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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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    Ron DeSantis’ Sadistic Plan

    Ron DeSantis’ Sadistic Plan

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson New York’s massive fraud case against the Trumps; Ron DeSantis’ treatments of asylum seekers; and Dahlia Lithwick’s Lady Justice.  

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization, Margaret E. Peters
    Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America, by Dahlia Lithwick
    Ruth Igielnik for The New York Times: “Trump Support Remains Unmoved by Investigations, Poll Finds”

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: It was supposed to be...The Philosophy of Modern Song, by Bob Dylan
    Emily: Somebody Somewhere; Reservation Dogs
    David: The Space Force Anthem

    Listener chatter from Danny Edgel: Frank Vaisvilas and Sarah Volpenhein for The Green Bay Press-Gazette: “Oneida Nation Steps In To Defend Indian Child Welfare Act In Us Supreme Court Case”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the vacation of Adnan Syed’s murder conviction.
     
    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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    • 53 min
    Gabfest Reads: Searching for a Happy Ending

    Gabfest Reads: Searching for a Happy Ending

    John Dickerson talks with author Ada Calhoun about her new memoir, Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me. What started as Calhoun’s attempt to finish the biography of Frank O’Hara that her father started, turned into a gripping story of Calhoun’s relationship with her father. Calhoun and Dickerson talk about not pulling punches when it comes to how nice family members are, why you can’t pre-plan a happy ending, and what her father thought of the book. 

    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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    • 34 min
    Gabfest Reads: Searching for a Happy Ending

    Gabfest Reads: Searching for a Happy Ending

    John Dickerson talks with author Ada Calhoun about her new memoir, Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me. What started as Calhoun’s attempt to finish the biography of Frank O’Hara that her father started, turned into a gripping story of Calhoun’s relationship with her father. Calhoun and Dickerson talk about not pulling punches when it comes to how nice family members are, why you can’t pre-plan a happy ending, and what her father thought of the book.

    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

    What if Ukraine Wins?

    What if Ukraine Wins?

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Ukraine’s advances with Anne Applebaum; Lindsey Graham’s national abortion ban bill; and the controversy over requiring religious schools in New York to meet minimum educational standards.


    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “It’s Time to Prepare for a Ukrainian Victory”
    Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “The Other Ukrainian Army”
    Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, by Anne Applebaum
    Shtisel
    Fill The Void

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life,
    by George Saunders 
    Emily: Shaila Dewan for The New York Times: “Philadelphia Prosecutor Is Found in Contempt by State Representatives”
    David: Mosaic Magazine: “The Royal Mohel and the House of Windsor’s Relationship with the Jews”

    Listener chatter from Andrea: NPR’s Planet Money: “Best By, Sell By, Use By”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the Death of Queen Elizabeth II.
     
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 56 min
    Semi-Fascist

    Semi-Fascist

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the inexplicable success of Trump’s special master gambit in the Espionage Act investigation, Biden calling out anti-democratic elements of the electorate; and the roots of the Jackson, MS water crisis.

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius for The Great Courses: Turning Points in Modern History

    Emily: Jerusalem Demsas for The Atlantic: “What’s Causing Black Flight?”

    David: Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White Bread

    Listener chatter from Cynthia Lerner: Ruth Marcus for The Washington Post: “I Usually Ignore The Sexism And Ageism Directed at Me. Now I’m Calling It Out.”


    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily and David interview John about his new streaming nightly news show, CBS News Primetime.
     
    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 Kevin Bendis.

    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Diligent Search

    Diligent Search

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Trump’s strange legal maneuvering in the obstruction investigation; what Trump’s second term would do to U.S. democracy; and what voters deserve to know about a candidate’s health.


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

    Jonathan Rauch for The Atlantic “Trump’s Second Term Would Look Like This”

    Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

    Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James

    Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

    Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad

    Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, by Studs Terkel 

    This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together, by Jon Mooallem

    The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope



    Here are this week’s chatters:

    John: Ella Koeze, Denise Lu and Charlie Smart for The New York Times: “Can You Gerrymander Your Party to Power?”

    Emily: Aaron Byrd, Weiyi Cai, Geoff Macdonald, Emily Rhyne, Noah Throop, Joe Ward and Jeremy White for The New York Times: “The Toss”

    David: CityCast DC; Bad Sisters

    Listener chatter from Michael Koehler: Christo Grozev for Bellingcat: “Socialite, Widow, Jeweller, Spy: How a GRU Agent Charmed Her Way Into NATO Circles in Italy”


    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the non-political books that most influenced their understanding of politics.
     
    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 Kevin Bendis.

    Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 3 min

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24 September 2022 Marine Hymn

Marines’ Hymn Lyrics

From the Halls of Montezuma To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles In the air, on land and sea; First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.

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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.

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Having only heard John Dickerson’s voice here, I just also heard his voice acting through Marc Evan Jackson, as a character on The Good Place. -peelmeagrape

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