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Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.

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Million Dollar Jab

Million Dollar Jab

2021-05-1301:14:03

Emily, John and David discuss the post-pandemic economy; vaccine hoarding; and they're joined by Alex Stamos to talk about infrastructure, cybersecurity and the Colonial Pipeline hack. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: David Leonhardt for the New York Times: “A Misleading C.D.C. Number” Dana Goldstein for the New York Times: “President of Key Teachers’ Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall” Brian Krebs for Krebs on Security: “A Closer Look at the DarkSide Ransomware Gang” Here’s this week’s chatter: John: Craig Welch for National Geographic: “Groundbreaking Effort Launched to Decode Whale Language” Emily: A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon; America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Elizabeth Hinton  David: B-Side Books: Essays on Forgotten Favorites by John Plotz “ Listener chatter from Adam Schear: Walker Caplan for LitHub: “The Key to Dodging Cyber Censorship Rules Might Be . . . A Minecraft Library?” If you enjoy the show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the Political Gabfest. Sign up now at slate.com/gabfestplus to help support our work. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David each recount a decision that changed the trajectory of their lives (not marriage related). Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Martyrdom of Liz Cheney

Martyrdom of Liz Cheney

2021-05-0601:16:434

David, John and Emily discuss Liz Cheney's defiance of Trumpists; Trump’s Facebook suspension; and meatlessness getting (more) political. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Kimberly Robinson for Bloomberg Law: “Video: The Wild Hypotheticals Posed by Justice Stephen Breyer” John Dickerson for CBS News: “Ron Klain on ‘Face the Nation,’ May 2, 2021” Evelyn Douek for Lawfare: “It's Not Over. The Oversight Board's Trump Decision is Just the Start.” These Truths: A History of the United States, by Jill Lepore Ezra Klein for the New York Times: “Let’s Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat” John Dickerson for Slate: “Go for the Throat!: Why if He Wants to Transform American Politics, Obama Must Declare War on the Republican Party.” John Dickerson for JohnDickerson.com: “End of the Year Thoughts 2020 (Five Months Too Late).” Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro Hard Knocks, HBO Here’s this week’s chatter: John: Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro Emily: Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct, by Abigail Tucker David: Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Season 3, Episode 9: Man on Fire Listener chatter from Michael Sagmeister: Mitchell Clark for The Verge: “Bad Software Sent Postal Workers to Jail, Because No One Wanted to Admit It Could Be Wrong.” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David discuss how the freedom they feel to share their opinions has changed with their jobs and the journalism environment. If you enjoy the show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the Political Gabfest. Sign up now at slate.com/gabfestplus to help support our work. Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Live at 100 Days

Live at 100 Days

2021-04-2953:372

A live Gabfest with Emily, David and John on the policies and politics of Biden’s first 100 days— with special guest Jamelle Bouie! A reference from this week’s show: Thomas B. Edsall for The New York Times: “Should Biden Emphasize Race or Class or Both or None of the Above” Here’s this week’s chatter: John: The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis; Gertrude Stein on punctuation from Lectures in America.  Emily: Rosanna Xia for The Los Angeles Times: “DDT Waste Barrels Off L.A. Coast Shock California Scientists” David: Steven Johnson for The New York Times Magazine: “How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life” Listener chatter from David Friedlander-Holm: Cara Giaimo for The New York Times: “One of the World’s Oldest Science Experiments Comes Up From the Dirt” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David take questions from the live audience. Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

