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Political Gabfest

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.

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.

 

#510

What If Twitter Dies?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the future of Twitter, the ghoulish World Cup, and a minister’s allegation that Justice Alito leaked the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jodi Kantor and Jo Becker for The New York Times: “ [Former Anti-Abortion Leader Alleges Another Supreme Court Breach] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/19/us/supreme-court-leak-abortion-roe-wade.html) ” Jodi Kantor for The New York Times: “ [Allegation of Supreme Court Breach Prompts Calls for Inquiry and Ethics Code] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/20/us/supreme-court-breach-alito.html) ” Rob Schenck for The New York Times: “ [I Was an Anti-Abortion Crusader. Now I Support Roe v. Wade] (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/opinion/abortion-schenck.html) ” Kara Voght and Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone: “ [SCOTUS Justices ‘Prayed With’ Her — Then Cited Her Bosses to End Roe] (https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/roe-supreme-court-justices-1378046/) ” Here are this week’s chatters: John: Variety: “ [Bob Dylan Fans Who Bought $600 ‘Hand-Signed’ Books With Replica Autographs Will Receive Refunds From Publisher] (https://variety.com/2022/music/news/bob-dylan-book-replica-autographs-autopen-philosophy-modern-song-refunds-1235438173/) ” Emily: Rozina Ali for The New York Times Magazine: “ [‘How Did This Man Think He Had the Right to Adopt This Baby?’] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/10/magazine/afghanistan-orphan-baby-l.html) ”  David: Politics and Prose: [City Cast DC Live Taping with Michael Schaffer, David Plotz, and Anton Bogomazov - at Union Market] (https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/city-cast-dc-live-taping-michael-schaffer-david-plotz-and-anton-bogomazov-union-market) ; Slate’s [One Year, Season 4: 1942] (https://slate.com/podcasts/one-year/s4/1942) Listener chatter from Laurent Dugois: [In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1087800080/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Harry N MacLean; All That's Interesting: “ [The Story Of Ken McElroy — The Vicious Bully Killed By His Town] (https://allthatsinteresting.com/ken-mcelroy) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John contemplate the conundrum of what they would like to tell their younger selves but wouldn’t be able to convince them of. Submit your conundrums for the 2022 conundrum episode at [slate.com/conundrum] (http://www.slate.com/conundrum) .    Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Nov 2022

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:14

24 Nov 2022


#509

Gabfest Reads: Rethinking J. Edgar Hoover

Emily Bazelon talks with author Beverly Gage about her new book, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century, a detailed account of the life of the first FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover. They discuss Hoover’s hostile relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., why he should have quit at the end of the 1950s, and how Hoover’s childhood shaped his reign [MOU1] as director.  Tweet us your questions  [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en)  or email us at  [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth  [MOU1]“tenure”? Maybe I’m overthinking this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Nov 2022

37 MINS

37:18

19 Nov 2022


#508

SBF FTX WTF?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Trump’s campaign announcement, election denying candidates’ failures in the midterms, and guest Matthew Zeitlin on the impact the implosion of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange FTX may have on the Effective Altruism movement. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Donie O'Sullivan for CNN: “ [Facebook Fact-Checkers Will Stop Checking Trump After Presidential Bid Announcement] (https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/15/politics/facebook-fact-check-donald-trump) ” Matthew Zeitlin for Grid: “ [Sam Bankman-Fried Gave Millions To Effective Altruism. What Happens Now That The Money Is Gone?] (https://www.grid.news/story/economy/2022/11/15/sam-bankman-fried-gave-millions-to-effective-altruism-what-happens-now-that-the-money-is-gone/) ” Kelsey Piper for Vox: “ [Sam Bankman-Fried Tries To Explain Himself] (https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23462333/sam-bankman-fried-ftx-cryptocurrency-effective-altruism-crypto-bahamas-philanthropy) ” [What We Owe the Future] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1541618629/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by William MacAskill William MacAskill for Effective Altruism Forum: “ [EA And The Current Funding Situation] (https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/cfdnJ3sDbCSkShiSZ/ea-and-the-current-funding-situation) ” This American Life: “ [Watching the Watchers] (https://www.thisamericanlife.org/781/watching-the-watchers) ” Here are this week’s chatters: John: Jason P. Frank for Vulture: “ [Stephen Colbert, Emma Watson, and More Celebs to Relish in Pickleball Tournament”] (https://www.vulture.com/2022/11/pickleball-cbs-celebrity-tournament-teams-release-date.html) ; Isabel Gonzalez for CBS News: “ [Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield Partner To Create Ear-Shaped, Cannabis-Infused Edibles] (https://www.cbssports.com/boxing/news/mike-tyson-evander-holyfield-partner-to-create-ear-shaped-cannabis-infused-edibles/) ” Emily: William Melhado for The Texas Tribune: “ [Federal Judge In Texas Rules That Disarming Those Under Protective Orders Violates Their Second Amendment Rights] (https://www.texastribune.org/2022/11/14/texas-judge-domestic-abusers-second-amendment/) ” David: Politics and Prose: [City Cast DC Live Taping with Michael Schaffer, David Plotz, and Anton Bogomazov - at Union Market] (https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/city-cast-dc-live-taping-michael-schaffer-david-plotz-and-anton-bogomazov-union-market) ; Justin Jouvenal for The Washington Post: “ [D.C.’s Bitcoin King: Yachts, Penthouses, A Python — And Tax Dodging?] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/11/14/bitcoin-billionaire-saylor-tax-lawsuit/) ” Listener chatter from Kelly Mills: [The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062430483/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Jason Fagone For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John contemplate the Thanksgiving traditions they would like to adopt or improve.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Nov 2022

