Political Gabfest

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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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It's Not a Lie, It's a Tweet
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Emily, John and David discuss the Trump vs. Twitter battle, the realities of this partisan pandemic, and U.S.-China relations with guest Sheena Chestnut Greitens. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Lori Dorn for Laughing Squid: “A Timeline of the Most Popular TV Shows (1951-2019)” Emily: Willa Paskin for Slate: “Mrs. America’s Showrunner on the Show’s Lessons and Its Detractors” David: NASA Office of the Inspector General: “Examining the Future of the International Space Station” Listener (Producer) chatter from Jocelyn Frank: “Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder” Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jeff Horwitz and Deepa Seetharaman for the Wall Street Journal: “Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive” Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States by Brian Rosenwald These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John envision what a post-covid-stay-at-home-order office might look and feel like. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
May 28, 2020
L-Shaped Recovery
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Emily, John and David discuss the state of the pandemic; insider trading allegations in the Senate; and Trump’s firing of the watchdog investigating Mike Pompeo. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss the online videos that have educated and entertained them during social isolation. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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. Episode Notes Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Ed Yong for the Atlantic: “America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further” Ryan Grim for the Intercept: “David Perdue Got Sweetheart Deal That Grew North of $6 Million After Election to The Senate” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore;   Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss The Hardest Job in the World, by John Dickerson Emily: Meredith Blake for the Los Angeles Times: “The Woman Behind ‘Roe vs. Wade’ Didn’t Change Her Mind on Abortion. She was Paid” David: Normal People by Sally Rooney ; “Abhushan Gautam for the Nepali Times: When The Air is Clean: Photographs of Kathmandu Valley With Air Pollution Removed by the Coronavirus Lockdown” Listener chatter from Valerie Minor: LavaMae‘s design for a DIY handwashing station you can build for the use of people experiencing homelessness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
There Is No Plan
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Emily, John, and David discuss COVID without federal leadership; challenges to Trump at the Supreme Court; and novelist Isabel Allende joins the show to talk about her new book A Long Petal of the Sea, and how crisis can be an opportunity for change. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss (what would be) epic historical counterfactuals. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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.) Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Marty Makary for The New York Times: “How to Reopen America Safely” Norbert J. Michel and Drew Gonshorowski for the Heritage Foundation: “1% of Counties Home to Half of COVID-19 Cases, Over Half of Deaths” Scott Clement and Dan Balz for The Washington Post: “Many Governors Win Bipartisan Support for Handling of Pandemic, But Some Republicans Face Blowback Over Reopening Efforts” Zeynep Tufekci for The Atlantic: “How Hong Kong Did It” Perri Klass for The New York Times: Rethinking Covid-19 in Children Maria DeCotis @MariaDeCotis performs Governor Mario Cuomo’s comments on his daughter’s boyfriend. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Heran Mamo for Billboard: “Relive Prince & the Revolution's Iconic 1985 Purple Rain Concert During a Three-Night Livestream”; Olivia Clement for Playbill: “Audra McDonald to Host Star-Studded Covenant House Benefit With Meryl Streep, Dolly Parton, and More” Emily: The Music Lab’s Tone-Deafness Test and Rodham, by Curtis Sittenfeld David: Haven Orecchio-Egresitz for Business insider: “A White Man Ran Through a Florida Neighborhood Carrying a TV to Prove That Looking 'Suspicious' Wasn't an Excuse for Killing Ahmaud Arbery”; Monica Humphries for Business Insider: “A BBC Sports Broadcaster Held a Zoom Meeting With His 2 Dogs to Deliver Their Annual Performance Reviews” Listener chatter from Team@shah_of_shaw: Rutger Bregman for the Guardian: “The Real Lord of the Flies: What Happened When Six Boys Were Shipwrecked for 15 Months”   Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2020
Vote By Mail
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Emily, John and David discuss states reopening as numbers of cases continue to climb; this year’s election security challenges; and they're joined by guest Gene Sperling to talk about “economic dignity.” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss how to save the summer. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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. Notes and references from this week’s show: Nicholas Confessore, Andrew Jacobs, Jodi Kantor, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Luis Ferré-Sadurní for the New York Times: “How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies” Jason Dearen and Mike Stobbe for the Associated Press: “US Shelves Detailed Guide to Reopening Country” Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “Will Americans Lose Their Right to Vote in the Pandemic?” Mark Joseph Stern for Slate: “Trump Can’t Cancel the Election. But States Could Do It for Him.” Economic Dignity by Gene B. Sterling Gene B. Sperling for the New York Times: “Martin Luther King Jr. Predicted This Moment” Jason DeParle for the New York Times: “As Hunger Swells, Food Stamps Become a Partisan Flash Point” Harry Potter and the Sacred Text’s online classes Spy Hop’s on demand art classes National Karate’s online classes This week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Richard L. Hansen for Slate: “We Cannot Hold an Election Without a Functional Post Office”; Strict Scrutiny: “Stay Frustrated” John: The New York Times’ The Daily: “One Meat Plant. One Thousand Infections”; Mike Baker for the New York Times: “‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet” David: Benjamin Wofford for The Washingtonian: “Sally Quinn Modeled the Erotic Hero of Her 1991 Bestseller on…Anthony Fauci. Yes, that Anthony Fauci.”; Perry Stein and Donna St. George for the Washington Post: “Despite Pushback, Sidwell and Other D.C.-area Prep Schools are Keeping Their Small-Business Loans” Listener chatter from Dave Campbell @DaveCampbell116: Twitter thread from Rhodri Davies @Rhodri_H_Davies about Irish people donating to a crowdfunding campaign to help Choctaw & Navajo people hit by Covid-19, in recognition of support given by Choctaw during Irish famine of 1845. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2020
Come On, Man, I Heard You Liked Me
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Emily, John and David discuss Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden, the debate over reopening schools, and the three hosts are joined by astronaut Scott Kelly to talk through tips for living in confined spaces. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss the ethics of human challenge trials for vaccine development. 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.  You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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.) Here are notes and references from this week’s show: Michael J. Stern for USA Today: “Why I'm Skeptical About Reade's Sexual Assault Claim Against Biden: Ex-Prosecutor” Brian & Eddie Krassenstein for Medium: “Biden Accuser, Tara Reade, Allegedly Stole from Non-Profit Organization” Seren Morris for Newsweek: “What is 1 Day Sooner? Scientists Seek Volunteers to Become Infected with Coronavirus to Speed Up Vaccine Development”  Peter Singer and Richard Yetter Chappell for the Washington Post: “Pandemic Ethics: The Case for Experiments on Human Volunteers” Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Linda Villarosa for The New York Times Magazine: “‘A Terrible Price’: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America”  John: Kathryn Krawczyk for The Week: “Michigan Governor Introduces a GI Bill for Frontline Workers”; Rosalind Adams and Ken Bensinger for Buzzfeed: “After One Tweet To President Trump, This Man Got $69 Million From New York For Ventilators” David: David’s new newsletter for Business Insider; Johnny Diaz for the New York Times: “Cities Close Streets to Cars, Opening Space for Social Distancing” Listener chatter from Püblic Üniversal Fiend @UniversalFiend: Associated Press: “Dutch Students Complete Trans-Atlantic Voyage Forced by Coronavirus” Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
Georgia Out of Its Mind
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Emily, David and John discuss the pushback against COVID-19 restrictions, the success of female political leaders, and they're joined by Mark Bittman to talk about eating and cooking well during isolation. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss their all-time must-read lists. The list is here. 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.  You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Apr 23, 2020
I Alone Can Open It
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Trump claims “total authority”, Heather Boushey on fighting the recession, and Amanda Ripley on lessons from Katrina and other disasters. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss what they would do about the pandemic if they were billionaires. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Apr 16, 2020
Relationships During a Pandemic
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In this special episode of the Political Gabfest John, Emily and David are joined by therapist Esther Perel to discuss how the coronavirus is affecting relationships, and what we can all do to support one another, process grief and tap into increased compassion during this time. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Apr 10, 2020
It’s Easy to Talk About Lysol
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Emily, John and David discuss where efforts to curb virus transmission go from here with epidemiologist Amesh Adalja, Trump’s purge of investigators general, and what Sanders’ exit should mean for the Democratic party’s agenda. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John improvise a story together. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Apr 09, 2020
Maybe It Is Infrastructure Week
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Emily, John and David discuss the security of U.S. elections, are joined by guest economics professor Jason Furman to help estimate by when we can anticipate a financial recovery, and the hosts talk with novelist Geraldine Brooks to learn more about living through a plague. 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 their best social distancing hacks. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Apr 02, 2020
Two Trillion Dollars
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Emily, John and David are joined by epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves to discuss the latest pandemic debates and also by Civil War historian David Blight on what history can teach us about surviving catastrophe. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss insights they have gained from their experiences with social distancing. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Mar 27, 2020
How Long Will It Last?
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by Dr. Amesh Adalja to discuss efforts to address the pandemic, journalist Neil Irwin on whether the U.S. economy can be saved, and author Jon Mooallem on his new book This is Chance! about communities uniting in a crisis. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David challenges Emily and John to a surprise topic that invites them to examine their quirky private mental routines. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Mar 20, 2020
Flatten the Curve
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the coming COVID-19 crisis, Biden as the presumptive nominee, and guest Leon Neyfakh joins the show to talk about his podcast Fiasco Season Two: Iran-Contra. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how to make the most of social distancing. 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. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Mar 12, 2020
Wash Your Hands
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Emily, John and David discuss Super Tuesday, COVID-19's spread and the Supreme Court's hearing of a crucial abortion case. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss pandemics in fiction. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest every week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support the show. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Mar 05, 2020
Slate Plus Bonus Episode: South Carolina and Super Tuesday
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David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Biden's win in South Carolina and what it could mean for Super Tuesday and the Democratic Primary overall. Become a Slate Plus today to hear this bonus episode in full www.slate.com/gabfestplus You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Mar 01, 2020
Bern, Baby, Bern
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Emily, John and David discuss the Democratic presidential primary, Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, and conservative ascendency in the courts. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment: with inspiration from Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, Emily, David, and John discuss the historical figures and events they’d like to read about in novels (not yet written). Join today: www.slate.com/gabfestplus You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Feb 27, 2020
[Special] How To Vote for the Next President
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Hey Gabfest listeners, today we're featuring a special election-themed episode of the Slate podcast How To! with Charles Duhigg.  Anthony is that rarest of things in American politics—a swing voter who is up for grabs in 2020. Caught between his Republican voting history and his current dislike of President Trump, Anthony is now registered as an Independent. So should he follow his head or his heart? In this episode of How To!, we bring in veteran political advisors David Axelrod, chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant, who co-host the podcast Hacks on Tap. David and Mike discuss how to weigh ideology vs. electability and rank the issues that really matter. Can their advice help Anthony—and all of us—make sure our vote counts in November? Subscribe to How To! with Charles Duhigg — the show Adweek honored as 2019’s "Interview Podcast of the Year" — wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
Two Stents
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Emily, John and David discuss the fiery Democratic debate, Trump’s white-collar pardoning spree, and A Very Stable Genius with authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how they would design a new source of news. Join slate plus today! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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. Follow @SlateGabfest on Twitter / https://twitter.com/SlateGabfest Slate Gabfest on Facebook / https://www.facebook.com/Gabfest/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2020
Bernie Burns It and Biden Bites It
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Democrats after New Hampshire, Trump’s emboldened post-impeachment moves, and COVID-19. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the possibility that Trump will order that future federal buildings have only neoclassical designs. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Feb 13, 2020
The Most Abusive and Destructive
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John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the Iowa debacle, Mitt Romney’s impeachment vote, and Trump’s expanded immigration ban. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss George Packer’s acceptance speech for the Hitchens Prize, published in the Atlantic: “The Enemies of Writing.” You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Feb 06, 2020
49 years and 364 days of Plotz
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David, Emily and John discuss outlandish impeachment defenses, the approaching Iowa caucuses, and the Supreme Court allowing the “public charge” rule to go into effect. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the Washington Post suspending Felicia Sonmez for her tweets about Kobe Bryant. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Jan 30, 2020
Nobody Likes Him
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Trump on trial, the Democratic primary race, and Mohammed bin Salman’s hacking of Jeff Bezos. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss what elements they would include if they crafted a new religion. Become a Slate Plus member here! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Jan 23, 2020
If You Want Her Out
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss new impeachment revelations, the Warren-Sanders rift, and Bill Barr going after Apple’s encryption. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss Megxit. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Jan 16, 2020
Bomb Iran--We’ve Had a Bomb Iran Edition Before
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz, with Iran expert Suzanne Maloney discuss Iran, the Democratic presidential race, and John Bolton. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss The Morning Show. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Jan 09, 2020
Good Trouble
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice discuss impeachment fatigue, the twin canaries of anti-Semitism and philo-Semitism, and the incredible John Lewis. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and Josie revisit a conundrum about how to extricate oneself from (or apologize for) a difficult situation. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Jan 02, 2020
Oakland Conundrum
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John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz solve listeners' most pressing philosophical conundrums including personal conundrums like, would you rather be exceptional at one thing but awful at everything else?  And societal conundrums like, would you prefer to have Trump as your father or as your President? And special guest Adam Savage brings his myth-busting expertise to help. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest each week. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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 Page by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 26, 2019
Read My Letter
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Emily, John and David discuss impeachment, the pushback against Pete Buttigieg, and they offer a review of the most important stories of 2019. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: The, soon to be, end of an era with her warm and welcoming neighborhood grocery store Romeo and Cesare’s  John: Thomas Fuller and Josh Haner for the New York Times: “Portrait of an Oakland California Homeless Encampment.” and A 5700 year-old human genome and oral microbiome from chewed birch pitch in the journal Nature.  David: Anna Fifield for the Washington Post: “Taiwan’s tea party aims to burst Beijing’s one-China bubble.” Chatter from listener Ionic Tonic @ionictonic about a series of tweets from Surprised Eel Historian @greenleejw about the importance of eels in the economies of British medieval and renaissance times. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John recite some favorite passages of poetry and non-fiction. Emily: Blood History by Dwayne Betts John: Sorting it out by Philip Booth David: Lytton Strachey’s book Eminent Victorians writing about Florence Nightingale   You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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 by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
Slate Presents: Lockdown
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If you have any school-aged children in your life, you know that lockdown and active shooter drills have become a routine part of their school experience. These drills now take place in 95 percent of American schools. What you’re about to hear is a collaboration between Slate and The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence in the United States. It’s an audio project featuring firsthand accounts from kids of all ages about what it’s like to go through these drills. We hear a lot about school shootings, but we’re only starting to have a larger conversation about how they affect even those kids who may never go through one.  You can hear more from the students at slate.com/lockdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
Crossfire Hurricane
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John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss impeachment, the FBI Inspector General’s report on the Russia investigation, and the Afghanistan Papers. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the Trump Administration's incongruous relationship towards Jewish Americans. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s Dec. 18, 2019, “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Dec 12, 2019
Badly Written & Reseached Disaster
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss impeachment, Kamala Harris, and guest Ruth Marcus’s new book about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Supreme Ambition. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s Dec. 18, 2019, “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Dec 05, 2019
Good Order and Discipline
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Jamelle Bouie discuss the firing of the Navy Secretary, the case for prolonging impeachment investigations, and new holidays everyone should celebrate. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Jamelle discuss things they learned in college that have stuck with them.. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum You can also tweet suggestions, links, and questions generally to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Nov 27, 2019
In The Loop
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice discuss this week's impeachment bombshells, the Democratic presidential debate, and emails confirming that Steven Miller is a white nationalist. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Josie discuss South Dakota's “Meth. We're on it.” campaign. Become a member at slate.com/gabfestplus Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Nov 21, 2019
DP [Hearts] MB
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the public impeachment hearings, fresh faces in Democratic presidential primary, and DACA at the Supreme Court. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Nov 14, 2019
One Year From This Week
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss new polls and election results, impeachment, and leaving the Paris climate accord. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John discuss the “OK, Boomer” phenomenon.  Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Nov 07, 2019
Halloween
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the impeachment resolution, Twitter’s ban on political ads, and the downfall of Katie Hill. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily and John review the Founders’ meticulous efforts to establish a balance of power across the three branches of government. Subscribe today! Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Oct 31, 2019
Cooper, Taylor, SCIFer Spy
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss damning new impeachment testimony, Facebook under fire, and taking to the streets against Trump. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John take inspiration from Christine Lagarde’s lesson on pretending to drink wine and discuss things they fake doing. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Oct 24, 2019
Don't Be a Tough Guy. Don't Be a Fool! I Will Call You Later
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the US abandonment of the Kurds, the Democratic presidential debates, and guest Daniel Markovits’s new book The Meritocracy Trap. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David and Emily discuss the season finale of Succession.  Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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
Oct 18, 2019
Great and Unmatched Wisdom
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss obstruction of impeachment investigations, the new Supreme Court term, and Bernie Sanders’ health.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Oct 10, 2019
We’re Not Fooling Around Here
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the impeachment investigation, a new theory of why conservatives can’t quit Trump, and the court ruling upholding Harvard’s affirmative action program.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily discuss the new nutrition guidelines for red meat consumption.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Oct 03, 2019
I Would Like You To Do Us A Favor
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The Ukraine scandal, the politics of impeachment, and Jodi Kantor about investigating Harvey Weinstein and She Said, a new bookwritten with co-author Megan Twohey.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Kirsten Powers discuss what makes Greta Thunberg wonderful and why she drives her critics crazy.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Sep 26, 2019
Twin Cities
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Democratic middle ground, “chaos voters,” and guest Curtis Sittenfeld’s fiction about living political figures.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John take questions from the live audience in St. Paul, Minnesota.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Sep 19, 2019
Democratic Debate Special: Slate Plus Teaser
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the latest Democratic presidential debate including Castro's dig into Biden, nationalized healthcare, and strategies for how to effectively pick a fight with President Trump.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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.)

