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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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    • 4.5, 6.8K Ratings

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.

    Twilight of Democracy

    Twilight of Democracy

    David, John and Ruth Marcus discuss Biden’s campaign, Big Tech, and author Anne Applebaum joins to discuss her new book Twilight of Democracy.
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    John Dickerson for the Washington Post: “The Ultimate Test of Presidential Character Is Restraint”

    Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum

    Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly”

    Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
    John: The Underground Railroad and The Nickleboys by Colson Whitehead; Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

    Ruth: Sophie Haigney for The New Yorker: “An Elegy for the Landline in Literature”

    Anne: MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman by Ben Hubbard

    David: Meredith Cash for Business Insider: “Take a Peek at Alabama Football's Stunning New Locker Room That Was Part of a $16 Million Renovation”

    Listener chatter from Mark Allender @markwallender for ProPublica: Jodi S. Cohen for ProPublica: “A Teenager Didn’t Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.”

    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Ruth, David, and John discuss David’s dilemma concerning the best interests of his cats.

    You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email 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 12 min
    Invading America

    Invading America

    Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Jamelle Bouie discuss Trump’s assault on Portland, the filibuster, and Julian Zelizer’s new book about Newt Gingrich’s power tactics.
    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Jamelle, David, and Emily discuss the people they consider the greatest living Americans after the death of John Lewis.

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “The Border War in Portland”
    Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party by Julian E. Zelizer 
    The Weeds: “Biden Reloaded”

    Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
    Jamelle: Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
    Emily: Amicus Presents: “The Class of RBG” by Dahlia Lithwick 
    Dahlia Lithwick and Molly Olmstead for Slate: “The Class of RBG” 
    Dahlia Lithwick for Slate: “It’s Amazing to Me How Distinctly I Remember Each of These Women
    The Lie That Binds by Ilyse Hogue and Ellie Langford
    David: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Listener chatter from Joshua Bennet: Ann Gibbons for Science: “Why 536 Was 'the Worst Year to Be Alive'” 

    You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email 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
    Find Something New

    Find Something New

    Emily, David and guest host James Forman Jr. discuss the pandemic catastrophe, the racial justice movement, and “cancel culture.”
    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment James, David, and Emily discuss the program James has started at Yale Law School to help individuals from the New Haven area to get law degrees, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.
    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Neil Gross for the New York Times: “Want to Abolish the Police? Consider Becoming an Officer Instead”
    Paul Butler for the New York Times: “The System Must Counteract Prosecutors’ Natural Sympathies for Cops”
    Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
    Unpacking the Boston Police Budget, ACLU Massachusetts
    Harper’s Magazine: “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate”
    Ross Douthat for The New York Times: “10 Theses About Cancel Culture”
    David Plotz for Business Insider: “Government Data Is Getting Worse.”

    Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
    James: Vertellis card game
    Emily: Pam Fessler and Elena Moore for NPR’s Morning Edition: “Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness” 
    David: Kerry Allen for the BBC: “US-China: Pompeo Dog Photo Has Netizens Asking If US Is Toying With China”
    Listener chatter from James Edward Dillard @jamesdillard: ChinaTalk podcast: “How Corruption Works in China” 

    You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email 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 21 min
    Ministerial Exception

    Ministerial Exception

    Emily, John and David discuss Biden's understated presidential campaign, the new Supreme Court decisions, and Hamilton.

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

    Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Maybe This Isn’t Such a Good Time to Prosecute a Culture War”

    David Weigel for The Washington Post: “The Trailer: Who's Afraid of Joe Biden?”

    Michael W. McConnell for the New York Times: “On Religion, the Supreme Court Protects the Right to Be Different”

    Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy by Annette Gordon-Reed

    The New York Times Magazine: “The 1619 Project”

    Winds of Change podcast

    Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

    Emily: Sea Wife by Amity Gaige; “426 Years: An Examination of 25 Wrongful Convictions
    in Brooklyn, New York”

    John: Jake Rossen for Mental Floss: “10 Examples of the Mandela Effect”; Chess.com: “What is Zugzwang?” 
     
    David: Meghann Myers for Military Times: “Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Who Testified Against Trump, Announces Retirement From the Army”

    Listener chatter from Emmy Rald @RaldEmmy: Phoebe Weston for The Guardian: “‘Landscape of Fear’: What a Mass of Rotting Reindeer Carcasses Taught Scientists”

    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David and Emily discuss the shaming of wealthy companies that took Paycheck Protection Program loans.

    You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email 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 15 min
    Open the Damn Schools

    Open the Damn Schools

    Emily, John and David discuss the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, reopening schools--with guest Emily Oster, and Russia’s bounties for U.S. Troops.

