The Huddled Masses and Plotz's Birthday Gabfest
Listen to Slate's show about the politics of immigration reform, the unrest in Egypt, and how to compensate the victims of child pornography.
Posted Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 3:05 PM
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Will Dobson discuss the politics of immigration reform and the unrest in Egypt. Plus, they discuss Emily’s New York Times Magazine cover story about compensating the victims of child pornography.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- John writes that Marco Rubio is using immigration to get to the big stage.
- Could supporting the “octogang’s” proposal actually help the GOP win Hispanic voters? Dave Weigel explores the GOP's demographic dare.
- Emily says that tougher enforcement of the border has, in fact, already happened.
- John says that the gang of eight does not represent a new spirit of bipartisanship.
- Egypt’s nascent democracy is experiencing growing pains—but that’s the usual course of political development, says Sheri Berman in Foreign Affairs.
- Last year, Will Dobson wrote about the challenges of reforming Egypt’s political system. Will’s book is titled The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.
- In addition to her cover story about the victims of child pornography, Emily talked to the New York Times Magazine about reporting the piece.
Emily chatters about the decline in law school applications.
John chatters about a digitally annotated version of Moby Dick.
David chatters about a family cut off from all human contact for 40 years.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. She is also the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Her new book is Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at email@example.com. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.
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.