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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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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.

    New, New, New Cold War

    New, New, New Cold War

    Emily, John and David discuss President Biden's G7 summit and the meeting with President Putin, McConnell’s plans to block a Biden Supreme Court nominee, and they are joined by guest Melissa Murray on what “critical race theory” is and is not.
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Julia Ioffe for Tomorrow Will Be Worse: “‘Everyone Gets What They Deserve’: Biden Takes On the Putin Singularity”

    Strict Scrutiny podcast 

    Amicus podcast

    The New York Times Magazine: “The 1619 Project”

    Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport

    Here’s this week’s chatter:
    John: Elizabeth Dilts Marshall for Reuters: “Morgan Stanley Ceo to Staff: Be Back at New York Headquarters by September”; Lauren Weber for The Wall Street Journal: “Forget Going Back to the Office—People Are Just Quitting Instead”

    Emily: Adam Liptak for The New York Times: “Affordable Care Act Survives Latest Supreme Court Challenge”; Adam Liptak for the New York Times: “Supreme Court Backs Catholic Agency in Case on Gay Rights and Foster Care”

    David: Six Months Later: Episode 22: David Plotz

    Listener chatter from Leslie Camp: Doug Fraser for The Cape Cod Times: “‘I Was Completely Inside’: Lobster Diver Swallowed by Humpback Whale Off Provincetown”

    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 Danny Lavery's new show Big Mood, Little Mood" 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 discuss the things they miss doing which modern technology has pushed out of circulation.

    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.
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    • 58 min
    Manchin on the Hill

    Manchin on the Hill

    Emily, John and David discuss Joe Manchin, how the Trump DOJ lives on, and George Packer’s four Americas.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

    John Dickerson for CBS News: “Sen. Joe Manchin on Face the Nation, June 6, 2021”

    Ruth Marcus for the Washington Post: “Attorney General Garland, Please Stop Digging”

    George Packer for the Atlantic: “How America Fractured Into Four Parts”

    Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal, by George Packer

    George Packer for the Atlantic: “Can Civics Save America?”

    The Ezra Klein Show: “Obama Explains How America Went From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘MAGA’ ”

    Jane Mayer for the New Yorker: “Inside the Koch-Backed Effort to Block the Largest Election-Reform Bill in Half a Century”

    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    John: Elizabeth Weise for USA Today: “This Man Spent Last Year Flushing Hundreds of Toilets. The New Fear as the Pandemic Wanes: Legionnaires' Disease”

    Emily: Michael Powell for the New York Times: “Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis”

    David: Rachel Gutman for the Atlantic: “A Crumpled, Dried-Out Relic of the Pandemic”

    Listener chatter from Andrew Goetz: Mick West's YouTube videos explaining UFO footage. 

    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 Danny Lavery's new show Big Mood, Little Mood" 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 consider how their names may have shaped their personalities.

    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.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The “Murder Mystery” Edition

    The “Murder Mystery” Edition

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

    The Ezra Klein Show: “Obama Explains How America Went From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘MAGA’”

    Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence, by Patrick Sharkey 

    AmericanViolence.org

    Monica C. Bell for the Yale Law Journal: “Police Reform and the Dismantling of Legal Estrangement”

    Penn Wharton Budget Model: “COVID-19 School Closures: Long-Run Macroeconomic Effects”

    Hang Up and Listen: “The Naomi Osaka Withdraws Edition”


    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    John: Kathryn Schulz for TED: “Don’t Regret Regret”; Cal Newport for The New Yorker: “What if Remote Work Didn’t Mean Working from Home?”

    Emily: Mare of Easttown; Julie Miller for Vanity Fair: “Kate Winslet on Mare of Easttown and Creating a Real Heroine for Tired Times”

    David: CityCast Denver: “Responding to 911 Calls With Sweatpants and Snacks, Not Guns”

    Listener chatter from James Williams: Arnstein Aassve, Guido Alfani, Francesco Gandolfi, and Marco Le Moglie for Health Economics: “Epidemics and Trust: The Case of the Spanish Flu”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David talk about Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the French Open.

    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 Margaret Kelley.

    Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

    Hosts
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz

    Follow
    @SlateGabfest on Twitter / https://twitter.com/SlateGabfest
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The lab-leak theory of COVID-19, the Belarus hijacking, and David Shor on polling and pragmatic politics.

    The lab-leak theory of COVID-19, the Belarus hijacking, and David Shor on polling and pragmatic politics.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    David Leonhardt for The New York Times: “The Lab-Leak Theory”
    Nicholson Baker for New York Magazine: “The Lab-Leak Hypothesis”
    Nicholas Wade for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: “The Origin of COVID: Did People or Nature Open Pandora’s Box at Wuhan?”
    Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “Other Regimes Will Hijack Planes Too”
    The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking, by Brendan I. Koerner
    Eric Levitz for New York Magazine: “David Shor on Why Trump Was Good for the GOP and How Dems Can Win in 2022”
    Eric Levitz for New York Magazine: “David Shor’s Unified Theory of American Politics”

    Here’s this week’s chatter:
    John: Mark Mortensen and Heidi K. Gardner for Harvard Business Review: “WFH Is Corroding Our Trust in Each Other”
    Emily: Patrick Smith for WBEZ: “Mayor Lori Lightfoot Blamed Gun Violence On Judges, But Emails Show Her Staff Knew It Wasn’t True”
    David: Apple Photos “Memories” feature
    Listener chatter from Jen Overbeck: Alan Burdick for The New York Times: “So You Want to End the Conversation?”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David talk about the difficulties of ending a conversation that has run its course.

    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 Margaret Kelley.

    Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

    Hosts
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz

    Follow
    @SlateGabfest on Twitter / https://twitter.com/SlateGabfest
    Slate Gabfest on Facebook / https://www.facebook.com/Gabfest/
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    • 1 hr
    Hot Button Issue

    Hot Button Issue

    Emily, John and David discuss the violence between Israel and Gaza, abortion at the Supreme Court, and the book Nine Nasty Words with author John McWhorter.
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

    John Dickerson for CBS: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on "Face the Nation," May 16, 2021”

    Bernie Sanders for the New York Times: “Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government”

    Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever, by John McWhorter 

    John McWhorter for the Atlantic: “How ‘White Fragility’ Talks Down to Black People” 


    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    John: Tariro Mzezewa for the New York Times: “Hear a Harlem Choir Rejoice Again”

    Emily: Adam Liptak for the New York Times: “Ban on Non-Unanimous Verdicts Is Not Retroactive, Supreme Court Rules”

    David: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky 

    Listener chatter from Susan Bates: AMORALMAN: A True Story and Other Lies by Derek DelGaudio.

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David talk about the objects that most define them.

    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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Million Dollar Jab

    Million Dollar Jab

    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

    • 1 hr 7 min

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