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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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    Even George Clooney Has Abandoned Biden

    Even George Clooney Has Abandoned Biden

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz continue to debate if Joe Biden should stay in the presidential race and who might replace him if he goes; discuss Project 2025; and ponder if Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett deserves a strange, new respect.
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
     George Clooney in The New York Times: I Love Joe Biden. But We Need a New Nominee.
    Franklin Foer for The Atlantic: Biden Has Fallen Into a Psychological Trap
    Leigh Ann Caldwell, Marianna Sotomayor, Jacqueline Alemany, and Paul Kane for The Washington Post: Pelosi opens the door, subtly, to replacing Biden
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary: coronate and ideate
    Tim Alberta for The Atlantic: Trump Is Planning For A Landslide Win
    Ryan Teague Beckwith for MSNBC: What is Project 2025? The plans for Trump’s second term, explained
    Judd Legum for Popular Information: What Trump doesn’t want you to know about Project 2025 and The alarming new power Trump will claim in a second term
    James Taranto for The Wall Street Journal: Strange New Respect
    Ann E. Marimow for The Washington Post: Justice Amy Coney Barrett is charting her own path on the bench
    Stephen I. Vladeck in The New York Times: The Most Interesting Justice on the Supreme Court Is Also the Loneliest
    James LaRock and Jacob Hammond for Balls and Strikes: The Hollow Originalism of Amy Coney Barrett
    Oyez: Amy Coney Barrett

    Here are this week’s chatters: 
    John: Joshua Hammer for Smithsonian Magazine: Pablo Escobar’s Abandoned Hippos Are Wreaking Havoc in the Columbia Jungle
    Emily: Andrea Robin Skinner for the Toronto Star: My stepfather sexually abused me when I was a child. My mother, Alice Munro, chose to stay with him
    David: Natasha Singer for The New York Times: Students Target Teachers in Group TikTok Attack, Shaking Their School and City Cast DC Live Podcast Taping on Saturday, July 13
    Listener chatter from Researcher Julie: Alexandra Alter for The New York Times: Romance Bookstores Are Booming, Dishing ‘All the Hot Stuff You Can Imagine’ and Elisabeth Egan: Emily Henry on Writing Best-Sellers Without Tours and TikTok; Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, Ellen Gamerman, and Isabella Simonetti for The Wall Street Journal: How Dragons, Magic and Steamy Sex Took Over the Book World; and Bridgerton on Netflix
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus episode, David, John, and Emily talk with Professor Emily Wilson about her translation of Homer’s Iliad. See The Iliad by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson. See also The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson.
     
    In the latest Gabfest Reads, David talks with Sierra Greer about her new book, Annie Bot: A Novel. And Gabfest Reads now has its own site!
    Email your chatters, questions, and comments to gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be referenced by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth and Ethan Oberman
    Research by Julie Huygen
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bonus: We're All Just Living in Homer's Illiad

    Bonus: We're All Just Living in Homer's Illiad

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily talk with Professor Emily Wilson about her translation of Homer’s Iliad. See The Iliad by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson.

    See also The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson.

    Trump Is So Immune

    Trump Is So Immune

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court decisions on presidential immunity in Trump v. United States and the administrative state in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo as well as the future of Joe Biden’s nomination to be re-elected president.
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Supreme Court of the United States: Opinions of the Court – 2023, including Trump v. United States, Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, Corner Post, Inc. v. Board of Governors, and SEC v. Jarkesy
    Matt Gluck, Hyemin Han, and Katherine Pompilio for Lawfare: The Supreme Court’s Presidential Immunity Decision
    Perry Stein for The Washington Post: Justice Sotomayor dissent: ‘The President is now a king above the law’
    Gary J. Schmitt and Joseph M. Bessette for the American Enterprise Institute: The Hamilton-Madison Split over Executive Power
    Dan Pfeiffer for The Message Box: Why the Dem Panic over the Debate is Getting Worse
    ‘Will Rogers Today’: Will Rogers on Politics
    Tim Miller for The Bulwark: Dear Dems: The Gaslighting Isn’t Helping Matters
    Amy Howe for SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court strikes down Chevron, curtailing power of federal agencies and Mark Walsh: Consider the wild gray squirrel, Kagan rebukes her colleagues as court overrules Chevron
    Mark Sherman for AP: The Supreme Court rules for a North Dakota truck stop in a new blow to federal regulators
    How to Save a Country from The New Republic: The Administrative State Is Under Attack
    Congressional Research Service: The Major Questions Doctrine
    Eric Berger for Dorf on Law: Is Loper Bright a Big Deal? and Michael C. Dorf: Could Congress Reinstate Chevron?
    Tierney Sneed, Jeanne Sahadi, Tami Luhby, Brian Fung, Ella Nilsen, Jen Christensen, and Katie Lobosco for CNN: How the Supreme Court’s blockbuster ‘Chevron’ ruling puts countless regulations in jeopardy