2021-04-2201:03:549

Emily, John and David discuss the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial with guest Dwayne Betts; Andrew Yang’s campaign for Mayor of New York City; and why the U.S. invaded Iraq with guest Noreen Malone (host of the Slow Burn podcast). Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Netflix Is A Joke: “Richard Pryor's 1979 Joke About Police Still Applies” “When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving” by Reginald Dwayne Betts Jack Shafer for Politico: “How Substack Revealed the Real Value of Writers’ Unfiltered Thoughts” The Million Book Project Felon by Reginald Dwayne Betts A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison by Reginald Dwayne Betts Slow Burn Season 5: The Road to Iraq Here’s this week’s chatter: John: The Ezra Klein Show: “That Anxiety You’re Feeling? It’s a Habit You Can Break”; Bob Yirka for Phys.org: “Teaching Children to Play Chess Found to Decrease Risk Aversion”; Joe Trippi’s Twitter thread about Walter Mondale Emily: PBS’s Philly D.A. David: Michael E. Ruane for the Washington Post: “Harriet Tubman’s Lost Maryland Home Found, Archaeologists Say”; Peter Jamison for The Washington Post: “An ‘Insane’ Covid Lockdown Two Miles From the Capitol, With No End in Sight” Listener chatter from Adam Siegel: The Economist: “How spooks are turning to superforecasting in the Cosmic Bazaar” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Dwayne Betts recites his poem, “When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving.” Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Blood Clot

Blood Clot

2021-04-1501:07:286

Emily, John and David discuss the vaccine “pause,” the death of Daunte Wright, and Biden’s commission on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Ronald Brownstein for The Atlantic: “The Decision That Will Define Democrats for a Decade” Ryan D. Doerfler and Samuel Moyn for The Atlantic: “Reform the Court, but Don’t Pack It” Emily Bazelon for The New York Times: “How To Fix the Supreme Court: How We Got Here” The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson  Tom Whyman for The New York Times: “Why, Despite Everything, You Should Have Kids (if You Want Them)” This week’s chatter: John: Call My Agent; The Irregulars  Emily: Daniele Selby for The Innocence Project “8 Things You Need to Know About Pervis Payne Who Is Facing Execution” David: Janelle Bitker for The San Francisco Chronicle: “Boba Shortage: Bay Area and the Rest of the U.S. May Soon Have No Bubbles for Tea” Listener chatter from Gabe Jacobs: 99% Invisible: “Freedom House Ambulance Service” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, John, David, and Emily talk about the decision to have children in the face of climate change and other catastrophes which could make the future more painful than today.  Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Midnight Train From Georgia

Midnight Train From Georgia

2021-04-0801:17:142

Emily, John and David discuss the corporate backlash to Georgia’s voting restrictions, Matt Gaetz and shamelessness in government, and they are joined by Amanda Ripley to talk about her new book High Conflict. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jonathan Rauch for the Atlantic: “How American Politics Went Insane” Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign by Frances E. Lee High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley The Gottman Institute’s “Love Lab” Emotions in Conflict: Inhibitors and Facilitators of Peace Making by Eran Halperin L. M. Hartling, E. Lindner, U. Spalthoff and M. Britton for Psicología Política: “Humiliation: A Nuclear Bomb of Emotions?” Stephen Hawkins, Daniel Yudkin, Míriam Juan-Torres, Tim Dixon for More In Common: “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape” The Irregulars Here’s this week’s chatter: John: Dan Zak for the Washington Post: “Goodbye to Gate 35x, Cursed Portal to the Rest of America” Emily: Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution David: City Cast Denver Listener chatter from Paul John Rudoi: Passing English of the Victorian era, a Dictionary of Heterodox English, Slang and Phrase available at The Public Domain Review; Karen Strike for Flashbak: “Not Up To Dick: 100 Wonderful Victorian Slang Words You Should Be Using” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, John, David, and Emily contemplate whether vaccinated people have a moral obligation to go out and spend.  Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impending Doom

Impending Doom

2021-04-0101:03:085

Emily, David and guest host Andrea Valdez discuss the fourth wave of the virus, Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, and fixing the U.S.’s caregiving infrastructure. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: How to Be a Texan: The Manual, by Andrea Valdez Ko Bragg for the 19th: “Four Girls Testified in the Derek Chauvin Trial. Here’s What They Told the Jury.” The University Will Require All Students to Be Vaccinated Before Arriving on Campus in the Fall, Rutgers University March 21, 2021 Bill Chappell for NPR, ”I Believe I Witnessed A Murder,' Witness Says Of 911 Call In Chauvin Case Here’s this week’s chatter: Andrea: Skip Hollandsworth for Texas Monthly: “The Larry McMurtry I Knew”; Paula Mejía for Texas Monthly: “Selena at 50: Celebrating the Life, Art, and Influence of a Tejano Legend” Emily: Elie Mystal for the Nation: “The Supreme Court May Be About to Blast Another Hole in Gun Control” David: City Cast Chicago podcast, hosted by Jacoby Cochran. Listener chatter from Wally Vinovskis: Theresa Machemer for Smithsonian Magazine: “This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection" Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Andrea, David, and Emily discuss running a media startup.  Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Unfulfilled

