The Gabfest on Gay Marriage Before the Supreme Court, Gun Control Losing Steam, and This America Life’s Disability Exposé.

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March 29 2013 2:11 PM

The Everybody’s Back Hurts Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about gay marriage before the Supreme Court, the status of gun control legislation 100 days after Newtown, and This American Life’s investigation of disability benefits.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court’s hearings on two momentous gay marriage cases, one involving California’s Proposition 8 and the other focusing on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). They also consider what progress has been made on gun control legislation 100 days after the Newtown shooting. Plus, the Gabfesters discuss This American Life’s investigation of why more Americans are receiving disability benefits.

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

John chatters about the power of “thanks.”

Emily chatters about the return of Game of Thrones. And Emily corrects an error in her chatter from last week, about a Supreme Court decision that makes it easier to resell copyrighted materials from abroad.

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David chatters about Buzz Bissinger’s love of leather.

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 Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is 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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