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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:
- On Wednesday, the White House released its plan to address gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
- Before President Obama’s announcement, John wrote about the short window of time available after a shooting for taking political action on gun control.
- Emily references Slate’s William Saletan’s look at how the NRA is framing a focus on mental health. Saletan also wrote about the NRA’s political strategy after the White House announcement.
- David highlights Slate’s effort to record and map every gun death since the Newtown shooting.
- The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent looks at how the country’s shifting demographics might be changing the politics of gun control in favor of liberal policies.
- Emily cites Orin Kerr’s take on the prosecution of Aaron Swartz. Emily’s view is that the prosecution was overzealous.
- David and Emily recommend Tim Wu’s piece in The New Yorker about how societies should remain welcoming to their “eccentrics and deviant geniuses.”
Emily chatters about the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.
John chatters about Maya Eilam’s infographic depicting Kurt Vonnegut’s theory of story structure.
David chatters about Kate Ascher’s The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.