Unfulfilled

2021-03-2501:15:208

Emily, John and David discuss immigration, violence against Asian Americans and how Amazon is shaping the American economic landscape. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Emily Bazelon for Slate: “Stop Telling Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Retire: It's Counterproductive” David Leonhardt for The New York Times: “The Democrats’ Immigration Problem” Nicole Narea for Vox: “Migrants Are Heading North Because Central America Never Recovered From Last Year’s Hurricanes” One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger by Matthew Yglesias Slate’s Political Gabfest, “The “Rage” Edition” (with Matthew Yglesias) Claire Jean Kim for Politics and Society: “The Racial Triangulation Of Asian Americans”  How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev  Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America by Alec MacGillis Michael Corkery and Karen Weise for The New York Times: “Amazon Workers’ Union Drive Reaches Far Beyond Alabama” Lina M. Kahn for The Yale Law Journal: “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson  The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson John Dickerson for 60 Minutes: “Studying Coronavirus Spread in One Georgia School System” Here’s this week’s chatter: Emily chattered about her forthcoming article about the exoneration of Yutico Briley. Matt Sledge for The New Orleans Advocate: “A Man Serving 60 Years For Armed Robbery Is Free After Jason Williams Clears The Way For Release” John: Howard Schneider for Reuters: “U.S. Covid Response Could Have Avoided Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths - Research” David: Janelle Shane for Substack: “GPT-3 Tries Pickup Lines” Listener chatter from Mathew Dicks: Philip Hoare for The Guardian: "Sperm Whales in 19th Century Shared Ship Attack Information" Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss a wrong but unappealable call by high school basketball referees.  Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David, John and Josie discuss the politics of vaccine acceptance, the changed conversation on policing, and how Texas, undeterred by failing to find voter fraud, continues its assault on voting rights. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Dan Diamond for The Washington Post: “‘We Want To Be Educated, Not Indoctrinated,’ Say Trump Voters Wary of Covid Shots” Charles Duhigg for The New Yorker: Seattle’s Leaders Let Scientists Take the Lead. New York’s Did Not” The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why by Amanda Ripley Washington Post Editorial Board: “Reimagining Safety”  Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. Josie Duffy Rice for Vanity Fair: “Abolition’s Promise” Vann R. Newkirk II for The Atlantic: “American Democracy Is Only 55 Years Old—And Hanging by a Thread”  Ross Douthat for The New York Times: “Can Anything End the Voting Wars?” This American Life: “Squirrel Cop”  “Irish Family vs Bat” Zak Cheney-Rice for New York Magazine: “Ahmaud Arbery's Death and the Politics of Black Joy” Here’s this week’s chatter: Josie: We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (Abolitionist Papers) Paperback by Mariame Kaba  John: “Ian McKellen Explains the Difference Between Acting on Stage and in Movies | The Dick Cavett Show” David: The Atlas Obscura Podcast Listener chatter from Rebecca Vernon: Andrew Chamings for SF Gate: “The Bizarre Tale of the World's Last Lost Tourist, Who Thought Maine Was San Francisco” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josie, David, and John discuss the art and literature they wish they could experience for the first time again. Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Zero Sum

