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Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.

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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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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English

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Episodes

Talking Filibuster

1/13/2022
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss voting rights, Russia's recent moves, with guest Nina Jankowicz; and the increasing politicization of cable news. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute: Electoral Count Act of 1887 David Becker on Face the Nation: “Elections Expert David Becker Denounces ‘Efforts to Sow Confusion and Chaos’ ” Emily Bazelon for the New York Times: “Democracy Worked This Year. but It Is...

Duration:01:07:09

Well, Obviously It’s Jan. 6

1/6/2022
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Jan. 6, with guest Jamelle Bouie and what to make of omicron's impact on schools, and the Theranos case. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Matt Levine for Bloomberg: “Slaying the Blood Unicorn” Wall Street Journal: Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: History of the WSJ Investigation Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “I Write About the Law. But Could I Really Help Free a Prisoner?” Ruddy Roye Photography...

Duration:01:11:32

Conundrums 2021

12/30/2021
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz wrap up 2021 considering life’s many conundrums—with special guest Dwayne Betts! Questions this year include: if you could eliminate one word from the English language what would it be? If you could transport the characters of one book into the time and place of another, which would you choose? If you were ONLY able to brush your teeth in the morning or the night- which would be optimal? Special thanks to everyone who sent in conundrums for...

Duration:01:10:18

Build Back Never

12/23/2021
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the future of the Democratic party's agenda, Omicron's spread across the United States and they're joined by investigative journalist Azmat Khan to talk about the deaths of civilians overseas and the lack of accuracy from the U.S. military. Give the gift of Plus to a fellow Slate fan and they’ll receive all the benefits of membership: unlimited reading, ad-free listening, bonus content, and so much more. Here are some notes and references...

Duration:01:03:55

Build Back Later

12/16/2021
Emily, John and David discuss January 6th revelations, Build Back Better and voting rights and they are joined by Slow Burn host Joel Anderson to talk about Season 6: The L.A. Riots. Give the gift of Plus to a fellow Slate fan and they’ll receive all the benefits of membership: unlimited reading, ad-free listening, bonus content, and so much more. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: David A. Graham for the Atlantic: “The Paperwork Coup” Barton Gellman for the Atlantic:...

Duration:01:13:48

Ghislaine

12/9/2021
Emily and David are joined by guest host David Leonhardt to discuss the pandemic economy; a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics, and the Ghislaine Maxwell trial. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: John J. Mearsheimer for Foreign Affairs: “The Inevitable Rivalry: America, China, and the Tragedy of Great-Power Politics” Corey Robin for The New York Times: “Why the Biden Presidency Feels Like Such a Disappointment” The Enigma of Clarence Thomas, by Corey Robin Mike Baker...

Duration:01:00:12

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

12/2/2021
Emily, John and David discuss the Supreme Court's consideration of Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization with guest Ross Douthat. The Political Gabfest hosts also talk about how best to approach the news of the Omicron variant, and why the Cuomo brothers’ scandals matter. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Diana Greene Foster for The New York Times: “What Happens When It’s Too Late to Get an Abortion” University of California, San Francisco, Advancing New...

Duration:01:14:57

Thanksgiving

11/24/2021
Emily, John and David talk about whether President Biden ought to run in 2024, the Rittenhouse verdict and former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins the Gabfest to talk about international relations with China. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jasmine Wright for CNN: “Exasperation and Dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris' Frustrating Start as Vice President.” Jonathan Chait for New York magazine: “Joe Biden’s Big Squeeze” High Conflict, by...

Duration:00:56:08

No Joe Mojo

11/18/2021
John, Emily and David discuss Biden’s approval numbers, authoritarianism on the rise, and they are joined by author Jay Caspian Kang to talk about his new book, The Loneliest Americans. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: FiveThirtyEight, Latest Polls Isaac Chotiner for the New Yorker: “Can Biden’s Agenda Survive Inflation?” Jason Furman for the Wall Street Journal: “​​Biden Can Whip Inflation and Build Back Better” The Loneliest Americans, by Jay Caspian Kang Pew...

Duration:01:07:43

Presidents Are Not Kings and Plaintiff Is Not President

11/11/2021
John and David are joined by guest host Ruth Marcus to discuss Biden’s infrastructure win, Trump’s January 6 obstruction, and the Rittenhouse trial. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Adie Tomer, Joseph W. Kane, Caroline George, and Andrew Bourne, for The Brookings Institution: “America Has An Infrastructure Bill. What Happens Next?” Ruth Marcus for the Washington Post: “At Yale Law School, a Party Invitation Ignites a Firestorm” Josh Dawsey, Isaac Stanley-Becker, and...

