Every week I listen to Slate Magazine’s Political Gabfest. I always look forward to what the three hosts, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon, include at the end of the podcast for their topics of conversation at their weekly cocktail parties. Being a fan of both cocktail chatter and cocktail parties, I decided to riff on that theme and add my weekly top three stories that I think would be great conversation pieces at weekly cocktail parties.

  1. Andrew Breitbart, dead at 43.
  2. How deleveraging slows recovery.
  3. Noel Gallagher’s latest track.
  4. Will How I Met Your Mother go for the long run?