Zero Sum

2021-03-1201:07:598

Emily, John and David discuss the unprecedented American Rescue Plan. Author Heather McGhee joins the Gabfest to talk about her new book outlining how racism hurts all Americans and Dr. Michael Mina answers questions about how to improve the nation's pandemic-fighting strategies. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Pew Research Center: “Broad Public Support for Coronavirus Aid Package; Just a Third Say It Spends Too Much” The Debrief with Major Garrett: “$2 Trillion For What?” The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee Atomic Habits by James Clear Here’s this week’s chatter: Emily: The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--And How We Can Fix It by Dorothy A. Brown John: “‘The Secret Apartment’ Is The Story Of A Vietnam Vet Who Claims To Have Lived In Veterans Stadium For Years”; The Secret Apartment: Vet Stadium, a surreal memoir by Tom Garvey; Jeremy Irons Reads the Psalms   David: The Fourth Child by Jessica Winter Listener chatter from Seth Milhoan: Sarah Brookbank for the Cincinnati Enquirer: “Del Hall, The Cincinnati Man Who Lives on a Beer-only Diet for Lent, Is Doing It Again and Raising Money” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how they decide whether to rescue or abandon a failing project. Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
I'm Sorry If...

I'm Sorry If...

2021-03-0458:285

Emily, John and David discuss the stimulus bill, sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo, and escalating voter suppression efforts. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Dahlia Lithwick for Slate: “Maybe It’s a Good Thing Andrew Cuomo Is Still Governor” Charlotte Klein for Vanity Fair: “Pence Can’t Quit The Big Election Lie That Nearly Got Him Killed” The Brennan Center’s State Voting Bills Tracker 2021 Here’s this week’s chatter: Emily: Elizabeth Nolan Brown for Reason: “Science-Based Policy Means Decriminalizing Sex Work, Say Hundreds of Researchers”; Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires  John: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Civics Test David: David chattered in Seussian rhyme about the controversy over Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s decision to take six books with racist imagery out of print. Listener chatter from Lily Shield: Amy Littlefield for the Nation: “As the Pandemic Raged, Abortion Access Nearly Flickered Out” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss when they first realized the coronavirus would be life-changing.  Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Emily, John and David discuss the Tanden take down, Merrick Garland‘s DOJ, and how to stop police killings of Black people with guest Jason Johnson. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Isaac Chotiner on Twitter @IChotiner Mitch Daniels for the Washington Post: “Senate Republicans Could Restore a Bit of Civility by Confirming Neera Tanden”  Jacob Jarvis for Newsweek: “Neera Tanden Once Criticized Joe Manchin's Pharma CEO Daughter” Wesley Lowery for GQ: “The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening in Ithaca, New York” Slate’s A Word … With Jason Johnson Here’s this week’s chatter: Emily: Yes In My Backyard’s Mapping Inequality: Digitizing Our Redlining History John: Isabella Kwai for the New York Times: “Von Trapped: The Family Is Stuck Inside, So Why Not Sing Parodies?” David: Children get off a school bus in Mongolia Listener chatter from @Yayadesigns1: “Watch an Archaeologist Play the “Lithophone,” a Prehistoric Instrument That Let Ancient Musicians Play Real Classic Rock” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss our cultural predispositions when it comes to risk and how to better deal with, ignore or address risks.  Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Let the Purge Begin

Let the Purge Begin

2021-02-1857:104

Emily, John and David discuss Republican allegiance to Trump, schools during COVID-19, and they're joined by guest Jonathan Cohn to look back on Obamacare and to explore the current state of COVID-19 vaccinations. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Susan Dominus for the New York Times Magazine: “Rhode Island Kept Its Schools Open. This Is What Happened.” Shawn Hubler for The New York Times: “Vaccinating Oregon’s Teachers Might Not Be Enough to Reopen its Schools.” The Ten Year War by Jonathan Cohn Here’s this week’s chatter: Emily: Anna Holmes for the Atlantic: “The Magazine That Helped 1920s Kids Navigate Racism” John: Radio Garden David: Pick of The Litter Listener chatter from Ming Richie: Cathy Free for the Washington Post: “This Man Mistakenly Left his Wallet in Antarctica. Some 53 Years Later, He Got it Back.” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the legacy of Rush Limbaugh. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Impeachment Trial Again