51 MINS

51:25

17 Nov 2022


#507

Extremely Surprising Midterms

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the midterm results we have so far and the Supreme Court case that could upend family law and more for Native Americans. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Stefan Becket for CBS News: “ [The Unresolved 2022 House And Senate Races That Will Determine Control Of Congress] (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/election-2022-results-house-senate-congress-control/) ” Rebecca Nagle for The Atlantic: “ [The Supreme Court Case That Could Break Native American Sovereignty] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/11/scotus-native-american-sovereignty-brackeen-v-haaland/672038/) ” Leah Litman and Matthew L.M. Fletcher for The Atlantic: “​​ [The Necessity of the Indian Child Welfare Act] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/fifth-circuit-icwa/605167/) ” Here are this week’s chatters: Emily: Sarah McCammon for NPR: “ [Where Abortion Was On The Ballot, Midterm Voters Largely Signaled Support] (https://www.npr.org/2022/11/09/1135418384/where-abortion-was-on-the-ballot-midterm-voters-largely-signaled-support) ”  David: David chattered about how going on a “Twitter fast” is improving his well-being.  Listener chatter from Scott Grant: Sarah Linn for KCET: “ [The Dunites: Building a Utopia in the Oceano Dunes] (https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/the-dunites-building-a-utopia-in-the-oceano-dunes) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John take the under-the-radar state and local midterm results they find most interesting.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Nov 2022

53 MINS

53:00

10 Nov 2022


#506

Live From Atlanta!

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson are Live in Atlanta discussing Georgia’s midterm election with NPR-WABE’s Rose Scott, as well as increasing political violencein the U.S.; and affirmative action at the Supreme Court. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: [Closer Look with Rose Scott] (https://www.wabe.org/podcasts/closer-look/) John Dickerson for CBS Primetime: “ [Political Threats And Violence In The U.S.] (https://www.cbsnews.com/video/more-on-violent-rhetoric-in-wake-of-paul-pelosi-attack/#x) ” (Inteview with Robert Pape) [Steal This Book] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/156858217X/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Abbie Hoffman Here are this week’s chatters: John: Carrie McBride for The New York Public Library: “ [100 Years Ago Men and Boys Fought on the Streets of New York Over Wearing Straw Hats Past Summer] (https://www.nypl.org/blog/2022/09/23/straw-hat-riots-nyc) ” Emily: [Fleishman Is in Trouble] (https://www.hulu.com/series/fleishman-is-in-trouble-710e51f8-3387-404d-8b07-e7c9b766d11c) David: [The Candy House] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B099CFHSBJ/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Jennifer Egan; [Fall; or, Dodge in Hell] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062458728/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Neil Stephenson; [The Immortal King Rao] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0393541754/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Vauhini Vara; [Cloud Cuckoo Land] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TX66JJ7/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Anthony Doerr; [The Circle] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FGD5JZM/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Dave Eggers Listener chatter from John Campbell McMillian: Atlanta Police Department’s [Citizen's Police Academy] (https://www.atlantapd.org/community/citizen-police-academy) For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John take listener questions live. Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Nov 2022

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:11

03 Nov 2022


#505

Bonus Episode: The PA Midterms Edition

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson talk to civil rights journalist and WHYY radio host Cherri Gregg about the Pennsylvania midterm campaigns. Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Oct 2022

24 MINS

24:21

30 Oct 2022


#504

Are British Politics More Or Less Crazy Than Ours?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the final midterm sprint; the latest British Prime Minister; and Trump’s legal troubles.  Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Adrian Wooldridge for Bloomberg: “ [Rishi Sunak Is a New and Old-Fashioned Tory] (https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-10-24/who-is-rishi-sunak-uk-s-first-hindu-prime-minister) ” Barton Gellman for The Atlantic: “ [The Impeachment of Joe Biden] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/10/republicans-investigate-possible-impeachment-joe-biden/671859/) ” [The Trump Tapes: Bob Woodward's Twenty Interviews with President Donald Trump] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BJHGLLRB/?tag=slatmaga-20) Nathaniel Rakich for FiveThirtyEight: “ [The Most Important Elections Of 2022 Could Be In State Legislatures] (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/state-government-elections/) ” Brittany Bernstein for The National Review: “ [Why Some Trump-Country Pennsylvanians Still Aren't Sold on Dr. Oz] (https://www.nationalreview.com/news/why-some-trump-country-pennsylvanians-still-arent-sold-on-dr-oz/) ” Anna Bower for Lawfare: “ [Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Georgia Special Purpose Grand Juries But Were Afraid to Ask] (https://www.lawfareblog.com/everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-georgia-special-purpose-grand-juries-were-afraid-ask) ” Emily Bazelon for The New York Times: “ [I Write About the Law. But Could I Really Help Free a Prisoner?] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/30/magazine/yutico-briley.html) ” [The Prison Letters Project] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/magazine/prison-letters-project.html) Here are this week’s chatters: John:  [States United Democracy Center;] (https://statesuniteddemocracy.org/) [Third Way Paul Revere Project] (https://www.thirdway.org/e-binder/the-paul-revere-project) Emily: Charlie Savage for the New York Times: “ [Garland Formally Bars Justice Dept. From Seizing Reporters’ Records] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/26/us/politics/justice-department-reporters.html) ” David: Dhruv Mehrotra for Wired: “ [Hot on the Trail of a Mass-School-Shooting Hoaxer] (https://www.wired.com/story/school-swatting-textnow-ethiopia/) ”; Ben Collins’ Twitter thread [collecting favorite tweets] (https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1585454026098966529) . Listener chatter from Brian DeGeer: Theresa Vargas for The Washington Post: “ [Fiona Apple Uses Her Voice To Call Out Prince George’s Justice System] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/10/26/fiona-apple-criminal-justice-videos/) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily discusses [The Prison Letters Project] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/magazine/prison-letters-project.html) with John J. Lennon and Reginald Dwayne Betts.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Oct 2022