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

    Melissa Murray for The Washington Post: “The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Seems Pulled From The ‘Casey’ Playbook”

    Linda Greenhouse for The New York Times: “How Chief Justice Roberts Solved His Abortion Dilemma”

    Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker: “John Roberts Distances Himself from the Trump-McConnell Legal Project”

    Emily Oster for the Atlantic: “Parents Can’t Wait Around Forever”

    Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster

    Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster

    Charlie Savage, Mujib Mashal, Rukmini Callimachi, Eric Schmitt and Adam Goldman for the New York Times: “Suspicions of Russian Bounties Were Bolstered by Data on Financial Transfers”

    Susan E. Rice for The New York Times: “Why Does Trump Put Russia First?”

    Carl Bernstein for CNN: “From Pandering to Putin to Abusing Allies and Ignoring His Own Advisers, Trump's Phone Calls Alarm US Officials”

    David Plotz for Business Insider: “What If Your Boss Acted Like This?”

    This Day in Esoteric Political History: “The Man Who Didn't Sign The Declaration (1776)”

    Ross Douthat for the New York Times: “The Ghost of Woodrow Wilson”

    David W. Blight for the Washington Post: “Yes, the Freedmen’s Memorial Uses Racist Imagery. But Don’t Tear It Down.

    Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David Blight
    Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

    John: Jen Doll for Mental Floss: “How A Wrinkle in Time Changed Sci-Fi Forever”; Money Heist

    Emily: Alison Dirr for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director To Stay On For Time Being, Filling Leadership Void”; 
    Scott Neuman for NPR: “Federal Court In Wisconsin Upholds Voting Restrictions Favored By Republicans”; Derry Girls
     
    David: Call My Agent

    Listener chatter from Randy Koehn @noonan66: Matthew Rosenberg @AshcanPress’s Twitter thread with a beautiful story about Carl Reiner, who passed away this week.

    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss whether history should be taught backwards.

    You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email 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 12 min
    Global Pariahs

    Global Pariahs

    Emily, John and David discuss the rising numbers of COVID cases, the politicization of the DOJ, and they are joined by Slow Burn's Josh Levin to talk about the new season focused on David Duke.

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

    Austan Goolsbee and Chad Syverson: “Lockdown, and Diversion: Comparing Drivers of Pandemic Economic Decline 2020, University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2020-80.” 

    Kasra Zarei and John Duchneskie for the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Coronavirus Cases Rise in States with Relaxed Face Mask Policies”
     
    Carol D. Leonnig and Joshua Partlow for the Washington Post: “Dozens of Secret Service Officers and Agents Told to Self-quarantine After Trump’s Tulsa Rally”

    Jonathan Martin, Alexander Burns, Matt Stevens for the New York Times: “Biden Takes Dominant Lead as Voters Reject Trump on Virus and Race”

    Slate’s Slow Burn, Season 4: David Duke

    Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow

    Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

    John: Maria Konnikova for Wired: “Poker and the Psychology of Uncertainty”; The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova

    Emily: Christoph Koettl, Nilo Tabrizy, Muyi Xiao, Natalie Reneau and Drew Jordan for The New York Times: “How the Philadelphia Police Tear-Gassed a Group of Trapped Protesters”
     
    David: Melissa Fay Greene for the Atlantic: “30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact”

    Listener chatter from Fredrik Hilding @FHilding: Jessica Leigh Hester for Atlas Obscura’s Show & Tell podcast: “Show and Tell With Colored-Pencil Cartographer Anton Thomas”

    Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show.
    For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss some of the nicer changes the pandemic has brought to their daily lives.

    You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
     
    The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email 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
6.8K Ratings

6.8K Ratings

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Acceleration

Turn up the playback speeeeeed so you can cram more speech into each podcast. Capital abhors a pause, must keep the market moving! I dig the pause like the dude man!

cris70802 ,

engaging & informative, but some ugh as well

This is one of the few news/politics podcasts I enjoy or even can bear. I feel it walks the line between informing and entertaining well and maintains a semblance of intellectual honesty (which is hard to find these days). But listening to David (mainly) mansplain and condescend to the women on the show really has me at the edge of unsubscribing. I get that this joshing might be part of the repartee with Emily, but it still seems tasteless—and repeatedly telling a female guest host that the article she’d read and found interesting is narrow and shallow (without even having read it yourself) is just rude. If it weren’t part of a pattern i’d let it slide. Men, be better.

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Political echo chamber

Podcast is lacking in depth or critical discussion of opposing viewpoints- something that I think is essential in an engaging political discussion.

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