The Impeachment Trial Again

2021-02-1101:02:342

David, Emily and John discuss Trump’s impeachment trial; lawsuits about election lies; and the execution of a possibly innocent man. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States by Brian Rosenwald  “New US Capitol Riot Video Shows Mob Rifling Through Senators' Desks” The Telegraph Emily Bazelon for the New York Times: “Did Tennessee Execute an Innocent Man?” Slate Culture Gabfest: “‘Magic or Manipulation’ Edition” Slate’s The Gist: “Illusions, Delusions, and Flat Out Lies” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:  Emily: Christopher Z. Mooney for the Chicago Tribune: “How the Census Delay Could Hand Control of Illinois Redistricting to the GOP” John: A letter from George Washington that ended with the sign-off: “Your Most Humble and Obedient Servant" may reveal, or remind us, what our contemporary sign-offs mean. David: The New York Times Presents: “Framing Britney Spears” Listener chatter from James Dillard: Amanda Ripley for Comment: “The Mystery of Trust” Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself.  You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jewish Space Laser

Jewish Space Laser

2021-02-0501:10:264

Emily, John and David discuss the stimulus bill, racial inequities in vaccine distribution, the return to in-person learning, and Majorie Taylor Greene’s GOP. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Ezra Klein for the New York Times: “The Senate Has Become a Dadaist Nightmare” Uché Blackstock and Oni Blackstock for the Washington Post: “White Americans Are Being Vaccinated at Higher Rates Than Black Americans. Such Inequity Cannot Stand.” Shreya Kangovi and Uché Blackstock for the Washington Post: “Community Health Workers Are Essential in This Crisis. We Need More of Them.” Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “The QAnon Delusion Has Not Loosened Its Grip” David Blight’s Open Yale Course: “HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877” Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, by Liaquat Ahamed  Monica Potts for The New York Times: “In the Land of Self-Defeat” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:  Emily: Moe Tkacik for Slate: “The Lousy Tippers of the Trump Administration” John: Vala Afshar’s tweet of a clip from DisruptTV, Episode 91.   David: Stefanos Chen for the New York Times: “The Downside to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks” Listener chatter from Phillip Cleveland @pwcleveland: a Twitter thread by Mark R. Miller @4T9NER about a meaningful family photograph Slate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, listener Norman Townsend asks John, Emily, and David to discuss David’s new startup, CityCast. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Short Squeeze

Short Squeeze

2021-01-2801:11:385

Emily, John and David discuss the Senate obstruction that may be ahead; delegating deplatforming; and GameStop. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “Democrats Should Act as if They Won the Election” Tom Wilson and Kate Starbird for The Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review: “Cross-Platform Disinformation Campaigns: Lessons Learned and Next Steps”  Matt Levine for Bloomberg: “GameStop is Just a Game” David Leonhardt for the New York Times: “Underselling the Vaccine” Andy Rose for CNN: “Health Workers, Stuck in the Snow, Administer Coronavirus Vaccine to Stranded Drivers” Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:  Emily: A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet; Matt Stieb for New York Magazine: “The Fyre Festival of Vaccine Rollouts” John: Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself David: David Blight’s Open Yale Course: “HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877”; Dessa’s “Who’s Yellen Now?” Listener chatter from Ghael Fobes @GhaelFobes: a Twitter thread of animals interrupting wildlife photographers by @JoaquimCampa Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment a listener asks John, Emily, and David to discuss how they organize their work, lives, and minds. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
End this Uncivil War

End this Uncivil War

2021-01-2154:5310

Emily, John and David discuss the unusual but uplifting inauguration, Joe Biden’s priorities, and the Trump aftermath. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Joe Biden’s inauguration speech Inauguration video from former Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton Kevin Quealy for the New York Times: “The Complete List of Trump’s Twitter Insults (2015-2021)  Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:  John: The books of P.G. Wodehouse read by Jonathan Cecil Emily: Beth LeBlanc and Craig Mauger for the Detroit News: “Michigan Republicans Seek to Replace GOP Canvasser Who Certified Election” David: Jules Suzdaltsev’s Twitter thread of photos of weird things Trump did in office. Listener chatter from Clay Jeffries @clayjeffries: Sam Kean for the Atlantic: “22 Orphans Gave Up Everything to Distribute the World’s First Vaccine” Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John imagine some classes they would like to teach. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Greatest Betrayal

