Political Gabfest

Political Gabfest

Political Gabfest

CATEGORY: News
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.
  1. June 26, 2022
    38 min
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    Gabfest Reads: Corrections in Ink
    Emily Bazelon talks with author Keri Blakinger about her new memoir, Corrections in Ink which recounts Blakinger’s path from Olympic ambitions, to heroin addiction, to prison, and ultimately a return to life on…
  2. June 23, 2022
    52 min
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    SCOTUS Guts The Establishment Clause
    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court decision requiring that government funding for private schools include religious ones, the January 6th hearings, and dissension…
  3. June 16, 2022
    56 min
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    Drunk as Rudy Guiliani
    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the January 6th hearings, Jason Furman on the economy, and debates among providers of gender-affirming medical care.Here are some notes and refer…
  4. June 09, 2022
    52 min
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    Is San Francisco a Hellscape?
    David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Tuesday’s primaries, the economy (is it as bad as we all think it is?), and are joined by Susan Matthews to talk Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade. Here are some notes…
  5. June 02, 2022
    52 min
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    Forgive Me, Joe
    David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the response to the Uvalde shooting, Biden’s plan for student loan forgiveness, and a bunch of ignored subpoenas. Here are some notes and references from th…
  6. May 29, 2022
    36 min
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    Gabfest Reads: Coming of Age in the Nineties
    John Dickerson talks with author Elif Batuman about coming of age as a college student in the 1990’s, and the similarities between herself and her main character in Either/Or, the sequel to The Idiot. Tweet us…
  7. May 26, 2022
    58 min
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    No Way to Prevent This
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Kate McGee and Jolie McCullough for The Texas Tribune: “Confrontedwith mass shootings, Texas Republicans have repeatedly loosened gun laws”Bruce Leshan f…
  8. May 19, 2022
    52 min
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    More Fetterman!
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Thomas B. Edsall for The New York Times: “Status Anxiety Is Blowing Wind Into Trump’s Sails”Karn Yourish and Nicholas Confessore for The New York Times:…
  9. May 12, 2022
    1 hr 1 min
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    Why Did White Evangelicals Get So Angry
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Michael C. Dorf for Dorf on Law: “In a Post-Roe World, Can States Prevent Women From Seeking Abortions Out-of-State?”Ruth Graham for The New York Times:…
  10. May 05, 2022
    1 hr
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    The “End Of Roe Is Nigh!” Edition
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Ruth Marcus for The Washington Post: “The Leaked Draft Roe Opinion Is A Disaster For The Supreme”Edwin Meese III for The Washington Post: “Did The Conser…
  11. April 28, 2022
    1 hr 11 min
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    So Much Free Speech!
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, Title 42, and the current prayer in school debate.Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Daphne Keller for T…
  12. April 22, 2022
    1 hr 8 min
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    Farewell, Jocelyn!
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the ways that the war in Ukraine may be influencing China's future plans with guest Malcolm Turnbull; the mask mandate ruling; whether it matters that the R…
  13. April 17, 2022
    22 min
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    Gabfest Reads: He Wanted to Die Holding Hands
    David Plotz talks with author Amy Bloom about her journey to support the death, by suicide, of her husband, chronicled in her new book In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss. Tweet us your questions @SlateGabfest o…
  14. April 14, 2022
    1 hr 4 min
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    Double Bazelon
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the approaching midterms, inflation, and whether social media is imperiling U.S. democracy—with guest Simon Bazelon.Here are some notes and references from…
  15. April 07, 2022
    1 hr 10 min
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    Hey, Groomer
    Emily, John and David discuss Russia’s war crimes; Disney’s reaction to “don’t say gay”; and Amazon’s first union.Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Andrew Exum for The Atlantic: “The Russ…
  16. March 31, 2022
    1 hr 5 min
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    Burner Phone
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Biden's gaffe in speaking too honestly about Russia; Trump’s missing phone logs; and Ginni Thomas’s efforts to subvert the election.Here are some notes and…
  17. March 24, 2022
    56 min
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    Deep Sigh
    David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus to discuss Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing; Ukraine keeps fighting through atrocity; and more allegations of Republican candidates committin…
  18. March 20, 2022
    31 min
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    Gabfest Reads: Invisible Kingdom: How Meghan 0'Rourke became a detective of her own illness.
    Emily Bazelon talks with author Meghan O’Rourke about germ theory, biomarkers, medical mysteries, long COVID and the quest to return to health as chronicled in her new book The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Ch…
  19. March 17, 2022
    1 hr 3 min
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    I Call On You To Do More
    Emily and David are joined by guest host Juliette Kayyem to discuss the arming of Ukraine, how to prepare for the next pandemic or catastrophe, and daylight savings time debates.Here are some notes and referenc…
  20. March 10, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    Price of a Gallon of Gas
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Ukraine's fighting spirit, rising gas prices, and conformity on campus.Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:The Science of Politics pod…

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