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Political Gabfest

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68 episodes

Oct 23, 2020

Last Debate of Donald Trump’s Career 

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For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss Jeffrey Toobin’s suspension from The New Yorker.


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Here are some references from this week’s show:

Yanna Krupnikov and John Barry Ryan for the New York Times: “The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else


Caitlin Dickerson for the New York Times: “Parents of 545 Children Separated at the Border Cannot Be Found


Michael D. Shear, Katie Benner, and Michael S. Schmidt for the New York Times: “ ‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said


Jake Tapper for CNN: “Administration Officials Alarmed by White House Push to Fast Track Lucrative 5G Spectrum Contract, Sources Say


Eric Lipton for the New York Times: “Trump Issues Order Giving Him More Leeway to Hire and Fire Federal Workers


Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: 


Emily: Joe Sexton for ProPublica: “He’d Waited Decades to Argue His Innocence. She Was a Judge Who Believed in Second Chances. Nobody Knew She Suffered from Alzheimer’s.


John: Nate Chinen for the New York Times: “Keith Jarrett Confronts a Future Without the Piano


David: David Plotz for Medium: “The Future is Local: That’s Why I’m Launching City Cast, a Network of Daily Local Podcasts.

 

Listener chatter from @greenneck: Rose Eveleth for Smithsonian Magazine: “There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written


Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Oct 22, 2020

A Thursday Message 

Slate's Political Gabfest will be published on Friday this week. Listen to this 15 second note to find out why!


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Oct 15, 2020

Empty Notepad 

Emily, John and David discuss Barrett’s confirmation hearings; the First Amendment and disinformation; and the latest election machinations.

Here are some references from this week’s show:

Emily Bazelon for the New York Times: “The Problem of Free Speech in an Age of Disinformation

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill 

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt 

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

The New York Times interactive: “How To Vote

Better Know A Ballot: Stephen Colbert's State-By-State Guide To Voting In The 2020 Election


Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: 

Emily: Angela Morris for Texas Lawyer: “Chief Justice's Election Bid Puts Spotlight on Texas' Mandatory Judicial Retirement”; Shtisel 


John: “Learning in War-Time” by C. S. Lewis; Antonia Cundy for the Financial Times: “What Would a City Designed by Women Look Like?”; McDonald & Dodds


David: Dan Goodspeed’s data visualization of COVID cases state-by-state by date; Fighting With My Family; Ted Lasso

 

Listener chatter from Kevin O'Donnell @kevinodIRL: Patrick Blanchfield for The New Republic “The Town That Went Feral


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For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss their voting plans.


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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 8, 2020

Spitting Into a Sheet of Plexiglass 

Emily, John and David discuss the White House virus outbreak, vice-presidential debate, and Senate races


Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: 

Emily: Matt Zapotosky for the Washington Post: “New Justice Dept. Election Fraud Guidance Could Allow Boosting Of Trump’s Exaggerated Claims, Legal Observers Say”; Jim Rutenberg for the New York Times Magazine: “The Attack on Voting


John: Dave Philipps for the New York Times: “The Army Rolls Out a New Weapon: Strategic Napping


David: 99% Invisible podcast; The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt 

 

Listener chatter from Kevin Collins @kevinkwc: colorized footage of an 1896 snowball fight in Lyon, France.


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, Emily, David, and John discuss whether White House staff and journalists should report for work at the White House during the outbreak.


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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 2, 2020

Slate Plus Special: The President Has COVID 

In this special episode of Slate's Political Gabfest, Emily, John and David talk about President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis and what happens next.

Here are some references from the show:


Matt Stevens for the New York Times: “Kristin Urquiza, a Debate Attendee Whose Father Died of the Virus, Says Trump Showed ‘No Regard For Human Life.’


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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Oct 1, 2020

What We WILL Know on Election Night 

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


Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and Mike McIntire for the New York Times: “Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses And Years Of Tax Avoidance


Adam Davidson’s Twitter thread on signs that Trump might have engaged in money laundering.


