Political Gabfest

Political Gabfest Podcast

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.

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

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...

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. 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 [email protected] (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show not...


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” ...

Special: SCOTUS After Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Emily Bazelon joins Mike Pesca, host of Slate's Gist, for a special episode on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After discussing Ginsburg’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 Ginsburg should have stepped down under President Obama....

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 special show -- part of the Texas Tribune Festival!: 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 T...


Rage
What Trump knew about the virus, DOJ’s move to end E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit, and Matthew Yglesias on One Billion Americans. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Rage by Bob Woodward The Washington Post: “32 Times Trump Said the Coronavirus Would Go Away” One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger by Matthew Yglesias Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Jaclyn Peiser for the Washington Post: “A Black Seventh-Grader Played with a Toy Gun During a Virtual Class. His...

Who Should Get the Vaccine?
Emily, David and John discuss the politics of violence in the U.S. and are joined by bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel to talk about COVID vaccine distribution, and by Edward Ball to talk about his new book, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Trump Needs His Own Sister Souljah Moment” Science Magazine: “An Ethical Framework for Global Vaccine Allocation” The National Academies of Sciences, Eng...

Pool Boy
The Republican convention, violence in Kenosha, and whether the Falwell and Conway families’ dramas matter. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “‘I Fear That We Are Witnessing the End of American Democracy’” Omar Wasow for the Washington Post: “The Protests Started Out Looking Like 1968. They Turned Into 1964.”  Black Lives Matter Protests in Wisconsin: Charles Franklin Marquette Law School Poll 2020-08-26 Here are this week’s cocktail chatte...


I Know a Predator When I See One
Emily, John and David discuss the Democrats’ virtual convention, the U.S. Postal Service, and the bipartisan Senate report exposing more Trump ties to Russia. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: PowerToThePolls.org Vote-absentee.com Election Protection Hotline Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Keith Johnston for Independent Voter News: “The 18th-Century Reason Biden's VP Pick Should Be a Night Owl” Emily: Claire Cain Miller for the New York Times: “‘I’m Only One Human Bei...

I Know a Predator When I See One
Emily, John and David discuss the Democrats’ virtual convention, the U.S. Postal Service, and the bipartisan Senate report exposing more Trump ties to Russia. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: PowerToThePolls.org Vote-absentee.com Election Protection Hotline Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Keith Johnston for Independent Voter News: “The 18th-Century Reason Biden's VP Pick Should Be a Night Owl” Emily: Claire Cain Miller for the New York Times: “‘I’m Only One Human Bei...

Cheap, Mediocre Testing
David, John and Josie Duffy Rice discuss the Biden-Harris ticket, stimulus gridlock, and rapid, ubiquitous coronavirus testing-- with guest Dr. Michael Mina. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Monica Potts for The New York Times: "In the Land of Self Defeat"  Zak Cheney-Rice for New York Magazine: "Tara Reade Is Making It Harder to Hide Joe Biden" This Week in Virology, “Episode 640: Test Often, Fast Turnaround, with Michael Mina” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Denise ...


Stop Counting Now
Messing with the census, undermining the election, and guest Juliette Kayyem on competent crisis response. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Alex Thompson for Politico: “Trump’s Campaign Knocks on a Million Doors a Week. Biden’s Knocks on Zero.” Ben Smith for the New York Times: “How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong” Franklin Foer for the Atlantic: “Putin Is Well on His Way to Stealing the Next Election” Alice Miranda Ollstein for Politico: “Lawmakers Demand Explanatio...

Twilight of Democracy
David, John and Ruth Marcus discuss Biden’s campaign, Big Tech, and author Anne Applebaum joins to discuss her new book Twilight of Democracy. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: John Dickerson for the Washington Post: “The Ultimate Test of Presidential Character Is Restraint” Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: The ...

Invading America
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Jamelle Bouie discuss Trump’s assault on Portland, the filibuster, and Julian Zelizer’s new book about Newt Gingrich’s power tactics. 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 Jamelle, David, and Emily discuss the people they consider the greatest living Americans after the death of John Lewis. Here are some note...


Find Something New
Emily, David and guest host James Forman Jr. discuss the pandemic catastrophe, the racial justice movement, and “cancel culture.” 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 James, David, and Emily discuss the program James has started at Yale Law School to help individuals from the New Haven area to get law degrees, who wouldn’t otherwise be abl...

Ministerial Exception
Emily, John and David discuss Biden's understated presidential campaign, the new Supreme Court decisions, and Hamilton. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jamelle Bouie for The New York Times: “Maybe This Isn’t Such a Good Time to Prosecute a Culture War” David Weigel for The Washington Post: “The Trailer: Who's Afraid of Joe Biden?” Michael W. McConnell for the New York Times: “On Religion, the Supreme Court Protects the Right to Be Different” Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings:...

Open the Damn Schools
Emily, John and David discuss the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, reopening schools--with guest Emily Oster, and Russia’s bounties for U.S. Troops. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Melissa Murray for The Washington Post: “The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Seems Pulled From The ‘Casey’ Playbook” Linda Greenhouse for The New York Times: “How Chief Justice Roberts Solved His Abortion Dilemma” Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker: “John Roberts Distances Himself from the Trump-M...


Global Pariahs
Emily, John and David discuss the rising numbers of COVID cases, the politicization of the DOJ, and they are joined by Slow Burn's Josh Levin to talk about the new season focused on David Duke. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Austan Goolsbee and Chad Syverson: “Lockdown, and Diversion: Comparing Drivers of Pandemic Economic Decline 2020, University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2020-80.”  Kasra Zarei and John Duchneskie for the Philadelphi...

Because of Sex
Emily, John and David discuss Trump’s Tulsa rally, Bolton’s book, and this week’s historic Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ rights--with attorney Chase Strangio. Episode Notes Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Kathryn Dunn Tenpas for Brookings: “Tracking Turnover in the Trump Administration” Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly” Dylan Scott for Vox: “What Mike Pence Got Wrong About the New Coronavirus Spikes” Margo Vansynghel and David Kroman for...

He Is Going to Change the World
David, Emily, and John present a special livestream of the Political Gabfest on police abuse, the 2020 election, and John’s new book, The Hardest Job in the World. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman for the New York Times: “Outsider Tapped in Flynn Case Calls Justice Dept. Reversal a ‘Gross Abuse’ of Power” David: Emily Cochrane for the New York Times: “That Trump Tweet? Republicans Prefer Not to See It”; Aaron Blake for the Washington Post: “No, It’s Not Just a T...


