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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.

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    The Martyrdom of Liz Cheney

    The Martyrdom of Liz Cheney

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Benjamin Wittes discuss the Trump investigations; Liz Cheney’s defeat; and Dana Goldstein’s reporting on controversies over how to teach kids to read.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Jack Goldsmith for Lawfare: “Prosecuting Trump: A Reply to Josh Marshall”
    Dana Goldstein for The New York Times: “An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics”
    Dana Goldstein The New York Times: “In the Fight Over How to Teach Reading, This Guru Makes a Major Retreat”
    Dana Goldstein The New York Times: “New Reading Curriculum Is Mired in Debate Over Race and Gender”
    Belinda Luscombe for Time: “Inside the Massive Effort to Change the Way Kids Are Taught to Read”
    Ronald Brownstein for The Atlantic: “Liz Cheney’s Kamikaze Campaign”
    Invisible Things by Mat Johnson

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: Sam Levine for The Guardian: “Memphis Prosecutor Who Charged Black Woman Over Voting Error Loses Re-Election Bid”; Kim Bellware and Lateshia Beachum for The Washington Post: “Desantis Sued By Prosecutor Suspended Over Stance On Abortion-Related Crime”
    Ben: The Lawfare Podcast: Allies
    David: Dwight Garner for The New York Times: “Jared Kushner’s ‘Breaking History’ Is a Soulless and Very Selective Memoir”

    Listener chatter from Josh Forsythe: Elizabeth P. Derryberry, Jennifer N. Phillips, Graham E. Derryberry, Michael J. Blum, and David Luther for Science: “Singing In A Silent Spring: Birds Respond To A Half-Century Soundscape Reversion During The Covid-19 Shutdown”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and Ben discuss Ben’s performance art protests at the Russian embassy in D.C.
     
    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 Cheyna Roth.
    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 57 min
    What’s in Trump’s Safe?

    What’s in Trump’s Safe?

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Juliette Kayyem discuss the Mar-a-Lago search; the Inflation Reduction Act; and Caitlin Dickerson’s article investigating how separating families at the border became U.S. policy.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Caitlin Dickerson for The Atlantic: “An American Catastrophe: The Secret History of Family Separation”
    Juliette Kayyem for The Atlantic: “The Bad and Good News About Trump’s Violent Supporters”
    Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving, by Caitlin DeSilvey 
    Serena Williams and Rob Haskell for Vogue: “Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms—And In Her Own Words”
    Claudia Rankine for The New York Times Magazine: “The Meaning of Serena Williams”
    King Richard

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: “Downbad” by PJ Frantz 
    Juliette: Jim Farber for The New York Times: “Olivia Newton-John, Pop Singer and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73”
    David: Jack Fitzpatrick for Bloomberg Government: “Old Capitol Stones to Be Stored Away After Decades Piled in Park”

    Listener chatter from Sebastian Cray: The Bingham Cup

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, Juliette, and David discuss Serena Williams’ retirement from tennis.
     
    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 Cheyna Roth.
    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 58 min
    Nothing’s The Matter With Kansas

    Nothing’s The Matter With Kansas

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Heather McGhee discuss the primaries and Kansan voters’ defense of abortion; Alex Jones on trial; and Annie Lowrey’s story of surviving pregnancy in the United States. 

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Sam Adler-Bell for The New York Times: “The Violent Fantasies of Blake Masters”
    Jason Beeferman for The Texas Tribune: “How Sandy Hook Lies and the Jan. 6 Inquiry Threaten to Undo Alex Jones”
    Annie Lowrey for The Atlantic: “American Motherhood”
    Annie Lowrey for The Atlantic: “The Most Important Study in the Abortion Debate”
    The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee
    The Sum of Us podcast
    Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, by Emily Bazelon
    Black Reconstruction in America, by W. E. B. Du Bois 
    Forbidden City, by Vanessa Hua

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: The Law & Justice Journalism Project
    Heather: A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
    David: Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke; Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke; Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain

    Listener chatter from Mohamed El-Sheik: Adriana E. Ramírez for The Atlantic: “Everyone Loses on Jeopardy Eventually”
     
    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 Cheyna Roth.
    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 51 min
    Did You Apologize to Manchin Yet?

    Did You Apologize to Manchin Yet?

    This week, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss the surprise deal for climate legislation, new January 6th revelations, and the deadliest road in America. 

