The Gabfest on the General Election Heating Up, Iran and U.S. Politics, and HBO’s Veep

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April 20 2012 12:22 PM

The Purdue Live Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Obama vs. Romney Round 1, Iran’s role in the election, and the new HBO show Veep.


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This week’s Slate Political Gabfest was recorded live at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss the start of the general election, the Iran talks, and the new HBO show Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and created by Armando Iannucci. They also answer audience questions.

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

  • CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in a dead heat.
    The first Gallup Daily Tracking poll finding Romney beating Obama by 2 points.
  • John’s Slate piece about Obama’s comment that he “wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”
  • Jeffrey Goldberg’s Bloomberg column on Israel’s confidence that it could strike Iran without many consequences.
  • HBO’s new show Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Emily chatters about a This American Life interview with Steve Blass, whose name is used to define the phenomenon of athletes suddenly choking, “Steve Blass disease.”

John chatters about an analysis of a Mona Lisa copy that found it was painted at the exact same time as when Leonardo da Vinci painted the famous Mona Lisa.

David chatters about Purdue’s May 1960 mock political convention in which students prophetically nominated John F. Kennedy.

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

Podcast production by Andy Bowers and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Aviva Shen.

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

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.



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