Inspecting the Bunker
Emily, John and David discuss the protests against police brutality and racism, Trump’s increasingly authoritarian response, and the pandemic--with guest Jamelle Bouie. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “What Will College Be Like in the Fall?” Emily: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua David: The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins; Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly” Listener chatter from David ...

It's Not a Lie, It's a Tweet
Emily, John and David discuss the Trump vs. Twitter battle, the realities of this partisan pandemic, and U.S.-China relations with guest Sheena Chestnut Greitens. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: John: Lori Dorn for Laughing Squid: “A Timeline of the Most Popular TV Shows (1951-2019)” Emily: Willa Paskin for Slate: “Mrs. America’s Showrunner on the Show’s Lessons and Its Detractors” David: NASA Office of the Inspector General: “Examining the Future of the International Space Station” Listener (Produc...

L-Shaped Recovery
Emily, John and David discuss the state of the pandemic; insider trading allegations in the Senate; and Trump’s firing of the watchdog investigating Mike Pompeo. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss the online videos that have educated and entertained them during social isolation. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. You can tweet suggestions, l...


There Is No Plan
Emily, John, and David discuss COVID without federal leadership; challenges to Trump at the Supreme Court; and novelist Isabel Allende joins the show to talk about her new book A Long Petal of the Sea, and how crisis can be an opportunity for change. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss (what would be) epic historical counterfactuals. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to li...

Vote By Mail
Emily, John and David discuss states reopening as numbers of cases continue to climb; this year’s election security challenges; and they're joined by guest Gene Sperling to talk about “economic dignity.” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss how to save the summer. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. You can tweet suggestions, links, and quest...

Come On, Man, I Heard You Liked Me
Emily, John and David discuss Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden, the debate over reopening schools, and the three hosts are joined by astronaut Scott Kelly to talk through tips for living in confined spaces. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss the ethics of human challenge trials for vaccine development. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our ...


Georgia Out of Its Mind
Emily, David and John discuss the pushback against COVID-19 restrictions, the success of female political leaders, and they're joined by Mark Bittman to talk about eating and cooking well during isolation. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss their all-time must-read lists. The list is here. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show.  You can tweet su...

I Alone Can Open It
Trump claims “total authority”, Heather Boushey on fighting the recession, and Amanda Ripley on lessons from Katrina and other disasters. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss what they would do about the pandemic if they were billionaires. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Twee...

Relationships During a Pandemic
In this special episode of the Political Gabfest John, Emily and David are joined by therapist Esther Perel to discuss how the coronavirus is affecting relationships, and what we can all do to support one another, process grief and tap into increased compassion during this time. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest....


It’s Easy to Talk About Lysol
Emily, John and David discuss where efforts to curb virus transmission go from here with epidemiologist Amesh Adalja, Trump’s purge of investigators general, and what Sanders’ exit should mean for the Democratic party’s agenda. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John improvise a story together. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. You can tweet suggestions...

Maybe It Is Infrastructure Week
Emily, John and David discuss the security of U.S. elections, are joined by guest economics professor Jason Furman to help estimate by when we can anticipate a financial recovery, and the hosts talk with novelist Geraldine Brooks to learn more about living through a plague. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discus...

Two Trillion Dollars
Emily, John and David are joined by epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves to discuss the latest pandemic debates and also by Civil War historian David Blight on what history can teach us about surviving catastrophe. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss insights they have gained from their experiences with social distancing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support o...


How Long Will It Last?
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by Dr. Amesh Adalja to discuss efforts to address the pandemic, journalist Neil Irwin on whether the U.S. economy can be saved, and author Jon Mooallem on his new book This is Chance! about communities uniting in a crisis. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David challenges Emily and John to a surprise topic that invites them to examine their quirky private mental routines. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and acc...

Flatten the Curve
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the coming COVID-19 crisis, Biden as the presumptive nominee, and guest Leon Neyfakh joins the show to talk about his podcast Fiasco Season Two: Iran-Contra. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how to make the most of social distancing. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest each week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support our show. You can tweet su...

Wash Your Hands
Emily, John and David discuss Super Tuesday, COVID-19's spread and the Supreme Court's hearing of a crucial abortion case. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss pandemics in fiction. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on the Gabfest every week, and access to special bonus episodes throughout the year. Sign up now to listen and support the show. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or pos...


Slate Plus Bonus Episode: South Carolina and Super Tuesday
David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Biden's win in South Carolina and what it could mean for Super Tuesday and the Democratic Primary overall. Become a Slate Plus today to hear this bonus episode in full www.slate.com/gabfestplus You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfes...

Bern, Baby, Bern
Emily, John and David discuss the Democratic presidential primary, Harvey Weinstein’s conviction, and conservative ascendency in the courts. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment: with inspiration from Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, Emily, David, and John discuss the historical figures and events they’d like to read about in novels (not yet written). Join today: www.slate.com/gabfestplus You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #coc...

[Special] How To Vote for the Next President
Hey Gabfest listeners, today we're featuring a special election-themed episode of the Slate podcast How To! with Charles Duhigg.  Anthony is that rarest of things in American politics—a swing voter who is up for grabs in 2020. Caught between his Republican voting history and his current dislike of President Trump, Anthony is now registered as an Independent. So should he follow his head or his heart? In this episode of How To!, we bring in veteran political advisors David Axelrod, chief strategist for Barac...


Two Stents
Emily, John and David discuss the fiery Democratic debate, Trump’s white-collar pardoning spree, and A Very Stable Genius with authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how they would design a new source of news. Join slate plus today! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer...

Two Stents
Emily, John and David discuss the fiery Democratic debate, Trump’s white-collar pardoning spree, and A Very Stable Genius with authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how they would design a new source of news. Join slate plus today! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer...

Bernie Burns It and Biden Bites It
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Democrats after New Hampshire, Trump’s emboldened post-impeachment moves, and COVID-19. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the possibility that Trump will order that future federal buildings have only neoclassical designs. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless t...


The Most Abusive and Destructive
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the Iowa debacle, Mitt Romney’s impeachment vote, and Trump’s expanded immigration ban. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss George Packer’s acceptance speech for the Hitchens Prize, published in the Atlantic: “The Enemies of Writing.” You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name u...

49 years and 364 days of Plotz
David, Emily and John discuss outlandish impeachment defenses, the approaching Iowa caucuses, and the Supreme Court allowing the “public charge” rule to go into effect. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the Washington Post suspending Felicia Sonmez for her tweets about Kobe Bryant. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unl...

Nobody Likes Him
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Trump on trial, the Democratic primary race, and Mohammed bin Salman’s hacking of Jeff Bezos. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss what elements they would include if they crafted a new religion. Become a Slate Plus member here! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless t...