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Carol D. Leonnig, Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey and Spencer S. Hsu for The Washington Post: “Justice Dept. Investigating Trump’s Actions In Jan. 6 Criminal Probe”
    Carol D. Leonnig and Maria Sacchetti for The Washington Post: “Secret Service Watchdog Knew in February That Texts Had Been Purged”
    Forbidden City, by Vanessa Hua
    Dan Kaufman for The New Yorker: “Will Wisconsin’s Republicans Make Voting Meaningless, or Just Difficult?”
    Richard L. Hasen for Slate: “What the Critics Get Incredibly Wrong about the Collins-Manchin Election Bill”
    Marin Cogan for Vox: “The Deadliest Road In America”
    Robert James Schneider, Rebecca Sanders, Frank Proulx, Hamideh Moayyed for the Journal of Transport and Land Use: “United States Fatal Pedestrian Crash Hot Spot Locations And Characteristics”
    Unsafe At Any Speed, by Ralph Nader
    Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, by Charles L. Marohn Jr. 
    Allison Russell’s Outside Child
    John Dickerson for Slate: “Getting Naked Every Night: Girlyman and the Pursuit of Creative Risk.”

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: Jonathan Bernstein for Rolling Stone: “‘She Schooled Us All’: Inside Joni Mitchell’s Stunning Return to Newport Folk Festival”; David McCabe and Mike Isaac for The New York Times: “F.T.C. Sues to Block Meta’s Virtual Reality Deal as It Confronts Big Tech”
    John: Oliver Whang for The New York Times: “‘Parentese’ Is Truly a Lingua Franca, Global Study Finds”
    David: April Rubin and Jesus Jiménez for The New York Times: “4,000 Mistreated Beagles Need Homes. These Folks Stepped Up.”

    Listener chatter from Mark Allender: The Dollop #283: “James Clark McReynolds, the Worst Supreme Court Justice Ever”

    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 Cheyna Roth.
    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 55 min
    Gabfest Reads: Revolution Through Teenage Eyes

    Gabfest Reads: Revolution Through Teenage Eyes

    Emily Bazelon talks with author Vanessa Hua about her new historical fiction book, Forbidden City. The novel tells the story of sixteen-year-old revolutionary Mei who becomes a dancer in Chairman Mao’s inner circle. Emily and Vanessa talk about Vanessa’s inspiration for the novel, the complicated dynamics between Mei and Chairman Mao, and whether we’ll hear more from Mei. 

    Tweet us your questions @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth
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    • 31 min
    Hot, Hotter, Hottest

    Hot, Hotter, Hottest

    This week, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Josie Duffy Rice discuss Europe’s deadly heat wave, Joe Manchin’s balk at climate legislation, and the inevitable tragedies already happening post-Roe.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Lindsay Whitehurst, Camille Fassett, and Jasen Lo for the Associated Press: “Social Programs Weak in Many States With Tough Abortion Laws”
    The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson 
    The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness, by Meghan O'Rourke
    Forbidden City, by Vanessa Hua
    Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow, by Michael Thompson 

    John Dickerson for Slate: “My Daughter Went Away to Camp and Changed”

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Carol D. Leonnig and Maria Sacchetti for The Washington Post: “Secret Service Watchdog Knew in February That Texts Had Been Purged”
    Josie: Zak Cheney-Rice for New York Magazine: “Larry Wilmore Knows No Bounds”; 
    David: Uncomfortable Conversations with Josh Szeps; Elias Esquivel for World Athletics: “Patterson Takes Surprise High Jump Gold In Oregon”

    Listener chatter from Mark Wegener: Gamaliel Bradford for the January 1930 issue of The Atlantic: “The Genius of the Average: Calvin Coolidge”
     
    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 Cheyna Roth.
    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.7K Ratings

7.7K Ratings

User3789 ,

Ads!

I am paying to listen and not have ads. The show is interrupted to inform me that I am a paid subscriber so I don’t have to listen to ads (thanks, I knew that), and then there proceed to be several ads for Myrtle Beach. If there will be ads anyway I’ll probably stop paying.

noagold ,

Remove Cocktail Chatter Sound Effect

Love the podcast, have listened every week for the past 8 years. Please get rid of the new cocktail chatter sound effect, it’s not great.

The past few weeks the segments have been shorter than usual and the ad breaks longer than usual. Is this here to stay?

megregd ,

Longtime listener

Been listening now for god knows how long and even attended a live show. Lately though, something just seems off. Like just another Face The Nation, or some panel on CNN. Just filling time to get to the that sweet ad revenue.
On another note, the lack of emotion after truly life-altering governmental decisions is wild to me. I used to love seeing a headline and getting a Plotzian take that was full of emotion and actually opened my mind. Now it’s just deferring to Jon while he prattles off some boomer take like “historically, it used to be worse”.
Come on guys, make it interesting again!

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