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The Olympics Extravaganza Edition

Listen to the DoubleX Gabfest’s show about gymnastics, intersex athletes, and swimming at the Olympics.

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On this week’s Gabfest, Slate television critic Willa Paskin joins Slate’s Outward editor June Thomas and New York magazine’s Noreen Malone to discuss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. They focus on women’s gymnastics, the debate over intersex athletes, swimming, and doping accusations.

Slate Plus: Is NBC’s Olympics coverage sexist?

Other items discussed in the show:

DoubleX recommendations:

Noreen recommends The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith.

June recommends “For I Consider My Dog Percy,“ by Mary Oliver, from her collection A Thousand Mornings.

Willa recommends Mary Carillo’s badminton rant from the 2004 Athens Olympics.

This podcast was produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Daniel Schroeder.

Outro Song: “Samba De Janeiro” by Bellini

Read more of Slate’s Olympics coverage.

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