The Gabfest on Mitt Romney’s Tax Plan, Climate Change Politics, and Paul Ryan

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Aug. 10 2012 12:36 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon hosts the program from New Haven, Conn., and welcomes two special guests: Yale history professor Beverly Gage and Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. They discuss Mitt Romney’s tax plan, climate change in the United States, and a New Yorker profile of Paul Ryan.

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

  • An analysis by the Tax Policy Center of the Romney tax plan.
  • The New York Times has a backgrounder on the growing “swingle” vote; Slate’s Hanna Rosin wrote that this demographic is often misunderstood.
  • Emily talks about a new study by James Hansen on extreme weather events—Hansen has a Washington Post op-ed that summarizes his findings.
  • Anthony talks about his research on American opinions about climate change. An update to his “Six Americas” survey is here.
  • Bill McKibben’s recent piece in Rolling Stone argues for the creation of a political movement around climate change. 
  • Ryan Lizza’s profile of Paul Ryan in The New Yorker.

Anthony chatters about criticism by the Koch brothers of the new film The Campaign.

Beverly chatters about The Communist, a new book by Grove City College professor Paul Kengor.

Emily chatters about a trip to family court in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest

The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Andy Bowers and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

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

Beverly Gage, a Yale history professor, is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded.

Anthony Leiserowitz is the director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

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