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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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    What If Twitter Dies?

    What If Twitter Dies?

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the future of Twitter, the ghoulish World Cup, and a minister’s allegation that Justice Alito leaked the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Jodi Kantor and Jo Becker for The New York Times: “Former Anti-Abortion Leader Alleges Another Supreme Court Breach”
    Jodi Kantor for The New York Times: “Allegation of Supreme Court Breach Prompts Calls for Inquiry and Ethics Code”
    Rob Schenck for The New York Times: “I Was an Anti-Abortion Crusader. Now I Support Roe v. Wade”
    Kara Voght and Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone: “SCOTUS Justices ‘Prayed With’ Her — Then Cited Her Bosses to End Roe”

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Variety: “Bob Dylan Fans Who Bought $600 ‘Hand-Signed’ Books With Replica Autographs Will Receive Refunds From Publisher”
    Emily: Rozina Ali for The New York Times Magazine: “‘How Did This Man Think He Had the Right to Adopt This Baby?’” 
    David: Politics and Prose: City Cast DC Live Taping with Michael Schaffer, David Plotz, and Anton Bogomazov - at Union Market; Slate’s One Year, Season 4: 1942
    Listener chatter from Laurent Dugois: In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri, by Harry N MacLean; All That's Interesting: “The Story Of Ken McElroy — The Vicious Bully Killed By His Town”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John contemplate the conundrum of what they would like to tell their younger selves but wouldn’t be able to convince them of. Submit your conundrums for the 2022 conundrum episode at slate.com/conundrum. 
     
    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 by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Gabfest Reads: Rethinking J. Edgar Hoover

    Gabfest Reads: Rethinking J. Edgar Hoover

    Emily Bazelon talks with author Beverly Gage about her new book, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century, a detailed account of the life of the first FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover. They discuss Hoover’s hostile relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., why he should have quit at the end of the 1950s, and how Hoover’s childhood shaped his reign [MOU1] as director. 

    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
     [MOU1]“tenure”? Maybe I’m overthinking this.
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    • 37 min
    SBF FTX WTF?

    SBF FTX WTF?

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Trump’s campaign announcement, election denying candidates’ failures in the midterms, and guest Matthew Zeitlin on the impact the implosion of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange FTX may have on the Effective Altruism movement.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Donie O'Sullivan for CNN: “Facebook Fact-Checkers Will Stop Checking Trump After Presidential Bid Announcement”
    Matthew Zeitlin for Grid: “Sam Bankman-Fried Gave Millions To Effective Altruism. What Happens Now That The Money Is Gone?”
    Kelsey Piper for Vox: “Sam Bankman-Fried Tries To Explain Himself”
    What We Owe the Future, by William MacAskill
    William MacAskill for Effective Altruism Forum: “EA And The Current Funding Situation”
    This American Life: “Watching the Watchers”

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Jason P. Frank for Vulture: “Stephen Colbert, Emma Watson, and More Celebs to Relish in Pickleball Tournament”; Isabel Gonzalez for CBS News: “Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield Partner To Create Ear-Shaped, Cannabis-Infused Edibles”
    Emily: William Melhado for The Texas Tribune: “Federal Judge In Texas Rules That Disarming Those Under Protective Orders Violates Their Second Amendment Rights”
    David: Politics and Prose: City Cast DC Live Taping with Michael Schaffer, David Plotz, and Anton Bogomazov - at Union Market; Justin Jouvenal for The Washington Post: “D.C.’s Bitcoin King: Yachts, Penthouses, A Python — And Tax Dodging?”
    Listener chatter from Kelly Mills: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, by Jason Fagone

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John contemplate the Thanksgiving traditions they would like to adopt or improve.
     
    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 by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 51 min
    Extremely Surprising Midterms

    Extremely Surprising Midterms

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the midterm results we have so far and the Supreme Court case that could upend family law and more for Native Americans.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Stefan Becket for CBS News: “The Unresolved 2022 House And Senate Races That Will Determine Control Of Congress”
    Rebecca Nagle for The Atlantic: “The Supreme Court Case That Could Break Native American Sovereignty”
    Leah Litman and Matthew L.M. Fletcher for The Atlantic: “​​The Necessity of the Indian Child Welfare Act”

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: Sarah McCammon for NPR: “Where Abortion Was On The Ballot, Midterm Voters Largely Signaled Support” 
    David: David chattered about how going on a “Twitter fast” is improving his well-being. 
    Listener chatter from Scott Grant: Sarah Linn for KCET: “The Dunites: Building a Utopia in the Oceano Dunes”

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John take the under-the-radar state and local midterm results they find most interesting.
     
    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 by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 53 min
    Live From Atlanta!

    Live From Atlanta!

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson are Live in Atlanta discussing Georgia’s midterm election with NPR-WABE’s Rose Scott, as well as increasing political violencein the U.S.; and affirmative action at the Supreme Court.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Closer Look with Rose Scott
    John Dickerson for CBS Primetime: “Political Threats And Violence In The U.S.” (Inteview with Robert Pape)
    Steal This Book, by Abbie Hoffman

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    John: Carrie McBride for The New York Public Library: “100 Years Ago Men and Boys Fought on the Streets of New York Over Wearing Straw Hats Past Summer”
    Emily: Fleishman Is in Trouble
    David: The Candy House, by Jennifer Egan; Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, by Neil Stephenson; The Immortal King Rao, by Vauhini Vara; Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr; The Circle, by Dave Eggers
    Listener chatter from John Campbell McMillian: Atlanta Police Department’s Citizen's Police Academy

    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John take listener questions live.

    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 by Bridgette Dunlap.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Bonus Episode: The PA Midterms Edition

    Bonus Episode: The PA Midterms Edition

    David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson talk to civil rights journalist and WHYY radio host Cherri Gregg about the Pennsylvania midterm campaigns.

    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 by Bridgette Dunlap
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
7.7K Ratings

7.7K Ratings

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Love this show, but live shows should not be included in the weekly feed

Longtime listener of this show, even bonded with an Uber driver in early 2017 in Florida after finding that he was listening to your show which gave us plenty of wonderful common ground to discuss. This recent live episode from Georgia was so disappointing. The guest was wholly unprepared, even in her own local area. John and the other regular hosts tried to make up that ground and cover her, but it was painful. This is in addition to the usual dislike that most podcast listeners have when a live episode is aired because of the poorer sound quality/awkwardness of the hosts playing to a live audience versus just being themselves. I’m not going anywhere, I love you guys, and I love your take. I just don’t think this format suits itself to your feed. I want you to have the opportunity to go on the road, if it’s a good benefit to yourselves but maybe just don’t post those episodes.

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Insightful & respectful discussion of political topics by

If you love gabbing with friends and family about political news you will enjoy this podcast. The hosts are smart friends with great chemistry. Disagreements are handled with respect and humor. The focus is primarily on political news in the United States but international politics is occasionally mixed in.

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No longer downloading on iTunes

Love the show for many years, but a few months ago it stopped updating on the iTunes page and just shows an error message.

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