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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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    More Fetterman!

    More Fetterman!

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Thomas B. Edsall for The New York Times: “Status Anxiety Is Blowing Wind Into Trump’s Sails”
    Karn Yourish and Nicholas Confessore for The New York Times: “A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P.”
    Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “The Slaughter in Buffalo Hasn’t Quieted the Great Replacement Caucus”
    Nathaniel Rakich for FiveThirtyEight: “What Went Down During the May 17 Primary Elections” 
    David A. Graham for The Atlantic: “John Fetterman Wins on Vibes”
    Greg Sargent for The Washington Post: “Say it Clearly: Republicans Just Nominated a Pro-Trump Insurrectionist”
    Lauren Debter for Forbes: “A Startup Wanted To Make A Better Baby Formula. It Took Five Long Years.”
    Mary McNamara for Los Angeles Times: “Worried About The Declining Birthrate? How About Giving Mothers a Break” 
    Ruth Marcus for The Washington Post: “For Justice Thomas, The Roberts Court is More Feud Than Family”
     
    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Steven Goff and Molly Hensley-Clancy for The Washington Post: “U.S. Women’s And Men’s National Soccer Teams Close Pay Gap With ‘Game-Changing’ Deal”
    Emily: Patricia Campos Mello for Poynter: “An Unholy Coalition Torpedoes Social Media Reform Legislation in Brazil”
    David: “The Final Dance in Dirty Dancing, But They’re Dancing To The Muppet Show Theme Tune” by @Pandamoanimum

    Listener chatter from Dylan Bindman: Christophe Haubursin for Vox: “Who Made These Circles in The Sahara?”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss Justice Clarence Thomas’ recent comments and the legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    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 and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 52 min
    Why Did White Evangelicals Get So Angry

    Why Did White Evangelicals Get So Angry

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Michael C. Dorf for Dorf on Law: “In a Post-Roe World, Can States Prevent Women From Seeking Abortions Out-of-State?”
    Ruth Graham for The New York Times: “A Pastor and His Congregation Part Ways”
    Ruth Graham and Elizabeth Dias for The New York Times: “The Growing Religious Fervor in the American Right: ‘This Is a Jesus Movement’”
    The Great Evangelical Recession: 6 Factors That Will Crash the American Church...and How to Prepare by John Dickerson

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: Forbidden City, by Vanessa Hua; A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua; Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids, by Scott Hershovitz 
    John: Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, by Andrea Elliott; Jon Ward for Christianity Today: “Being a Political Journalist Made Me a Better Christian”; The Bob Dylan Center; John Dickerson for CBS This Morning: “Bob Dylan Center: A Window Into the Voice of a Generation”
    David: Mother Jones: “How Private Equity Looted America”; Our Earth: “Cool Airplane
    Camera Views on Lufthansa”
    Listener chatter from Nicholas Gaffney: Alex Hanson for The Valley News: “Croydon Reverses Slashing Of School Budget After Voters Turn Out For Special Meeting”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the things they do today that would horrify their 25-year-old selves.

    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 and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The “End Of Roe Is Nigh!” Edition

    The “End Of Roe Is Nigh!” Edition

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Ruth Marcus for The Washington Post: “The Leaked Draft Roe Opinion Is A Disaster For The Supreme”
    Edwin Meese III for The Washington Post: “Did The Conservative Legal Movement Succeed? That All Depends On Whether The Supreme Court Overrules Roe V. Wade.”
    Reginald Dwayne Betts for The New York Times Magazine: “Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? I Intended to Find Out”

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Ruth: Julia Clancy for Eating Well: “What Is an Air Fryer and Should You Buy One?”
    James: The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City,
    by Nicholas Dawidoff 
    Emily: She’s getting a puppy! Send your advice.
    Listener chatter from Joe Stracci: Kevin Kelly for The Techium: “103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known” 

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily and Ruth interview James about his innovative programs at Yale’s Center for Law and Racial Justice.

    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 and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr
    So Much Free Speech!

    So Much Free Speech!

    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, Title 42, and the current prayer in school debate.


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

    Daphne Keller for The Center for Internet and Society: “What Does The DSA Say?”

