The Gabfest: The Boston Marathon bombing, Reddit and CNN’s reporting of breaking news, and the defeat of the gun bill.
The What a Horrible, Horrible Week Gabfest
Slate's weekly political roundtable.
April 19 2013 5:07 PM

The What a Horrible, Horrible Week Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing coverage by mainstream and social media. Plus, the defeat of the gun bill.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss the bombing of the Boston Marathon and the coverage of the ensuing investigation by mainstream and social media. Plus, the Senate rejects a compromise on background checks, defeating the effort to craft a gun control bill that began after a December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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

John chatters about the history of the expression, "keep calm and carry on."

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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.