55 MINS

55:15

27 Oct 2022


#503

Gabfest Reads: Tracy Flick Returns

David Plotz talks with with author  [Tom Perrotta] (http://tomperrotta.net/)  about why Tracy Flick doesn’t have the life she dreamed of in his new novel,  [Tracy Flick Can’t Win] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Tracy-Flick-Cant-Win/Tom-Perrotta/9781501144066) . A sequel to Perrotta’s 1998 novel Election, Tracy Flick Can’t Win meets up with Tracy Flick decades later where she’s a single mother and assistant principal of a New Jersey high school.  Tweet us your questions  [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en)  or email us at  [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Oct 2022

30 MINS

30:51

22 Oct 2022


#502

The Polls Do Not Look Amazing For Democrats

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson concerning polls for Democrats, women protesting Iran’s regime, and the trial of Arkansas’ law targeting trans kids. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Roya Hakakian for The Atlantic: “ [The Bonfire of the Headscarves] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/iran-headscarf-protest-mahsa-amini/671555/) ” [A Beginner’s Guide to America for the Immigrant and the Curious] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0525656065/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Roya Hakakian  Matthew Yglesias for Slow Boring: “ [Pre-Registering Some Takes On The Midterms: Why I Think Democrats Will Undershoot Their Polling And What It Means] (https://www.slowboring.com/p/pre-registering-some-takes-on-the) ” Kelli María Korducki for The Atlantic: “ ['I Think the Women Are Winning': Roya Hakakian on Iran] (https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2022/09/mahsa-amini-death-iran-revolution/671589/) ”  Here are this week’s chatters: John: [The Trump Tapes: Bob Woodward's Twenty Interviews with President Donald Trump] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BJHGLLRB/?tag=slatmaga-20) ;  Michael Wines and Neil Vigdor for The New York Times: “ [Videos Show Confusion as Florida Police Arrest People on Voter Fraud Charges] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/19/us/florida-voter-fraud-arrests-video.html) ” Emily: Emily Heil for The Washington Post: “ [Olivia Wilde Solves Salad Dressing Mystery With A Nora Ephron Recipe] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2022/10/19/olivia-wilde-salad-dressing-jason-sudeikis/) ” David: Jeff Maysh for The Atlantic: “ [The $30 Million Lottery Scam] (https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2022/10/viktor-gjonaj-michigan-lottery-scam-wire-fraud/671741/) ” Listener chatter from Lara Lowenstein: [The Mountain Dogs] (https://newenglandfilm.com/festival_film/2020/the-mountain-dogs) For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss Ye buying Parler.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:42

20 Oct 2022


#501

Bonus Edition: Michigan and Arizona Midterms

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson talk to [Craig Mauger] (https://twitter.com/CraigDMauger) of The Detroit News about the major midterm elections in the swing state of Michigan. Then the hosts speak with the Washington Post’s [Yvonne Wingett Sanchez] (https://twitter.com/yvonnewingett) about the MAGA diehards and their opponents in Arizona’s midterm election.  Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Oct 2022

29 MINS

29:08

16 Oct 2022


#500

Clarence Thomas Is A Prince Fan

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson LA’s racism & redistricting scandal, the Andy Warhol copyright case at the Supreme Court, and developments in Putin’s war on Ukraine. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “ [Putin’s Newest Annexation Is Dire for Russia Too] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/russia-annex-ukraine-putin/671607/) ” Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “ [The Kremlin Must Be in Crisis] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/putin-speech-delay-ukraine-world-leaders/671495/) ” [They Might Be Giants - Gab On (Theme to the Slate Political Gabfest)] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3hfG1GYsWs) Here are this week’s chatters: John: [The Cormac McCarthy Journal] (https://www.cormacmccarthysociety.com/the-cormac-mccarthy-journal) Emily: [The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0393882314/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Danielle Keats Citron; [The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1324002026/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Nicholas Dawidoff David: David chattered about dining outside in Texas. Listener chatter from Lara Lowenstein: [The Mountain Dogs] (https://newenglandfilm.com/festival_film/2020/the-mountain-dogs) For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John interview John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants about their work and the Gabfest’s new theme song.     Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Oct 2022

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:55

13 Oct 2022


#499

What Is Herschel Walker Lying About Today?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the new Supreme Court term; Herschel Walker’s abortion lies; and the legal mess Dobbs created for doctors providing abortion via telemedicine. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Emily Bazelon for The New York Times Magazine: “ [The Doctors Risking Everything to Offer Abortions Across State Lines] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/04/magazine/abortion-interstate-travel-post-roe.html) ” The New York Times: “ [Is Elon Musk’s Deal to Buy Twitter Back On? Here’s What We Know.] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/05/business/musk-twitter-buyout-what-we-know.html) ” Here are this week’s chatters: John: Brian Hutton for The Irish Times: “ [Irishman Nears Galway After 112 Days of Rowing Across Atlantic From New York] (https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/2022/10/02/irishman-nears-galway-after-112-days-of-rowing-across-atlantic-from-new-york/) ”; Damian Browne on Instagram: [auld_stock] (https://www.instagram.com/auld_stock/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=60f9c700-7e95-491d-a086-11c4e9994906) Emily: CNN: “ [‘We've Got Weights In Fish!': See The Moment Cheaters Are Caught During Fishing Tournament’] (https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2022/10/03/ohio-fishing-tournament-cheating-scandal-orig-jc.cnn) ” David: Adam Dalva, The New Yorker: “ [Letters to Jeb Bush] (https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/letters-to-jeb-bush) ” Listener chatter from Jamaica Popejoy: [Staged] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12369754/) For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the latest in the saga of Elon Musk and Twitter.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Oct 2022

