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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.

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Jewish Space Laser

Emily, John and David discuss the stimulus bill, racial inequities in vaccine distribution, the return to in-person learning, and Majorie Taylor Greene’s GOP.Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Ezra Klein for the New York Times: “The Senate Has Become a Dadaist Nightmare”Uché Blackstock and Oni Blackstock for the Washington Post: “White Americans Are Being Vaccinated at Higher Rates Than Black Americans. Such Inequity Cannot Stand.”Shreya Kangovi and Uché Blackstock for the Washington Post: “Community Health Workers Are Essential in This Crisis. We Need More of Them.”Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “The QAnon Delusion Has Not Loosened Its Grip”David Blight’s Open Yale Course: “HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877”Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, by Liaquat Ahamed Monica Potts for The New York Times: “In the Land of Self-Defeat”Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Moe Tkacik for Slate: “The Lousy Tippers of the Trump Administration”John: Vala Afshar’s tweet of a clip from DisruptTV, Episode 91.  David: Stefanos Chen for the New York Times: “The Downside to Life in a Supertall Tower: Leaks, Creaks, Breaks”Listener chatter from Phillip Cleveland @pwcleveland: a Twitter thread by Mark R. Miller@4T9NER about a meaningful family photographSlate Plus members get great bonus content from Slate, a special 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, listener Norman Townsend asks John, Emily, and David to discuss David’s new startup, CityCast.You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

5 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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The “A Bit Snitty” Edition

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.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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

2 May 2019

Rank #2

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The “Hardest Job in the World” Edition

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. 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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The "Unhinge Me Now" Edition

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.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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 5mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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The “What Happens At Georgetown Prep...” Edition

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.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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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The Dead, Dead, Dead at 75 Edition

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57mins

26 Sep 2014

Rank #6

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The Political Gabfest: The "Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Be President?" Edition

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57mins

28 Mar 2014

Rank #7

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The "Unsung Hero" Edition

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. 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

6 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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The “He's a Natural Toucher” Edition

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Joe Biden; the White House’s stonewalling of Congress; and Brexit--with guest Anne Applebaum.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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 9mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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The “Wahoo” Edition

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.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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 17mins

13 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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The "I'll Disown You If You Marry a Republican" Edition

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57mins

31 Oct 2014

Rank #11

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Don't Be a Tough Guy. Don't Be a Fool! I Will Call You Later

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.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

1hr 20mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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The “Slimeball” Edition

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss fallout from the Michael Cohen raid, James Comey’s world tour, and racism at Starbucks.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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

19 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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The Live in San Francisco Superfest Edition

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 25mins

10 Oct 2014

Rank #14

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The Political Gabfest: The May I Introduce You to President Harding and His Friend Jerry Edition

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

11 Jul 2014

Rank #15

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The They May Take Our Lives But They'll Never Take Our Freedom Edition

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

12 Sep 2014

Rank #16

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The “Trump Economy” Edition

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.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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 7mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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The “Wicked, Even for Trump” Edition

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.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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

21 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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The "Suspending My Campaign" Edition

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's riseto become the Republican Presidential nominee, and the future ofbribery in American government as the Supreme Court debates itsdefinition. They also talk about the decision of Yale University tomaintain the name John C. Calhoun on one of its buildings.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy andprint official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, andsave up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.comand get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promocode GABFEST.And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades,well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. VisitHarrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo codeGABFEST.And by TrackR, a coin-sized device that locates misplaced keys, wallets,bags, computers—anything in seconds. Make losing things, a thing ofthe past. Get 30% off your first TrackR device by going toTheTracker.com and using the promo code GABFEST.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today atwww.slate.com/gabfestplus.Twitter:@SlateGabfestFacebook:facebook.com/GabfestEmail:gabfest@slate.comShow notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

58mins

5 May 2016

Rank #19

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The Political Gabfest: The Conservative Nanny State Edition

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

8 Aug 2014

Rank #20