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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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    Can Putin Be Stopped?

    Can Putin Be Stopped?

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the tragic death of Alexei Navalny and the fallout in the US; Donald Trump’s civil fraud case and consequences; and Alabama’s new stance on frozen embryos.   
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Pam Belluck for the New York Times on A New Abortion Access Strategy
    Adam Liptak for the New York Times on Supreme Court Seems Ready to Block a Biden Plan on Air Pollution 
    Jeffrey Blehar for National Review on We Need to Talk about Tucker
    Brett Stephens for the New York Times on How Biden Can Avenge Navalny’s Death
    David Ignatius, for the Washington Post on Ukraine faces a valley of death. There’s a way Biden can help it get across.
    Neil MacFarquhar for the New York Times on Wife, Protector and Now Political Heir: Yulia Navalnaya Rallies Russians
    Jonah E. Bromwich and Ben Protess for the New York Times on What the Civil Fraud Ruling Means for Trump’s Finances and His Empire
    Jonathan O'Connell for the Washington Post on Hefty fines, penalties will rock Trump family's business and fortune
    Ruth Marcus for the Washington Post on Alabama’s frozen embryo ruling is misguided
    Jan Hoffman for the New York times on Alabama Says Embryos in a Lab Are Children. What Are the Implications?

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: The fight against the EPA’s “good neighbor” air pollution rule heats up at the Supreme Court. 
    John: Allison Russel’s Grammy Award win for Eve Was Black, which some members of the Tennessee legislature sought to reject a congratulatory resolution for the singer.  
    David: Closet beds in the Netherlands. 
    Listener chatter from Lee Underwood in Atlanta, Georgia: Caley Fretz for Escape Collective: Meet the man who rode more new roads than anyone else
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily are joined by Gongwer News Service Executive Editor and Publisher Zach Gorchow. Zach also co-hosts the Michigan politics podcast MichMash. They discuss the dustup among Democratic votes who may vote “uncommitted” in the primary because of Biden’s stance on Israel.  
     
    In the latest Gabfest Reads, John talks with Brad Stulberg about his book, Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing – Including You.
     
    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 Keya Bajaj
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Gabfest Reads: Race, Money and Fictional Life at the University of Arkansas

    Gabfest Reads: Race, Money and Fictional Life at the University of Arkansas

    David Plotz talks with author Kiley Reid about her new book, Come & Get It. They discuss how money can work in the same way as language, writing realistic dialogue, and the things we can’t let go of. 

    Tweet us your questions @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth.
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    • 22 min
    Well-Meaning, Elderly Man With A Poor Memory

    Well-Meaning, Elderly Man With A Poor Memory

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Special Counsel Robert Hur’s description of President Joe Biden; House Republicans’ impeachment of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and refusal on Ukraine aid; and Democrat Tom Suozzi’s win in the New York congressional special election. And in Slate Plus, Emily, John, and David talk local news with reporter Ellie Wolfe. 
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Matt Viser and Tyler Pager for The Washington Post: Biden responds angrily to special counsel report questioning his memory and Marianne LeVine: Trump says he’d disregard NATO treaty, urge Russian attacks on U.S. allies
    Politico Magazine: What Biden Needs to Do to Reassure the Public
    Elena Moore for NPR: Biden’s campaign gives in and joins TikTok. Blame the youngs
    Mike Lillis and Mychael Schnell for The Hill: Lawmakers scramble for Plan B on Ukraine
    Jake Tapper for CNN: Marco Rubio reacts to Trump threatening NATO country to ‘pay up’
    Zack Beauchamp for Vox: The moral and strategic case for arming Ukraine
    Joshua Matz, Michael J. Gerhardt, Amit Jain, and Laurence H. Tribe for Just Security: Why and How the Senate Should Swiftly Dismiss the Impeachment Charges Against Mayorkas
    Nate Cohn for The New York Times: Not an Ordinary Special Election, and Yet a Typical Result and Carl Hulse: How Senate Democrats Flipped the Border Issue on Republicans