If You Want Her Out
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss new impeachment revelations, the Warren-Sanders rift, and Bill Barr going after Apple’s encryption. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss Megxit. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabf...

Bomb Iran--We’ve Had a Bomb Iran Edition Before
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz, with Iran expert Suzanne Maloney discuss Iran, the Democratic presidential race, and John Bolton. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss The Morning Show. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is gab...

Good Trouble
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice discuss impeachment fatigue, the twin canaries of anti-Semitism and philo-Semitism, and the incredible John Lewis. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and Josie revisit a conundrum about how to extricate oneself from (or apologize for) a difficult situation. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name...


Oakland Conundrum
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz solve listeners' most pressing philosophical conundrums including personal conundrums like, would you rather be exceptional at one thing but awful at everything else?  And societal conundrums like, would you prefer to have Trump as your father or as your President? And special guest Adam Savage brings his myth-busting expertise to help. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest each week. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatt...

Read My Letter
Emily, John and David discuss impeachment, the pushback against Pete Buttigieg, and they offer a review of the most important stories of 2019. Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: Emily: The, soon to be, end of an era with her warm and welcoming neighborhood grocery store Romeo and Cesare’s  John: Thomas Fuller and Josh Haner for the New York Times: “Portrait of an Oakland California Homeless Encampment.” and A 5700 year-old human genome and oral microbiome from chewed birch pitch in the journal Natur...

Slate Presents: Lockdown
If you have any school-aged children in your life, you know that lockdown and active shooter drills have become a routine part of their school experience. These drills now take place in 95 percent of American schools. What you’re about to hear is a collaboration between Slate and The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence in the United States. It’s an audio project featuring firsthand accounts from kids of all ages about what it’s like to go through these drills. We hear a lot about school shoot...


Crossfire Hurricane
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss impeachment, the FBI Inspector General’s report on the Russia investigation, and the Afghanistan Papers. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss the Trump Administration's incongruous relationship towards Jewish Americans. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s Dec. 18, 2019, “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, li...

Badly Written & Reseached Disaster
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss impeachment, Kamala Harris, and guest Ruth Marcus’ new book about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Supreme Ambition. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s Dec. 18, 2019, “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may b...

Good Order and Discipline
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Jamelle Bouie discuss the firing of the Navy Secretary, the case for prolonging impeachment investigations, and new holidays everyone should celebrate. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Jamelle discuss things they learned in college that have stuck with them.. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum You can also tweet suggesti...


In The Loop
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice discuss this week's impeachment bombshells, the Democratic presidential debate, and emails confirming that Steven Miller is a white nationalist. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Josie discuss South Dakota's “Meth. We're on it.” campaign. Become a member at slate.com/gabfestplus Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/c...

In The Loop
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice discuss this week's impeachment bombshells, the Democratic presidential debate, and emails confirming that Steven Miller is a white nationalist. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Josie discuss South Dakota's “Meth. We're on it.” campaign. Become a member at slate.com/gabfestplus Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/c...

DP [Hearts] MB
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the public impeachment hearings, fresh faces in Democratic presidential primary, and DACA at the Supreme Court. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted b...


DP [Hearts] MB
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the public impeachment hearings, fresh faces in Democratic presidential primary, and DACA at the Supreme Court. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted b...

One Year From This Week
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss new polls and election results, impeachment, and leaving the Paris climate accord. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John discuss the “OK, Boomer” phenomenon.  Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #...

Halloween
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the impeachment resolution, Twitter’s ban on political ads, and the downfall of Katie Hill. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily and John review the Founders’ meticulous efforts to establish a balance of power across the three branches of government. Subscribe today! Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can twee...


Halloween
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the impeachment resolution, Twitter’s ban on political ads, and the downfall of Katie Hill. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily and John review the Founders’ meticulous efforts to establish a balance of power across the three branches of government. Subscribe today! Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can twee...

Cooper, Taylor, SCIFer Spy
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss damning new impeachment testimony, Facebook under fire, and taking to the streets against Trump. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John take inspiration from Christine Lagarde’s lesson on pretending to drink wine and discuss things they fake doing. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet s...

Cooper, Taylor, SCIFer Spy
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss damning new impeachment testimony, Facebook under fire, and taking to the streets against Trump. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John take inspiration from Christine Lagarde’s lesson on pretending to drink wine and discuss things they fake doing. Get your tickets to the Gabfest’s December 18, 2019 “Conundrum” live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA here.    And submit your conundrums at Slate.com/conundrum! You can tweet s...


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 ...

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. Sign up now. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook pag...

Great and Unmatched Wisdom
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss obstruction of impeachment investigations, the new Supreme Court term, and Bernie Sanders’ health. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is [email protected] (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise...


We’re Not Fooling Around Here
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the impeachment investigation, a new theory of why conservatives can’t quit Trump, and the court ruling upholding Harvard’s affirmative action program. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Emily discuss the new nutrition guidelines for red meat consumption. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted b...

I Would Like You To Do Us A Favor
The Ukraine scandal, the politics of impeachment, and Jodi Kantor about investigating Harvey Weinstein and She Said, a new bookwritten with co-author Megan Twohey. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Kirsten Powers discuss what makes Greta Thunberg wonderful and why she drives her critics crazy. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless...

I Would Like You To Do Us A Favor
The Ukraine scandal, the politics of impeachment, and Jodi Kantor about investigating Harvey Weinstein and She Said, a new bookwritten with co-author Megan Twohey.For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Kirsten Powers discuss what makes Greta Thunberg wonderful and why she drives her critics crazy.You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless th...


Twin Cities
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Democratic middle ground, “chaos voters,” and guest Curtis Sittenfeld’s fiction about living political figures. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John take questions from the live audience in St. Paul, Minnesota. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates othe...

Democratic Debate Special: Slate Plus Teaser
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the latest Democratic presidential debate including Castro's dig into Biden, nationalized healthcare, and strategies for how to effectively pick a fight with President Trump. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is [email protected]

Democratic Debate Special: Slate Plus Teaser
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the latest Democratic presidential debate including Castro's dig into Biden, nationalized healthcare, and strategies for how to effectively pick a fight with President Trump.You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is [email protected]


Last Mustache in Washington
The cancelled Taliban talks, John Bolton’s departure, and guest Paul Tough’s new book The Years That Matter Most. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John debate the ideal length for books and movies. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is [email protected]

Prolix Prorogue
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus, discuss the state of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination; the newest Brexit chaos--with guest Amanda Taub; and hope for accountability and funding to stem the opioid crisis.  For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Ruth talk about the recent court ruling that North Carolina’s gerrymandered districts violate the state’s constitution. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter...

