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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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    • 4.6, 5.8K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.8K Ratings

5.8K Ratings

Nittgyytbs ,

The best

I listen every week because it's one of the only places left where you can listen to reasoned, rational discussion about policy and politics. So great!!

TammyAlabama ,

Brilliant

In my opinion Political Gabfest soars above the other political podcasts as issues are discussed with keen rational intelligence, historical context when necessary, and respectful civility when parties disagree. Bravo! And thank you.

JimFromKingwood ,

Not that interesting, TBH

Update: hats off to Emily for not interjecting with these ear-splitting shrieks anymore. And to her work regarding sentencing disparities and increasing power of district attorney’s offices at the expense of judges.

I still do listen to most episodes although I do bail out on occasion several minutes into an episode. The conversation sometimes just slows down, becomes unfocused, or gets very boring. I still do wish they would bring in Joffe, Buey, et. al.

Also, the conversation with the Canadian guy on the North/South edition was basically unplanned, unfocused, boring, and un-listenable. Sorry.

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These last many episodes I didn't listen much. The regulars are just not always very insightful. I typically wish some of my podcasts were a little longer and went further in-depth, but I have the opposite opinion here. Too long.

If you've read politico, or Wapo, or watched maybe Chris Mathews once or twice during the week, you will know everything they are going to say and every point of view they are going to describe.

Their occasional guests like Julia Ioffe, or Jamal Buey are more interesting.

I'm not a fan of John Dickerson. He comes off, to me, as a little unfocused and not quite cohesive. Emily Bazelon is better but interjects with these grating shrieks on occasion. As I listen to my podcasts late in the evening, I find this extraordinarily annoying.

Not at all a fan of David Platz, the primary host. I can't remember the last time he made an actual insightful comment.

Also, when they swapped hosts with the other slate podcasts, if just didn't work. The rhythm was off and the shows were uninsighful.

Sorry guys. Bring in Buey full time for John or David.

And Joffie also. She and Buey are a little bit more intellectual and much more interesting than the other guys.

Jim Cameron

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