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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.

    Great Resignation

    Great Resignation

    Emily, John and David discuss Steve Bannon’s contempt of Congress, supply chain woes, and Americans pro-actively leaving their jobs.

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

    Jordan Weissmann for Slate: “The Absolute Simplest Explanation for America’s Supply Chain Woes”

    David J. Lynch for The Washington Post: “Inside America’s Broken Supply Chain”

    Derek Thompson for The Atlantic: “The Great Resignation Is Accelerating”

    Matt Bruenig for The People’s Policy Project: “Democratic Child Care Plan Will Spike Prices for the Middle Class by $13,000”

    The Unknowns, by Gabriel Roth

    Tonja Jacobi and Dylan Schweers for The Harvard Business Review: “Female Supreme Court Justices Are Interrupted More by Male Justices and Advocates”

    Kate Murphy for The New York Times: “You’re Not Listening. Here’s Why”

    Deborah Tannen for The New York Times: “In Real Life, Not All Interruptions Are Rude”

    Elan Morgan for Medium: “99% Invisible Podcast’s Brilliant Response to Criticism of Women’s Voices”


    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    Emily: Paul Shechtman for The New York Law Journal: “Understanding the Significance of Supreme Court Cert in ‘Shinn v. Jones’”

    David: Hetty McKinnon for the New York Times: “Sook Mei Faan (Cantonese Creamed Corn With Tofu and Rice)”

    John: “One Hour to Think,” in On Democracy, by E.B. White; Vera

    Listener chatter from Adrian Monthony: Twitter thread on the strange story of an abandoned airplane by Chris Croy @ChrisCroy; Harish Pullanoor for Quartz: “The Crazy Story Behind a Rickety Boeing 720 Parked at an Indian Airport For 24 Years”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, Emily, and David discuss the data provided by listener Lindsay Lee about which host does the most interrupting on the Political Gabfest. Check out Lee's blog post here.
    Go to Slate.com/gabfestplus to become a slate plus member today!

    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
    Death of Democracy

    Death of Democracy

    Emily, John and David discuss the ways that U.S. democracy is in peril, the Democrats‘ strategy woes, and they are joined by author Andrea Elliott to talk about her new book Invisible Child.

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

    Ezra Klein for The New York Times: “David Shor Is Telling Democrats What They Don’t Want to Hear”

    Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Bill Clinton, Race and the Politics of the 1990s”

    The Ezra Klein Show. “Transcript: Ezra Klein Interviews Heather McGhee About the Cost of Racism”

    The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee 

    Simon Bazelon and David Shor for Slow Boring: “A Permanent CTC Expansion With a Sharper Means-Test Would Protect Poor Kids Better and be More Popular”

    Matt Yglesias for Slow Boring: “If You Want To Talk About Racism, Talk About Racism”

    Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, by Andrea Elliott

    Andrea Elliot for The New York Times Magazine: “When Dasani Left Home”

    Andrea Elliot for The New York Times: 2013 Invisible Child series


    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    David: Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras 

    John: John’s donation page for the Covenant House Sleep Out; Gurwinder @G_S_Bhogal’s Twitter thread about the 40 powerful concepts for understanding the world. 


    Emily: Jan Ransom, Jonah E. Bromwich and Rebecca Davis O’Brien for The New York Times: “Inside Rikers: Dysfunction, Lawlessness and Detainees in Control”

    Listener chatter from Nettie Hendricks: The Fetler Family Band on YouTube

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, Emily, and David discuss what they’d do with their days if they didn’t need to work.  Visit www.slate.com/gabfestplus to become a member today!

    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
    Profits Over People

    Profits Over People

    Emily and John are joined by guest host Mary Harris (host of What Next) to talk about the dangerous debt ceiling games; blowing the whistle on Facebook; and new revelations about January 6th and the plan to overturn the election.

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

    Wall Street Journal: The Facebook Files

    Wall Street Journal: The Facebook Files, A Podcast Series

    Nathaniel Persily for the Washington Post: “Facebook Hides Data Showing It Harms Users. Outside Scholars Need Access.”

    Charlie Warzel’s Substack, Galaxy Brain: “The Algorithm Tweaks Won't Save Us”

    Katie Benner for The New York Times: “Report Cites New Details of Trump Pressure on Justice Dept. Over Election”

    Mike Stobbe for The Associated Press: “More Than 120,000 Us Kids Had Caregivers Die During Pandemic”

    YouTube video: “Richard Feynman Magnets”

    Slate’s What Next With Mary Harris

    Here’s this week’s chatter:
    John: The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth, by Matthew Algeo

    Mary: Gary Shteyngart for The New Yorker: “A Botched Circumcision and Its Aftermath”; Robert Kolker for The New York Times Magazine: “Who Is the Bad Art Friend?”