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: American Fiction; Sam Sanders, Nadira Goffe, and Stephen Metcalf for the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast: American Fiction, Oscar Contender?; and Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones, and Zach Stafford for the Stitcher Vibe Check podcast: A Special Conversation with Cord Jefferson 
    John: Timeguessr and Matt Levine for Matt Levin’s Money Stuff: Lyft Had an Earnings Typo
    David: The Greatest Night in Pop on Netflix and USA for Africa: We Are the World 
    Listener chatter from J.T. Horn in Strafford, Vermont: Peter Frick Wright for the Outside Podcast: A Wild Conversation with E. Jean Carroll
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily discuss with Ellie Wolfe her local-news reporting as Education Reporter for the Arizona Daily Star. See Proposed law would limit shared governance at Arizona’s universities; U of A to ‘permanently eliminate’ $27 million worth of jobs in academic units; U of A’s Robbins talks about his pay, layoffs, athletics debt, more; and CFO: U of A must cut $200M in spending, rethink mission, accept layoffs. Thanks to listeners Alison, Anna, and David for the recommendation! 
     
    In the latest Gabfest Reads, John talks with Brad Stulberg about his book, Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing – Including You.
     
    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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    • 52 min
    Congress Can’t Aid, Can’t Arm, Can’t Legislate, Can’t Impeach

    Congress Can’t Aid, Can’t Arm, Can’t Legislate, Can’t Impeach

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Republicans’ beginning and end of both the border bill and the impeachment of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; the criminal conviction of a mother for a school shooting by her son; and the D.C. Circuit Court decision on presidential immunity and the Supreme Court argument on the presidential ballot. 
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Rachael Bade for Politico: Schumer presses forward with Ukraine Plan B as GOP leaders reel and Burgess Everett: Behind the border mess: Open GOP rebellion against McConnell
    Cleve R. Wootson Jr. for The Washington Post: Biden vows to make GOP defeat of a conservative border bill a campaign issue and Jacqueline Alemany, Amy B Wang, Marianna Sotomayor, and Paul Kane: In stunning vote, House Republicans fail to impeach Secretary Mayorkas
    Former Rep. Charlie Stenholm in The Hill in 2015: How Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan would make this Congress work
    Tresa Baldas for the Detroit Free Press: Jennifer Crumbley guilty: Understanding involuntary manslaughter charge, possible sentenceand Paul Egan: Michigan’s gun laws change: Background checks, storage, temporary removal
    Michael Barbaro and Lisa Miller for The New York Times The Daily podcast: A Guilty Verdict for a Mass Shooter’s Mother
    Rachel Weiner for The Washington Post: Trump has no immunity from Jan. 6 prosecution, appeals court rules
    Ian Millhiser for Vox: The Supreme Court is about to decide whether to sabotage Trump’s election theft trial
    Amy Howe for SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court to decide whether insurrection provision keeps Trump off ballot
     
    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Ian Sample for The Guardian: AI helps scholars read scroll buried when Vesuvius erupted in AD79; Pierina Pighi Bel for the BBC: Bodegas: The small corner shops that run NYC; David Blank in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Philodemus; Moss and Fog; and Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School: Theodore H. White Lecture with John Dickerson
    Emily: Sofia Resnick for News From The States: Study cited by Texas judge in abortion pill case retracted and Sage Publishing: A note from Sage on retractions in Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology
    David: Patrick Radden Keefe for The New Yorker: A Teen’s Fatal Plunge Into The London Underworld
    Listener chatter from Patrick Johnson in Anchorage, Alaska: Rhonda McBride for KNBA - Anchorage: Anchorage’s white raven becomes a local legend as a tracked trickster
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily discuss “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman’s 1988 original, and Luke Combs’s 2023 cover.
     
    In the latest Gabfest Reads, John talks with Brad Stulberg about his book, Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing – Including You.
     