Research by Bridgette Dunlap
Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank

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Sep 13, 2019
Last Mustache in Washington
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The cancelled Taliban talks, John Bolton’s departure, and guest Paul Tough’s new book The Years That Matter Most.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John debate the ideal length for books and movies.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Sep 12, 2019
Prolix Prorogue
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus, discuss the state of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination; the newest Brexit chaos--with guest Amanda Taub; and hope for accountability and funding to stem the opioid crisis. 

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Ruth talk about the recent court ruling that North Carolina’s gerrymandered districts violate the state’s constitution.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Sep 06, 2019
Don't Worry I'll Pardon You
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Trump’s offer to pardon lawbreakers who help build a border wall, whether the U.S. is a republic or a democracy, and how journalists can choose to punch up or punch down internet harassment.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John talk about nuking hurricanes.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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.
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Aug 29, 2019
1619
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the New York Times Magazine’s "1619 Project" examining slavery in the U.S. (with guest Wesley Morris), corporate responsibility, and the policy changes niche groups are scoring federally.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John talk about what the U.S. should buy since Greenland isn’t for sale.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.







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Aug 23, 2019
Public Charge
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice (of The Appeal) discuss Trump’s new move to punish documented immigrants, death in prison and Jeffrey Epstein, and recession.

Come see the Political Gabfest LIVE in the Twin Cities for an unforgettable yet timely show full of witty banter, in-depth analysis, and lively debate. Tickets available now!

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Aug 15, 2019
Moscow Mitch
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Mike Pesca discuss white supremacist violence, Mitch McConnell’s new nicknames, and the impact of Joaquin Castro tweeting the names of Trump donors.

Come see the Political Gabfest LIVE in the Twin Cities for an unforgettable yet timely show full of witty banter, in-depth analysis, and lively debate. Tickets available now!

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Aug 08, 2019
Dark Psychic Force
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the Democratic primary debates, Trump’s nominee for director of national intelligence, and whether heat waves across the globe could inspire real action on climate change.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss their favorite summer games.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Aug 01, 2019
Introducing: How To! With Charles Duhigg
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This is a feature episode of a new Slate podcast, How To! With Charles Duhigg.

What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg ("The Power of Habit") takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now.

Subscribe to How To! With Charles Duhigg on your preferred podcast app, or find it at slate.com/howto.







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Jul 31, 2019
Not Exculpated
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Robert Mueller’s testimony, the downfall of Al Franken, and the deal to raise the debt ceiling.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (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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Jul 25, 2019
Rescue Squad
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s racist attack on members of Congress; whether the Census has been saved; and if we should go back to the moon.
Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.
Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. 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 Danielle Hewitt. Research and show notes by Claire Saint-Amour and Bridgette Dunlap. 

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Jul 18, 2019
You the North, We the South
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss the impact of the US health care debate on the primary season, white supremacy from Canada with guest Jesse Brown, and who’s at fault in addition to sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John take international audience questions live from Toronto.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. 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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Jul 11, 2019
My President Went to North Korea and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Democratic presidential primary debates, Trump’s bizarre trip to North Korea, and Customs and Border Patrol’s scandals over appalling detention conditions and a racist Facebook group.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss whether tourism that makes people more invested in stopping climate change is worth the carbon emissions it could entail.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. 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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Jul 04, 2019
The “Please Send Soap and Toothpaste” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David French discuss President Trump’s backpedalling, the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on gerrymandering and the U.S. Census and “Frenchism.” 
Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Claire Saint-Amour.

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Jun 27, 2019
The “Keep America... Oh Forget it” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s latest campaign relaunch, Elizabeth Warren’s rise, and Harvard’s decision to rescind Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Jun 20, 2019
The “Little Diddy About Mitch and Elaine” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao’s conflicts of interest, partisanship in state legislatures, and YouTube’s radicalizing recommendation algorithm.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. 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. 
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Jun 13, 2019
Slate Plus Bonus: The "Live from Chelsea New York's Slate Day" Edition
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In this Slate Plus special Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and guest Nikole Hannah-Jones discuss the Democratic Primary and the crucial African American vote, potential antitrust investigations of Big Tech and how the resegregation of America's public schools is ruining our future.

Join Slate Plus to hear this episode in full! 
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Recorded by Merritt Jacobs
Research by Bridgette Dunlap
Edit by Jocelyn Frank

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Jun 10, 2019
The “Underhanded Undercount” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the new revelations in the census case, Trump’s threatened tariffs, and the criminal charges against the school safety officer who failed to confront the Parkland shooter.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap

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Jun 06, 2019
The "Freedom Gas" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, and Julia Ioffe discuss the E.U. election means for the world, Trump’s war on climate science, and the deaths at Mount Everest.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. 

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May 30, 2019
The “Legitimate Legislative Purpose” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Congress; whether Democratic presidential candidates should appear on Fox News; and the new book The Queen with Slate’s National Editor Josh Levin.

Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. 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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May 23, 2019
The "Abortion Ban" Edition
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the latest wave of anti-abortion bills, Trump’s showdown with Iran, and “Civic Saturday”--with guest Eric Liu.

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Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. 

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May 17, 2019
The “Contempt of Congress” Edition
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s showdown with Congress, the trade war with China, and what “socialism” means to Democrats.

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May 09, 2019
The “A Bit Snitty” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss William Barr’s spin on the Mueller report, whether to hope for an infrastructure deal, and Joe Biden’s non-apology tour.

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May 02, 2019
The “Forgive Everything and Count Every One” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Democrats’ impeachment dilemma, the Supreme Court case that could wreck the census, and Elizabeth Warren’s plan for college debt forgiveness.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Apr 25, 2019
The “Oh My God. This is Terrible. This is the End of My Presidency.” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the release of the Mueller Report, Trump’s refusal to respond to Congressional subpoenas, and the resurgence of measles.

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Apr 18, 2019
Introducing Charged: A True Punishment Story
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For two and a half years, Emily Bazelon has been following people through a special court in New York designed to be a speedy machine for the harsh punishment of illegal gun possession. Along the way, a strange thing happened — the politics outside the courtroom started to change when a new generation of activists and insiders began challenging the old system the gun court was part of. Season 1 of Slate Presents brought you the story of Ruby Ridge, and Season 2 brings you a fight to transform one big-city justice system.

