Political Gabfest

Political Gabfest

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.... Show More

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September 30, 2020 32 min
In this special bonus episode Emily, John and David debrief and decompress after the first presidential debate of 2020. 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 writ...
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September 24, 2020 74 min
Emily, John and David discuss the unseemly rush to replace Justice Ginsburg, the coming presidential debates, and 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Refused to Step Down” The Long Game by Mitch McConnell  Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “Five Things Biden and His Allies Should Be Worried About” Linda Chav...
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September 18, 2020 27 min
Emily Bazelon joins Mike Pesca, host of Slate's Gist, for a special episode on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After discussing Ginsburg’s history as a justice and legacy on the court, they begin to unpack the future political ramifications of her death. Emily and Mike talk through the ways a nomination could quickly slip through the Senate before January, the impact a conservative court could have on issues besides...
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September 17, 2020 80 min
Emily, John, David and Jamelle discuss the impacts and threats of wildfires and the climate crisis, apocalyptic election talk, and the four of them envision a new and improved post-pandemic work week. Here are some notes and references from this week’s special show -- part of the Texas Tribune Festival!: Abrahm Lustgarten for The New York Times Magazine: “The Great Climate Migration” Galen Durke for FiveThirtyEight “The Challenge...
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September 10, 2020 68 min
What Trump knew about the virus, DOJ’s move to end E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit, and Matthew Yglesias on One Billion Americans. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Rage by Bob Woodward The Washington Post: “32 Times Trump Said the Coronavirus Would Go Away” One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger by Matthew Yglesias Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Jaclyn Peiser for the Washington Po...
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September 3, 2020 74 min
Emily, David and John discuss the politics of violence in the U.S. and are joined by bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel to talk about COVID vaccine distribution, and by Edward Ball to talk about his new book, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Trump Needs His Own Sister Souljah Moment” Science Magazine: “An Ethical Fram...
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August 27, 2020 72 min
The Republican convention, violence in Kenosha, and whether the Falwell and Conway families’ dramas matter. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “‘I Fear That We Are Witnessing the End of American Democracy’” Omar Wasow for the Washington Post: “The Protests Started Out Looking Like 1968. They Turned Into 1964.”  Black Lives Matter Protests in Wisconsin: Charles Frankl...
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August 20, 2020 67 min
Emily, John and David discuss the Democrats’ virtual convention, the U.S. Postal Service, and the bipartisan Senate report exposing more Trump ties to Russia. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: PowerToThePolls.org Vote-absentee.com Election Protection Hotline Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Keith Johnston for Independent Voter News: “The 18th-Century Reason Biden's VP Pick Should Be a Night...
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August 13, 2020 62 min
David, John and Josie Duffy Rice discuss the Biden-Harris ticket, stimulus gridlock, and rapid, ubiquitous coronavirus testing-- with guest Dr. Michael Mina. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Monica Potts for The New York Times: "In the Land of Self Defeat"  Zak Cheney-Rice for New York Magazine: "Tara Reade Is Making It Harder to Hide Joe Biden" This Week in Virology, “Episode 640: Test Ofte...
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August 6, 2020 66 min
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...
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July 30, 2020 72 min
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 ...
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July 23, 2020 68 min
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...
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July 16, 2020 81 min
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 individu...
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July 9, 2020 75 min
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 S...
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July 2, 2020 72 min
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” Jeffre...
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June 25, 2020 67 min
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 ...
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June 18, 2020 78 min
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 ...
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June 11, 2020 79 min
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 Prefe...
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June 4, 2020 72 min
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 Atlanti...
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May 28, 2020 79 min
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 Genera...
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