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: Paul Sabin of Yale University and City of New Haven: East Rock park 
    John: Dave McMenamin for ESPN: Lakers pick Bronny James in NBA draft; LeBron ‘emotional’
    David: City Cast DC and Ross Andersen for The Atlantic: The Search for America’s Atlantis
    Listener chatter from Jen in Denver, Colorado: Brandy Zadrozny and Jon Schuppe for NBC News: Who tried to steal Graceland?
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily talk about the joys of summer. See Merry Maids: 15 Fun Things to Make the Most of Summer 2024; NBC: Olympics Paris 2024; and epicurious: Summer. See also Produce bluebook: Nectarine Market Summary and Lemonada Media: Julia Gets Wise with Patti Smith.
     
    In the latest Gabfest Reads, David talks with Sierra Greer about her new book, Annie Bot: A Novel. And Gabfest Reads now has its own site!
     
    Email your chatters, questions, and comments to gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be referenced by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth
    Research by Julie Huygen
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Biden’s Catastrophic Debate

    Biden’s Catastrophic Debate

    The morning after, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the first presidential debate of 2024 and President Joe Biden’s disastrous performance. 
     
    Here are some notes and references from the show: 
    CNN Presidential Debate: President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump
    Will Weissert for AP: Here’s why it would be tough for Democrats to replace Joe Biden on the presidential ticket
     
    Email your chatters, questions, and comments to gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be referenced by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth
    Research by Julie Huygen
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    • 28 min
    A Law Trapped In Amber

    A Law Trapped In Amber

    This week, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the recent Supreme Court rulings on emergency abortions and guns with Yale Law School’s Linda Greenhouse and Congressman Jamaal Bowman’s loss in a New York Democratic primary.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Supreme Court of the United States: Moyle v. United States; United States v. Rahimi; and Murthy v. Missouri
    Greg Stohr, Kimberly Robinson, and Lydia Wheeler for Bloomberg: Supreme Court Poised to Allow Emergency Abortions in Idaho
    Amy Howe for SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court appears to allow emergency abortions in Idaho and Supreme Court upholds bar on guns under domestic-violence restraining orders
    Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez for The Idaho Capital Sun: Idaho’s OB-GYN exodus throws women in rural towns into a care void
    Eleanor Klibanoff for The Texas Tribune: Emergency rooms not required to perform life-saving abortions, federal appeals court rules
    Ariane de Vogue, Tierney Sneed, and Devan Cole for CNN: Supreme Court issues report on Dobbs leak but says it hasn’t identified the leaker
    Mark Joseph Stern for Slate: Supreme Court Inadvertently Reveals Confounding Late Change in Trump Ballot Ruling and Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern: John Roberts Tried to Clean Up Clarence Thomas’ Mess. He May Have Invited More Chaos.
    Linda Greenhouse in The New York Times: The Supreme Court Steps Back From the Edge and How John Roberts Lost His Court
    Michael C. Dorf for Dorf on Law: Justice Kavanaugh’s Concurrence in Rahimi Contains a Whopper of an Error (or Worse) and The Hidden Merits Ruling in Murthy v. Missouri
    Gregory Krieg for CNN: George Latimer defeats House ‘squad’ member Jamaal Bowman in historic New York Democratic primary
    Michelle Goldberg for The New York Times: The War in Gaza Is Splintering the Democratic Party
    Ben Davis for The Guardian: The Aipac-funded candidate defeated Jamaal Bowman. But at what cost?
    Peter Beinart for The Beinart Notebook: Jamaal Bowman’s Courage
    Jon Murray, Seth Klamann, and Nick Coltrain for The Denver Post: Five takeaways from Colorado’s primaries as voters give Lauren Boebert new life, pick a Denver DA and more
    Anthony Adragna and Nicholas Wu for Politico: AIPAC offshoot spending heavily to beat Cori Bush in her primary
    Colby Itkowitz, Emily Guskin, and Scott Clement for The Washington Post: Trump trusted more than Biden on democracy among key swing-state voters

