The Gabfest on Romney, Ryan, and Eastwood’s Chair

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Aug. 31 2012 5:18 PM

The Conventional Wisdom Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Romney’s speech at the Republican Convention, feuding over facts, and a DNC preview.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Emily Bazelon discuss the Romney/Ryan pitch at the RNC, the Romney campaign vs. the fact-checkers, and a preview of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

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

David chatters about this letter from the wife of Revolutionary War Gen. Henry Knox.

Emily chatters about Susan Shreve’s new book, You Are the Love of My Life.

John chatters about a website where Robert Caro talks about his process of writing.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is 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.