The Gabfest: President Obama and NRA debate gun control, the suicide of Aaron Swartz, and a preview of the Presidential Inauguration.
The Gabfest: Gun Control, Aaron Swartz, and the Inauguration
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Jan. 18 2013 2:47 PM

The Elitist and Hypocrite Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the White House plan to confront gun violence, the suicide of Aaron Swartz, and a preview of President Obama’s inauguration.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the White House plan to confront gun violence and the overzealous prosecution and suicide of RSS developer and hacktivist Aaron Swartz. Plus, they preview the Presidential Inauguration.


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

Emily chatters about the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.

David chatters about Kate Ascher’s The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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


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

John Dickerson is a Slate political columnist, the moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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