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change by Premal Dharia, James Forman, Jr., and Maria Hawilo and Karin Brulliard for The Washington Post: For millionaire and four hunters, a wild Western lawsuit over public land
    Linda: Thelma from Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing and Aisha Harris, Bob Mondello, Bedatri D. Choudhury, Liz Metzger, Mike Katzif, and Jessica Reedy for NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour: June Squibb’s ‘Thelma’ is the wrong grandma to mess with
    David: Hark and David Plotz for Hark’s The Conversation: Campaign Trail 2024
    Listener chatter from William Wagner in Green Bay, Wisconsin: Sam Anderson with illustrations by Gaia Alari for The New York Times: Walnut and Me and Sam Anderson: Animal podcast
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David and Emily talk with Linda Greenhouse about Murthy v. Missouri.
     
    In the next Gabfest Reads, David talks with Sierra Greer about her new book, Annie Bot: A Novel.
    Email your chatters, questions, and comments to gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be referenced by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth
    Research by Julie Huygen
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    • 58 min
    Presidential Debate Preview

    Presidential Debate Preview

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the 2024 presidential debates; a possible warning on social media and another ban of smartphones in schools; and the future and failures of one-party rule.
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Ashley Lopez for NPR: Biden vs. Trump remains close, so next week’s debate offers them an opportunity
    James Oliphant for Reuters: The Biden-Trump presidential debate: what to watch for
    Shane Goldmacher and Reid J. Epstein for The New York Times: Trump, Biden and CNN Prepare for a Hostile Debate (With Muted Mics)
    Josh Barro for Very Serious: Of Course Biden Should Attack Trump for Being a Convicted Felon
    Dr. Vivek H. Murthy in The New York Times: Surgeon General: Why I’m Calling for a Warning Label on Social Media Platforms and Sherry Turkle: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.
    Consider This on NPR: ‘An unfair fight’: The U.S. surgeon general declares war on social media
    Howard Blume and Defne Karabatur for The Los Angeles Times: LAUSD approves cellphone ban as Newsom calls for statewide action
    Tatum Hunter for The Washington Post: What research actually says about social media and kids’ health
    Candice L. Odgers in Nature: The great rewiring: is social media really behind an epidemic of teenage mental illness?
    Mitch Daniels in The Washington Post: Indiana is revealing the real consequences of one-party rule
    Ballotpedia: State government trifectas
    Scott S. Greenberger in NC Newsline: Shared power used to be the norm in state government. Now it’s nearly extinct.
    Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times: What Have We Liberals Done to the West Coast?

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Liquor.com: Vesper; The New York Times: John Hurt in ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’; and John Hurt in The Guardian: Krapp’s Last Tape: John Hurt on Samuel Beckett’s loner hero
    Emily: The Innocence Project: Texas Seeks Execution Date for Robert Roberson, An Innocent Man Wrongly Convicted Under Debunked Shaken Baby Hypothesis
    David: Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University: The Vocation of Journalists in a Time of Testing; Washington City Paper: Paper, Cut; and Bruce Weber and Ashley Southall for The New York Times: David Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58
    Listener chatter from Tristan Hinderliter in Long Island City, New York: Samantha Pearson for The Wall Street Journal: Even Hardened Convicts Are No Match for These Guard Geese
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John talk about the Brat Pack: then and now. See Hulu: Brats and David Blum for New York Magazine: Hollywood’s Brat Pack. See also RHINO: John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) (Official Music Video) and Comedy Bites Vintage: Don’t You Forget About Me (Final Scene) The Breakfast Club.
     
    In the next Gabfest Reads, David talks with Sierra Greer about her new book, Annie Bot: A Novel.
     
    Email your chatters, questions, and comments to gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be referenced by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth
    Research by Julie Huygen
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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DrDK2 ,

Too Naive About Presidential Immunity

The discussion about Presidential Immunity forgets an important fact in Roberts’ opinion. Since Roberts said they can’t introduce any evidence that depends on testimony from anyone in Administration, how can you prosecute ANYONE around the President for illegal acts. This opinion gives immunity to the entire Trump cabal.

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Awareness of Non Courage

Zero integrity with being honest about the media But it’s important to be aware of the values of fear and false narrative that you guys are reporting about yourselves and your media friends.

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Why I’m unfollowing and you should too

Gabfest is blatantly avoiding the topic of Israel’s genocide in Gaza. I’ve listened to this show for years but it’s time to drop it bc they’ve lost all credibility for ignoring the greatest evil of our time

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