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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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Stop Counting Now

Stop Counting Now

2020-08-0601:04:356

Messing with the census, undermining the election, and guest Juliette Kayyem on competent crisis response. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Alex Thompson for Politico: “Trump’s Campaign Knocks on a Million Doors a Week. Biden’s Knocks on Zero.” Ben Smith for the New York Times: “How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong” Franklin Foer for the Atlantic: “Putin Is Well on His Way to Stealing the Next Election” Alice Miranda Ollstein for Politico: “Lawmakers Demand Explanation for Cutting Federal Funding to States for National Guard Deployments” Juliette Kayyem for The Atlantic: “Reopening Schools Was Just an Afterthought” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson  Emily: Deep Cover: The Drug Wars David: This Week in Virology, “Episode 640: Test Often, Fast Turnaround, with Michael Mina”; Elian Peltier for The New York Times: “3 Men Marooned in the Pacific Are Rescued After Writing SOS in the Sand” Listener Carol Palmer, @AgnetaAnderso: Larry Kanter for Medium “Inside the Company Trying to Solve the Global Bicycle Shortage” 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 Emily, David, and John talk about missing their work friends. 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
Twilight of Democracy

Twilight of Democracy

2020-07-3001:09:2410

David, John and Ruth Marcus discuss Biden’s campaign, Big Tech, and author Anne Applebaum joins to discuss her new book Twilight of Democracy. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: John Dickerson for the Washington Post: “The Ultimate Test of Presidential Character Is Restraint” Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: The Underground Railroad and The Nickleboys by Colson Whitehead; Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton Ruth: Sophie Haigney for The New Yorker: “An Elegy for the Landline in Literature” Anne: MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman by Ben Hubbard David: Meredith Cash for Business Insider: “Take a Peek at Alabama Football's Stunning New Locker Room That Was Part of a $16 Million Renovation” Listener chatter from Mark Allender @markwallender for ProPublica: Jodi S. Cohen for ProPublica: “A Teenager Didn’t Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.” 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 Ruth, David, and John discuss David’s dilemma concerning the best interests of his cats. 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
Invading America

Invading America

2020-07-2301:07:196

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Jamelle Bouie discuss Trump’s assault on Portland, the filibuster, and Julian Zelizer’s new book about Newt Gingrich’s power tactics. 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 Jamelle, David, and Emily discuss the people they consider the greatest living Americans after the death of John Lewis. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “The Border War in Portland” Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party by Julian E. Zelizer  The Weeds: “Biden Reloaded” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Jamelle: Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi Emily: Amicus Presents: “The Class of RBG” by Dahlia Lithwick  Dahlia Lithwick and Molly Olmstead for Slate: “The Class of RBG”  Dahlia Lithwick for Slate: “It’s Amazing to Me How Distinctly I Remember Each of These Women The Lie That Binds by Ilyse Hogue and Ellie Langford David: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Listener chatter from Joshua Bennet: Ann Gibbons for Science: “Why 536 Was 'the Worst Year to Be Alive'”  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
Find Something New

Find Something New

2020-07-1601:18:163

Emily, David and guest host James Forman Jr. discuss the pandemic catastrophe, the racial justice movement, and “cancel culture.” 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 James, David, and Emily discuss the program James has started at Yale Law School to help individuals from the New Haven area to get law degrees, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Neil Gross for the New York Times: “Want to Abolish the Police? Consider Becoming an Officer Instead” Paul Butler for the New York Times: “The System Must Counteract Prosecutors’ Natural Sympathies for Cops” Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy Unpacking the Boston Police Budget, ACLU Massachusetts Harper’s Magazine: “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” Ross Douthat for The New York Times: “10 Theses About Cancel Culture” David Plotz for Business Insider: “Government Data Is Getting Worse.” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: James: Vertellis card game Emily: Pam Fessler and Elena Moore for NPR’s Morning Edition: “Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness”  David: Kerry Allen for the BBC: “US-China: Pompeo Dog Photo Has Netizens Asking If US Is Toying With China” Listener chatter from James Edward Dillard @jamesdillard: ChinaTalk podcast: “How Corruption Works in China”  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
Ministerial Exception

