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DoubleX Gabfest: The Text Me You Love Me Edition

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On this week’s Gabfest, Slate’s June Thomas and Amanda Hess join New York editor Noreen Malone to discuss the black family in the age of mass incarceration with Ta-Nehisi Coates; Amanda’s story about loneliness and the Internet; and the Internet’s love of first-person confessional narratives, with Slate senior editor Laura Bennett.


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DoubleX recommendations:

June recommends the British TV show Starlings, available on Hulu.

Noreen recommends Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, by Sarah Hepola, and this interview with June Thomas in Inverse.

Amanda recommends the podcast Call Your Girlfriend.

Laura recommends Documentary Now! starring Bill Hader and Fred Armisen on IFC.

This podcast was produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Jessie Chasan-Taber.

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