Don't Worry I'll Pardon You
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Trump’s offer to pardon lawbreakers who help build a border wall, whether the U.S. is a republic or a democracy, and how journalists can choose to punch up or punch down internet harassment. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John talk about nuking hurricanes. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be q...


Don't Worry I'll Pardon You
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Trump’s offer to pardon lawbreakers who help build a border wall, whether the U.S. is a republic or a democracy, and how journalists can choose to punch up or punch down internet harassment. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John talk about nuking hurricanes. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be q...

1619
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the New York Times Magazine’s "1619 Project" examining slavery in the U.S. (with guest Wesley Morris), corporate responsibility, and the policy changes niche groups are scoring federally. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John talk about what the U.S. should buy since Greenland isn’t for sale. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our...

Public Charge
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Josie Duffy Rice (of The Appeal) discuss Trump’s new move to punish documented immigrants, death in prison and Jeffrey Epstein, and recession. Come see the Political Gabfest LIVE in the Twin Cities for an unforgettable yet timely show full of witty banter, in-depth analysis, and lively debate. Tickets available now! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages ...


Moscow Mitch
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Mike Pesca discuss white supremacist violence, Mitch McConnell’s new nicknames, and the impact of Joaquin Castro tweeting the names of Trump donors. Come see the Political Gabfest LIVE in the Twin Cities for an unforgettable yet timely show full of witty banter, in-depth analysis, and lively debate. Tickets available now! You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Mes...

Dark Psychic Force
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the Democratic primary debates, Trump’s nominee for director of national intelligence, and whether heat waves across the globe could inspire real action on climate change. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss their favorite summer games. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name...

Introducing: How To! With Charles Duhigg
This is a feature episode of a new Slate podcast, How To! With Charles Duhigg. What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg ("The Power of Habit") takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now. Subscribe to How To! With Charles Duhigg on your preferred podcast app, or find it at slate.com/howto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...


Not Exculpated
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Robert Mueller’s testimony, the downfall of Al Franken, and the deal to raise the debt ceiling. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) The email address for the Political Gabfest is [email protected] (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) ...

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

You the North, We the South
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss the impact of the US health care debate on the primary season, white supremacy from Canada with guest Jesse Brown, and who’s at fault in addition to sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John take international audience questions live from Toronto. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post...


My President Went to North Korea and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Democratic presidential primary debates, Trump’s bizarre trip to North Korea, and Customs and Border Patrol’s scandals over appalling detention conditions and a racist Facebook group. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss whether tourism that makes people more invested in stopping climate change is worth the carbon emissions it could entail. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions ...

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

The “Keep America... Oh Forget it” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s latest campaign relaunch, Elizabeth Warren’s rise, and Harvard’s decision to rescind Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGab...


The “Little Diddy About Mitch and Elaine” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao’s conflicts of interest, partisanship in state legislatures, and YouTube’s radicalizing recommendation algorithm. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast ...

Slate Plus Bonus: The "Live from Chelsea New York's Slate Day" Edition
In this Slate Plus special Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and guest Nikole Hannah-Jones discuss the Democratic Primary and the crucial African American vote, potential antitrust investigations of Big Tech and how the resegregation of America's public schools is ruining our future. Join Slate Plus to hear this episode in full!  www.Slate.com/gabfestplus Recorded by Merritt Jacobs Research by Bridgette Dunlap Edit by Jocelyn Frank Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Underhanded Undercount” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the new revelations in the census case, Trump’s threatened tariffs, and the criminal charges against the school safety officer who failed to confront the Parkland shooter. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Become a fan of the Political Ga...


The "Freedom Gas" Edition
Emily Bazelon, and Julia Ioffe discuss the E.U. election means for the world, Trump’s war on climate science, and the deaths at Mount Everest. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SlateGabfest. The email address for the...

The “Legitimate Legislative Purpose” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Congress; whether Democratic presidential candidates should appear on Fox News; and the new book The Queen with Slate’s National Editor Josh Levin. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be...

The "Abortion Ban" Edition
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the latest wave of anti-abortion bills, Trump’s showdown with Iran, and “Civic Saturday”--with guest Eric Liu. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writ...


The “Contempt of Congress” Edition
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s showdown with Congress, the trade war with China, and what “socialism” means to Democrats. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates...

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 @SlateG...

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


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

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

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 o...


The "Just a Note" Edition
We typically deliver a new Political Gabfest episode every Thursday but because we have a great live show in Charlottesville on Friday- we're going to pass you a full length episode on Saturday this week! Check back here on Saturday for the next great episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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 f...

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


BONUS: The "No Conspiracy, No Collusion, Full Exoneration" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the summary Attorney General William Barr submitted to Congress. The full version of this special bonus episode is only available to Slate Plus members. To hear it, sign up for a free trial at slate.com/gabfestplus. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest (#heygabfest). (Tweets may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Become a fa...

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

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


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

The “He is a Racist, He is a Con Man, He is a Cheat” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Michael Cohen’s testimony, Trump’s failed North Korea summit, and Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book Say Nothing. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily discuss what should be on the test to become a U.S. citizen. 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 t...

The "Feel the Bern" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s national emergency declaration, Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, and Amazon abandoning its New York plans. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Slate...


The “All About the Benjamins” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the deal to avoid a second shutdown, Jeff Bezos claims of sextortion, and Ilhan Omar’s tweets about Israel. 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 ...

The “Just A Little Bit of Shoe Polish” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Virginia Democrats in turmoil, Trump’s State of the Union speech, and the appalling conditions at a federal prison in New York. For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily discuss the crisis in digital media. 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 writ...

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


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

The “Pocketing Your Notes” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the continued government shutdown, the counterintelligence investigation of Trump, and the racism of Steve King. 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 “Infinity War” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the government shutdown, new Russia connections revealed in the Mueller investigation, and why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting so much attention. 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...


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

The “2018 Conundrum” Edition
Emily, John, and David close out the year considering listeners’ most confounding conundrums with special guest Simon Doonan. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “A Liberal is a Conservative Who’s Been to Jail” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, Michael Flynn’s legal troubles, and new revelations about Russian trolling and Facebook’s privacy violations. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.Researc...


The “Tinkle Contest With a Skunk” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Michael Cohen’s sentencing, the search for America’s next White House chief of staff, and Trump’s threat to shut down the government over border wall funding. 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 Face...

