The What a Horrible, Horrible Week Gabfest

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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 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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