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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Who Came Up With the 'Acting White' Myth?

This week on The Confab: Join Staff Writer Jenée Desmond-Harris and Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as they chat with NPR's Gene Demby and Diverse Issues in Higher Education's Autumn Arnett about black academic achievement, gun control and the "racist" Volkswagen Super Bowl ad.

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The Audio Book Club on Pride and Prejudice

This month, Slate editor David Plotz, deputy editor Julia Turner, and contributing writer Seth Stevenson discuss the enduring charms of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice on the occasion of its 200th birthday. The three discuss why the novel still bewitches us, whether it is fundamentally radical or conservative about gender and class, and the difference between Austen people and Brontë people. They also envision what a Jane Austen dating service might do for the modern man.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

DoubleX Gabfest: The Michelle’s Bangs Edition

In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and DoubleX managing editor Allison Benedikt to discuss Michelle Obama’s evolution and style, how high school impacts our adult selves, and porn for women.
Other items discussed in the show:

Amy Davidson on Michelle Obama’s inauguration dress.  Rosalynn Carter’s 1977 inaugural gown. Lady Bird Johnson’s inaugural look, in a gallery of first lady inaugural gowns, from the sublime to the not so. Jodi Kantor on how the past four years have changed the Obamas. Jennifer Senior’s New York magazine feature, “Why You Never Truly Leave High School.” Amanda Hess’s interview with porn writer and director Jacky St. James, and Amanda’s profile of porn star James

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

'Django': It's Just Fiction, Right?

This week on The Confab: Join Assistant Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta as she chats with Associate Editor Brett Johnson, UConn's Jelani Cobb and The Root DC blogger and Urban Cusp founder Rahiel Tesfamariam as they chat about Django's fact and fantasy, Shawty Lo's new reality show and Nas' place in hip-hop history.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

The Audio Book Club on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

This month, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin, and Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon dig into Katherine Boo’s National Book Award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Is it really the best book of 2012? How does Boo get the stories she gets? Why do we trust her storytelling even in circumstances where another journalist’s claims might make us pause? Is it OK to call her “Kate”?

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