The "Last Wasp" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the legacy of George H.W. Bush, the power-grab by Wisconsin Republicans, and election fraud in North Carolina. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "Not Off the Table" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the mounting number of liars being investigated by Mueller, President Trump’s confrontation with the courts over the border, and the lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the census. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected]


The "Sealed Indictment" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss what may be next for the Mueller investigation, the California wildfires, and new revelations about Facebook’s leadership team. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “House Speaker John Lewis” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss unfounded allegations of fraud in the Florida recount, decisions facing House Democrats about their leadership and agenda, and the lawsuit challenging Trump’s unprecedented appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] ...

The “Way Too Much News” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the extraordinary midterm elections, whether the success of ballot initiatives protecting voting rights marks a turning point in ballot access, and the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Lear...


The "Most Important Election of our Lifetimes Since the Last Election” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and guest David Axelrod, discuss the intersections of politics and violence and also Trump’s attempts to steer the election coverage leading up to the midterms. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...

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

The “Now We Have Pipe Bombs” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the pipe bombs sent to Trump critics, the state of the midterm elections, and whether Saudi Arabia will be punished for the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...


The "Cheek Swab" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Trump administration’s response to the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, and the debate around Georgia’s voter security measures. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices....

The "Angry Mob" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the dire new climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation, and Taylor Swift’s new engagement with politics. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad...

The “All County Building Supply and Maintenance” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Kavanaugh controversy, Trump’s apparent tax evasion, and whether the new North American trade deal is better than the old one. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Live from Austin: Do You Have a Drinking Problem, Senator?” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the state of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, the possibility that former felons will regain the right to vote in Florida, and guest DeRay Mckesson’s new book, On The Other Side of Freedom. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest...

The “One Hundred Percent Certain” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the testimony of both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfe...


Special: The "Kavanaugh in Crisis" Edition
In this special bonus episode, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the sexual misconduct allegations facing Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap...

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: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn m...


The “Packing and Cracking” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss lawyer Don McGahns’s departure from the White House team, North Carolina’s political gerrymandering and John McCain’s legacy. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Eight Count” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Tuesday’s conviction of Manafort, Cohen’s guilty plea and McGahn’s cooperation with the special counsel as well as the Kavanaugh nomination. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch...

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: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected]


Gabfest Presents: Slow Burn
David Plotz talks with Leon Neyfakh, host of the Slate podcast Slow Burn, about season two of the hit show. Subscribe to Slow Burn here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “War on Your Mind” Edition
Emily Bazelon, Benjamin Wittes, and David Plotz discuss revelations from Paul Manafort’s trial, proposed White House changes to legal immigration, and Alex Jones’s banishment from social platforms. For Slate Plus, Emily & David talk to Ben about Lawfare. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfes...

The “3D-Printed Gabfest” Edition
Emily Bazelon, Ruth Marcus, and David Plotz discuss Paul Manafort’s trial, blueprints for 3D-printed guns, and potential capital gains tax cuts. Lara Bazelon joins for Slate Plus to discuss sexism in courtrooms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Pay With Cash” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Michael Cohen’s release of secret recordings with Trump, the gubernatorial race in Georgia, and justice for the death of Markeis McGlockton. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...

The "Double Negative" Edition Live from Glenside, PA
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are live in Glenside, PA to discuss the fallout of the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki and the latest indictments of Maria Butina and the 12 Russian officers. Plus, with midterms on the horizon, who in the Democratic party is positioning themselves for a 2020 presidential nomination? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: ...

The “Carpool Justice” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy, the U.S. relationship with NATO, and federal policies around breastfeeding. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...


The "Abolish ICE" Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jacob Weisberg, and David Plotz discuss potential replacements for Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, liberal chants to ‘Abolish ICE’, and why Scott Pruitt resigned. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Red Court, Red Dem, and Red Hen” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Justice Kennedy’s retirement,  the New York primary upset, and the meaning of civility. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad...


The “Special Place in Hell” Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Dahlia Lithwick discuss the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph at the Supreme Court, and the impact of Trump on Tuesday’s primaries.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...

The “I Beg My Pardon” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the President’s pardon power, the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and Bill Clinton’s bumbling book tour. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...

The “Ambien and Racism” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss #WhereAreTheChildren and new immigration policies, the death toll in Puerto Rico, and Roseanne’s racism. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Open Hostility” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the state of U.S.-North Korea relations, Stacey Abrams’ Georgia primary win, and Trump’s call for an investigation of his investigators. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice...

The “Leaks and the Leaky Leakers Who Leaked Them” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss protests over the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the rash of White House leaks, and racial bias in marijuana arrests in New York City. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...

The “Is Every Attorney in New York a Crook?” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss news of multiple shady payments to Michael Cohen’s business and the downfall of Eric Schneiderman. Max Fisher, writer of The Interpreter at the New York Times, joins the gang to discuss Trump’s announced abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfes...


The "Live in St. Louis" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Mueller team’s questions for President Trump and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ indictments. Jason Kander joins in to talk about voting rights and the 2018 elections. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad ...

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: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about you...

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: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Farewell My Blue-Eyed Monster” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether Donald Trump should be panicking about the raid on Michael Cohen’s office, what Paul Ryan’s retirement portends, and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad ch...

The “Caravan of Gabfesters” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Robert Mueller's investigation, President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigration and Amazon, and corruption at the EPA.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Pardon Me” Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and Jack Hitt, co-host of Gimlet’s Uncivil, discuss the census citizenship question, Trump’s brewing legal trouble, and gerrymandering.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "Delete Facebook" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and New York Time's technology columnist Farhad Manjoo discuss Robert Mueller's job security, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and compare today's political climate to the 1960s.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megapho...

The "Rex Wrecks" Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss the Twitter-firing of Rex Tillerson, the special election results from Pennsylvania, and Betsy DeVos’s bizarre interview on 60 Minutes Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...

The "Stormy Weather" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s tariffs and fledgling trade war, the Stormy Daniels lawsuit, and the relationships between sanctuary cities and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Please fill out the Slate podcast survey...


The “There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymore” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the changes to gun sales following the Parkland shooting, the most recent White House shake-ups, and the future of public unions as Janus v AFSCME comes before the Supreme Court. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Please fill out th...

The “Enough Thoughts and Prayers” Edition
John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by Annie Lowrey, of The Atlantic, to discuss the power of students organizing against gun violence, the Mueller indictments, and Mitt Romney’s newest campaign. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f...

The “Let’s Just Ban Everything” Edition
Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are joined by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to discuss the Parkland, Florida shooting, job openings at the White House, and whether it’s the right time to ban porn.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...