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Apr 17, 2019
The “Wahoo” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the arrest of Julian Assange; Trump’s purge of the Department of Homeland Security; and the 2020 contenders for President.

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Apr 13, 2019
The "Just a Note" Edition
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We typically deliver a new Political Gabfest episode every Thursday but because we have a great live show in Charlottesville on Friday- we're going to pass you a full length episode on Saturday this week! Check back here on Saturday for the next great episode.

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Apr 11, 2019
The “He's a Natural Toucher” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Joe Biden; the White House’s stonewalling of Congress; and Brexit--with guest Anne Applebaum.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Apr 04, 2019
The "Live From Washington DC" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss William Barr’s puzzling description of the Mueller report; Emily’s new book Charged; and House Democrats’ legislative agenda with guest Congresswoman Lauren Underwood.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.







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Mar 28, 2019
BONUS: The "No Conspiracy, No Collusion, Full Exoneration" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the summary Attorney General William Barr submitted to Congress.

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Mar 25, 2019
The “The President is Not a White Supremacist” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and guest host Jamelle Bouie discuss the Christchurch massacre; why Democratic presidential candidates who are straight, white and male are dominating the news coverage; and whether the Electoral College should be abolished.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.









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Mar 21, 2019
The “Operation Varsity Blues” Edition
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John Dickerson, and David Plotz, and guest host Josie Duffy Rice discuss Trump’s budget proposal, the college admissions scandal, and the changing debate over reparations for slavery.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Capterra. Try it today, for free, at Capterra.com/GABFEST. 

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Mar 14, 2019
The "Fox is in the White House" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the House of Representatives’ investigation of Trump, Amanda Ripley’s article about political prejudice in America, and the Fox News White House.

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Mar 07, 2019
The “He is a Racist, He is a Con Man, He is a Cheat” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Michael Cohen’s testimony, Trump’s failed North Korea summit, and Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book Say Nothing.

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Feb 28, 2019
The "Feel the Bern" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s national emergency declaration, Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, and Amazon abandoning its New York plans.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. 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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Feb 21, 2019
The “All About the Benjamins” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the deal to avoid a second shutdown, Jeff Bezos claims of sextortion, and Ilhan Omar’s tweets about Israel.

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Feb 14, 2019
The “Just A Little Bit of Shoe Polish” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Virginia Democrats in turmoil, Trump’s State of the Union speech, and the appalling conditions at a federal prison in New York.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.







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Feb 07, 2019
The “But Every Politician’s Gonna Say That” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Howard Schultz’s threat to run for president, Mitch McConnell’s legacy (with guest Charles Homans), and performative workaholism.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


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Jan 31, 2019
The “Great Blotch” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the government shutdown, the 2020 Democratic presidential field, and Brexit doom with guest Tanya Gold.

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Jan 25, 2019
The “Pocketing Your Notes” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the continued government shutdown, the counterintelligence investigation of Trump, and the racism of Steve King.

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Jan 17, 2019
The “Infinity War” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the government shutdown, new Russia connections revealed in the Mueller investigation, and why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting so much attention.

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Jan 10, 2019
The “Exploratory Committee” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and guest David Leonhardt discuss the government shutdown, potential 2020 presidential candidates, and whether there are signs of hope that the climate crisis could be addressed.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


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Jan 03, 2019
The “2018 Conundrum” Edition
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Emily, John, and David close out the year considering listeners’ most confounding conundrums with special guest Simon Doonan.

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Dec 27, 2018
The “A Liberal is a Conservative Who’s Been to Jail” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, Michael Flynn’s legal troubles, and new revelations about Russian trolling and Facebook’s privacy violations.
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Dec 20, 2018
The “Tinkle Contest With a Skunk” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Michael Cohen’s sentencing, the search for America’s next White House chief of staff, and Trump’s threat to shut down the government over border wall funding.

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Dec 13, 2018
The "Last Wasp" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the legacy of George H.W. Bush, the power-grab by Wisconsin Republicans, and election fraud in North Carolina.

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Dec 06, 2018
The "Not Off the Table" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the mounting number of liars being investigated by Mueller, President Trump’s confrontation with the courts over the border, and the lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the census.

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Nov 29, 2018
The "Sealed Indictment" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss what may be next for the Mueller investigation, the California wildfires, and new revelations about Facebook’s leadership team.

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Nov 21, 2018
The “House Speaker John Lewis” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss unfounded allegations of fraud in the Florida recount, decisions facing House Democrats about their leadership and agenda, and the lawsuit challenging Trump’s unprecedented appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

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Nov 15, 2018
The “Way Too Much News” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the extraordinary midterm elections, whether the success of ballot initiatives protecting voting rights marks a turning point in ballot access, and the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Nov 08, 2018
The "Most Important Election of our Lifetimes Since the Last Election” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and guest David Axelrod, discuss the intersections of politics and violence and also Trump’s attempts to steer the election coverage leading up to the midterms.

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Nov 01, 2018
She's Running: Political Gabfest Presents The Waves
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This week, our friends at the feminism and politics podcast The Waves crafted a special episode all about women and the midterm elections. Hosts Christina Cauterucci and Hanna Rosin are joined by Senior Political Reporter for Glamour Celeste Katz, and D.C. State Democratic Committeewoman Latifa Lyles, to discuss how the ways women run for office have changed, if women really make better leaders, and how female politicians are depicted in the media.

Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Research assistance by Alex Barasch. Special thanks to T. J. Raphael for editorial direction on this episode. 

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Oct 28, 2018
The “Now We Have Pipe Bombs” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the pipe bombs sent to Trump critics, the state of the midterm elections, and whether Saudi Arabia will be punished for the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

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Oct 25, 2018
The "Cheek Swab" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Trump administration’s response to the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, and the debate around Georgia’s voter security measures.

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Oct 18, 2018
The "Angry Mob" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the dire new climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation, and Taylor Swift’s new engagement with politics.

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Oct 11, 2018
The “All County Building Supply and Maintenance” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Kavanaugh controversy, Trump’s apparent tax evasion, and whether the new North American trade deal is better than the old one.

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Oct 04, 2018
The “Live from Austin: Do You Have a Drinking Problem, Senator?” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the state of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, the possibility that former felons will regain the right to vote in Florida, and guest DeRay Mckesson’s new book, On The Other Side of Freedom.

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Oct 01, 2018
The “One Hundred Percent Certain” Edition
2457
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the testimony of both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Sep 28, 2018
The “What Happens At Georgetown Prep...” Edition
4588
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and David French (Senior Fellow of the National Review Institute) discuss the value of an FBI investigation into accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s declassification of documents related to the Russia investigation, and revised thinking about police shootings.

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Sep 20, 2018
Special: The "Kavanaugh in Crisis" Edition
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In this special bonus episode, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the sexual misconduct allegations facing Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

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Sep 17, 2018
The “Trump Economy” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss who deserves credit for the economy, the state of the midterm campaigns, and the Trump administration's attempt to indefinitely detain migrant children.

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Sep 13, 2018
The "Unsung Hero" Edition
4108
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss anonymous dissent within the Trump administration, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, and backlash against The New Yorker for inviting and un-inviting Steven Bannon to their Festival. 

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Sep 06, 2018
The “Packing and Cracking” Edition
3763
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss lawyer Don McGahns’s departure from the White House team, North Carolina’s political gerrymandering and John McCain’s legacy.

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Aug 30, 2018
The “Eight Count” Edition
4822
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Tuesday’s conviction of Manafort, Cohen’s guilty plea and McGahn’s cooperation with the special counsel as well as the Kavanaugh nomination.

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Aug 23, 2018
The "Unhinge Me Now" Edition
3913
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and CNN Political Analyst Kirsten Powers discuss the relevance of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s criticisms of President Trump, the results from state primaries around the country and the Title IX investigation of the sexual harassment of a male student at NYU.
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Aug 16, 2018
Gabfest Presents: Slow Burn
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David Plotz talks with Leon Neyfakh, host of the Slate podcast Slow Burn, about season two of the hit show. Subscribe to Slow Burn here

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Aug 13, 2018
The “War on Your Mind” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, Benjamin Wittes, and David Plotz discuss revelations from Paul Manafort’s trial, proposed White House changes to legal immigration, and Alex Jones’s banishment from social platforms.

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Aug 09, 2018
The “3D-Printed Gabfest” Edition
4039
Emily Bazelon, Ruth Marcus, and David Plotz discuss Paul Manafort’s trial, blueprints for 3D-printed guns, and potential capital gains tax cuts. Lara Bazelon joins for Slate Plus to discuss sexism in courtrooms.

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Aug 02, 2018
The “Pay With Cash” Edition
3677
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Michael Cohen’s release of secret recordings with Trump, the gubernatorial race in Georgia, and justice for the death of Markeis McGlockton.

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Jul 26, 2018
The "Double Negative" Edition Live from Glenside, PA
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are live in Glenside, PA to discuss the fallout of the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki and the latest indictments of Maria Butina and the 12 Russian officers. Plus, with midterms on the horizon, who in the Democratic party is positioning themselves for a 2020 presidential nomination?

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Jul 19, 2018
The “Carpool Justice” Edition
3806
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy, the U.S. relationship with NATO, and federal policies around breastfeeding.

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Jul 12, 2018
The "Abolish ICE" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, Jacob Weisberg, and David Plotz discuss potential replacements for Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, liberal chants to ‘Abolish ICE’, and why Scott Pruitt resigned.

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Jul 05, 2018
The “Red Court, Red Dem, and Red Hen” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Justice Kennedy’s retirement,  the New York primary upset, and the meaning of civility.

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Jun 28, 2018
The “Wicked, Even for Trump” Edition
3688
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Ruth Marcus discuss the future for children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, DOJ findings on the FBI and 2016 presidential election, and elite schools' admissions policies.

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Jun 21, 2018
The “Special Place in Hell” Edition
3218
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Dahlia Lithwick discuss the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph at the Supreme Court, and the impact of Trump on Tuesday’s primaries. 

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Jun 14, 2018
The “I Beg My Pardon” Edition
3486
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the President’s pardon power, the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and Bill Clinton’s bumbling book tour.

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Jun 07, 2018
The “Ambien and Racism” Edition
3443
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss #WhereAreTheChildren and new immigration policies, the death toll in Puerto Rico, and Roseanne’s racism.

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May 31, 2018
The “Open Hostility” Edition
3294
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the state of U.S.-North Korea relations, Stacey Abrams’ Georgia primary win, and Trump’s call for an investigation of his investigators.

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May 24, 2018
The “Leaks and the Leaky Leakers Who Leaked Them” Edition
3522
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss protests over the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the rash of White House leaks, and racial bias in marijuana arrests in New York City.

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May 17, 2018
The “Is Every Attorney in New York a Crook?” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss news of multiple shady payments to Michael Cohen’s business and the downfall of Eric Schneiderman. Max Fisher, writer of The Interpreter at the New York Times, joins the gang to discuss Trump’s announced abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal.

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May 10, 2018
The "Live in St. Louis" Edition
4137
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Mueller team’s questions for President Trump and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ indictments. Jason Kander joins in to talk about voting rights and the 2018 elections.

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May 03, 2018
The “Hardest Job in the World” Edition
4006
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Ronny Jackson’s will-he-won’t-he Cabinet nomination, arguments before SCOTUS in Hawaii v. Trump, and John’s new piece on the presidency. 

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Apr 26, 2018
The “Slimeball” Edition
3876
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss fallout from the Michael Cohen raid, James Comey’s world tour, and racism at Starbucks.
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Apr 19, 2018
The “Farewell My Blue-Eyed Monster” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether Donald Trump should be panicking about the raid on Michael Cohen’s office, what Paul Ryan’s retirement portends, and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress. 

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Apr 12, 2018
The “Caravan of Gabfesters” Edition
3300
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Robert Mueller's investigation, President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigration and Amazon, and corruption at the EPA. 

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Apr 05, 2018
The “Pardon Me” Edition
3415
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and Jack Hitt, co-host of Gimlet’s Uncivil, discuss the census citizenship question, Trump’s brewing legal trouble, and gerrymandering. 

