Hanna Rosin's article "
The Rise of the Kitchen Bitch."

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Posted on Dec. 18 by Gail Sullivan at 4:15 p.m.

Dec. 11, 2009

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook. Listener Ted Tripp recommends Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss health care, President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, and the dangers of sexting.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

Atul Gawande's New Yorker piece on early-20th-century experiments with agriculture and what they can teach us about health care reform.

The USDA definitions of food insecurity and the statistics on hunger referenced by John.

The forthcoming book on tomatoes David mentioned during a heated debate with John over hunger, agriculture, and the quality of grocery-store tomatoes.

Watch President Obama's Nobel Prize acceptance speech ( transcript).

The Supreme Court decision, Mohawk Industries Inc. v. Carpenter that Emily chattered about.

The University of Cambridge study on scam victims that David chattered about.

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Posted on Dec. 11 by Gail Sullivan at 6 p.m.

Dec. 4, 2009

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook. Listener and Gabfest intern Amman Sood recommends Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Bourdain narrates the book himself and uses his trademark sarcastic wit to keep listeners engaged, even those who aren't huge fans of cooking. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama's Afghanistan troop deployment plan, the controversy surrounding hacked e-mails from leading climate change researchers, and potential political problems for Mike Huckabee.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

John's piece this week in Slate regarding President Obama's Afghanistan speech.
Fred Kaplan's
article in Slate about his own ambivalence in relation to the Afghanistan war.
Emily's
column in Slate about how she lost her child in the woods.
Juliet Lapidos' "
Explainer" about how important the East Anglia Climate data are to the global warming case.
David chatters about the Onion AV Club's
articleon the top 50 movies of the decade.

John chatters about something that seems unthinkable: the White House and Dick Cheney landing on the same side of an argument.

Emily chatters about Elizabeth Weil's piecein the New York Times Magazine about her companionate marriage.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted on Dec. 4 by Amman Sood at 6:25 p.m.

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Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon, Chief Political Correspondent John Dickerson, and Editor David Plotz host the Gabfest weekly. Timothy Noah is a senior writer for Slate.

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