Duration:01:02:48

Gabfest Reads: Kirsten Powers, Saving Grace

11/7/2021
John Dickerson talks with Kirsten Powers about her new book Saving Grace: speak your truth, stay centered and learn to coexist with people who drive you nuts. Powers offers advice about on how to navigate the toxic divisions within our culture without compromising personal convictions and emotional well-being. Kirsten Powers is a New York Times bestselling author, USA Today columnist, and senior political analyst for CNN, where she appears regularly on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with...

Duration:00:20:52

Red All Over

11/4/2021
NYTimes columnist Ross Douthat joins the show to help untangle the implications of the off-year elections and John, Emily and David discuss the Supreme Court arguments on abortion in Texas and guns in New York. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery, by Ross Douthat Emily Bazelon for The New York Times: “It’s Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Now” Here’s this week’s chatter: Emily: Associated Press: “University Of Florida...

Duration:01:06:39

Is Facebook Evil?

10/28/2021
Emily, John and David talk about the Facebook Papers; Building Back (somewhat) Better; and are joined by author Pamela Paul to talk about the trivial and serious sides of her new book: 100 Things We've Lost to the Internet. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Casey Newton for Platformer on Substack: “How The American Internet Is Turning European” Farhad Manjoo for The New York Times: “Facebook Is Bad. Fixing It Rashly Could Make It Much Worse.” Adrienne LaFrance for The...

Duration:01:04:19

Great Resignation

10/21/2021
Emily, John and David discuss Steve Bannon’s contempt of Congress, supply chain woes, and Americans pro-actively leaving their jobs. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jordan Weissmann for Slate: “The Absolute Simplest Explanation for America’s Supply Chain Woes” David J. Lynch for The Washington Post: “Inside America’s Broken Supply Chain” Derek Thompson for The Atlantic: “The Great Resignation Is Accelerating” Matt Bruenig for The People’s Policy Project: “Democratic...

Duration:01:03:47

Death of Democracy

10/14/2021
Emily, John and David discuss the ways that U.S. democracy is in peril, the Democrats‘ strategy woes, and they are joined by author Andrea Elliott to talk about her new book Invisible Child. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Ezra Klein for The New York Times: “David Shor Is Telling Democrats What They Don’t Want to Hear” Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Bill Clinton, Race and the Politics of the 1990s” The Ezra Klein Show. “Transcript: Ezra Klein Interviews...

Duration:01:07:31

Profits Over People

10/7/2021
Emily and John are joined by guest host Mary Harris (host of What Next) to talk about the dangerous debt ceiling games; blowing the whistle on Facebook; and new revelations about January 6th and the plan to overturn the election. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Wall Street Journal: The Facebook Files Wall Street Journal: The Facebook Files, A Podcast Series Nathaniel Persily for the Washington Post: “Facebook Hides Data Showing It Harms Users. Outside Scholars Need...

Duration:00:55:58

Get Those Huddled Masses Out of My Yard

9/30/2021
John, Emily and David discuss the fate of the Build Back Better agenda; vaccine mandates working; and journalist Caitlin Dickerson helps explain the recent U.S. immigration actions and to identify some fresh strategies for change. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “It’s All or Nothing for These Democrats, Even if That Means Biden Fails” Josh Marshall for Talking Points Memo: “Kill the Bill” Caitlin Dickerson for The Atlantic:...

Duration:01:12:19

True Crime

9/23/2021
Emily, John and David discuss what it will take to save the Biden agenda, the abortion doctor's defiance of the Texas ban; and true crime mania. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Josh Marshall for Talking Points Memo: “Policy vs Positioning Has Dems in a Stalemate” Michael Dorf for Dorf on Law: “Texas Could Not Get Away With This Absent SCOTUS-Created Limits On Constitutional Adjudication” Emily Bazelon for The New York Times: “The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion”...

Duration:01:03:18

Our Patience is Wearing Thin

9/16/2021
Emily, John and David discuss the Biden’s administration’s vaccine rule, the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, and the new book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Isaac Stanley-Becker for The Washington Post: “Top General Was So Fearful Trump Might Spark War That He Made Secret Calls To His Chinese Counterpart, New Book Says” Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa Susan B. Glasser for The New Yorker: “‘You’re Gonna Have a Fucking...

Duration:01:07:34

20 Years Since 9/11

9/9/2021
Emily, John and David reflect on 9/11; the fight for the infrastructure agenda, and declining college enrollment among men. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Garrett M. Graff for the Atlantic: “After 9/11, the U.S. Got Almost Everything Wrong” The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, by Garrett M. Graff Ady Barkan for The New York Times: “Home Care Keeps Me Alive. It Should Be Fully Funded.” Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “$1 Trillion Isn’t as Much...

Duration:01:08:21