    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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    • 59 min
    Will The Carroll Verdict Hurt Trump?

    Will The Carroll Verdict Hurt Trump?

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss E. Jean Carroll’s $83.3 million win against Donald J. Trump; the events of 1920-1948 that shaped the current relationship of Israel and Palestine; and the tech-bro billionaires of techno-authoritarianism with Adrienne LaFrance of The Atlantic. 
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Eric Lach for The New Yorker: Nine Regular People Tell Donald Trump to Shut Up and Pay Up
    Monica Hesse for The Washington Post: Is it really sexism that Trump is showing? Or is it something worse?
    Maggie Haberman and Shane Goldmacher for The New York Times: Trump’s PACs Spent Roughly $50 Million on Legal Expenses in 2023
    Erik Larson for Fortune and Bloomberg: Most of Trump’s cash stockpile is at risk from possible $450m dual verdicts in E. Jean Carroll and New York business fraud cases
    CBS News: Face The Nation and Emily Tillett: Nikki Haley on Trump accusers: Women who accuse anyone “should be heard” and “dealt with”
    Gabriella Abdul-Hakim for ABC News: Tim Scott insists voters don’t care about Trump’s defamation loss, plays down ‘provocative’ Haley attacks
    Dietrich Knauth for Insurance Journal: Sandy Hook Denier Alex Jones Eyes Settlement With Families, Bankruptcy Exit
    Emily Bazelon for The New York Times: The Road to 1948 and Was Peace Ever Possible?
    Adrienne LaFrance for The Atlantic: The Rise of Techno-Authoritarianism
    Ezra Klein for The New York Times: The Chief Ideologist of the Silicon Valley Elite Has Some Strange Ideas
    Steven Levy for Wired: What the Techno-Billionaire Missed About Techno-Optimism
    Jonathan Taplin for Vanity Fair: How Musk, Thiel, Zuckerberg, and Andreessen—Four Billionaire Techno-Oligarchs—Are Creating an Alternate, Autocratic Reality
    Lisa Desjardins and Jonah Anderson for PBS Newshour: Lawmakers grill Big Tech executives, accusing them of failing to protect children
    The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy by William J. Dobson
     
    Here are this week’s chatters: 
    Emily: The Fight to Save the Town: Reimagining Discarded America by Michelle Wilde Anderson
    John: PenTips; Toluse Olorunnipa and Liz Goodwin for The Washington Post: Biden vows to ‘shut down’ an overwhelmed border if Senate deal passes and Jacob Bogage and Jeff Stein: House votes to expand child tax credit, beef up corporate tax breaks
    David: Visual Arts, St. Albans School; John Buzbee for The Advocate: LSU students bare it all as nude art models: ‘It’s a very brave thing to be able to do.’; and Kim McGill for The Union: The naked truth: Art models at El Camino inspire students to portray humanity in all its forms
    Listener chatter from Jay Lloyd in Louisville, Kentucky: Eric Berger for Ars Technica: What happens when an astronaut in orbit says he’s not coming back?
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily discuss the Love Story of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce and the message for MAGA madness: You Need To Calm Down. See Mariana Alfaro for The Washington Post: Why Trump’s MAGA Republican movement dislikes Taylor Swift and Ross Douthat for The New York Times: Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and the Right’s Abnormality Problem.
     
    In the latest Gabfest Reads, John talks with Brad Stulberg about his book, Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing – Including You.
     
    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
     
    Hosts
    Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Election No One Wants

    The Election No One Wants

    This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Trump v. Biden presidential rematch, the end of the “vibecession,” and the political fights over immigration. 
     