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Mar 29, 2018
The "Delete Facebook" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and New York Time's technology columnist Farhad Manjoo discuss Robert Mueller's job security, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and compare today's political climate to the 1960s. 

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Mar 22, 2018
The "Rex Wrecks" Edition
3816
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss the Twitter-firing of Rex Tillerson, the special election results from Pennsylvania, and Betsy DeVos’s bizarre interview on 60 Minutes

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Mar 15, 2018
The "Stormy Weather" Edition
4060
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s tariffs and fledgling trade war, the Stormy Daniels lawsuit, and the relationships between sanctuary cities and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

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Mar 08, 2018
The “There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymore” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the changes to gun sales following the Parkland shooting, the most recent White House shake-ups, and the future of public unions as Janus v AFSCME comes before the Supreme Court.
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Mar 01, 2018
The “Enough Thoughts and Prayers” Edition
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John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by Annie Lowrey, of The Atlantic, to discuss the power of students organizing against gun violence, the Mueller indictments, and Mitt Romney’s newest campaign.

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Feb 22, 2018
The “Let’s Just Ban Everything” Edition
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Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are joined by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to discuss the Parkland, Florida shooting, job openings at the White House, and whether it’s the right time to ban porn. 

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Feb 15, 2018
The “A Correction, Not a Crash” Edition
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the value of the Nunes memo and accusations of White House aide Rob Porter’s domestic abuse.

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Feb 08, 2018
The “Hope Hicks’ Loose Lips Sinks Ships” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss criticism of the FBI by the White House and its allies, the State of the Union, and Hillary Clinton’s protection of an adviser accused of sexual assault.

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Feb 01, 2018
The “50,000 Texts” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the integrity of the FBI, the usefulness of government shutdowns and the value of survivor testimony during sentencing.

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Jan 25, 2018
The “A House is Not a Hole” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss if Republicans and Democrats should keep the government open, Trump's opinions on immigration and what positive outcomes can result from public dissection of Grace's Aziz Ansari story. 

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Jan 18, 2018
The "Very Stable Genius" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the future of the Dreamers, Trump’s fitness for office, and voting-related cases before SCOTUS.

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Jan 11, 2018
The “Lost His Mind” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the buzz around Trump's relationship with Steve Bannon, partisanship within the Russia investigation, and a new (real) study about fake news.

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Jan 04, 2018
The "2017 Conundrums featuring They Might Be Giants" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson dig in, dissect and debate listener-generated conundrums with special performances from They Might Be Giants.

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Dec 28, 2017
The “Paul Ryan Has Died and Gone to Heaven” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the final tax bill, government agency leadership, and are joined by Linda Greenhouse to talk about her new book about covering the Supreme Court.

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Dec 21, 2017
The “Devil and Mister Jones” Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Democrat Doug Jones’s win in Alabama, the current state of the tax bill and the transgressions of men in the headlines.

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Dec 14, 2017
The "Wedding Cake" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss why Roy Moore appears to be surviving while Al Franken and many other harassers are being pushed out of office, the wedding cake case currently before the Supreme Court, and what impact President Trump could have on peace in the Middle East.

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Dec 07, 2017
The “Pass Through” Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the momentum of the Republican tax plans, Project Veritas's attempted take-down of the Washington Post, and the Supreme Court's consideration of the privacy of cell phone data.

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Nov 30, 2017
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha
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The Gabfest presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate. 
People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life.
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Nov 28, 2017
The “Al Franken and Charlie Rose and Bill Clinton and Roy Moore and John Conyers Should All Resign” Edition
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David Plotz, Zoe Chace of This American Life, and Chairman of The Slate Group, Jacob Weisberg discuss the state of the GOP tax bills, the case for resignation by perpetrators of sexual harassment and the health of the magazine industry. 

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Nov 23, 2017
The “She Was Just 17, You Know What I Mean” Edition
3974
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the downward spiral for Roy Moore, the tax plans of the House and Senate, and the latest with the Russia investigation and Wikileaks. 

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Nov 16, 2017
The "One Year and One Day" Edition
4293
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Tuesday’s victories for Democrats, Trump’s first year, and the role of technology companies in Russian meddling.

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Nov 09, 2017
The "Cut, Cut, Cut" Edition
3915
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the initial indictments from the Mueller investigation and the House’s tax cut bill. Civil War historian David Blightjoins in to dig in to John Kelly’s comments on the Civil War and Robert E. Lee. 

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Nov 02, 2017
The "Live from Chicago" Edition
4820
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson review Senators Flake and Corker’s fiery rebukes of President Trump. Special guest State's Attorney Kim Foxx joins in to discuss criminal justice reform in Chicago, and the hosts also explore if we have now arrived at a time of empowerment for survivors of sexual harassment and assault.

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Oct 26, 2017
The "President Pence" Edition
3480
 Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss presidential calls to grieving families, Vice President Pence’s core politics, and the opioid crisis.

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Oct 19, 2017
The “Adult Day Care” Edition
4096
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump Administration infighting, Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged gross misconduct, and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan

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Oct 12, 2017
The “Thoughts and Prayers” Edition
3701
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Las Vegas shooting, the response to Puerto Rico’s suffering and Supreme Court's examination of gerrymandering.

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Oct 06, 2017
The “Everyone Listens to Women When They Speak Around Here” Edition
3190
Emily Bazelon, Ruth Marcus (Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Washington Post) and Ross Douthat (New York Times Columnist) discuss Trump’s tax plan, shifting Republican power and pro athletes using their influence to inspire social change

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Sep 28, 2017
The “Equinox, the Rocket Man” Edition
3370
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson dig into the remix of the Obamacare repeal, Bob Mueller's shock and awe investigative tactics and Trump's visit to the U.N.

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Sep 21, 2017
The "What Happened” Edition
3874
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss President Trump's potential to destroy the two-party system, criticism of Hillary Clinton's new book and Franklin Foer joins in to talk about the power and influence of large technology companies.

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Sep 14, 2017
The “DACA Attack-A” Edition
3695
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss DACA, the September legislative pileup and the future of relations between the U.S. and North Korea

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Sep 07, 2017
The “Après Moi, Le Déluge” Edition
3581
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and David Leonhardt of the New York Times discuss Hurricane Harvey, Antifa, and insubordinate Trump officials.

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Sep 01, 2017
The “Get Me Another General” Edition
3487
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Kirsten Powers of CNN discuss Afghanistan strategy, Mitch McConnell’s presidential silent treatment and bail reform.

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Aug 24, 2017
The “Very Fine People” Edition
3228
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, to discuss President Trump's response to Charlottesville, the impact of Charlottesville on the nation, and the upcoming Alabama Senate Race.
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Aug 17, 2017
The “Like the World Has Never Seen” Edition
3633
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and Jamelle Bouie discuss Trump's improvisational words for North Korea, the unintended consequences of the federal government's stance on immigration and the value of public debate about the Google memo.

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Aug 10, 2017
The “Kelly and the Mooch” Edition
4002
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss White House chaos, affirmative action, and prosecutors withholding evidence.

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Aug 03, 2017
The “If Only This Were A Movie And Not Our Lives” Edition
3425
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Senate's skinny health care ideas, President Trump's bullying of Jeff Sessions and what the future will hold for transgender people in the U.S. military.

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Jul 27, 2017
The “Eventually We Will Get Something Done” Edition
4282
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss what will follow the Senate health care collapse, the influence of Steve Bannon and the future approach to prosecution of sexual assaults on college campuses.

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Jul 20, 2017
The “I Love It” Edition
4237
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss what can be done to protect American democracy, the state of the GOP healthcare bill, and Mark Leibovich joins in to assess Trump's draining of the swamp. 

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Jul 13, 2017
The “ICBM” Edition
3421
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the agenda of the Commission on Election Integrity, the Trump Euro tour, and the threat from a nuclear North Korea.

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Jul 06, 2017
The “Mitch McConnell Really Does Have a Secret Plan” Edition
3790
Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are joined by Jacob Weisberg to talk about Mitch McConnell's next move on health care, the rulings of the Supreme Court and CNN's recent resignations.

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Jun 29, 2017
The "Lump of Coal" Edition
3367
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Julia Ioffe, staff writer with the Atlantic, to discuss health care, special elections and the summer season of the Supreme Court. 

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Jun 22, 2017
The "Mean" Edition
4501
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Slate's Jamelle Bouie discuss the Virginia shooting, Senate health bill, Russia investigation, and Virginia gubernatorial primaries.

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Jun 15, 2017
The "I Expect Loyalty" Edition Live From Denver
4056
Live from Denver Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus discuss the Comey testimony, the legal debate about cell phone data privacy and welcome Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the mic to weigh in about the state of the Democratic Party.

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Jun 08, 2017
The “Jared Went to Him” Edition
3225
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Jared Kushner scandal, Trump's approach to climate and the President's recent European tour.

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Jun 01, 2017
The “Glowing Orb” Edition
3896
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the presidential budget, Trump’s trip abroad, and a Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering.
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May 25, 2017
The "Witch Hunt" Edition
3781
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Jacob Weisberg to discuss the maelstrom around Trump’s presidency, Roger Ailes impact on the conservative movement and Attorney General Sessions’s war on drugs.

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May 18, 2017
The “Tuesday Night Massacre” Edition
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Hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by former CIA officer and former independent Presidential candidate Evan McMullin for this episode, recorded-live from Washington DC. The group talks about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the state of conservatism in America and what DC and Utah can learn from each other.

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May 11, 2017
Gabfest EXTRA: The “AHCA Returns” Edition
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Hosts David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the health care vote and what the results might mean for millions of Americans seeking coverage. 

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May 05, 2017
The "Deface the Nation" Edition
3206
Hosts David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss John's interview with President Trump, the public return of Hillary Clinton, and Bret Stephens now writing for the New York Times.

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May 04, 2017
The “One-Page Tax Plan” Edition
3539
Host's David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the health and tax plans on the table as the 100 day mark approaches, Obama's Wall Street speech, and a judge's block to an executive order on sanctuary cities.

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Apr 27, 2017
The “Bill Comes Due” Edition
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John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon are joined by New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson to discuss tension with North Korea, President Trump's executive order and talk of tax reform and Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox.

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Apr 20, 2017
The "Red, Red Line" Edition
3326
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss U.S. foreign relations, Democratic hopes for 2018 and the United Airlines seat ejection.

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Apr 13, 2017
The “Crossing Many Lines” Edition
3137
Culture Gabfest host Dana Stevens swaps in for David Plotz, joined by Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson to discuss the end of the filibuster, White House conflicts of interest and President Trump's approach to human rights.

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Apr 06, 2017
The “Darkness at Nunes” Edition
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Gabfest hosts discuss Devin Nunes and the investigation into Russian interference in the Presidential election, what follows failure of the new health care bill and how to define President Trump's plan for energy independence.

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Mar 30, 2017
Gabfest EXTRA 2- the Vanishing Health Care Bill
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Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson give the latest on the vanishing House health care bill.

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Mar 24, 2017
Gabfest "EXTRA- the Health Care" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the health care vote (or non vote) suspense.

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Mar 24, 2017
The “Playing Sofball with Neil” Edition
3666
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential campaign, Neil Gorsuch's smooth talking and the moves of an accused cop-killer, state prosecutor and governor of Florida. 

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Mar 23, 2017
The “When I'm 64” Edition
4443
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Trumpcare, the President's proposed budget, and the new Muslim ban.

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Mar 16, 2017
The “Is This the Worst Bill in History” Edition
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Hosts Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, President Trump's accusation of wiretapping and the future for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

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Mar 09, 2017
The “Live from the Free and Independent Republic of California” Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson, live from LA, discuss President Trump’s address to Congress, Jeff Sessions and California’s potential to secede.

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Mar 02, 2017
The “Deploy, Detain, Deport” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss President Trump's immigration enforcement plans, the move to revoke bathroom rights for transgendered students and the downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos.

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Feb 23, 2017
The "Freaks and Leaks" Edition
3736
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic to discuss the Russia scandal and ouster of Michael Flynn. They also examine the populist revolt to save Obamacare, and American-Israeli relations.