    John Dickerson for Slate: “Born Identity”

    Here are this week’s chatters:

    David: Ed Kilgore for New York Magazine: “Utah Democrats Endorse Independent Evan McMullin in Challenge to Mike Lee”; CityCast.fm/jobs 

    John: Reddit thread: “This is a 3200-year old attendance sheet found in Deir el-Medina, Egypt. Reasons for worker absence include ‘embalming brother’, ‘brewing beer’ and ‘bitten by scorpion’”; The British Museum: Ostracon 

    Emily: Ronald Brownstein for The Atlantic: “Why California Wants to Recall Its Most Progressive Prosecutors”; Vanessa Romo for NPR: “The LA Sheriff Now Says No Charges For The Reporter Who Wrote About A Cover-Up”


    Listener chatter from J.T. Horn: Mary Pols for Downeast Magazine "Why Maine Owes Its Most Breathtaking Public Lands to One 1972 Newspaper Story" 


    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss John’s prescient 2011 piece about Trump’s birtherism.

    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 and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 11 min
    So Much Free Speech!

    So Much Free Speech!

    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, Title 42, and the current prayer in school debate.


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

    Daphne Keller for The Center for Internet and Society: “What Does The DSA Say?”

    John Dickerson for Slate: “Born Identity”

    Here are this week’s chatters:

    David: Ed Kilgore for New York Magazine: “Utah Democrats Endorse Independent Evan McMullin in Challenge to Mike Lee”; CityCast.fm/jobs

    John: Reddit thread: “This is a 3200-year old attendance sheet found in Deir el-Medina, Egypt. Reasons for worker absence include ‘embalming brother’, ‘brewing beer’ and ‘bitten by scorpion’”; The British Museum: Ostracon

    Emily: Ronald Brownstein for the Atlantic: “Why California Wants to Recall Its Most Progressive Prosecutors”; Vanessa Romo for NPR: “The LA Sheriff Now Says No Charges For The Reporter Who Wrote About A Cover-Up”


    Listener chatter from J.T. Horn: Mary Pols for Downeast Magazine "Why Maine Owes Its Most Breathtaking Public Lands to One 1972 Newspaper Story"


    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss John’s prescient 2011 piece about Trump’s birtherism.

    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 and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


    Hosts
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz

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    Farewell, Jocelyn!

    Farewell, Jocelyn!

    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the ways that the war in Ukraine may be influencing China's future plans with guest Malcolm Turnbull; the mask mandate ruling; whether it matters that the RNC has rejected presidential debates; and Gabfest producer Jocelyn Frank signs off after many years of producing the show.

    Here are this week’s chatters:

    David: Mark Emem for CCN: “Jeff Bezos Missed 20,000% Gains After $250K Google Stake in 1998”

    John: Kathryn Olivarius: “Necropolis: Yellow Fever, Immunity, And Capitalism In The Deep South, 1800-1860”

    Emily: Rachel M. Cohen for the Intercept: “At a Pivotal Moment, Democrats Failed to Modernize Elections”

    Listener chatter from Randy Switt: Christopher P. Hammon and Victoria L. Vish for National Law Review:
     “Eleventh Circuit: Service Charges Are Wages, Not Tips, Under FLSA”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment long-time Gabfest producer Jocelyn Frank shares her experiences making the show with Emily, David, and John.

    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 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.6K Ratings

7.6K Ratings

pkkell ,

One of the listening highlights of my week!

I’ve lived in Southeast Asia for the past 15 years, after spending my first 52 years as a native of Philly, so saying I was out of the loop for years is a masterpiece of understatement.

Gabfest for me (i.e. 12 hours ahead of EST) lands on Friday morning, and dialing it up is the first thing I do upon waking each Friday. I can’t claim to be a fan of Slate (especially after they axed The Gist), but I became a premium member just to have access to the full version of Gabfest.

Please keep up the great work!

Ginagina Smith ,

Colbert

Great to see you, Emily, on one of my favorite shows!

Jaspy NY ,

Liberal nut jobbery

Yikes… these people are so out of touch and living in a delusional liberal bubble. I would love to come on and take an opportunity to bring up issues that can be debated without censorship and get an exchange of actual information and answers that don’t tip toe around the subject matter.

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