The Gabfest on the Trayvon Martin Case and John Derbyshire, Santorum’s Bow-Out, and Ann Romney

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April 13 2012 11:13 AM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Will Saletan are joined by the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss the Trayvon Martin case and the firing of National Review columnist John Derbyshire for an explosive article on race, Mitt Romney’s campaign after Rick Santorum’s exit from the GOP contest, and Hilary Rosen’s comment that Ann Romney has “never worked a day in her life.”

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

Ta-Nehisi’s Atlantic column on the racial conversation around the Trayvon Martin case.
Will’s Slate piece about the dangers of racial profiling.
Emily’s Slate piece on Zimmerman’s lawyers.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll finding opinions on Trayvon Martin’s shooting divided along racial lines.
John Derbyshire’s now infamous version of the “Talk.”
Gawker’s interview with John Derbyshire.
John’s Slate piece on Rick Santorum’s decision to drop out of the race.
Dave Weigel’s Slate piece on Ann Romney and Hilary Rosen.
John’s Slate piece on the four kinds of campaign controversies.

Emily chatters about Connecticut’s repeal of the death penalty.
Will chatters about a study on baboons who learned how to identify real words vs. gibberish.
David chatters about a New York Times article on a Russian city that is constantly plagued by sinkholes.

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Podcast production by Andrew Bouvé and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Aviva Shen.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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