54 MINS

54:32

06 Oct 2022


#498

Is the Polling Wrong?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss potential polling inaccuracy, Brett Favre and the larger scandal of states misusing federal welfare funding, and Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s take on Italy’s neo-fascist future Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Nate Cohen for The New York Times: “ [Yes, The Polling Warning Signs Are Flashing Again] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/12/upshot/polling-midterms-warning.html) ” Anna Wolfe and Mississippi Today’s coverage of [the Mississippi welfare scandal] (https://mississippitoday.org/mississippi-welfare/) . Annie Lowry for The Atlantic: “ [The Time Tax] (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/07/how-government-learned-waste-your-time-tax/619568/) ” [Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1324001542/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Ruth Ben-Ghiat Here are this week’s chatters: John: Adrienne LaFrance for The Atlantic: “ [What It's Like to Fly Into the Eye of a Hurricane] (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/what-its-like-to-fly-into-a-hurricane/408646/) ” Emily: Roya Hakakian for The Atlantic: “ [The Bonfire of the Headscarves] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/iran-headscarf-protest-mahsa-amini/671555/) ” David: The Guardian, YouTube: “ [Michael Sheen Gives Rousing Speech for Wales Football Team on A League of Their Own] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fpV0OFC0vc) ” Listener chatter from Meredith Francis: Paul Fairie’s Twitter thread of " [A List of Things People Blamed on Jazz.] (https://twitter.com/paulisci/status/1562929274293997574) "  For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Sep 2022

57 MINS

57:21

29 Sep 2022


#497

Ron DeSantis’ Sadistic Plan

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson New York’s massive fraud case against the Trumps; Ron DeSantis’ treatments of asylum seekers; and Dahlia Lithwick’s Lady Justice.   Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: [Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0691174482/?tag=slatmaga-20) , Margaret E. Peters [Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09RTPTFTJ/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Dahlia Lithwick Ruth Igielnik for The New York Times: “ [Trump Support Remains Unmoved by Investigations, Poll Find] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/22/upshot/donald-trump-approval-poll.html) s” Here are this week’s chatters: John: It was supposed to be... [The Philosophy of Modern Song] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1451648707/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Bob Dylan Emily: [Somebody Somewhere] (https://www.hbo.com/somebody-somewhere) ; [Reservation Dogs] (https://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/reservation-dogs) David: [The Space Force Anthem] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZHpPeacOuk) Listener chatter from Danny Edgel: Frank Vaisvilas and Sarah Volpenhein for The Green Bay Press-Gazette: “ [Oneida Nation Steps In To Defend Indian Child Welfare Act In Us Supreme Court Case] (https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/native-american-issues/2022/09/14/indian-child-welfare-act-us-supreme-court-oneida-nation-brief-wisconsin/8001515001/) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the vacation of Adnan Syed’s murder conviction.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Sep 2022

53 MINS

53:20

22 Sep 2022


#496

Gabfest Reads: Searching for a Happy Ending

John Dickerson talks with author Ada Calhoun about her new memoir,  [Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me] (https://www.adacalhoun.com/also-a-poet) . What started as Calhoun’s attempt to finish the biography of Frank O’Hara that her father started, turned into a gripping story of Calhoun’s relationship with her father. Calhoun and Dickerson talk about not pulling punches when it comes to how nice family members are, why you can’t pre-plan a happy ending, and what her father thought of the book.  Tweet us your questions  [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en)  or email us at  [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Sep 2022

34 MINS

34:41

18 Sep 2022


#495

What if Ukraine Wins?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Ukraine’s advances with Anne Applebaum; Lindsey Graham’s national abortion ban bill; and the controversy over requiring religious schools in New York to meet minimum educational standards. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “ [It’s Time to Prepare for a Ukrainian Victory] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/ukraine-victory-russia-putin/671405/) ” Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “ [The Other Ukrainian Army] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/08/ukraine-volunteer-army-russia-odesa/671088/) ” [Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0804170886/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Anne Applebaum [Shtisel] (https://www.netflix.com/title/81004164%20) [Fill The Void] (https://www.amazon.com/Fill-Void-Hila-Feldman/dp/B00ESIZJ8I) Here are this week’s chatters: John: [A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1984856030/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by George Saunders  Emily: Shaila Dewan for The New York Times: “ [Philadelphia Prosecutor Is Found in Contempt by State Representatives] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/us/larry-krasner-contempt-impeachment.html) ” David: Mosaic Magazine: “ [The Royal Mohel and the House of Windsor’s Relationship with the Jews] (https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2022/09/they-royal-mohel-and-the-house-of-windsors-relationship-with-the-jews/) ” Listener chatter from Andrea: NPR’s Planet Money: “ [Best By, Sell By, Use By] (https://www.npr.org/2022/07/15/1111850221/best-by-sell-by-use-by) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the Death of Queen Elizabeth II.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Sep 2022

56 MINS

56:53

15 Sep 2022


#494

Semi-Fascist

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the inexplicable success of Trump’s special master gambit in the Espionage Act investigation, Biden calling out anti-democratic elements of the electorate; and the roots of the Jackson, MS water crisis. Here are this week’s chatters: John: Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius for The Great Courses: [Turning Points in Modern History] (https://www.thegreatcourses.com/professors/vejas-gabriel-liulevicius/) Emily: Jerusalem Demsas for The Atlantic: “ [What’s Causing Black Flight?] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/black-families-leaving-cities-suburbs/671331/) ” David: [Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Hearty White Bread] (https://www.pepperidgefarm.com/product/farmhouse-hearty-white-bread/) Listener chatter from Cynthia Lerner: Ruth Marcus for The Washington Post: “ [I Usually Ignore The Sexism And Ageism Directed at Me. Now I’m Calling It Out.] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/02/ruth-marcus-federalist-strega-nona-insult/) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily and David interview John about his new streaming nightly news show, [CBS News Primetime] (https://www.cbsnews.com/video/96-cbs-news-prime-time/) .   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Kevin Bendis. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Sep 2022

