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This week’s Audible recommendation is The Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, by Jon Mooallem. Try Audible free for 30 days and get a free audiobook by visiting AudiblePodcast.com/Gabfest.
This week’s Audible recommendation came from Roman Mars. Check out Roman’s great podcast, 99% Invisible.
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss how Apple and other corporations avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes. They also discuss Obama’s new drone policy and the debate over education reform.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Matt Yglesias wishes that Congress would leave Tim Cook and Apple alone.
- Emily wishes that people would stop whining about the IRS.
- Emily mentions that Luxembourg and other countries are facing pressure to start sharing more information about their banking practices.
- Here’s Obama’s speech on drones and the war on terror.
- Fred Kaplan thinks that the president didn’t say much on drones but appears ready to act on Guantanamo.
- Eric Posner and Emily debate the Justice Department’s investigation of leaks and the balance between press freedom and security.
- Nicholas Lemann’s piece about Michelle Rhee in the New Republic.
- Do charter schools work? Ray Fisman, in Slate, surveys the research.
- John mentions Steven Brill’s look at the “rubber room” in The New Yorker.
- Emily talks about David Kirp’s study of school reforms in Union City, N.J.
John chatters about President Obama’s 1979 prom photos.
Emily chatters about Meg Wolitzer’s new book, The Interestings.
David chatters about Eurovision—and pitches a U.S. version.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.