The Greatest Betrayal

2021-01-1401:10:506

Emily, David and John talk about impeachment, whether Americans can be deradicalized, and guest Juliette Kayyem joins in to discuss vaccine distribution. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “People Are Dying. Whom Do We Save First With the Vaccine?  Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America by John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavrek  Amarnath Amarasingam’s Twitter thread on de-platforming extremists.  Amarnath Amarasingam, Shiraz Maher, and Charlie Winter for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats: “How Telegram Disruption Impacts Jihadist Platform Migration” The music of Ludovico Einaudi The music of Joan Armatrading The music of John Prine The music of M.I.A. The music of Joan Jett The music of Maren Morris The music of Joni Mitchell The music of Bob Mould and Husker Du The music of Nick Thompson Nicholas Thompson for Wired: “To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past” “Iko Iko” performed by the Grateful Dead  “You’ll Never Walk Alone” performed by Gerry and the Pacemakers Tusk by Fleetwood Mac Desire by Bob Dylan In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:  John: Nathaniel Popper for The New York Times: “Lost Passwords Lock Millionaires Out of Their Bitcoin Fortunes” Emily: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell  David: The Dancing Bird of Paradise Scene from “Our Planet” Listener chatter from Richard Medlicott: Steven Levy for Wired: “A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?” Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John talk about the music they turn to in order to clear their heads. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Reaping the Whirlwind

Reaping the Whirlwind

2021-01-0701:05:338

Emily, John and David discuss the invasion of the U.S. Capitol and Democrats’ historic win in Georgia. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:  Yuval Levin for the National Review: “Failures of Leadership in a Populist Age” Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge the Complicit” Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “The Pandemic Election” Emily Bazelon for Slate in 2013: “Voting Rights 2.0” Steven Lance for Atavist: “The Secret Formula: Could Shrunken Heads From the Amazon Hold the Key to Curing Cancer? One Man Thought So—and Spent a Lifetime Trying to Prove It.”  A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812,by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:  John: Agence France-Presse, “Exceptionally Well-Preserved Snack Bar Unearthed in Pompeii” David: David Segal for the New York Times: “It’s Mother vs. Son in Britain’s Priciest Divorce War”  Emily: Tweet by Kyle Machulis @qDo of the most important competitive dog dancing video Listener chatter from Cyrus Farivar @cfarivar: Jason Kottke for Kottke.org: “The Last Documented Widow of a Civil War Veteran Has Died at the Age of 101” Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John consider in what time period they would first go to see a doctor, given what we know now about the history of medicine. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15th Anniversary

15th Anniversary

2020-12-3150:462

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz reminisce about 15 years of podcasting together. They look back on past mistakes and deliver fresh kindnesses. This live show was recorded on Dec 9, 2020. You can watch a special tribute video here and a video of the entire 15th Anniversary Show is here.  Here are some references from this week’s show:  Jonathan Rauch for the Atlantic: “How American Politics Went Insane”   Conor Friedersdorf for the Atlantic: “Working Mom Arrested for Letting Her 9-Year-Old Play Alone at Park”     Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:    John: The Washington Post: “Sept. 8 in History: Evel Knievel’s Canyon Jump, Nixon Pardon”   Emily: Catrin Einhorn and Christopher Flavelle for The New York Times: “A Race Against Time to Rescue a Reef From Climate Change”   David: Washington Post: “Plastic Surgeons Say Business Is Up, Partly Because Clients Don’t Like How They Look On Zoom”   Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John share politically-themed cocktail recipes from listeners and of their own. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (46)

James Campbell

Slate plus... Slate plus... Slate plus.. Too much... Gone forever!

Feb 19th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

I really liked the idea of bringing back bows and curtsies! I never liked shaking hands in the first place so I hope that stays gone, even tho I've mastered the skill quite well for purposes of business and other "adulting" situations (blech!). I think I'm gonna keep wearing a mask, too. It allows me to grumble at prime under my breath without being caught. Plus when I add earbuds and sunglasses, strangers leave me alone, cuz my whole face screams OCUPADO BITCHES. It's not that I'm antisocial, it's just that I like socializing to be on my terms.