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:34

08 Sep 2022


#493

Diligent Search

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Trump’s strange legal maneuvering in the obstruction investigation; what Trump’s second term would do to U.S. democracy; and what voters deserve to know about a candidate’s health. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jonathan Rauch for The Atlantic “ [Trump’s Second Term Would Look Like This] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/08/trump-2024-reelection-viktor-orban-hungary/671264/) ” [Age of Innocence] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1508475571/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Edith Wharton [Portrait of a Lady] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1695036042/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Henry James [Heart of Darkness] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1673303056/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Joseph Conrad [Lord Jim] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1853260371/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Joseph Conrad [Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006CPAREQ/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Studs Terkel  [This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together] (https://www.amazon.com/This-Chance-Shaking-All-American-Together/dp/B081KB35YW/ref=sr_1_1?crid=191705W0N8C37&keywords=This+is+chance&qid=1662061091&s=books&sprefix=this+is+chance%2Cstripbooks%2C94&sr=1-1) , by Jon Mooallem [The Way We Live Now] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1853262552/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Anthony Trollope Here are this week’s chatters: John: Ella Koeze, Denise Lu and Charlie Smart for The New York Times: “ [Can You Gerrymander Your Party to Power?] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/01/27/us/politics/congressional-gerrymandering-redistricting-game-2022.html) ” Emily: Aaron Byrd, Weiyi Cai, Geoff Macdonald, Emily Rhyne, Noah Throop, Joe Ward and Jeremy White for The New York Times: “ [The Toss] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/08/28/sports/tennis/tennis-serve-ball-toss.html) ” David: [CityCast DC] (https://dc.citycast.fm/) ; [Bad Sisters] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15469618/) Listener chatter from Michael Koehler: Christo Grozev for Bellingcat: “ [Socialite, Widow, Jeweller, Spy: How a GRU Agent Charmed Her Way Into NATO Circles in Italy] (https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2022/08/25/socialite-widow-jeweller-spy-how-a-gru-agent-charmed-her-way-into-nato-circles-in-italy/) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the non-political books that most influenced their understanding of politics.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Kevin Bendis. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Sep 2022

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:22

01 Sep 2022


#492

Could the Democrats Actually Win?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss what the special election results suggest for the midterms, an unprecedented $1.6B donation to a secretive conservative organization; and Biden’s student loan forgiveness and repayment plans. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: [The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0525509569/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Heather McGhee [The Sum of Us] (https://open.spotify.com/show/19VMtc487rqmrb6GC8eRvd?utm_source=us-en_nonbrand_contextual_text&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=alwayson_ucanz_us_premiumbusiness_sumofus-podcast_nonbrand+contextual+text+phrase+us-en+google&gclid=CjwKCAjw3K2XBhAzEiwAmmgrAjZZ2FVoN-nPhsvVaM5CX8NqERdoajlSSC6BD9H8TVNackTOkTCIIhoCyLgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds) podcast Here are this week’s chatters: John: The Bullshit Generator; [The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915 Hardcover] (https://www.amazon.com/Age-Acrimony-Americans-Democracy-1865-1915/dp/1635574625) , by Jon Grinspan Emily: Igor Derysh for Salon: “ [‘That’s Not What Our Report Said’: Ex-Mueller Prosecutor Says Barr's Trump Memo Is ‘legally Wrong’] (https://www.salon.com/2022/08/25/thats-not-what-our-report-said-ex-mueller-prosecutor-says-barrs-memo-is-legally-wrong/) ”; [The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law] (http://www.bazelon.org/) David: Courtney E. Smith for Ultimate Classic Rock: “ [35 Years Ago: Los Lobos’ ‘La Bamba’ Returns Ritchie Valens to Spotlight] (https://ultimateclassicrock.com/los-lobos-la-bamba/) ” Listener chatter from Rebecca Vernon: Sarina E. Miller for the Washington Post: “ [Thanks To Middle-Schoolers Like Me, There Are At Last No More Salem ‘Witches’] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/08/19/last-salem-witch-exonerated-middle-school/) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss Gavin Newsom’s veto of a bill allowing safe injection sites in California. Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Aug 2022

54 MINS

54:22

25 Aug 2022


#491

Gabfest Reads: Life on Europa Looks Too Much Like America

David Plotz talks with author Mat Johnson about his new novel  [Invisible Things] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/636431/invisible-things-by-mat-johnson/) . Johnson’s novel tells the story of a group of astronauts that land in a bubble colony on Jupiter's biggest moon. They talk about the challenges of writing satire when reality feels fake, how mediocre people rise up by sucking up, and why we need to look at the invisible things in our daily lives.   Tweet us your questions  [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en)  or email us at  [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Aug 2022