The “A Correction, Not a Crash” Edition
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the value of the Nunes memo and accusations of White House aide Rob Porter’s domestic abuse. David Leonhardt joins the gang to discuss whether an increase in wages caused the stock market drop and a Slate Plus segment on emotional support animals. 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: @SlateGabfes...

The “Hope Hicks’ Loose Lips Sinks Ships” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss criticism of the FBI by the White House and its allies, the State of the Union, and Hillary Clinton’s protection of an adviser accused of sexual assault. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega...

The “50,000 Texts” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the integrity of the FBI, the usefulness of government shutdowns and the value of survivor testimony during sentencing. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “A House is Not a Hole” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss if Republicans and Democrats should keep the government open, Trump's opinions on immigration and what positive outcomes can result from public dissection of Grace's Aziz Ansari story.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more a...

The "Very Stable Genius" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the future of the Dreamers, Trump’s fitness for office, and voting-related cases before SCOTUS. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Lost His Mind” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the buzz around Trump's relationship with Steve Bannon, partisanship within the Russia investigation, and a new (real) study about fake news. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...


The "2017 Conundrums featuring They Might Be Giants" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson dig in, dissect and debate listener-generated conundrums with special performances from They Might Be Giants. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Paul Ryan Has Died and Gone to Heaven” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the final tax bill, government agency leadership, and are joined by Linda Greenhouse to talk about her new book about covering the Supreme Court. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm...

The “Devil and Mister Jones” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Democrat Doug Jones’s win in Alabama, the current state of the tax bill and the transgressions of men in the headlines. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "Wedding Cake" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss why Roy Moore appears to be surviving while Al Franken and many other harassers are being pushed out of office, the wedding cake case currently before the Supreme Court, and what impact President Trump could have on peace in the Middle East. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest...

The “Pass Through” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the momentum of the Republican tax plans, Project Veritas's attempted take-down of the Washington Post, and the Supreme Court's consideration of the privacy of cell phone data. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ...

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha
The Gabfest presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.  People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Al Franken and Charlie Rose and Bill Clinton and Roy Moore and John Conyers Should All Resign” Edition
David Plotz, Zoe Chace of This American Life, and Chairman of The Slate Group, Jacob Weisberg discuss the state of the GOP tax bills, the case for resignation by perpetrators of sexual harassment and the health of the magazine industry.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more abou...

The “She Was Just 17, You Know What I Mean” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the downward spiral for Roy Moore, the tax plans of the House and Senate, and the latest with the Russia investigation and Wikileaks.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "One Year and One Day" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Tuesday’s victories for Democrats, Trump’s first year, and the role of technology companies in Russian meddling. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "Cut, Cut, Cut" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the initial indictments from the Mueller investigation and the House’s tax cut bill. Civil War historian David Blightjoins in to dig in to John Kelly’s comments on the Civil War and Robert E. Lee.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest ...

The "Live from Chicago" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson review Senators Flake and Corker’s fiery rebukes of President Trump. Special guest State's Attorney Kim Foxx joins in to discuss criminal justice reform in Chicago, and the hosts also explore if we have now arrived at a time of empowerment for survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Faceboo...

The "President Pence" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss presidential calls to grieving families, Vice President Pence’s core politics, and the opioid crisis. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Adult Day Care” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump Administration infighting, Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged gross misconduct, and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Thoughts and Prayers” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Las Vegas shooting, the response to Puerto Rico’s suffering and Supreme Court's examination of gerrymandering. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Everyone Listens to Women When They Speak Around Here” Edition
Emily Bazelon, Ruth Marcus (Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Washington Post) and Ross Douthat (New York Times Columnist) discuss Trump’s tax plan, shifting Republican power and pro athletes using their influence to inspire social change Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more ...


The “Equinox, the Rocket Man” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson dig into the remix of the Obamacare repeal, Bob Mueller's shock and awe investigative tactics and Trump's visit to the U.N. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "What Happened” Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss President Trump's potential to destroy the two-party system, criticism of Hillary Clinton's new book and Franklin Foer joins in to talk about the power and influence of large technology companies. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Le...

The “DACA Attack-A” Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss DACA, the September legislative pileup and the future of relations between the U.S. and North Korea Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Après Moi, Le Déluge” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and David Leonhardt of the New York Times discuss Hurricane Harvey, Antifa, and insubordinate Trump officials. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Get Me Another General” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Kirsten Powers of CNN discuss Afghanistan strategy, Mitch McConnell’s presidential silent treatment and bail reform. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Very Fine People” Edition
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, to discuss President Trump's response to Charlottesville, the impact of Charlottesville on the nation, and the upcoming Alabama Senate Race. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more abo...


The “Like the World Has Never Seen” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and Jamelle Bouie discuss Trump's improvisational words for North Korea, the unintended consequences of the federal government's stance on immigration and the value of public debate about the Google memo. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about y...

The “Kelly and the Mooch” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss White House chaos, affirmative action, and prosecutors withholding evidence. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “If Only This Were A Movie And Not Our Lives” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Senate's skinny health care ideas, President Trump's bullying of Jeff Sessions and what the future will hold for transgender people in the U.S. military. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m...


The “Eventually We Will Get Something Done” Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss what will follow the Senate health care collapse, the influence of Steve Bannon and the future approach to prosecution of sexual assaults on college campuses. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...

The “I Love It” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss what can be done to protect American democracy, the state of the GOP healthcare bill, and Mark Leibovich joins in to assess Trump's draining of the swamp.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...

The “ICBM” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the agenda of the Commission on Election Integrity, the Trump Euro tour, and the threat from a nuclear North Korea. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Mitch McConnell Really Does Have a Secret Plan” Edition
Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are joined by Jacob Weisberg to talk about Mitch McConnell's next move on health care, the rulings of the Supreme Court and CNN's recent resignations. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "Lump of Coal" Edition
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Julia Ioffe, staff writer with the Atlantic, to discuss health care, special elections and the summer season of the Supreme Court.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "Mean" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Slate's Jamelle Bouie discuss the Virginia shooting, Senate health bill, Russia investigation, and Virginia gubernatorial primaries. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "I Expect Loyalty" Edition Live From Denver
Live from Denver Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus discuss the Comey testimony, the legal debate about cell phone data privacy and welcome Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the mic to weigh in about the state of the Democratic Party. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at s...

