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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:
- “Is Watching Gymnastics Worse Than Being an NFL Fan?” by Meghan O’Rourke
- “A Blind Eye to Sex Abuse: How USA Gymnastics Failed to Report Cases,” by Marisa Kwiatkowski, Mark Alesia, and Tim Evans
- ·“A Full Revolution,” by Reeves Wiedeman
- “Olympics Gymnast Aly Raisman: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me (I Want to Go Shopping With Blake Lively),” by Cara Sprunk
- “Is Aly Raisman’s ‘25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me’ List for Us Weekly a Thinly Veiled Cry for Help?” by Heather Schwedel
- “The Bedazzling of the American Gymnast,” by Vanessa Friedman
- “Should Caster Semenya Be Allowed to Compete Against Women?” by Daniel Engber
- Hang Up and Listen: The Caster Semenya Dilemma Edition by Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca
- “Either/Or,” by Ariel Levy
- “Destroyer of Souls, Earner of Endorsements,” by Willa Paskin
- “Katinka Hosszú and Her Husband Raise Eyebrows at the Pool,” by Karen Crouse
- “What Is Everyone Trying to Tell Us About Katinka Hosszú and Her Hot-Tempered Coach-Husband?” by Kevin Draper
Noreen recommends The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith.
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