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. How to download all those instagram photos.
  2. The best 25 songs of 2012, so far, according to Paste.
  3. Keeping the Lid on East Asian nationalism, from the National Interest.