The Political Gabfest on Obama’s State of the Union and the Pope’s Retirement

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Feb. 15 2013 3:27 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss President Obama's State of the Union address, the lessons aging politicians might learn from Pope Benedict’s surprise retirement, and the president’s emphasis on new directions for education reform—including universal(ish) preschool.

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John chatters about Hangover Heaven.

Emily chatters about HBO’s Girls – she frowns at a few male bloggers at Slate and gives props to Patrick Wilson’s wife, Dagmara Dominczyk

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich. Executive produced by Andy Bowers.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and 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.

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