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Feb 19, 2017
The “Nevertheless She Persisted” Edition
3543
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the legal fight over the President Trump's immigration executive order, the confirmation battles of DeVos and Sessions and Elizabeth Warren's grandstanding, and debate if comedy can shape public opinion and policy. 

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Feb 09, 2017
The “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses … Ah, Screw It” Edition
4147
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss President Trump's immigration order, his nominee to the Supreme Court and the approaches of Washington's bureaucrats- should they change course?

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Feb 02, 2017
The “Has it Really Only Been a Week?” Edition
3743
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the actions President Trump has taken already in his first week, what projects may become priorities for the nation's infrastructure and lying- what significance do lies have to the new administration and its future?

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Jan 26, 2017
The “I Think We're Going to be Okay” Edition
3588
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act, the challenges of covering glitter, Twitter and news from the Trump administration and the commuting of Chelsea Manning's sentence.

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Jan 19, 2017
The “Cloudy with 100 Percent Chance of Showers” Edition
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Hosts David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to discuss Donald Trump's press conference, the confirmation hearings and the legacy President Obama leaves behind.

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Jan 12, 2017
The “It Still Seems Pretty Swampy To Me” Edition
3860
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the new Congress and the botched effort to gut the House ethics office. And, in the first of three segments looking back at Obama’s presidency in its final three weeks, the hosts discuss Obama’s economic legacy.

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Jan 05, 2017
The "2016 Conundrum" Edition
4022
Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon tackle listener-generated conundrums - an annual Gabfest tradition, recorded live at the Brooklyn Bell House.

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Dec 29, 2016
The “How Bad Could 2017 Be Anyway?” Edition
3155
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by NPR's International Desk Editor William Dobson to discuss the attacks in Berlin and assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Gabfest hosts go on to take a look at the domestic and international world that Donald Trump will inherit as President.

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Dec 22, 2016
The “Red Dawn” Edition
3960
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the appointment of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State and the possibility that Russian hackers could be responsible for the results of the Presidential election. Ta-Nehisi Coates joins in to discuss his recent essay “My President Was Black.”

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Dec 15, 2016
The “Cling Tightly to One Tiny Piece of Good News” Edition
3774
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon attempt to crack the code on Donald Trump's cabinet selections, talk over the real dangers of fake news and discuss what it would take to change the electoral college.

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Dec 08, 2016
The “Welcome to the Kleptocracy” Edition
3592
Host Emily Bazelon is joined by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker, and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Donald Trump's business conflicts of interest, the future of health care and the rights and wrongs of responding to Trump tweets.

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Dec 01, 2016
The “Safe and Special Place” Edition
4071
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson examine what President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointments could portend, if Mike Pence was mistreated at a recent Hamilton performance and if Trump could cause real harm to the free press.

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Nov 23, 2016
The “Should You Work for President Trump” Edition
3435
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss the potential influence of Trump's cabinet picks, how to decide whether to serve or not to serve and the seriousness of fake news.

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Nov 17, 2016
The "Even Longer National Nightmare" Edition
3691
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Jacob Weisberg, chairman of The Slate Group, to discuss the election results, how Donald Trump will govern and what Trump skeptics and foes should do now.

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Nov 09, 2016
Year of Great Books | What Should We Read Next?
865
It’s time to choose the final selection for Slate's Year of Great Books, a Slate Academy series. This time, Laura Miller and Slate Plus members will be joined by John Dickerson, host of CBS’s Face the Nation and panelist on the Political Gabfest.

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Nov 04, 2016
The “Is it Tuesday Yet” Edition
3647
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss how close the presidential race may be, the impact of FBI director James Comey's comments, and they attempt to brainstorm survival tactics for the remaining days leading up to the election. 

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Nov 03, 2016
The "Live From Boston" Edition
3922
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson gab live from Boston's Wilbur Theater about the state of the Presidential race, what happens to Trump voters if he loses the race and how to repair voters' faith, and stamina, in the campaign process for future seasons.

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Oct 27, 2016
The "I Will Keep You in Suspense" Edition
4124
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are
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the
third Presidential debate and the possible danger zones that exist
for an opinionated journalist, like
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Oct 20, 2016
The "Trying to Find Someone Who Was Not Assaulted By Donald Trump" Edition
4017
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John
Dickerson discuss the sexual assault allegations against Donald
Trump, the latest from WikiLeaks on Hillary Clinton and whether its
ethical to choose not to vote in this election.

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Oct 13, 2016
Gabfest Extra: The "Grabfest Post Debate Special" Edition
1545
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, John
Dickerson and Jacob Weisberg of Trumpcast, join forces to debrief and
decompress after the second Presidential debate.

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Oct 10, 2016
The “That Mexican Thing” Edition
3317
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David
Plotz discuss Donald Trump's taxes, the yapping dog of the VP debate
and the Supreme Court's attempt to avoid ties with their cases this
season.  

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Oct 06, 2016
The “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail” Edition
3492
Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz and
Emily Bazelon discuss whether Hillary Clinton will surge out of the
first debate, if Donald Trump should bring up the misdeeds of Bill
Clinton and if the most recent  crime numbers really represent the
nation's crime.

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Sep 29, 2016
Gabfest Extra: The “I'm So Relieved” Edition
1831
Trumpcast host Jacob Weisberg and Gabfest hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson team up for some post-Presidential-debate review.

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Sep 27, 2016
The “Time to Panic” Edition
3832
David
Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's
attempt to leave the birther conspiracy club, how the New York and
New Jersey bombs could impact the election and what a pardon for
Edward Snowden would represent for US national security.

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Sep 22, 2016
The "Hack, Sputter, Cough" Edition
3415
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the Washington
Post to discuss Hillary Clinton's hidden pneumonia, Donald Trump's
charitable self-portraits and the political potential of the latest
economic report. 

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Sep 15, 2016
The “Bart Simpson Versus Lisa Simpson” Edition
3542
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John
Dickerson debate the ethical murkiness of Donald Trump's payment to
Attorney General Pam Bondi, the candidates' preparation styles for
the upcoming debates and the reparations offered by Georgetown
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Sep 08, 2016
The “Make Mexico Great Again” Edition
3160
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John
Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's visit to Mexico, the breakup of Huma
Abedin and Anthony Weiner, and the Senate races of 2016. 

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Sep 01, 2016
The "Meet the New Trump" Edition
3636
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker to discuss the new messages coming from Donald Trump, the new trove of Hillary Clinton emails and the geographic patterns of capital punishment in America. 

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Aug 25, 2016
The “Should You Believe Juanita Broaddrick” Edition
3287
David
Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Slate
Contributor Frank Foer to discuss Paul Manafort's ties to Russia, the
violence in Milwaukee and political responses, and the return of
Juanita Broaddrick to the media spotlight. 

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Aug 18, 2016
The "Many People Are Saying" Edition
3044
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Kirsten Powers of Fox News, to discuss the defections from the Donald Trump fan club, the art and folly of the apology and theories of binge drinking in America. 

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Aug 11, 2016
The “You Can Get the Baby Out of Here” Edition
3613
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson, joined by Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, discuss the weekly delights of Donald Trump, the role of gender in this election and how recent voting rights cases could impact this year's election outcomes.

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Aug 04, 2016
The “Bunch of Malarkey” Edition
3584
David
Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Michelle and
President Obama's endorsements of Hillary, the frustration of Sanders
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Jul 28, 2016
The “Your Word is Your Bond” Edition
3463
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John
Dickerson discuss the royalty and the squires of the Republican
Convention and they consider the work place norms of Fox News in
light of allegations of sexual misconduct, recently brought against
longtime Fox CEO Roger Ailes.

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Jul 21, 2016
The "Last Week Was Awful and This Week I Have to Go to Cleveland" Edition
4298
Live from Washington D.C., David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson
discuss the terrible recent U.S. shootings and they debate if we're
all to blame for politics' failures and what to expect at the
Republican National Convention.

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Jul 14, 2016
The "Seven Salty Almonds, Six-Pointed Stars, Five Secret Emails" Edition
3783
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton's
trustworthiness ratings, Donald Trump's use of Jewish star-shaped
stars, and President Obama's nightly routines. 

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Jul 07, 2016
The "Live from the Aspen Ideas Festival" Edition
3278
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to discuss the state of Republican politics, Brexit and the most recent Supreme Court rulings.

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Jul 01, 2016
The "Show Me The Money" Edition
2992
Slate Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie is joined by Adam Davidson of Surprisingly Awesome and the New York Times, and Rachel Martin of NPR to discuss Trump's finances, or lack there of, the immigration and diversity component of Brexit and the "Veep-stakes."

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Jun 23, 2016
The "Brexit Pursued by a Bear" Edition
3871
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the Orlando shooting and its aftermath, are joined by the Economist’s Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington columnist David Rennie for a discussion of the “Brexit” vote, and ponder whether anti-Trump Democrats should protest the GOP Convention.

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Jun 16, 2016
The "Textbook Definition of Racism" Edition
3823
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's racist
and divisive remarks, Hillary Clinton's historic position in the
Democratic party, and the debate surrounding the Stanford rape case.

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Jun 09, 2016
The “Is Trump the Gorilla and America the Kid?” Edition
3428
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon along
with Adam Davidson talk about why some Democrats don't appreciate
Hillary, and about the President's new overtime rule. The three also
debate who to blame for the untimely death of a gorilla at a Cincinnati
zoo. 

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Jun 02, 2016
The "Weiner" Edition
2946
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss Hillary Clinton's strategy to rise above scandals, the three discuss the new documentary “Weiner,” and they weigh in on the new twist in the Gawker v. Hulk Hogan case- Peter Thiel.

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May 26, 2016
The “I Threw a Chair in Reno Just to Watch it Fly” Edition
3155
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the threat of a Democratic Party fracture, the latest polls on Donald Trump's popularity and the Supreme Court's action plan with its current team of eight.

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May 19, 2016
The "Goofy Elizabeth Warren" Edition
2929
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the meeting between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, the accusation that Facebook is manipulating its trending news algorithm and the three discuss the showdown between North Carolina and the Federal Government on the topic of transgender rights.

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May 12, 2016
The "Suspending My Campaign" Edition
3489
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's rise
to become the Republican Presidential nominee, and the future of
bribery in American government as the Supreme Court debates its
definition. They also talk about the decision of Yale University to
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May 05, 2016
The "Live From Georgia" Edition
3248
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss how Ted Cruz's running mate announcement could impact the Republican race for the Presidential nomination. They also weigh in on Hillary Clinton's standing and the three offer some potential new tests for potential Presidential candidates of the future. 

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Apr 28, 2016
The “Dreaming of 1237” Edition
3245
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John
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the Democratic race for the Presidential nomination, the impact of
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Apr 21, 2016
The "Count Me Out" Edition
3403
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John
Dickerson debate who will win the New York Primary, Paul Ryan's opt-out
of this cycle's Presidential contest and North Carolina's stance on
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Apr 14, 2016
The “Does Bernie Sanders Know Anything About Anything?” Edition
3737
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Wisconsin primary and possible demise of Trump, Bernie Sanders’ latest upset and the SCOTUS decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, or ‘One Person One Vote.’ 

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Apr 07, 2016
The "Corey's Gory Story" Edition
3332
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson talk about Donald Trump's
support for his Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, and his comments
on abortion. They also discuss Bernie Sanders's momentum and
President Obama's criticism of the media.
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Mar 31, 2016
The “Patrolling and Securing” Edition
3154
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily
Bazelon discuss the terror attacks in Brussels, the national
political races and the push for Obamacare exemptions under
consideration by the Supreme Court.
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Mar 24, 2016
The "Rough Them Up" Edition
3603
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus to discuss the state of the Republican Party and Donald Trump's response to violence. The three are joined by Slate's Supreme Court Reporter Dahlia Lithwick to
assess President Obama's Supreme Court nomination. 


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Mar 17, 2016
EXTRA: The "Super Tuesday Part 3" Edition
1338
John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the results of the latest Democratic and Republican Primaries and what twists and turns are yet to come this election season. 


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Mar 16, 2016
Trumpcast: Is Trump a Racist?
975
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article "How Trump Happened."