Daniel Shaviro for Just Security: “Ten Quick Takeaways from the New York Times’ Bombshell Article on Trump’s Tax Returns


NYT: Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Noah Weiland for The New York Times: “Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump


Nathaniel Persily and Charles Stewart III for the Wall Street Journal: “Actually, We Will Know a Lot on Election Night


Edward-Isaac Dovere for The Atlantic, “The Deadline That Could Hand Trump the Election”


Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: 


Emily: Jordan Nickerson and David H. Solomon: “Car Seats as Contraception


John: McDonald and Dodds


David: Raymond Antonio Vargas for the New Orleans Advocate: “In New Orleans, Case of Staged Accidents, Disbarred Lawyer, Stuntwoman Attorney Takes a Dark Turn


Listener chatter from Megan Murray @mkmurray9: Alec MacGillis for The New Yorker: “The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning


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, Emily, David, and John discuss what unprofitable businesses they would like to run if they were engaging in tax evasion or avoidance schemes.


You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

 

The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)


Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.


Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Sep 30, 2020

Bonus: Would you Shut Up Man 

In this special bonus episode Emily, John and David debrief and decompress after the first presidential debate of 2020.


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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 24, 2020

Not Even Cold in The Ground 

Emily, John and David discuss the unseemly rush to replace Justice Ginsburg, the coming presidential debates, and 200,000 COVID-19 deaths.

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

Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Refused to Step Down

The Long Game by Mitch McConnell 

Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “Five Things Biden and His Allies Should Be Worried About

Linda Chavez for the New York Times: “Democrats, You Can’t Count On the Hispanic Vote

John Dickerson for the Atlantic: “The Slow-Fingered President


Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: 

Emily: Shaila Dewan for the New York Times: “Few Police Officers Who Cause Deaths Are Charged or Convicted”; Michael Tanenbaum for Philly Voice: “Pennsylvania's 'Naked Ballot' Ruling Will 'Cause Electoral Chaos,' Philly Commissioner Warns


John: Tariro Mzezewa for the New York Times: “The Flight Goes Nowhere. And It’s Sold Out.


David: Tara Parker-Pope for the New York Times: “Does Wearing Glasses Protect You From Coronavirus?


Listener chatter from Katerina Barry: Mike Pomranz for Food & Wine: “Italy's 'Wine Windows' Were a Product of the Plague—Now They're Making a Comeback


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, Emily, David, and John discuss where they’ve found moments of peace amidst the chaos.


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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 18, 2020

Special: SCOTUS After Ruth Bader Ginsberg 

Emily Bazelon joins Mike Pesca, host of Slate's Gist, for a special episode on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. After discussing Ginsberg’s history as a justice and legacy on the court, they begin to unpack the future political ramifications of her death. Emily and Mike talk through the ways a nomination could quickly slip through the Senate before January, the impact a conservative court could have on issues besides abortion rights, and if Ginsberg should have stepped down under President Obama.

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Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley.

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Sep 17, 2020

Giant Fires Everywhere 

Emily, John, David and Jamelle discuss the impacts and threats of wildfires and the climate crisis, apocalyptic election talk, and the four of them envision a new and improved post-pandemic work week.


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

Abrahm Lustgarten for The New York Times Magazine: “The Great Climate Migration


Galen Durke for FiveThirtyEight “The Challenges Of Holding An Election During A Pandemic”


Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Trump’s Perverse Campaign Strategy


Thomas B. Edsall for The New York Times: “Whose America Is It?


Isaac Stanley-Becker for The Washington Post: “Pro-Trump Youth Group Enlists Teens in Secretive Campaign Likened to a ‘troll farm,’ Prompting Rebuke by Facebook and Twitter


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamont



Here are the week cocktail chatters for this week:


Emily: Janet Malcolm for The New York Review of Books: “A Second Chance


John: @AmeliaFrappolli’s, twitter thread about the mad hatter who shot John Wilkes Booth, Boston Corbett, as chronicled in Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West by Dale L. Walker.


Jamelle: Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin; The Mandalorian, Season 2 


David: The Oddly Satisfying channel on YouTube.


Listener chatter from Janet Green @janetcetera: Jonathan Ore and Kevin Ball for CBC: “Paddle of the Century


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, Emily, David, John, and Jamelle take questions from viewers of the Texas Tribune Festival livestream. 


You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

 

The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)


Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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