The “Jared Went to Him” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Jared Kushner scandal, Trump's approach to climate and the President's recent European tour. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Glowing Orb” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the presidential budget, Trump’s trip abroad, and a Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "Witch Hunt" Edition
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Jacob Weisberg to discuss the maelstrom around Trump’s presidency, Roger Ailes impact on the conservative movement and Attorney General Sessions’s war on drugs. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...

The “Tuesday Night Massacre” Edition
Hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by former CIA officer and former independent Presidential candidate Evan McMullin for this episode, recorded-live from Washington DC. The group talks about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the state of conservatism in America and what DC and Utah can learn from each other. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfest plus. Twitter: @SlateGabf...

Gabfest EXTRA: The “AHCA Returns” Edition
Hosts David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the health care vote and what the results might mean for millions of Americans seeking coverage.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "Deface the Nation" Edition
Hosts David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss John's interview with President Trump, the public return of Hillary Clinton, and Bret Stephens now writing for the New York Times. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “One-Page Tax Plan” Edition
Host's David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the health and tax plans on the table as the 100 day mark approaches, Obama's Wall Street speech, and a judge's block to an executive order on sanctuary cities. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choice...

The “Bill Comes Due” Edition
John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon are joined by New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson to discuss tension with North Korea, President Trump's executive order and talk of tax reform and Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. ...


The "Red, Red Line" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss U.S. foreign relations, Democratic hopes for 2018 and the United Airlines seat ejection. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Crossing Many Lines” Edition
Culture Gabfest host Dana Stevens swaps in for David Plotz, joined by Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson to discuss the end of the filibuster, White House conflicts of interest and President Trump's approach to human rights. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choic...

The “Darkness at Nunes” Edition
Gabfest hosts discuss Devin Nunes and the investigation into Russian interference in the Presidential election, what follows failure of the new health care bill and how to define President Trump's plan for energy independence. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad c...


Gabfest EXTRA 2- the Vanishing Health Care Bill
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson give the latest on the vanishing House health care bill. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Gabfest "EXTRA- the Health Care" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the health care vote (or non vote) suspense. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Playing Sofball with Neil” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential campaign, Neil Gorsuch's smooth talking and the moves of an accused cop-killer, state prosecutor and governor of Florida.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest L...


The “When I'm 64” Edition
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Trumpcare, the President's proposed budget, and the new Muslim ban. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Is This the Worst Bill in History” Edition
Hosts Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, President Trump's accusation of wiretapping and the future for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choic...

The “Live from the Free and Independent Republic of California” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson, live from LA, discuss President Trump’s address to Congress, Jeff Sessions and California’s potential to secede. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The “Deploy, Detain, Deport” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss President Trump's immigration enforcement plans, the move to revoke bathroom rights for transgendered students and the downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...

The "Freaks and Leaks" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic to discuss the Russia scandal and ouster of Michael Flynn. They also examine the populist revolt to save Obamacare, and American-Israeli relations. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about ...

The “Nevertheless She Persisted” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the legal fight over the President Trump's immigration executive order, the confirmation battles of DeVos and Sessions and Elizabeth Warren's grandstanding, and debate if comedy can shape public opinion and policy.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at s...


The “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses … Ah, Screw It” Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss President Trump's immigration order, his nominee to the Supreme Court and the approaches of Washington's bureaucrats- should they change course? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...

The “Has it Really Only Been a Week?” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the actions President Trump has taken already in his first week, what projects may become priorities for the nation's infrastructure and lying- what significance do lies have to the new administration and its future? Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at ...

The “I Think We're Going to be Okay” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act, the challenges of covering glitter, Twitter and news from the Trump administration and the commuting of Chelsea Manning's sentence. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad cho...


The “Cloudy with 100 Percent Chance of Showers” Edition
Hosts David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to discuss Donald Trump's press conference, the confirmation hearings and the legacy President Obama leaves behind. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. V...

The “It Still Seems Pretty Swampy To Me” Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the new Congress and the botched effort to gut the House ethics office. And, in the first of three segments looking back at Obama’s presidency in its final three weeks, the hosts discuss Obama’s economic legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "2016 Conundrum" Edition
Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon tackle listener-generated conundrums - an annual Gabfest tradition, recorded live at the Brooklyn Bell House. Join Slate Plus. Members get bonus segments (like a special Gabfest featuring Stephen Colbert!), exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


The “How Bad Could 2017 Be Anyway?” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by NPR's International Desk Editor William Dobson to discuss the attacks in Berlin and assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Gabfest hosts go on to take a look at the domestic and international world that Donald Trump will inherit as President. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gab...

The “Red Dawn” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the appointment of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State and the possibility that Russian hackers could be responsible for the results of the Presidential election. Ta-Nehisi Coates joins in to discuss his recent essay “My President Was Black.” Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Ga...

The “Cling Tightly to One Tiny Piece of Good News” Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon attempt to crack the code on Donald Trump's cabinet selections, talk over the real dangers of fake news and discuss what it would take to change the electoral college. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


The “Welcome to the Kleptocracy” Edition
Host Emily Bazelon is joined by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker, and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Donald Trump's business conflicts of interest, the future of health care and the rights and wrongs of responding to Trump tweets. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn mo...

The “Safe and Special Place” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson examine what President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointments could portend, if Mike Pence was mistreated at a recent Hamilton performance and if Trump could cause real harm to the free press. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more ...

The “Should You Work for President Trump” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss the potential influence of Trump's cabinet picks, how to decide whether to serve or not to serve and the seriousness of fake news. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "Even Longer National Nightmare" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Jacob Weisberg, chairman of The Slate Group, to discuss the election results, how Donald Trump will govern and what Trump skeptics and foes should do now. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visi...

Year of Great Books | What Should We Read Next?
It’s time to choose the final selection for Slate's Year of Great Books, a Slate Academy series. This time, Laura Miller and Slate Plus members will be joined by John Dickerson, host of CBS’s Face the Nation and panelist on the Political Gabfest. Hear John talk to Laura about what he manages to read during a presidential campaign, and why he’s eager to sink into a big, world-creating novel as soon as the election ends. Cast your vote here. To sign-up for this Slate Academy, visit Slate.com/GreatBooks Learn...

The “Is it Tuesday Yet” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss how close the presidential race may be, the impact of FBI director James Comey's comments, and they attempt to brainstorm survival tactics for the remaining days leading up to the election.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn mo...


The "Live From Boston" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson gab live from Boston's Wilbur Theater about the state of the Presidential race, what happens to Trump voters if he loses the race and how to repair voters' faith, and stamina, in the campaign process for future seasons. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate...

The "I Will Keep You in Suspense" Edition
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Slate Group chairman, Jacob Weisberg, to discuss the third Presidential debate and the possible danger zones that exist for an opinionated journalist, like Amy Goodman, covering a protest. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about you...