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Mar 15, 2016
The “Maybe its Hillary Who Should Drop Out” Edition
3139
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily
Bazelon discuss the strength of Donald Trump's campaign for the
Republican nomination, the latest results within the Democratic
primary race and the loss of Nancy Reagan.

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Mar 10, 2016
The "Hate and Castrate" Edition
2732
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the unfolding anti-Trump effort, Hillary Clinton's general election potential and the Supreme Court's recent debate
about abortion access in West Texas. 
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Mar 04, 2016
Gabfest Extra: The “That Really Was a Super Tuesday” Edition
1416
David Plotz is joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to get the lowdown on all the Super Tuesday results

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Mar 02, 2016
The "Is Trump's Nomination Inevitable?" Edition
2905
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon consider scenarios that could
lead to, or derail, a possible Trump nomination. They discuss what
kind of cases an 8-judge Supreme Court might decide and the Gabfest
hosts take up a new debate about Apple's security and privacy
measures in light of new information reported this week. 

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Feb 26, 2016
The “I Have a Gun and Her Name Is America” Edition
3414
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the future of the Supreme Court, the Republican race for the Presidential nomination, Jeb Bush's now famous hand gun and they are joined by Slate's technology writer Will Oremus to discuss Apple's fight to keep iPhone privacy settings under lock and key.

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Feb 19, 2016
Gabfest Extra: Antonin Scalia's Death
1776
The sudden death on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday has unleashed huge shockwaves in both the presidential race and the legal community. Luckily, Slate has podcasts covering both areas. In this special joint episode, Amicus host Dahlia Lithwick joins Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon and David Plotz to look at all the possible repercussions of Scalia’s death.

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Feb 15, 2016
The "Happy Valentine's Day Rubio Robot" Edition
3165
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Presidential race including the Republican rundown, the Sanders “steamroller” and whether Hillary Clinton
can stop “the Bern.” They also discuss the Supreme Court's recent stay and the potential for it to impact climate change. 

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Feb 12, 2016
Gabfest Extra: The "New Hampshire Primary" Edition
1588
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and Slate's Jim Newell discuss the impact of the New Hampshire Primary on the Republican and Democratic parties.
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Feb 10, 2016
Gabfest Extra: Whistlestop, The Straight Talk Express
2593
In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how retail politics won the day in the 2000 Republican primary in New Hampshire.

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Feb 09, 2016
The "Coin Toss" Edition
2885
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the impact of the Iowa Caucus on the Republican and Democratic Parties and David Plotz speaks with Adam McKay about America's financial system and his Oscar-nominated film, The Big Short.

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Feb 05, 2016
Gabfest Extra: The “Is It Groundhog Day or Is It the Day After Iowa Caucuses” Edition
1681
David Plotz is joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie and Chairman of the Slate Group Jacob Weisberg to offer breaking analysis of the Iowa Caucus with Political Gabfest flair. 

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Feb 02, 2016
The "Dark, Dark, Dark Money" Edition
3497
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the latest from the campaign trail just days ahead of the Iowa caucus, the liklihood of Michael Bloomberg entering the race as an independent candidate and Jane Mayer's new book, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.”
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Jan 29, 2016
The “Squirmishes” Edition
3063
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and the state of the Republican race for the Presidential nomination. They talk about the U.S. relationship with Iran and the water crisis in Flint Michigan.  

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Jan 22, 2016
The "There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymore" Edition
3424
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the tightening race between Hillary and Bernie for Iowa, the Supreme Court’s upcoming blow to unions, and Sean Penn’s controversial interview with Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo.’

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Jan 15, 2016
The “I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Help” Edition
3246
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie and John Dickerson discuss the state of the Republican Party with less than a month to go before the first primary, President Obama's latest effort to improve gun control and gabfest hosts talk with author Jacob
Weisberg about his new book, Ronald Reagan.

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Jan 08, 2016
The "Conundrum" Edition
2468
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz debate a selection of
listener-generated conundrums that range from the political to the
fantastical.
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Jan 01, 2016
The “Year's Best Gabfest” Edition
4465
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon review some of the best Political Gabfest segments from 2015 including a conversation with Ta Nehisi Coates, a discussion of gender dynamics on Capitol Hill, a journey back in time to the night of President Lincoln's assassination, cocktail chatter and life hacks. 

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Dec 25, 2015
The "Chaos Candidate" Edition
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  Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate in Las Vegas (did America win it?), the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and what can and should be learned from the big news events of 2015.   The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by ZipRecruiter. With ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to over 100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. And right now, you can try it for free! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. That’s ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us@SlateGabfest (#heygabfest)! The email address for the Political Gabfest isgabfest@slate.com.  

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Dec 18, 2015
The “Is He Hitler or Mussolini?” Edition
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John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, the Supreme Court's deliberations around considerations of race in college admissions and the one-person, one-vote case before the Supreme Court. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Credit Karma. Don’t pay for your credit score! With Credit Karma, you can see your credit score, right now, absolutely free. Just text GABFEST to 89800 to download the free Credit Karma app and get started. And by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet recipes, and all the fresh ingredients you need to make them, right to your door. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious meal in 35 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today atwww.slate.com/gabfestplus. Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us@SlateGabfest (#heygabfest). The email address for the Political Gabfest isgabfest@slate.com.

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Dec 11, 2015
The "Everything is Absolutely Terrible" Edition
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The “Everything is Absolutely Terrible” Edition Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the mass shootings in California and Colorado, the Climate Summit in France and Rahm Emanuel's future as mayor of Chicago. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes. Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed.Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us@SlateGabfest (#heygabfest)! The email address for the Political Gabfest isgabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)  

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Dec 04, 2015
The "Thousands Were Cheering" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's lie-telling, take the temperature on anti-immigrant sentiment and they debate the importance of maintaining or removing Woodrow Wilson's prominence from the Princeton University campus.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet recipes, and all the fresh ingredients you need to make them, right to your door. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned—and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious meal in 35 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain and hassle out of finding stylish clothes that fit. For a limited time, all new customers can get 20 percent off their first order at Bonobos.com/gabfest. Discover the difference that an expertly crafted, better-fitting wardrobe can make. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.Twitter: @SlateGabfestFacebook: facebook.com/GabfestEmail: gabfest@slate.comShow notes at slate.com/gabfest      

