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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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    • 4.5 • 7.5K 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.

    Our Patience is Wearing Thin

    Our Patience is Wearing Thin

    Emily, John and David discuss the Biden’s administration’s vaccine rule, the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, and the new book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

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

    Isaac Stanley-Becker for The Washington Post: “Top General Was So Fearful Trump Might Spark War That He Made Secret Calls To His Chinese Counterpart, New Book Says”

    Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa 

    Susan B. Glasser for The New Yorker: “‘You’re Gonna Have a F*****g War’: Mark Milley’s Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran”

    I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year, by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    Emily: Georgia Wells, Jeff Horwitz and Deepa Seetharaman for The Wall Street Journal: “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show”

    John: Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead

    David: “College Students Reported Record-High Marijuana Use and Record-Low Drinking in 2020, Study Says”

    Listener chatter from James Evans: Verity Stevenson for CBC News: “In Facing Death, Concordia Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Has Built a Lasting Legacy and Inspired Thousands”; 
    @DrNadiaChaudhri’s Twitter feed

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily discuss the contentiousness of daylight saving time. 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 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.

    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 7 min
    20 Years Since 9/11

    20 Years Since 9/11

    Emily, John and David reflect on 9/11; the fight for the infrastructure agenda, and declining college enrollment among men.

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

    Garrett M. Graff for the Atlantic: “After 9/11, the U.S. Got Almost Everything Wrong”

    The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, by Garrett M. Graff

    Ady Barkan for The New York Times: “Home Care Keeps Me Alive. It Should Be Fully Funded.”

    Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “$1 Trillion Isn’t as Much as It Sounds”

    Douglas Belkin for The Wall Street Journal: “A Generation of American Men Give Up on College: ‘I Just Feel Lost’”

    Emily Bazelon for The New York Times: “How Will America Recover From a Broken School Year?”

    Kevin Carey for The New York Times: “Men Fall Behind in College Enrollment. Women Still Play Catch-Up at Work.”

    The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money, by Bryan Caplan

    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    John: Lee Drutman for The New York Times: “Quiz: If America Had Six Parties, Which Would You Belong To?”; John Dickerson for The Atlantic: “Every Dog Is a Rescue Dog”

    Emily: Ben Rothenberg for The New York Times: “At U.S. Open, Teen Spirit Rules and It’s Contagious”

    David: Wilson Wong for NBC News: “Original 'Blue's Clues' Host Steve Tells Millennials He Never Forgot Them. He Just Went To College.”

    Listener chatter from Michael Sagmeister: Philip Oltermann for The Guardian: “‘Scholz Will Sort It’ – The Catchphrase Winning the Hearts of German Voters”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily discuss television’s most indelible characters in the wake of Michael K. Williams’ death.

    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 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.

    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 9 min
    $10,000 Bounty

    $10,000 Bounty

    John, Emily and David discuss SCOTUS letting the Texas abortion ban go into effect; the Afghanistan exit; and Dr. Atul Gawande joins the show to explain how Costa Rica has surpassed US life expectancy by getting serious about public health.
    
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Atul Gawande for the New Yorker: “Costa Ricans Live Longer Than Us. What’s the Secret?”

    Here’s this week’s chatter:
    John: Erin Donaghue for CBS News: “Officers and Paramedics Charged in Death of Elijah McClain” 

    Emily: Jed Kolko for The New York Times: “The Downtown Decade: U.S. Population Density Rose in the 2010s”

    David: The Very Nice Box, by Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett; Nile Cappello for The Atavist: “The Girl In The Picture”

    Listener chatter from Karl Richter: A compilation of Nanci Griffith’s performances on Letterman

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily share their advice for people starting college.
    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 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.
    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 8 min
    Back to School

    Back to School

    Jamelle, Emily and David discuss the Afghanistan evacuation, starting school during delta, and the path forward for infrastructure.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “$1 Trillion Isn’t as Much as It Sounds” 

    Here’s this week’s chatter:
    Jamelle: Godzilla: The Album

    Emily: Jessica Stoya for Slate: “What We Can Really Learn From the OnlyFans Debacle”

    David: Atul Gawande for the New Yorker: “Costa Ricans Live Longer Than Us. What’s the Secret?”