30 MINS

30:04

21 Aug 2022


#490

The Martyrdom of Liz Cheney

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Benjamin Wittes discuss the Trump investigations; Liz Cheney’s defeat; and Dana Goldstein’s reporting on controversies over how to teach kids to read. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jack Goldsmith for Lawfare: “ [Prosecuting Trump: A Reply to Josh Marshall] (https://www.lawfareblog.com/prosecuting-trump-reply-josh-marshall) ” Dana Goldstein for The New York Times: “ [An Old and Contested Solution to Boost Reading Scores: Phonics] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/15/us/reading-phonics.html) ” Dana Goldstein The New York Times: “ [In the Fight Over How to Teach Reading, This Guru Makes a Major Retreat] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/22/us/reading-teaching-curriculum-phonics.html) ” Dana Goldstein The New York Times: “ [New Reading Curriculum Is Mired in Debate Over Race and Gender] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/21/us/lucy-calkins-race-gender-curriculum.html) ” Belinda Luscombe for Time: “ [Inside the Massive Effort to Change the Way Kids Are Taught to Read] (https://time.com/6205084/phonics-science-of-reading-teachers/) ” Ronald Brownstein for The Atlantic: “ [Liz Cheney’s Kamikaze Campaign] (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/08/liz-cheneys-2024-strategy/671167/) ” [Invisible Things] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0593229258/?tag=slatmaga-20) by Mat Johnson Here are this week’s chatters: Emily: Sam Levine for The Guardian: “ [Memphis Prosecutor Who Charged Black Woman Over Voting Error Loses Re-Election Bid] (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/05/memphis-amy-weirich-loses-reelection-pamela-moses) ”; Kim Bellware and Lateshia Beachum for The Washington Post: “ [Desantis Sued By Prosecutor Suspended Over Stance On Abortion-Related Crime] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/08/17/andrew-warren-desantis-lawsuit/) ” Ben: [The Lawfare Podcast: Allies] (https://www.lawfareblog.com/lawfare-podcast-allies) David: Dwight Garner for The New York Times: “ [Jared Kushner’s ‘Breaking History’ Is a Soulless and Very Selective Memoir] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/books/review-breaking-history-jared-kushner.html) ” Listener chatter from Josh Forsythe: Elizabeth P. Derryberry, Jennifer N. Phillips, Graham E. Derryberry, Michael J. Blum, and David Luther for Science: “ [Singing In A Silent Spring: Birds Respond To A Half-Century Soundscape Reversion During The Covid-19 Shutdown] (https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abd5777) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and Ben discuss Ben’s performance art protests at the Russian embassy in D.C.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Aug 2022

57 MINS

57:54

18 Aug 2022


#489

What’s in Trump’s Safe?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Juliette Kayyem discuss the Mar-a-Lago search; the Inflation Reduction Act; and Caitlin Dickerson’s article investigating how separating families at the border became U.S. policy. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Caitlin Dickerson for The Atlantic: “ [An American Catastrophe: The Secret History of Family Separation] (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/09/trump-administration-family-separation-policy-immigration/670604/) ” Juliette Kayyem for The Atlantic: “ [The Bad and Good News About Trump’s Violent Supporters] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/08/trump-fbi-mar-a-lago-search-january-6/671090/) ” [Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0816694389/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Caitlin DeSilvey  Serena Williams and Rob Haskell for Vogue: “ [Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms—And In Her Own Words] (https://www.vogue.com/article/serena-williams-retirement-in-her-own-words) ” Claudia Rankine for The New York Times Magazine: “ [The Meaning of Serena Williams] (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/magazine/the-meaning-of-serena-williams.html) ” [King Richard] (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9620288/) Here are this week’s chatters: Emily: “ [Downbad] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy9i65LFWEo) ” by PJ Frantz  Juliette: Jim Farber for The New York Times: “ [Olivia Newton-John, Pop Singer and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/arts/olivia-newton-john-dead.html) ” David: Jack Fitzpatrick for Bloomberg Government: “ [Old Capitol Stones to Be Stored Away After Decades Piled in Park] (https://about.bgov.com/news/old-capitol-stones-to-be-stored-away-after-decades-piled-in-park/) ” Listener chatter from Sebastian Cray: [The Bingham Cup] (https://igrugby.org/bingham-cup/) For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, Juliette, and David discuss Serena Williams’ retirement from tennis.   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Aug 2022

58 MINS

58:55

11 Aug 2022


#488

Nothing’s The Matter With Kansas

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Heather McGhee discuss the primaries and Kansan voters’ defense of abortion; Alex Jones on trial; and Annie Lowrey’s story of surviving pregnancy in the United States.  Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Sam Adler-Bell for The New York Times: “ [The Violent Fantasies of Blake Masters] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/opinion/blake-masters-arizona-senate.html) ” Jason Beeferman for The Texas Tribune: “ [How Sandy Hook Lies and the Jan. 6 Inquiry Threaten to Undo Alex Jones] (https://www.texastribune.org/2022/04/28/alex-jones-sandy-hook-january-6/) ” Annie Lowrey for The Atlantic: “ [American Motherhood] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/08/pregnancy-birth-complication-abortion-life-of-mother/671006/) ” Annie Lowrey for The Atlantic: “ [The Most Important Study in the Abortion Debate] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/06/abortion-turnaway-study-roe-supreme-court/661246/) ” [The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0525509569/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Heather McGhee [The Sum of Us] (https://open.spotify.com/show/19VMtc487rqmrb6GC8eRvd?utm_source=us-en_nonbrand_contextual_text&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=alwayson_ucanz_us_premiumbusiness_sumofus-podcast_nonbrand+contextual+text+phrase+us-en+google&gclid=CjwKCAjw3K2XBhAzEiwAmmgrAjZZ2FVoN-nPhsvVaM5CX8NqERdoajlSSC6BD9H8TVNackTOkTCIIhoCyLgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds) podcast [Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NSRZR1V/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Emily Bazelon [Black Reconstruction in America] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0684856573/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by W. E. B. Du Bois  [Forbidden City] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FYJ36TW/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Vanessa Hua Here are this week’s chatters: Emily: [The Law & Justice Journalism Project] (https://www.ljjp.org/) Heather: [A Court of Thorns and Roses] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1619635186/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Sarah J. Maas David: [Piranesi] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0865TSTWM/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Susanna Clarke; [Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1582344167/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Susanna Clarke; [Testament of Youth] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NBCOXO8/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Vera Brittain Listener chatter from Mohamed El-Sheik: Adriana E. Ramírez for The Atlantic: “ [Everyone Loses on Jeopardy Eventually] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/07/jeopardy-fan-contestant-losing/670950/) ”   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Aug 2022

51 MINS

51:53

04 Aug 2022


#487

Did You Apologize to Manchin Yet?