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Nov 26, 2015
The “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the growing threat of ISIS (live from the Superfest on Broadway show), the Supreme Court case over Texas abortion restrictions, and the hit musical Hamilton.   The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST.   And by MSNBC. For the past forty years, Chris Matthews has lived and breathed American politics. Chris explores today’s issues with passion, compassion, and persistence non-stop. Watch him on Hardball with Chris Matthews, weeknights at 7 Eastern only on MSNBC.   And by Credit Karma. Don’t pay for your credit score! With Credit Karma, you can see your credit score, right now, absolutely free. Just text GABFEST to 89800 to download the free Credit Karma app and get started!   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.   Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Nov 20, 2015
The "I Don't Like Philosophy or Welding" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate, student protests at University of Missouri and Yale University and President Obama appealing executive action on immigration to the Supreme Court. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by SAP HANA. SAP HANA helps the world’s best companies get the answers they need to become more agile, develop new streams of revenue, and predict the future. Run SAP. And Run Simple. Visit sap.com/reimagine to learn more. Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us@SlateGabfest (#heygabfest)! The email address for the Political Gabfest isgabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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Nov 13, 2015
The "Predator in the Bathroom" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the 2015 election results, GOP candidates' debate demands, and the rising mortality of middle-aged white Americans. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Goldman Sachs. Get information about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy on the firm’s podcast, ‘Exchanges at Goldman Sachs,’ available on iTunes. And by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet recipes, and all the fresh ingredients you need to make them, right to your door. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned—and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious meal in 35 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Nov 06, 2015
The "Jeb-With-A-Sad-Droopy-Exclamation-Point!" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the third Republican primary debate, the Obama-Boehner budget deal, and the violent arrest of a South Carolina high school student.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Watch Rachel as she breaks down the big headlines for the local threads that tie them all together. It’s the Rachel Maddow Show … covering America one story at time. Weeknights at 9 Eastern only on MSNBC.And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain and hassle out of finding stylish clothes that fit. For a limited time, all new customers can get 20 percent off their first order at Bonobos.com/gabfest. Discover the difference that an expertly crafted, better-fitting wardrobe can make.And by SAP HANA. SAP HANA helps the world’s best companies get the answers they need to become more agile, develop new streams of revenue, and predict the future. Run SAP. And Run Simple. Visit sap.com/reimagine to learn more.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.Twitter: @SlateGabfestFacebook: facebook.com/GabfestEmail: gabfest@slate.comShow notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Oct 30, 2015
The “11 Hours and She Didn’t Flinch” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton's best week ever, the failing campaign strategies of Jeb Bush, and Matthew Yglesias's essay in Vox about the "deep trouble" that Democrats are in. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by Goldman Sachs. Get information about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy on the firm’s podcast, ‘Exchanges at Goldman Sachs,’ available on iTunes. And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain and hassle out of finding stylish clothes that fit. For a limited time, all new customers can get 20 percent off their first order at Bonobos.com/gabfest. Discover the difference that an expertly crafted, better-fitting wardrobe can make. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Oct 23, 2015
The "Sick and Tired of Your Damn Emails" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz recap the first Democratic debate and discuss Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House and the Wisconsin gun trial. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Watch Rachel as she breaks down the big headlines for the local threads that tie them all together. It’s the Rachel Maddow Show covering America one story at time. Weeknights at 9 Eastern only on MSNBC. And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain and hassle out of finding stylish clothes that fit. For a limited time, all new customers can get 20 percent off their first order at Bonobos.com/gabfest. Discover the difference that an expertly crafted, better-fitting wardrobe can make. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfestFacebook: facebook.com/GabfestEmail: gabfest@slate.comShow notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Oct 16, 2015
The "Would You Like to Be Speaker of the House?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the tumultuous race for Speaker of the House. They also preview the Democratic debate with special guest David Axelrod and talk about the tepid presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.    The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/political and using the promo codePOLITICAL.   And by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.    And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain and hassle out of finding stylish clothes that fit. For a limited time, all new customers can get 20 percent off their first order at Bonobos.com/gabfest. Discover the difference that an expertly crafted, better-fitting wardrobe can make.    Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Oct 09, 2015
The Living Will Envy the Dead Edition
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Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, David Plotz, and guest Julia Ioffe discuss the aftermath of John Boehner’s departure, the showdown between Vladamir Putin and Barack Obama over Syria, and a case involving prosecutorial fiddling with DNA evidence. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by OPEN ACCOUNT, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. OPEN ACCOUNT explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. OPEN ACCOUNT is available now on iTunes.     And by Goldman Sachs. Get information about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy on the firm’s podcast, ‘Exchanges at Goldman Sachs,’ available on iTunes.   And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain and hassle out of finding stylish clothes that fit. For a limited time, all new customers can get 20 percent off their first order at Bonobos.com/Gabfest. Discover the difference that an expertly crafted, better-fitting wardrobe can make. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Oct 02, 2015
Gabfest Extra: House Speaker John Boehner Will Resign
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Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the surprise resignation announcement of House Speaker John Boehner. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Sep 25, 2015
The "Carly, Scotty, Franny" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the rapid fall of Gov. Scott Walker, the quick rise of Carly Fiorina, and the crossover appeal of Pope Francis.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet recipes, and all the fresh ingredients you need to make them, right to your door. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned—and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious meal in 35 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free.And by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80 percent compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.Twitter: @SlateGabfestFacebook: facebook.com/gabfestEmail: gabfest@slate.comShow notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Sep 25, 2015
The Live from San Francisco Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz analyze the second Republican presidential debate and discuss the possible government shutdown over Planned Parenthood. They also talk to author and podcaster Merlin Mann about time, attention, and productivity. The Political Gabfest is brought to you by Goldman Sachs. Get information about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy on the firm’s podcast—Exchanges at Goldman Sachs—available on iTunes. And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain and hassle out of finding stylish clothes that fit. For a limited time, all new customers can get 20 percent off their first order at Bonobos.com/gabfest. Discover the difference that an expertly crafted, better-fitting wardrobe can make. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Sep 18, 2015
The Completely Authentic, Totally Spontaneous, Fun-Loving Campaign Reboot Edition
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John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe of the New York Times Magazine discuss Hillary Clinton's campaign reboot, the catastrophic war in Syria, and the Iran nuclear deal. The Slate Political Gabfest  is sponsored by OPEN ACCOUNT, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak [pronounced Soo-Jin Palk] and Umpqua Bank. OPEN ACCOUNT explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. OPEN ACCOUNT is coming soon on iTunes. And by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Sep 11, 2015
The "Let's Get All Smug About That Kentucky Clerk" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the continuing controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails, the European refugee crisis, and a Kentucky clerk's defiant stand against marriage equality. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by CVS Health, working to save thousands of lives, one pill at a time, with industry leading programs that help people stay on their medication as prescribed. Visit CVSHEALTH.com to learn more. CVS Health, where Health is Everything. And by SAP. SAP HANA helps the world’s best companies get the answers they need to become more agile. Develop new streams of revenue. Predict the future. And reimagine the way they do business. Run SAP. And Run Simple. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Sep 04, 2015
The "Aw, What a Beautiful Little Anchor Baby!" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Jeb Bush's evolving stance on immigration, talk to David Leonhardt of the New York Times about the recently erratic global markets, and take up the controversy over topless women in Times Square. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. With ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to more than100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter for free! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. And by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Aug 28, 2015
The Amabots and Amholes Edition
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Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and author Jack Hitt discuss Donald Trump's immigration policy, the impact of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and the New York Times piece about working conditions at Amazon. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet recipes, and all the fresh ingredients you need to make them, right to your door. Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Aug 21, 2015
The Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever Edition
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Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and Amanda Hess discuss the dustup between Donald Trump and newswoman Megyn Kelly and the single-issue presidential aspirations of Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. They also talk to Slate's Will Oremus about the restructuring of Google. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by Volvo Experience the Wonder of Summer. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get up to five years full coverage, including wear and tear. Go to volvocars.com/us. And by ZipRecruiter. With ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to over 100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter for free! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Aug 14, 2015
The "Nine German Shepherds and One Raccoon" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the first Republican debate, a potential presidential run by Joe Biden, and the state of the #BlackLivesMatter movement a year after Michael Brown’s death.   The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/gabfest and using the promo code POLITICAL.   Also by Trunk Club. Answer a few simple questions about your look, style, and size, and receive a trunk full of great looking clothes that fit perfectly and make you look amazing. Only pay for the clothes you keep, and shipping is free. Go to TrunkClub.com/gabfest.   And by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today atwww.slate.com/gabfestplus.   Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com   Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Aug 07, 2015
The How to Debate a Drunk Person Edition
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Live from Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the upcoming Republican primary debate on Fox News, the New York magazine cover story about the many rape and assault allegations against entertainer Bill Cosby, and the indomitable rise of Uber. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. With ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to over 100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter for free! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. And by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Discover a better way to cook.  Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jul 31, 2015
The "Who Will Donald Trump Insult Next?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss peak Trump versus percolating Kasich, the arrest and subsequent suicide of Sandra Bland, and the fate of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by SundanceNow Doc Club! The new streaming service for everyone who loves documentaries. Discover unforgettable films like The Queen of Versailles, The Staircase, and The Weather Underground. To get a free 30-day trial go to docclub.com/gabfest. And by Trunk Club. Answer a few simple questions about your look, style, and size, and receive a trunk full of great looking clothes that fit perfectly and make you look amazing. Only pay for the clothes you keep, and shipping is free. Go to TrunkClub.com/gabfest. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jul 24, 2015
The John Kerry is Polishing His Nobel Peace Prize Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Obama's Iran nuclear deal, Scott Walker's presidential candidacy, and a pro-life group's undercover Planned Parenthood video. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by Volvo. Experience the Wonder of Summer. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get up to five years full coverage, including wear and tear. Go to volvocars.com/us. And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jul 17, 2015
The "How Many Push-Ups Should the President Be Able to Do?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the sudden import of political polling, the First Amendment stakes of the Hulk Hogan sex-tape trial, and what questions we should be asking our presidential candidates. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. This episode is also sponsored by Harrys.com, which offers a better shaving experience. Go to harrys.com and enter the coupon code GABFEST for $5 off the starter set, and start shaving smarter today. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by SundanceNow Doc Club! The new streaming service for everyone who loves documentaries. Discover unforgettable films like The Queen of Versailles, The Staircase, and The Weather Underground. To get a free 30-day trial go to docclub.com/gabfest. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jul 10, 2015
The Killers and Rapists Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Matt Yglesias recap the recently ended Supreme Court term, discuss the dire economic situation in Greece, and debate the worthiness of Donald Trump's candidacy. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by SundanceNow Doc Club! The new streaming service for everyone who loves documentaries. Discover unforgettable films like The Queen of Versailles, The Staircase, and The Weather Underground. To get a free 30-day trial go to docclub.com/gabfest. And by Ziprecruiter. With Ziprecruiter, you can post your job to over 100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter for free! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. And by Trunk Club. Answer a few simple questions about your look, style, and size, and receive a trunk full of great looking clothes that fit perfectly and make you look amazing. Only pay for the clothes you keep, and shipping is free. Go to TrunkClub.com/gabfest. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jul 03, 2015
Extra: The "Wait! There's Marriage Equality!" Edition
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On this special mini-episode, everyone drops what they were doing to talk about a historic day at the Supreme Court. Emily Bazelon (calling from the side of a highway somewhere in New England), John Dickerson (hidden away in the CBS compound), and David Plotz react to the 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, determining that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jun 26, 2015
The Jiggery-Pokery Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the meaning and symbolism of Confederate iconography, and Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/gabfest and using the promo code POLITICAL. And by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Discover a better way to cook.  Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jun 26, 2015
The "I Would Build a Great Wall" Edition
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David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Jamelle Bouie discuss the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the now-official presidential aspirations of both Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, and the increasingly effective campaign of Bernie Sanders. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code GABFEST at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. And by SundanceNow Doc Club! The new streaming service for everyone who loves documentaries. Discover unforgettable films like The Queen of Versailles, The Staircase, and The Weather Underground. To get a free 30-day trial go to docclub.com/gabfest. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jun 19, 2015
The "I'm Defaulting on My Student Loans" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's "Jerusalem passport" ruling, Hillary Clinton's electoral strategy, and the crushing burden of student debt. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by the University of California, committed to advancing our world through discovery. Learn more at universityofcalifornia.edu. The University of California—the power of public. And by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned and come with an easy to follow recipe card, so you can create a delicious meal in 35 minutes or less. Discover a better way to cook.  Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jun 12, 2015
This Gabfest Is On Background Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss upcoming First Amendment cases at the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton's relationship with reporters, and Caitlyn Jenner's debut on the cover of Vanity Fair. Our sponsors: Volvo. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get full coverage for up to five years, including wear and tear. Visit volvocars.com/us. And: SundanceNow Doc Club, the new streaming service for everyone who loves documentaries. Discover unforgettable films handpicked by programmers like Susan Sarandon, Ira Glass and, yes, David Plotz. To get a free 30-day trial go to docclub.com/political.  Also: Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles -- and the perfect gift for Father's Day. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code POLITICAL. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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Jun 05, 2015
The Bags and Bags and More Bags of Cash Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the U.S. government's case against international soccer's most powerful and corrupt organization, the assault against the USA PATRIOT Act, and a curious Supreme Court case that could be a boon to Republicans. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.     And by the University of California, committed to advancing our world through discovery. Learn more at universityofcalifornia.edu. The University of California—the power of public.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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May 29, 2015
The "Osama bin Laden Sure Read Boring Books" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Osama bin Laden's reading list, Emma Sulkowicz's Mattress Performance, and the refusal by some male lawmakers to meet alone with female staffers.     The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.     And by Squarespace, the easiest way to create a beautiful website, blog, or online store. Squarespace features an easy to use interface, beautiful templates, and 24/7 customer support. Right now, go to Squarespace.com, and enter the offer code GABFEST at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace. Build it Beautiful.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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May 22, 2015
The "I Don't Mean to Yell at You, But I Feel Good Doing It" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Seymour Hersh's conspiratorial counter-narrative of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and Jeb Bush's retrospective view of the Iraq War.   The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.     Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code “POLITICAL".     And by the University of California, committed to advancing our world through discovery. Learn more at universityofcalifornia.edu. "The University of California—The power of public."     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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May 15, 2015
The "Je Suis Pam Geller" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss whether Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" event should be cheered or jeered, debate why the GOP presidential field is so diverse, and fret over the multistate military drill known at Operation Jade Helm.   The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by CVS Health, where Health is Everything. CVS is working to save thousands of lives, one pill at a time, with industry leading programs that help people stay on their medication as prescribed. Visit CVSHEALTH.COM to learn more.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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May 08, 2015
The "Can I Get Some of That Clinton Cash?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson are joined by Ta-Nahisi Coates to discuss the situation in Baltimore following the death of a black man while in police custody. They also talk about recent Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality and the death penalty and debate the week in Democratic campaign politics.     The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.     And by the University of California, committed to advancing our world through discovery. Learn more at universityofcalifornia.edu. The University of California—the power of public.     And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/gabfest and using the promo code POLITICAL.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.   Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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May 01, 2015
The "Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the burgeoning refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, the uneasy courtship between the Koch Brothers and Gov. Scott Walker, and the upcoming Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest     Slate's Political Gabfest is brought to you by Squarespace, the easiest way to create a beautiful website, blog, or online store for you and your ideas. Squarespace features an elegant interface, beautiful templates, and 24/7 customer support. Right now, go to Squarespace.com, and enter the offer code GABFEST at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace. Build it Beautiful.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Apr 24, 2015
The Chicken in Every Burrito Bowl Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the newly launched presidential campaigns of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican contender Marco Rubio. They also talk about the recent action by Congress over the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest     This week's episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. If you go to stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the home page and enter GABFEST for a $110 bonus offer, including up to $55 in free postage and a no-risk trial. This week's episode is also sponsored by the University of California, committed to creating solutions to today’s environmental challenges. To uncover groundbreaking research from the University of California, visit slate.com/breakthroughs.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Apr 17, 2015
The Live at the Bell House Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the shooting death of Walter Scott by North Charleston, SC police officer Michael Slager, the possibility of a President Rand Paul, and the sesquicentennial anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest     This week's episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. If you go to stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the home page and enter GABFEST for a $110 bonus offer, including up to $55 in free postage and a no-risk trial.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Apr 10, 2015
The "So, Who Can You Discriminate Against?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Obama Administration's nuclear deal with Iran, the controversial "religious liberty" law in Indiana, and the retirement of Sen. Harry Reid.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest     This week's episode is sponsored by the University of California, committed to creating solutions to today’s environmental challenges. To uncover groundbreaking research from the University of California, visit slate.com/breakthroughs. This episode is also sponsored by PBS, presenting “Wolf Hall," based on the best-selling book series about political intrigue in the Tudor court. “Wolf Hall” airs on Masterpiece on PBS, Sunday, April 5 at 10/9 central.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Apr 03, 2015
The "Say It with Me: President Ted Cruz" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jamelle Bouie discuss the presidential ambitions of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Supreme Court case involving license plates and the Confederate flag, and the deliberate downing of a German airliner.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest     This week's episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. If you go to stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the home page and enter GABFEST for a $110 bonus offer, including up to $55 in free postage and a no-risk trial.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Mar 27, 2015
The "Welcome Back, Vladimir" Edition
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John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe discuss the reelection in Israel of Bibi Netanyahu, the reappearance in Russia of Vladimir Putin, and the resignation from Congress of Rep. Aaron Schock. This week's episode is sponsored by Stamps.com. If you go to stamps.com, click on the microphone at the top of the home page and enter GABFEST for a $110 bonus offer, including up to $55 in free postage and a no-risk trial. This episode is also sponsored by Harrys.com, which offers a better shaving experience. Go to harrys.com and enter the coupon code GABFEST for $5 off the starter set, and start shaving smarter today. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Mar 20, 2015
The "Is It Dear Ali or Dear Ayatollah or Dear Mullah?" Edition
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John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Betsy Woodruff discuss the Republican letter to Iran's leaders, the Clinton nonexplanation of her private email account, and a University of Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant.   This week's episode is sponsored by “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” the new documentary series airing Sundays at 8, only on HBO.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.  