Ministerial Exception

2020-07-0901:14:035

Emily, John and David discuss Biden's understated presidential campaign, the new Supreme Court decisions, and Hamilton. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Maybe This Isn’t Such a Good Time to Prosecute a Culture War” David Weigel for The Washington Post: “The Trailer: Who's Afraid of Joe Biden?” Michael W. McConnell for the New York Times: “On Religion, the Supreme Court Protects the Right to Be Different” Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy by Annette Gordon-Reed The New York Times Magazine: “The 1619 Project” Winds of Change podcast Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Sea Wife by Amity Gaige; “426 Years: An Examination of 25 Wrongful Convictions in Brooklyn, New York” John: Jake Rossen for Mental Floss: “10 Examples of the Mandela Effect”; Chess.com: “What is Zugzwang?”    David: Meghann Myers for Military Times: “Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Who Testified Against Trump, Announces Retirement From the Army” Listener chatter from Emmy Rald @RaldEmmy: Phoebe Weston for The Guardian: “‘Landscape of Fear’: What a Mass of Rotting Reindeer Carcasses Taught Scientists” 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 and Emily discuss the shaming of wealthy companies that took Paycheck Protection Program loans. 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
Open the Damn Schools

Open the Damn Schools

2020-07-0201:11:423

Emily, John and David discuss the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, reopening schools--with guest Emily Oster, and Russia’s bounties for U.S. Troops. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Melissa Murray for The Washington Post: “The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Seems Pulled From The ‘Casey’ Playbook” Linda Greenhouse for The New York Times: “How Chief Justice Roberts Solved His Abortion Dilemma” Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker: “John Roberts Distances Himself from the Trump-McConnell Legal Project” Emily Oster for the Atlantic: “Parents Can’t Wait Around Forever” Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster Charlie Savage, Mujib Mashal, Rukmini Callimachi, Eric Schmitt and Adam Goldman for the New York Times: “Suspicions of Russian Bounties Were Bolstered by Data on Financial Transfers” Susan E. Rice for The New York Times: “Why Does Trump Put Russia First?” Carl Bernstein for CNN: “From Pandering to Putin to Abusing Allies and Ignoring His Own Advisers, Trump's Phone Calls Alarm US Officials” David Plotz for Business Insider: “What If Your Boss Acted Like This?” This Day in Esoteric Political History: “The Man Who Didn't Sign The Declaration (1776)” Ross Douthat for the New York Times: “The Ghost of Woodrow Wilson” David W. Blight for the Washington Post: “Yes, the Freedmen’s Memorial Uses Racist Imagery. But Don’t Tear It Down. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David Blight Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Jen Doll for Mental Floss: “How A Wrinkle in Time Changed Sci-Fi Forever”; Money Heist Emily: Alison Dirr for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director To Stay On For Time Being, Filling Leadership Void”;  Scott Neuman for NPR: “Federal Court In Wisconsin Upholds Voting Restrictions Favored By Republicans”; Derry Girls   David: Call My Agent Listener chatter from Randy Koehn @noonan66: Matthew Rosenberg @AshcanPress’s Twitter thread with a beautiful story about Carl Reiner, who passed away this week. 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 discuss whether history should be taught backwards. 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
Global Pariahs

Global Pariahs

2020-06-2501:05:187

Emily, John and David discuss the rising numbers of COVID cases, the politicization of the DOJ, and they are joined by Slow Burn's Josh Levin to talk about the new season focused on David Duke. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Austan Goolsbee and Chad Syverson: “Lockdown, and Diversion: Comparing Drivers of Pandemic Economic Decline 2020, University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2020-80.”  Kasra Zarei and John Duchneskie for the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Coronavirus Cases Rise in States with Relaxed Face Mask Policies”   Carol D. Leonnig and Joshua Partlow for the Washington Post: “Dozens of Secret Service Officers and Agents Told to Self-quarantine After Trump’s Tulsa Rally” Jonathan Martin, Alexander Burns, Matt Stevens for the New York Times: “Biden Takes Dominant Lead as Voters Reject Trump on Virus and Race” Slate’s Slow Burn, Season 4: David Duke Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Maria Konnikova for Wired: “Poker and the Psychology of Uncertainty”; The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova Emily: Christoph Koettl, Nilo Tabrizy, Muyi Xiao, Natalie Reneau and Drew Jordan for The New York Times: “How the Philadelphia Police Tear-Gassed a Group of Trapped Protesters”   David: Melissa Fay Greene for the Atlantic: “30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact” Listener chatter from Fredrik Hilding @FHilding: Jessica Leigh Hester for Atlas Obscura’s Show & Tell podcast: “Show and Tell With Colored-Pencil Cartographer Anton Thomas” 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 discuss some of the nicer changes the pandemic has brought to their daily lives. 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
Because of Sex