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Michael Scherer and Toluse Olorunnipa for The Washington Post: Trump, Biden pivot quickly to a 2024 campaign that many voters dread
    Lauren Irwin for The Hill: Trump says Tim Scott ‘must really hate’ Haley
    Allison Pecorin and Caleigh Bartash for ABC News: Trump picks up endorsements from holdouts after New Hampshire win
    John E. Moser for Teaching American History: “Fireside Chat” on “Purging” the Democratic Party
    Ben Casselman for The New York Times: U.S. Economy Grew at 3.3% Rate in Latest Quarter and German Lopez: The End of Economic Pessimism?
    Jeff Stein for The Washington Post: As doomsday predictions dissipate, Biden aides savor booming economy and Trump promises to stop inflation. But would his plans actually help?
    Kyla Scanlon for Kyla’s Newsletter: The Vibecession: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
    Ben Harris and Aaron Sojourner for The Brookings Institution: Why are Americans so displeased with the economy?
    David Montgomery for YouGov: How’s the economy doing? For many Americans, the answer is how their party’s doing
    Punchbowl News AM: McConnell bows to Trump on border
    Karoun Demirjian for The New York Times: With Border Deal Near, Parole and Money Take Center Stage in Senate Talks
    Maria Sacchetti for The Washington Post: Explaining immigration parole, one sticking point in Ukraine aid-border deal
    Rafael Bernal and Al Weaver for The Hill: Parole: What to know about the GOP’s latest border sticking point 
    David J. Bier for the Cato Institute: New Data Show Migrants Were More Likely to Be Released by Trump Than Biden
    Colleen Long for AP: Title 42 has ended. Here’s what it did, and how US immigration policy is changing

    Here are this week’s chatters: 
    Emily: Yair Rosenberg for The Atlantic: What Did Top Israeli War Officials Really Say About Gaza? and Comics Kingdom: Sally Forth
    John: Tori Apodaca for CBS Sacramento: California writes cursive back into elementary school curriculum and Carmen Mayer, Stefanie Wallner, Nora Budde-Spengler, Sabrina Braunert, Petra A. Arndt, and Markus Kiefer in Frontiers in Psychology: Literacy Training of Kindergarten Children With Pencil, Keyboard or Tablet Stylus: The Influence of the Writing Tool on Reading and Writing Performance at the Letter and Word Level 
    David: Erik Wemple for The Washington Post: At Gallery Place, it’s Ted Leonsis vs. one very loud street music act
    Listener chatter from Annie O’Connor in St. Paul, Minnesota: LockPickingLawyer on YouTube
     
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily discuss Ezra Klein’s piece in The New York Times: I Am Going to Miss Pitchfork, but That’s Only Half the Problem. See Judy Woodruff, Sarah Clune Hartman, and Frank Carlson for PBS: The connections between decline of local news and growing political division; Steven Waldman for The Atlantic: The Local-News Crisis Is Weirdly Easy to Solve; and Penelope Muse Abernathy for the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, University of North Carolina: The Expanding News Desert: Finding Solutions. See also Press Forward; Sara Fischer and Cuneyt Dil for Axios: Scoop: D.C. lawmakers to introduce new bill funding local news via vouchers; and the Law & Justice Journalism Project. 

    In the latest Gabfest Reads, John talks with Brad Stulberg about his book, Master of Change: How to Excel When Everything Is Changing – Including You.
     
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.9K Ratings

7.9K Ratings

Rich in GA ,

Kill the conundrum

I’ve listened weekly since 2007. I agree with some of the recent comments about David’s descent into madness but as a legacy listener I plod on with Plotz. But one thing I’ve never enjoyed is the Conundrum Show. Please kill it.

hm122221 ,

Reliably outstanding

Started listening in the summer of 2016 and haven’t missed an episode! Three brilliant minds. I am constantly in awe of listening to David describe the things he takes interest in—makes me interested too!

Co elk do ,

🤔

Two years ago I, too, used to enjoy listening to the conversation here by the 3 hosts. But in the last year, I have found better podcasts by more authoritative voices when it comes to constitutional law and even politics. David Plotz seems out of his depth here. Emily Bazalon does not have the same chops to discuss constitutional law that others have. John Dickerson has the best /most interesting perspective on issues and the one I enjoy listening to.

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