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Mar 13, 2015
Whistlestop: The Art of Political Umbrage-Taking
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recounts the election of 1840, during which a candidate took to the trail for the very first time. Recommended for fans of Slate's Political Gabfest and American political history.     This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Turning Points in American History." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.     Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.  

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Mar 11, 2015
The hdr22@clintonemail.com Edition
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Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the fallout from Netanyahu's speech before Congress, Hillary Clinton's use of private email to conduct public business, and the oral arguments in the Supreme Court's latest ObamaCare case. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Mar 06, 2015
The "Bibi, Vidi, Vici" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court's ObamaCare case, Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress, and whether Chris Christie's presidential campaign has already fizzled. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Feb 27, 2015
The "Does President Obama Love America?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the legality of Obama's immigration policy, the strategy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's university cuts, and recent rhetorical assaults on the president. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Feb 20, 2015
The "Happy Valentine's Day, Judge Moore" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Alabama's legal thicket over marriage equality, whether to forgive Brian Williams, and Emily's New York Times Magazine story "The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor." Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Feb 13, 2015
The "Vaxxers, Taxers, and Just the Facts-ers" Edition
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John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Annie Lowrey of New York magazine discuss the burgeoning anti-vaccine movement, the go-nowhere Obama budget, and the fog-of-war embellishments of NBC's Brian Williams. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Feb 06, 2015
The "Can You Buy a President for $889,000,000?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Koch Brothers' big bet on 2016, the Supreme Court's death penalty case, and the merits of Jonathan Chait's "Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say" piece. Help us make our podcasts even better! Take Slate's listener survey at to slate.com/survey Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jan 30, 2015
The "Is It Rude to Fall Asleep During the State of the Union?" Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Obama's State of the Union address, the Supreme Court's next (final?) marriage equality case, and the controversy over the movie Selma. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jan 23, 2015
The Tom Hanks Went to Community College and So Should You Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fallout from the French terrorist attack, whether Mitt Romney is really weighing a third presidential run, and Obama's ambition to make community college tuition free. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jan 16, 2015
Le "Je Suis Charlie Hebdo" Édition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the murderous attack on a French satirical newspaper, the start of the new Congressional session, and the NYPD's recent work slowdown. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jan 09, 2015
The Year's Best Gabfest Edition
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In segments culled from throughout 2014, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss when to call the cops, the rise of political partyism, and whether to read Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jan 02, 2015
The “2014 Conundrum Show, Live in Chicago” Edition
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Ask Amy columnist Amy Dickinson discuss tough philosophical and ethical conundrums about sending kids to private school, keeping secrets from spouses, and why they wish they’d had more sex in their 20s. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Dec 26, 2014
The "Why Close Guantanamo When You Can Open Havana?" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba with guest Will Dobson. They also talk about Jeb Bush's possible presidential run and Julia Turner joins to explain Slate's Year of Outrage. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Dec 19, 2014
The America's National Shame Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's so-called "torture report," the unraveling Rolling Stone story about an alleged rape at UVA, and the satirical performance art that was the Colbert Report. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Dec 12, 2014
The "I'm Pregnant, Don't Fire Me!" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss a grand jury's refusal to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner and a Supreme Court case about protections for pregnant workers. They also debate whether Obamacare has hurt the Dems. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Dec 05, 2014
Political Gabfest Extra: Windy City Wander
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David Plotz and Emily Bazelon recently took a spin through downtown Chicago. Hear their conversation about Chicago's history, its national profile, and a sea change in the city's mighty river.

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Dec 05, 2014
Political Gabfest Extra: San Francisco Treat
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Dana Stevens leads David Plotz on a drive through San Francisco, the city she called home for 12 years. They chat about Dana's grad-school era, David's deep mistrust of the ocean, and one gigantic camera. This extra was recorded on the 2014 National Gabfest Tour made possible by Acura.

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Dec 02, 2014
The "No True Bill" Edition
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Jamelle Bouie joins Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz to discuss the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Also, the Facebook threat case headed to the Supreme Court and the GOP’s strong 2016 presidential field. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Nov 28, 2014
The "Is Thanksgiving Red or Blue?" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss President Obama's immigration overhaul, the politics of the Keystone Pipeline, and whether Thanksgiving is a liberal or a conservative holiday. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Nov 21, 2014
The President Whisperer Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's new Affordable Care Act case, Obama's net neutrality stance, and the whisper campaign against White House aide Valerie Jarrett. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Nov 14, 2014
The Multitudinous States Incarnadine Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the results of the midterm elections, what's next for both parties, and the trend in ballot initiatives. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Nov 07, 2014
The "I'll Disown You If You Marry a Republican" Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the looming midterm elections, debate the exisence of "partyism," and attempt to understand Gamergate with New York Times video game critic Chis Suellentrop. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Oct 31, 2014
The Fake ID Edition
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David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and special guest David Leonhardt of the New York Times discuss the influence of billionaire political donors, debate the value of voter ID laws, and talk about the legacy of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Oct 24, 2014
The "Is Amazon Evil?" Edition
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David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Annie Lowrey discuss the political response to Ebola, ponder the presumptive 2015 Congress, and debate whether Amazon is a monopoly. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Oct 17, 2014
The Live in San Francisco Superfest Edition
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With MC Mike Pesca, the Political and Culture Gabfests team up to discuss California's recent "Yes Means Yes" legislation and the new wave of political TV shows. They also debate the merits of the Silicon Valley ethos and play a few rounds of Dictionary. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Oct 10, 2014
Political: The Jump the Fence Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the bungling, bullying Secret Service, the possibility that Mitt Romney may still harbor presidential ambitions, and the peculiar Senate race in Kansas. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Oct 03, 2014
The Dead, Dead, Dead at 75 Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder, the bombing campaign against ISIS, and Ezekiel Emanuel's Atlantic piece, "Why I Hope to Die at 75." Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Sep 26, 2014
The Spanking Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the apparent desire for a progressive presidential candidate. They also talk about the growing Ebola epidemic and the controversy over corporal punishment. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Sep 19, 2014
The They May Take Our Lives But They'll Never Take Our Freedom Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss President Obama's plans to defeat the Islamic State. They also talk about the war for women voters in the upcoming midterm elections and Scotland's move toward independence from the United Kingdom. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Sep 12, 2014
The In the Cloud, No One Knows You're a Dog Edition
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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Putin's dastardly designs on Ukraine with Slate foreign editor Will Dobson. They also talk about the upcoming midterm elections and the fallout over stolen photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Sep 05, 2014
The Gabfest to End All Gabfests Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Dan Carlin. This week: Executive action on immigration, the Ex-Im Bank and crony capitalism, and the centenary of WWI. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Aug 29, 2014
The "Why Isn't Everyone Rioting?" Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and Mike Pesca. This week: The aftermath of Ferguson, a grisly provocation by ISIS, and a proposed lottery to spur voter turnout. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Aug 22, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The All Criminal Justice Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon with Vesla Weaver and James Forman, both of Yale University. This week: The deaths, at the hands of police, of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Also, a discussion of On the Run, by sociologist Alice Goffman. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Aug 15, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Conservative Nanny State Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson. This week: Is the GOP becoming a Party of ideas? Also, the move in Tennesse to toss out the Democratic judges on Tennessee State Supreme Court, and why people panic about Ebola even when they don't need to.

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Aug 08, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The "What Does Congress Do All Day?" Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz with special guests Jamelle Bouie and Annie Lowrey. This week: Continued violence in the Middle East, a potential lawsuit against Obama, and a small victory for the pro-choice contingent in the South. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Aug 01, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Joe Biden's White Teeth Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Julia Ioffe. This week: The chaotic war in Ukraine, the continued fight over Obamacare, and profiling Joe Biden. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jul 25, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The "So Sue Me" Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: House Republicans plan to sue President Obama, Elizabeth Warren rallies the Democratic base, and a woman is arrested for leaving her nine-year-old at the park. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jul 18, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The May I Introduce You to President Harding and His Friend Jerry Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. This week: A new round of violence between Israel and Hamas, Millennials may lean right politically, and Warren G. Harding named his penis. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jul 11, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The You're a Facebook Lab Rat Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The High Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the impasse over immigration reform, and Facebook's ethically ambiguous research. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jul 04, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Get Your Hands Off My Cellphone, Officer Edition
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David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss this week's Supreme Court ruling for police to have a warrant prior to searching the electronic device of a person arrested, Thad Cochran's win in Missippi, and Rand Paul's future in the GOP. 

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Jun 27, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The "I Don't Have a Title for This Show" Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, Will Dobson, and John Dickerson. This week: Will Iraq break apart? Who is Abu Khattala? And are violent threats protected speech? Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jun 20, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Eric Cantor Sure Wears Beautiful Shoes Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The shocking primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices, and a major blow against teacher tenure in California. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jun 13, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Go Ahead, Negotiate with Terrorists Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The fallout following the deal that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Obama makes a push on carbon emissions, and the Mississippi Republican primary heads to a runoff. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Jun 06, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The College, Why Bother? Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jake Tapper of CNN. This week: Elliot Rodger sparks a national conversation about misogyny, American higher education is in crisis, and hard choices abound in Detroit. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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May 30, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Secret Waiting List Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: The Veterans Affairs scandal, the Republican primaries, and the question of reparations for African-Americans. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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May 23, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Google Will Never, Ever, Ever Forget You Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: discussing climate change with the Bad Astronomer, Phil Pait; Jill Abramson fired from The Gray Lady; and more.

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May 16, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The I Miss Monica Lewinsky Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: Prayer at the Supreme Court, the Republican takeover of North Carolina, and Lewinsky redux. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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May 09, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The "Go Ahead, Search My OkCupid Profile" Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: Race and the NBA with guest Mike Pesca, a botched execution in Oklahoma, and the Supreme Court on searching cell phones. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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May 02, 2014
The Political Gabfest: Texas Q&A
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The Q&A session from our live Austin, Texas, show with Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, joined by the Texas Tribune's Reeve Hamiltion, Emily Ramshaw, and Ross Ramsey.

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Apr 26, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The "Can You Say President Rick Perry?" Edition
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Live from Austin, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined by the Texas Tribune's Reeve Hamiltion, Emily Ramshaw, and Ross Ramsey to discuss Common Core, the Texas gubernatorial race, and the presidential hopes of Rick Perry and Ted Cruz. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Apr 25, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Ukraine, You Saw, You Conquered Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and Jamelle Bouie. This week: Will Dobson on Ukraine, race in America during the Obama presidency, and allegations of rape against Jameis Winston remain uninvestigated. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Apr 18, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Emily, Would You Please Stop Being So Emotional Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Is it shaping up to be Bush v. Clinton in 2016? Is it sexist to say that a woman is too emotional? Is it reckless to sail the high seas with young children? Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Apr 11, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Live Nude Dancing at the Kitty Kat Lounge Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: McCutcheon v. FEC clears the way for even more money in politics, Paul Ryan proposes a budget, and "Arguendo" dramatizes the Supreme Court. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Apr 04, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The "Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Be President?" Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, Jacob Weisberg, and New York Times columnist Gail Collins. This week: Hobby Lobby challenges Obamacare, the Age Question haunts Hillary, and Dems attack Nate Silver's Big Data journalism. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Mar 28, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The We Are Invincible Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle. This week: U.S. foreign policy, Obamacare by the numbers, and McArdle's new book, The Up Side of Down. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Mar 21, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The Between Two Ferns Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Congress v. the CIA, Jolly wins Florida-13, and Obama v. Galifianakis. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Mar 14, 2014
The Political Gabfest: The "Do I Look Stoned?" Edition
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Slate's Political Gabfest live from Washington D.C., featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and New Republic editor Julia Ioffe. This week: The crisis in Ukraine, the decriminalization of marijuana, and the revamping of the SAT. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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Mar 07, 2014