    Listener chatter from Nilo Garza: The Daily: “Why Mexico is Suing U.S. Gun Manufacturers”; James Fredrick for NPR: “Mexico's Suit Against U.S. Gun Companies May Seek More Than A Court Win” 

    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 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 Jamelle, Emily, and David talk about electric bikes and scooters.

    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
    Tragedy of Afghanistan

    Tragedy of Afghanistan

    Emily, David and Alexandra Petri discuss the Afghanistan withdrawal, with guest Annie Pforzheimer; California’s recall election; and personal pandemic ethics.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Annie Pforzheimer for the Washington Post, “Leaving Afghanistan Will Lead to Yet Another Civil War There”

    Annie Pforzheimer for the Washington Post, “In Afghanistan, a Summer of Pain Awaits”

    Annie Pforzheimer for the New York Times, “The Long Road Out of Afghanistan”

    Rachel Feintzeig for the Wall Street Journal: “These People Who Work From Home Have a Secret: They Have Two Jobs”

    Daniel Lavery’s Substack newsletter: The Chatner 

    Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, by Alexandra Petri

    A Field Guide to Awkward Silences, by Alexandra Petri

    The Best of Wodehouse: An Anthology

    Clouds, by Aristophanes 

    Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories

    Three Men In A Boat: (To Say Nothing of the Dog), by Jerome K. Jerome

    Solutions and Other Problems, by Allie Brosh

    Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh

    New Teeth, by Simon Rich

    Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations, by Simon Rich

    Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “Sell Out”

    Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “The Big Nap”

    Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “Raised by Wolves”

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

    My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams


    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    Emily: Meira Levinson, Alan C. Geller, and Joseph G. Allen for The Lancet: “Health Equity, Schooling Hesitancy, and the Social Determinants of Learning”

    Alexandra: Never a Dull Moment: The Memoirs of Countess Marguerite Cassini

    David: Dahlia Lithwick for Slate: “The Fierce Legal Battle at the Heart of the Fight Over Reclining Airline Seats”

    Listener chatter from Lesley Gild: Bored Panda: “People Are Sharing ‘Alternate Angles’ of Iconic Events and Places in History, Here Are 30 of the Best”

    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 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, Alexandra, Emily, and David discuss their favorite funny books.

    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 and Shayna Elliot.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The “Little Fires Everywhere” Edition

    The “Little Fires Everywhere” Edition

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report 
    Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng  
    Public Citizens: The Attack on Big Government and the Remaking of American Liberalism, by Paul Sabin
    Paul Sabin for the New York Times: “How Liberals Can Attack From the Left—and Win”
    Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, by Emily Bazelon
    The Genius Factory: Unravelling the Mystery of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank, by David Plotz
    The Most Dangerous Writing App

    Here’s this week’s chatter:
    Josie: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith; Maya and the Robot, by Eve L. Ewing
    Emily: Ally Mutnick and Zach Montellaro for Politico: “Redistricting Sprint Begins With Major Census Data Drop”
    David: Jen Senior for the Atlantic: “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind”
    Listener chatter from Matt Gousman: “Starbase Tour With Elon Musk” 

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josie, David, and Emily share their experiences and advice about trying to write a book.

    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 Jess Miller.
    Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap and Grace Woodruff.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.5K Ratings

7.5K Ratings

Cyclotrom ,

I only listen to it go for John Dickerson

John is the heart of the show, smart, thoughtful and well informed.
David is a competent moderator with strong opinions and is not afraid to be wrong, who he often is and he accepts with humility.
Emily is just proof that a great education and being raised with all the advantages of a prosperous middle class can’t compensate for a mediocre brain. This woman never had an original though on her life, however she often leans on regurgitating the knowledge that her expensive education provide her, by far the weakest link on the show specially considering that almost any female guest the show ever had is so much better.

Ryallm ,

Out of touch

Long time listener to this show and this weeks episode really brought home how some money and privilege separate these people from the rest of us, they’re also old and out of touch. Emily inisisting Americans ride planes, like no we don’t, even when we do, we still don’t to the degree these people do. Rich people ride planes often so, check your privilege. And then also pushing their opinions about marijuana use when none of them use marijuana! Making blanket statements about what use is acceptable as if they have knowledge. Made me realize that’s what this whole show is. Bleh. Left a bad taste in my mouth, clear no one on this show has ever faced any real adversity.

nickcirca1933 ,

Refreshingly genuine

Emily and co are actually worth listening to. In the VERY crowded field of white washington liberal podcasts … this one is the most insightful

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