This week, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss the surprise deal for climate legislation, new January 6th revelations, and the deadliest road in America.  Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Carol D. Leonnig, Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey and Spencer S. Hsu for The Washington Post: “ [Justice Dept. Investigating Trump’s Actions In Jan. 6 Criminal Probe] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/07/26/trump-justice-investigation-january-6/) ” Carol D. Leonnig and Maria Sacchetti for The Washington Post: “ [Secret Service Watchdog Knew in February That Texts Had Been Purged] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/07/20/secret-service-national-archives/) ” [Forbidden City] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FYJ36TW/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Vanessa Hua Dan Kaufman for The New Yorker: “ [Will Wisconsin’s Republicans Make Voting Meaningless, or Just Difficult?] (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/01/will-wisconsins-republicans-make-voting-meaningless-or-just-difficult) ” Richard L. Hasen for Slate: “ [What the Critics Get Incredibly Wrong about the Collins-Manchin Election Bill] (https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/07/collins-manchin-election-bill-democrats-should-grab.html) ” Marin Cogan for Vox: “ [The Deadliest Road In America] (https://www.vox.com/23178764/florida-us19-deadliest-pedestrian-fatality-crisis) ” Robert James Schneider, Rebecca Sanders, Frank Proulx, Hamideh Moayyed for the Journal of Transport and Land Use: “ [United States Fatal Pedestrian Crash Hot Spot Locations And Characteristics] (https://jtlu.org/index.php/jtlu/article/view/1825) ” [Unsafe At Any Speed] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QFEGBS/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Ralph Nader [Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1119564816/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Charles L. Marohn Jr.  Allison Russell’s [Outside Child] (https://allisonrussellmusic.com/js_albums/outside-child/) John Dickerson for Slate: “ [Getting Naked Every Night: Girlyman and the Pursuit of Creative Risk.] (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/risk/2010/04/getting_naked_every_night.html) ” Here are this week’s chatters: Emily: Jonathan Bernstein for Rolling Stone: “ [‘She Schooled Us All’: Inside Joni Mitchell’s Stunning Return to Newport Folk Festival] (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/joni-mitchell-newport-folk-festival-1389238/) ”; David McCabe and Mike Isaac for The New York Times: “ [F.T.C. Sues to Block Meta’s Virtual Reality Deal as It Confronts Big Tech] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/27/technology/meta-facebook-vr-ftc.html) ” John: Oliver Whang for The New York Times: “ [‘Parentese’ Is Truly a Lingua Franca, Global Study Finds] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/24/science/parentese-babies-global-language.html) ” David: April Rubin and Jesus Jiménez for The New York Times: “ [4,000 Mistreated Beagles Need Homes. These Folks Stepped Up.] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/28/us/beagles-rescue-envigo.html) ” Listener chatter from Mark Allender: The Dollop #283: “ [James Clark McReynolds, the Worst Supreme Court Justice Ever] (https://allthingscomedy.com/podcast/the-dollop/283---the-worst-supreme-court-justice-ever-live-in-dc-1/page/38) ” Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Jul 2022

55 MINS

55:22

28 Jul 2022


#486

Gabfest Reads: Revolution Through Teenage Eyes

Emily Bazelon talks with author Vanessa Hua about  [her new historical fiction book, Forbidden City] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0399178813/?tag=slatmaga-20) . The novel tells the story of sixteen-year-old revolutionary Mei who becomes a dancer in Chairman Mao’s inner circle. Emily and Vanessa talk about Vanessa’s inspiration for the novel, the complicated dynamics between Mei and Chairman Mao, and whether we’ll hear more from Mei.  Tweet us your questions  [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en)  or email us at  [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Jul 2022

31 MINS

31:33

24 Jul 2022


#485

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

This week, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Josie Duffy Rice discuss Europe’s deadly heat wave, Joe Manchin’s balk at climate legislation, and the inevitable tragedies already happening post-Roe. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Lindsay Whitehurst, Camille Fassett, and Jasen Lo for the Associated Press: “ [Social Programs Weak in Many States With Tough Abortion Laws] (https://apnews.com/article/abortion-laws-raising-children-e620ca2a871bfd9ce5b6d6c76e092c31) ” [The Ministry for the Future] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0316300144/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Kim Stanley Robinson  [The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594633797/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Meghan O'Rourke [Forbidden City] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FYJ36TW/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Vanessa Hua [Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0345524926/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Michael Thompson  John Dickerson for Slate: “ [My Daughter Went Away to Camp and Changed] (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2013/07/summer_camp_where_kids_grow_up_on_their_own_and_parents_back_home_stay_the.html) ” Here are this week’s chatters: John: Carol D. Leonnig and Maria Sacchetti for The Washington Post: “ [Secret Service Watchdog Knew in February That Texts Had Been Purged] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/07/20/secret-service-national-archives/) ” Josie: Zak Cheney-Rice for New York Magazine: “ [Larry Wilmore Knows No Bounds] (https://www.vulture.com/article/larry-wilmore-in-conversation.html) ”;  David: [Uncomfortable Conversations with Josh Szeps] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/uncomfortable-conversations-with-josh-szeps/id1002920114) ; Elias Esquivel for World Athletics: “ [Patterson Takes Surprise High Jump Gold In Oregon] (https://worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-championships/oregon22/news/report/wch-oregon22-report-women-high-jump) ” Listener chatter from Mark Wegener: Gamaliel Bradford for the January 1930 issue of The Atlantic: “ [The Genius of the Average: Calvin Coolidge] (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1930/01/the-genius-of-the-average-calvin-coolidge/650034/) ”   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Jul 2022