Because of Sex

2020-06-1801:14:565

Emily, John and David discuss Trump’s Tulsa rally, Bolton’s book, and this week’s historic Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ rights--with attorney Chase Strangio. Episode Notes Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Kathryn Dunn Tenpas for Brookings: “Tracking Turnover in the Trump Administration” Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly” Dylan Scott for Vox: “What Mike Pence Got Wrong About the New Coronavirus Spikes” Margo Vansynghel and David Kroman for Crosscut: “The Future of Capitol Hill’s Protest Zone May Lie in Seattle History” Ashley Garcia Ashley for the Washington Post: “Seattle’s Protest is the Latest in a Long History of Experimental Living” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Carl Hulse for The New York Times: “Senate Passes Major Public Lands Bill” Emily: Jonathan Chait for New York Magazine: “The Still-Vital Case for Liberalism in a Radical Age” David: David Plotz for Business Insider: “DC Statehood Is a Great But Doomed Cause. Here's a Better Idea.” Listener chatter from D Holstein @The_Pophouse: Kaitlyn Tiffany for the Atlantic: “Why K-pop Fa Are No Longer Posting About K-pop” 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 discuss Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest, also known as “CHOP.” You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
David, Emily, and John present a special livestream of the Political Gabfest on police abuse, the 2020 election, and John’s new book, The Hardest Job in the World. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman for the New York Times: “Outsider Tapped in Flynn Case Calls Justice Dept. Reversal a ‘Gross Abuse’ of Power” David: Emily Cochrane for the New York Times: “That Trump Tweet? Republicans Prefer Not to See It”; Aaron Blake for the Washington Post: “No, It’s Not Just a Trump Tweet” John: Whistlestop: “The Spring of 1787” Listener chatter from Josh Delaney @jddelaney and Andy O))) @alchemistscave: Johnny Diaz for the New York Times: “Someone Found the Buried Treasure That an Art Dealer Hid in the Rocky Mountains” 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 answer questions from viewers of the special livestream of the show. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “How Much Is America Changing?” Matthew Yglesia for Vox: “Study Suggests Democrats Should Be Running More Ads About Biden, Fewer About Trump” Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly” Frederick Douglass: Prophets of Freedom by David W. Blight You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Inspecting the Bunker

Inspecting the Bunker

2020-06-0401:10:146

Emily, John and David discuss the protests against police brutality and racism, Trump’s increasingly authoritarian response, and the pandemic--with guest Jamelle Bouie. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “What Will College Be Like in the Fall?” Emily: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua David: The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins; Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly” Listener chatter from David Foreman: Aeon Video: “‘Quite A Height, Ah?’ A Tour of the Chrysler Building by Those Building It”  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 discuss James Mattis speaking out about Trump’s work to divide Americans during crisis. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: The New York Times: “After 6 Months, Important Mysteries About Coronavirus Endure” The Lancet: “Physical Distancing, Face Masks, and Eye Protection to Prevent Person-to-Person Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” Monmouth University Polling Institute: “Protestors’ Anger Justified Even If Actions May Not Be: Most Say Police More Likely to Use Excessive Force on Black Individuals” Shant Shahrigian for The New York Daily News: “De Blasio Staffers Demand ‘Radical Change From Mayor’ in Open Letter: Read Full Text” German Lopez for Vox: “How to Reform American Police, According to Experts” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's Not a Lie, It's a Tweet

It's Not a Lie, It's a Tweet

2020-05-2801:16:532

Emily, John and David discuss the Trump vs. Twitter battle, the realities of this partisan pandemic, and U.S.-China relations with guest Sheena Chestnut Greitens. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Lori Dorn for Laughing Squid: “A Timeline of the Most Popular TV Shows (1951-2019)” Emily: Willa Paskin for Slate: “Mrs. America’s Showrunner on the Show’s Lessons and Its Detractors” David: NASA Office of the Inspector General: “Examining the Future of the International Space Station” Listener (Producer) chatter from Jocelyn Frank: “Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder” Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jeff Horwitz and Deepa Seetharaman for the Wall Street Journal: “Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive” Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States by Brian Rosenwald These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John envision what a post-covid-stay-at-home-order office might look and feel like. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
L-Shaped Recovery