    Emily: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: Annual Awards Virtual Event–Championing Disability Rights for 49 Years; Sabrina Tavernise and Katie Benne for The New York Times: “Federal Judge Pauses Strict Texas Law Banning Most Abortions”

    Listener chatter from Kyle Amann: Matthew Fox for Insider: “A Hamster Has Been Trading Cryptocurrencies In A Cage Rigged To Automatically Buy And Sell Tokens Since June - And It's Currently Outperforming The S&P 500”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John and Emily talk to Mary about work as a daily podcaster. 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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    • 57 min
    Get Those Huddled Masses Out of My Yard

    Get Those Huddled Masses Out of My Yard

    John, Emily and David discuss the fate of the Build Back Better agenda; vaccine mandates working; and journalist Caitlin Dickerson helps explain the recent U.S. immigration actions and to identify some fresh strategies for change.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “It’s All or Nothing for These Democrats, Even if That Means Biden Fails”

    Josh Marshall for Talking Points Memo: “Kill the Bill”

    Caitlin Dickerson for The Atlantic: “Democrats’ Free Pass on Immigration Is Over”

    Caitlin Dickerson for The Atlantic: “America’s Immigration Amnesia”

    Here’s this week’s chatter:

    John: Glamourdaze YouTube video: “A Walk in the Park - c.1900 | Bois de Boulogne Paris - AI Enhanced; Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

    Emily: CNN: “Florida Man Fights Alligator With Trash Can”; Jonathan Mann’s folk song celebrating the Florida Man Who Caught An Alligator In A Trash Can
     
    David: The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion, by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell 

    Listener chatter from Matthew Ringel: Veritasium YouTube video, about the history of potash: “These Pools Help Support Half The People On Earth” 

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily talk about earlier times in history they would have liked to have been podcasting together. 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 11 min
    True Crime

    True Crime

    Emily, John and David discuss what it will take to save the Biden agenda, the abortion doctor's defiance of the Texas ban; and true crime mania.
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Josh Marshall for Talking Points Memo: “Policy vs Positioning Has Dems in a Stalemate”

    Michael Dorf for Dorf on Law: “Texas Could Not Get Away With This Absent SCOTUS-Created Limits On Constitutional Adjudication”

    Emily Bazelon for The New York Times: “The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion”

    Impeachment: American Crime Story 

    The Clinton Impeachment - Slow Burn: Season 2

    Here’s this week’s chatter:
    Emily: Susan Dominus for The New York Times Magazine: “He Was the ‘Perfect Villain’ for Voting Conspiracists”

    John: Elizabeth Elkin for Bloomberg: “Food Prices Poised to Surge With Fertilizer at Highest in Years
    By” 

    David: CityCast: “City Cast Houston Launches Oct. 5”; “Evidence That A Cosmic Impact Destroyed Ancient City In The Jordan Valley”; Ted E. Bunch et al, for Scientific Reports: “A Tunguska Sized Airburst Destroyed Tall El-hammam A Middle Bronze Age City In The Jordan Valley Near The Dead Sea”

    Listener chatter from Jeffrey Itell: You Tube: “15 Unfinished Buildings in Kunming Were Demolished by Blasting”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily discuss the merits of revisiting the stories of Bill Clinton’s impeachment. 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 3 min
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 7 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.

cgyyg ,

Dec 17th (prev. June 4th episode)

December 17: first, make no mistake this is still my favorite weekly podcast, and, on the technical end, yesterday‘s presentation was engaging and informative… HOWEVER on almost 50% of the intelligence related material was wrong: 1. the NSA piece on our side 2. and the FSB and FAPSI/SVR axis - the FAPSI piece of which he covered not at all - on the Russian side David, .... “call a truce”?????? ummmmm ... quaint Listener USDOJ WH/43 - NSC, Intel Director June 4: Emily, the part of the episode which addressed the use of the police vs. national guard vs. regular US Army troops in domestic security roles was recklessly uninformed. All four panelists addressed the matter in its least relevant construction(s): which element is best equipped or which element’s use offends the conscience more - or less. As the law school rep on the panel, this failing sits principally with you. At no point did any of you acknowledge, must less explain, the clear-language prescriptions and proscriptions of Title 18 USC Sec 1385 (Posse Comitatus.) And in fact, your reference to the use of Army troops at Little Rock in ‘57 only exacerbates your failing here, as you obliquely cite the wrong - and an irrelevant - reason for their use. At neither Little Rock nor Lafayette Park is capability or “mission match” the determinative factor. At Little Rock, a State Governor defied the law of the land as given by the SC in Brown v. Board and then used the National Guard in furtherance of his defiance. The President used the Army/101 ARBN not because they were better equipped or trained (though certainly they were) but because the State of Arkansas had ceased to function as one of the several states of the Union. These are the nuances of “Posse” that matter and of which the President has no apparent grasp nor care, but which you should have addressed. Listener USDOJ WH/43

A UK fan ,

Ted Lasso

A much better subject than crime story

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