All the People Who Are Happier Than You Gabfest
Listen to Slate's show about the presidential race, voter ID laws, and political happiness.
Posted Friday, July 13, 2012, at 4:54 PM
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the latest news from the presidential race, the proliferation of voter ID laws, and the relative happiness of conservatives and liberals.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- “Lemon. Wet. Good.” See the winning haikus on the Gabfest Facebook page.
- In an interview with Charlie Rose, President Obama says he needs to be a better storyteller.
- Emily says that changing voter demographics may motivate the GOP’s focus on new ID requirements.
- Ruy Teixeira and William Frey talk demographics in the New Republic, and Jonathan Chait connects the dots.
- Slate’s David Weigel on Florida’s system failure.
- In the New York Times, Arthur Brooks argues that conservatives are happier than liberals.
- John references Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind.
John chatters about the display of found objects in a Raleigh, N.C., bookstore—specifically an elaborate father-daughter note.
Emily chatters about the latest findings in Stand v. Sit, as covered in Slate.
Topic ideas for next week? You can tag suggestions, links, and questions on Twitter with #plsGabthis.
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Podcast production by Andrew Bouvé and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at email@example.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.