Jan 1st
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Alex Mercedes

I am a grown woman over 60 and have only had my hand kissed once. I wish that custom would return.

Dec 24th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

In addition to releasing tax info; placing funds into a private trust; being transparent regarding meeting with lobbyists and enemies of the state -- American presidents should also be required to pass a simple geography test and have a basic grasp of math and science. Maybe they could take the GED since that is already an exam readily available to the public and expresses that users possess a ... "General Education". Presidents should also be able to pass an American Citizenship Test before entering into discussions concerning immigration law. Basically what I'm saying is, anyone who wants to lead this great nation should have at least an elementary education and even a slight inkling of how the world works. REVOLUTIONARY IDEA.

Dec 15th
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Michael Milligan

They talk only about President Trump not accepting the election results, when it was Hillary Clinton who advised: "Under no circumstances should Biden concede on election night." Then, they go to even greater depths of wackiness, saying the Democratic party wants people to vote and the Republican party doesn't want people to vote. Where did they come up with that? Reality check: both parties hope THEIR voters vote and the other guy's voters don't! We're in trouble alright. We're in trouble because "journalists" like these twist reality to fit a leftist narrative. To the the of them: people hear you and know what you're doing. It's a big part of the reason that candidate Trump became President Trump.

Oct 31st
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Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston

good god, who cares. it's just a one day delay. you're a political podcast, not the state of the Union.

Oct 23rd
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Darcie Harris

Ruth Marcus is a wonderful addition to the show. I hope she permanently replaces Emily Bazelon.

Aug 2nd
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Aristeia

Jamelle Bouie made so many excellent points I hadn't thought about concerning the filibuster and mail in voting.

Jul 26th
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Christopher Connor

Whilst I really like the Gabfest crew and respect their opinion greatly, it sickens me frankly to hear Emily's level-headed and fair-minded rhetoric when she absolutely didn't apply the same standard to the absolute witchhunt that Bret Kanvanaugh endured at her hands by a completely different standard. I mean her hypocrisy is sickening and frankly greatly undermines her otherwise intelligent and balanced insights. The double-standard is everything that's wrong with our national discourse. Its shameful.

May 4th
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Robert Moreton

Get rid of Plotz and this would be a great podcast filled with smart people and interesting opinions.

May 1st
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Ryan Hudziak

"That is definitely how you're hearing it."

Apr 11th
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plmontoya

I don't think this was one of David Plotz's best podcast. The last month has been boardline cringey how much he is in the bag for Bloomberg and how much he wants to push the sexist agenda that worked against Warren. I still enjoy the podcast. See ya next week.

Mar 6th
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bill katelis

Unsubscribe.

Feb 29th
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Darcie Harris

Emily, I'd like to know when earning money became something to be ashamed of. Bloomberg was/is a good businessman, with the ability to both think strategically about long term goals and implement operational effectiveness for short term goals. These are skills I want in a President. He's not "buying" the nomination. He's risking his own money while other candidates are risking other people's money. Campaigns cost money and all candidates spend it to achieve the results they hope for. There is no need for judgement.

Feb 28th
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Lucas Hillier

#YNWA

Feb 7th
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Darcie Harris

It seems most political commentators are shocked that Kamala Harris did not get significant public support. But I am not surprised. I am a liberal female California Democrat and have many liberal female friends west to east coasts -- everyone I know just wants Trump gone and believes the safest path to that end is a white-bread-white-man. 2020 is not the year to risk an artisan loaf. It's that simple.

Dec 8th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

I'm guessing that future issues like this for the Navy Seals will be handled quietly in-house. Kinda the way prisoners take care of jailed pedophiles. Sometimes vigilante justice is the only justice.

Nov 27th
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Carl Davidson

Jesus christ, David, your lips and face are so far up Bloomberg's ass. It's embarrassing how you carry on and on about him over the many other great Democratic candidates already in the race. You've descended into downright creepy territory. Yuck!

Nov 15th
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Jason Adams

how does this get fixed?

Oct 18th
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Lucas Hillier

not downloading

Oct 18th
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