48 MINS

48:41

21 Jul 2022


#484

Lowest Approval Rating

This week, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Mark Leibovich discuss Biden’s 2024 plans, the establishment Republicans who stand by Trump, and Herschel Walker’s alarming Senate campaign. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: [Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09T995J6Y/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Mark Leibovich Anne Applebaum for The Atlantic: “ [History Will Judge The Complicit] (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/trumps-collaborators/612250/) ” Mark Leibovich for the New York Times Magazine: “ [Donald Trump Is Not Going Anywhere] (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/magazine/donald-trump-is-not-going-anywhere.html) ” Mark Leibovich for the New York Times: “ [Kevin McCarthy, Four Months After Jan. 6, Still on Defensive Over Trump] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/25/us/politics/mccarthy-trump.html) ” Here are this week’s chatters: John: The New York Times: “ [168 Writing Prompts to Spark Discussion and Reflection] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/13/learning/168-writing-prompts-to-spark-discussion-and-reflection.html) ” Mark: Mark shared his thoughts on whether life was better before cell phones. David: City Cast DC’s [July 12, 2022 newsletter] (https://mailchi.mp/citycast/20220712_dc?e=19c9ab6a07) . Listener chatter from Josie Beyer: Julia Medina for Sleepopolis: “ [Sleeping While Rowing in the Great Pacific Race] (https://sleepopolis.com/news/sleeping-while-rowing-in-great-pacific-race/) ”; [Lat 35 Racing Team] (https://www.instagram.com/lat35racing/?hl=en) on Instagram   Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Jul 2022

54 MINS

54:49

14 Jul 2022


#483

The “Is The Major Questions Doctrine Bogus?” Edition

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court’s gutting of administrative authority in West Virginia v. EPA, the case coming next term that could upend U.S. elections, and the Highland Park shooting. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Julian Davis Mortenson and Nicholas Bagley for The Atlantic: “ [The Nondelegation Doctrine Is A Fable] (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/nondelegation-doctrine-orliginalism/612013/) ”  Julian Davis Mortenson and Nicholas Bagley for The Columbia Law Review: " [Delegation at the Founding] (https://columbialawreview.org/content/delegation-at-the-founding/) " Here are this week’s chatters: Emily: Susan Elizabeth Shepard for Willamette Week: “ [A Student at an Oregon Community College Says Instructors Flunked Her for Being a Porn Actress. She’s Suing.] (https://www.wweek.com/news/schools/2019/05/08/a-student-at-an-oregon-community-college-says-instructors-flunked-her-for-being-a-porn-actress-shes-suing/) ” John: [How Normal Am I?] (https://www.hownormalami.eu/) David: Twitter [thread] (https://twitter.com/jonj/status/1544318964859273217) about: Jaroszewicz, et al: “ [How Effective Is (More) Money? Randomizing Unconditional Cash Transfer Amounts in the US] (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4154000) ” Listener chatter from Jocelyn Frank: “ [Humanity’s First Cosmic Gallery of Children’s Art: What the Youngest Members of Our Young Species Most Cherish About Life on Earth] (https://www.themarginalian.org/2022/06/20/drawtogether-nasa-kids-art-space/) ” Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Kevin Bendis. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Jul 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:02

07 Jul 2022


#482

Gabfest Live! Grab the Steering Wheel Edition

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are live at Sixth & I in Washington, DC discussing the new insurrection revelations; the overturning of Roe; and the legitimacy of the U.S. Supreme Court. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: David French for The Dispatch: “ [The Case for Prosecuting Donald Trump Just Got Much Stronger] (https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/the-case-for-prosecuting-donald-trump) ” Kirsten M. J. Thompson, Hugh J. W. Sturrock, Diana Greene Foster, et al for JAMA Network Open: “ [Association of Travel Distance to Nearest Abortion Facility With Rates of Abortion] (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2781624) ” [Sacred Hunger] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0385265301/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Barry Unsworth  [Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0802145310/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Karl Marlantes  Meridith McGraw and Matt Dixon for Politico: “ [Trump Fatigue Sets In: ‘Some Donors Are Getting Sick Of The Sh--Show'] (https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/26/trump-fatigue-sets-in-some-donors-are-getting-sick-of-the-sh-show-00042413) ” Here are this week’s chatters: Emily: Christopher Clarey for The New York Times: “ [Tennis Tours Penalize Wimbledon Over Ban on Russian Players] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/20/sports/tennis/wimbledon-russia-ukraine-atp.html) ” David: Emily Temple for LitHub: “ [Famous Authors Who Died on the Exact Same Day] (https://lithub.com/famous-authors-who-died-on-the-exact-same-day/) ” John: Terri Jo Ryan for Waco History: “ [Crash at Crush] (https://wacohistory.org/items/show/70) ” Don’t miss Emily’s conversation with author Keri Blakinger on her new book, [Corrections in Ink] (https://www.amazon.com/Corrections-Ink-Memoir-Keri-Blakinger/dp/1250272858/ref=sr_1_1?crid=40IVNND5JE07&keywords=corrections+in+ink+keri+blakinger&qid=1656008931&sprefix=keri+bla%2Caps%2C91&sr=8-1/?tag=slatmaga-20) , for the June 26, 2022 episode of Gabfest Reads. Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Jun 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:11

30 Jun 2022


#481

Gabfest Reads: Corrections in Ink

Emily Bazelon talks with author Keri Blakinger about her new memoir, [Corrections in Ink] (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250272850/correctionsinink) which recounts Blakinger’s path from Olympic ambitions, to heroin addiction, to prison, and ultimately a return to life on the outside.   Blakinger launched a program to deliver her memoir to currently incarcerated readers. You can learn more here:  [https://800ceoread.com/coupons/redeem/donationcorrectionsinink] (https://800ceoread.com/coupons/redeem/donationcorrectionsinink)   Tweet us your questions [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at [gabfest@slate.com] (mailto:gabfest@slate.com) . (Messages could be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jun 2022

38 MINS

38:44

26 Jun 2022