L-Shaped Recovery

2020-05-2101:10:565

Emily, John and David discuss the state of the pandemic; insider trading allegations in the Senate; and Trump’s firing of the watchdog investigating Mike Pompeo. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss the online videos that have educated and entertained them during social isolation. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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. Episode Notes Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Ed Yong for the Atlantic: “America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further” Ryan Grim for the Intercept: “David Perdue Got Sweetheart Deal That Grew North of $6 Million After Election to The Senate” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore;   Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss The Hardest Job in the World, by John Dickerson Emily: Meredith Blake for the Los Angeles Times: “The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ Didn’t Change Her Mind on Abortion. She was Paid” David: Normal People by Sally Rooney ; “Abhushan Gautam for the Nepali Times: When The Air is Clean: Photographs of Kathmandu Valley With Air Pollution Removed by the Coronavirus Lockdown” Listener chatter from Valerie Minor: LavaMae‘s design for a DIY handwashing station you can build for the use of people experiencing homelessness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
There Is No Plan

There Is No Plan

2020-05-1401:14:135

Emily, John, and David discuss COVID without federal leadership; challenges to Trump at the Supreme Court; and novelist Isabel Allende joins the show to talk about her new book A Long Petal of the Sea, and how crisis can be an opportunity for change. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss (what would be) epic historical counterfactuals. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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.) Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Marty Makary for The New York Times: “How to Reopen America Safely” Norbert J. Michel and Drew Gonshorowski for the Heritage Foundation: “1% of Counties Home to Half of COVID-19 Cases, Over Half of Deaths” Scott Clement and Dan Balz for The Washington Post: “Many Governors Win Bipartisan Support for Handling of Pandemic, But Some Republicans Face Blowback Over Reopening Efforts” Zeynep Tufekci for The Atlantic: “How Hong Kong Did It” Perri Klass for The New York Times: Rethinking Covid-19 in Children Maria DeCotis @MariaDeCotis performs Governor Mario Cuomo’s comments on his daughter’s boyfriend. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Heran Mamo for Billboard: “Relive Prince & the Revolution's Iconic 1985 Purple Rain Concert During a Three-Night Livestream”; Olivia Clement for Playbill: “Audra McDonald to Host Star-Studded Covenant House Benefit With Meryl Streep, Dolly Parton, and More” Emily: The Music Lab’s Tone-Deafness Test and Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld David: Haven Orecchio-Egresitz for Business insider: “A White Man Ran Through a Florida Neighborhood Carrying a TV to Prove That Looking 'Suspicious' Wasn't an Excuse for Killing Ahmaud Arbery”; Monica Humphries for Business Insider: “A BBC Sports Broadcaster Held a Zoom Meeting With His 2 Dogs to Deliver Their Annual Performance Reviews” Listener chatter from Team@shah_of_shaw: Rutger Bregman for the Guardian: “The Real Lord of the Flies: What Happened When Six Boys Were Shipwrecked for 15 Months”   Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail

2020-05-0701:13:324

Emily, John and David discuss states reopening as numbers of cases continue to climb; this year’s election security challenges; and they're joined by guest Gene Sperling to talk about “economic dignity.” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss how to save the summer. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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. Notes and references from this week’s show: Nicholas Confessore, Andrew Jacobs, Jodi Kantor, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Luis Ferré-Sadurní for the New York Times: “How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies” Jason Dearen and Mike Stobbe for the Associated Press: “US Shelves Detailed Guide to Reopening Country” Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “Will Americans Lose Their Right to Vote in the Pandemic?” Mark Joseph Stern for Slate: “Trump Can’t Cancel the Election. But States Could Do It for Him.” Economic Dignity by Gene B. Sterling Gene B. Sperling for the New York Times: “Martin Luther King Jr. Predicted This Moment” Jason DeParle for the New York Times: “As Hunger Swells, Food Stamps Become a Partisan Flash Point” Harry Potter and the Sacred Text’s online classes Spy Hop’s on demand art classes National Karate’s online classes This week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Richard L. Hansen for Slate: “We Cannot Hold an Election Without a Functional Post Office”; Strict Scrutiny: “Stay Frustrated” John: The New York Times’ The Daily: “One Meat Plant. One Thousand Infections”; Mike Baker for the New York Times: “‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet” David: Benjamin Wofford for The Washingtonian: “Sally Quinn Modeled the Erotic Hero of Her 1991 Bestseller on…Anthony Fauci. Yes, that Anthony Fauci.”; Perry Stein and Donna St. George for the Washington Post: “Despite Pushback, Sidwell and Other D.C.-area Prep Schools are Keeping Their Small-Business Loans” Listener chatter from Dave Campbell @DaveCampbell116: Twitter thread from Rhodri Davies @Rhodri_H_Davies about Irish people donating to a crowdfunding campaign to help Choctaw & Navajo people hit by Covid-19, in recognition of support given by Choctaw during Irish famine of 1845. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Emily, John and David discuss Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden, the debate over reopening schools, and the three hosts are joined by astronaut Scott Kelly to talk through tips for living in confined spaces. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss the ethics of human challenge trials for vaccine development. 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.  You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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.) Here are notes and references from this week’s show: Michael J. Stern for USA Today: “Why I'm Skeptical About Reade's Sexual Assault Claim Against Biden: Ex-Prosecutor” Brian & Eddie Krassenstein for Medium: “Biden Accuser, Tara Reade, Allegedly Stole from Non-Profit Organization” Seren Morris for Newsweek: “What is 1 Day Sooner? Scientists Seek Volunteers to Become Infected with Coronavirus to Speed Up Vaccine Development”  Peter Singer and Richard Yetter Chappell for the Washington Post: “Pandemic Ethics: The Case for Experiments on Human Volunteers” Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Linda Villarosa for The New York Times Magazine: “‘A Terrible Price’: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America”  John: Kathryn Krawczyk for The Week: “Michigan Governor Introduces a GI Bill for Frontline Workers”; Rosalind Adams and Ken Bensinger for Buzzfeed: “After One Tweet To President Trump, This Man Got $69 Million From New York For Ventilators” David: David’s new newsletter for Business Insider; Johnny Diaz for the New York Times: “Cities Close Streets to Cars, Opening Space for Social Distancing” Listener chatter from Püblic Üniversal Fiend @UniversalFiend: Associated Press: “Dutch Students Complete Trans-Atlantic Voyage Forced by Coronavirus” Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Georgia Out of Its Mind

Georgia Out of Its Mind

2020-04-2301:03:347

Emily, David and John discuss the pushback against COVID-19 restrictions, the success of female political leaders, and they're joined by Mark Bittman to talk about eating and cooking well during isolation. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss their all-time must-read lists. The list is here. 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.  You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
I Alone Can Open It

I Alone Can Open It

2020-04-1659:485

Trump claims “total authority”, Heather Boushey on fighting the recession, and Amanda Ripley on lessons from Katrina and other disasters. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss what they would do about the pandemic if they were billionaires. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
In this special episode of the Political Gabfest John, Emily and David are joined by therapist Esther Perel to discuss how the coronavirus is affecting relationships, and what we can all do to support one another, process grief and tap into increased compassion during this time. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Emily, John and David discuss where efforts to curb virus transmission go from here with epidemiologist Amesh Adalja, Trump’s purge of investigators general, and what Sanders’ exit should mean for the Democratic party’s agenda. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John improvise a story together. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Emily, John and David discuss the security of U.S. elections, are joined by guest economics professor Jason Furman to help estimate by when we can anticipate a financial recovery, and the hosts talk with novelist Geraldine Brooks to learn more about living through a plague. 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 discuss their best social distancing hacks. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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 (41)

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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Rif Kamil

yup.. not playing or downloading.. it's a source error for sure

Oct 18th
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A M

it's saying it can't play due to a bad source link (not sure if it's just my device)

Oct 18th
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Catherine Endicott

can't download today's episode!!

Oct 17th
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Eric Pomeroy

Jesus, didn't realize just how left-wing this cast was, first time listener. If you like Rachel Maddow you'll love this podcast and the echo chamber it creates around it. Unsubscribed.

Oct 1st
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Itamar Ezaoui

Great weekly analysis of current political issues. Been listening for a few years now. Top podcast on my list and I listen to many podcasts. Always insightful, always entertaining. David, John, and Emily have a great rapport, and their wealth of knowledge is superb. I like that they each come to topics from different perspectives. Hoping to make it to a live show soon. Have recommended to many people and can't recommend enough!!! 5 stars!

Aug 9th
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Rick Patton

46:30 sorry, when were "these people" (all illegal immigrants) called animals? that's a massively inaccurate/dishonest characterization of the president's statement about MS-13 immigrants being animals. He did NOT say that illegal immigrants in general are animals; he specifically called MS-13 members animals due to the heinous acts they commit.

Jul 6th
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