The "Trying to Find Someone Who Was Not Assaulted By Donald Trump" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, the latest from WikiLeaks on Hillary Clinton and whether its ethical to choose not to vote in this election. Fill out our survey: panoply.fm/survey Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfes...


The “That Mexican Thing” Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's taxes, the yapping dog of the VP debate and the Supreme Court's attempt to avoid ties with their cases this season.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail” Edition
Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss whether Hillary Clinton will surge out of the first debate, if Donald Trump should bring up the misdeeds of Bill Clinton and if the most recent  crime numbers really represent the nation's crime. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfe...


Gabfest Extra: The “I'm So Relieved” Edition
Trumpcast host Jacob Weisberg and Gabfest hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson team up for some post-Presidential-debate review. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Time to Panic” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's attempt to leave the birther conspiracy club, how the New York and New Jersey bombs could impact the election and what a pardon for Edward Snowden would represent for US national security. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gab...

The "Hack, Sputter, Cough" Edition
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Hillary Clinton's hidden pneumonia, Donald Trump's charitable self-portraits and the political potential of the latest economic report.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad ...


The “Bart Simpson Versus Lisa Simpson” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson debate the ethical murkiness of Donald Trump's payment to Attorney General Pam Bondi, the candidates' preparation styles for the upcoming debates and the reparations offered by Georgetown University.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn ...

The “Make Mexico Great Again” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's visit to Mexico, the breakup of Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, and the Senate races of 2016.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "Meet the New Trump" Edition
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker to discuss the new messages coming from Donald Trump, the new trove of Hillary Clinton emails and the geographic patterns of capital punishment in America.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about you...


The “Should You Believe Juanita Broaddrick” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Slate Contributor Frank Foer to discuss Paul Manafort's ties to Russia, the violence in Milwaukee and political responses, and the return of Juanita Broaddrick to the media spotlight.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn mo...

The "Many People Are Saying" Edition
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Kirsten Powers of Fox News, to discuss the defections from the Donald Trump fan club, the art and folly of the apology and theories of binge drinking in America.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...

The “You Can Get the Baby Out of Here” Edition
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson, joined by Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, discuss the weekly delights of Donald Trump, the role of gender in this election and how recent voting rights cases could impact this year's election outcomes. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more ab...


The “Bunch of Malarkey” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Michelle and President Obama's endorsements of Hillary, the frustration of Sanders fans and the DNC hack scandal. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Your Word is Your Bond” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the royalty and the squires of the Republican Convention and they consider the work place norms of Fox News in light of allegations of sexual misconduct, recently brought against longtime Fox CEO Roger Ailes. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.co...

The "Last Week Was Awful and This Week I Have to Go to Cleveland" Edition
Live from Washington D.C., David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the terrible recent U.S. shootings and they debate if we're all to blame for politics' failures and what to expect at the Republican National Convention. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about y...


The "Seven Salty Almonds, Six-Pointed Stars, Five Secret Emails" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton's trustworthiness ratings, Donald Trump's use of Jewish star-shaped stars, and President Obama's nightly routines.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "Live from the Aspen Ideas Festival" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to discuss the state of Republican politics, Brexit and the most recent Supreme Court rulings. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...

The "Show Me The Money" Edition
Slate Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie is joined by Adam Davidson of Surprisingly Awesome and the New York Times, and Rachel Martin of NPR to discuss Trump's finances, or lack there of, the immigration and diversity component of Brexit and the "Veep-stakes." Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.c...


The "Brexit Pursued by a Bear" Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the Orlando shooting and its aftermath, are joined by the Economist’s Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington columnist David Rennie for a discussion of the “Brexit” vote, and ponder whether anti-Trump Democrats should protest the GOP Convention. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at http://slate.com/gabfestplus Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: http://fb.com/Gabfest Email: ...

The "Textbook Definition of Racism" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's racist and divisive remarks, Hillary Clinton's historic position in the Democratic party, and the debate surrounding the Stanford rape case. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg...

The “Is Trump the Gorilla and America the Kid?” Edition
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon along with Adam Davidson talk about why some Democrats don't appreciate Hillary, and about the President's new overtime rule. The three also debate who to blame for the untimely death of a gorilla at a Cincinnati zoo.  Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Lear...


The "Weiner" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss Hillary Clinton's strategy to rise above scandals, the three discuss the new documentary “Weiner,” and they weigh in on the new twist in the Gawker v. Hulk Hogan case- Peter Thiel. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about y...

The “I Threw a Chair in Reno Just to Watch it Fly” Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the threat of a Democratic Party fracture, the latest polls on Donald Trump's popularity and the Supreme Court's action plan with its current team of eight. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...

The "Goofy Elizabeth Warren" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the meeting between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, the accusation that Facebook is manipulating its trending news algorithm and the three discuss the showdown between North Carolina and the Federal Government on the topic of transgender rights. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest...


The "Suspending My Campaign" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's rise to become the Republican Presidential nominee, and the future of bribery in American government as the Supreme Court debates its definition. They also talk about the decision of Yale University to maintain the name John C. Calhoun on one of its buildings. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. ...

The "Live From Georgia" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss how Ted Cruz's running mate announcement could impact the Republican race for the Presidential nomination. They also weigh in on Hillary Clinton's standing and the three offer some potential new tests for potential Presidential candidates of the future.  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Goldman Sachs. Get information about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy on the firm’s podcast—Exchanges at Goldman...

The “Dreaming of 1237” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the impact of the New York Presidential Primary on the Democratic race for the Presidential nomination, the impact of the New York vote on the Republican race for the nomination and the gabfest hosts discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's debate about the case, United States v. Texas which examines President Obama's deferred deportation action. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own compu...


The "Count Me Out" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson debate who will win the New York Primary, Paul Ryan's opt-out of this cycle's Presidential contest and North Carolina's stance on discrimination in bathrooms.  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by ZipRecruite...

The “Does Bernie Sanders Know Anything About Anything?” Edition
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Wisconsin primary and possible demise of Trump, Bernie Sanders’ latest upset and the SCOTUS decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, or ‘One Person One Vote.’  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4 week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use...

The "Corey's Gory Story" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson talk about Donald Trump's support for his Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, and his comments on abortion. They also discuss Bernie Sanders's momentum and President Obama's criticism of the media. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by ZipRecruiter...


The “Patrolling and Securing” Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the terror attacks in Brussels, the national political races and the push for Obamacare exemptions under consideration by the Supreme Court. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Texture, the mobile ap...

The "Rough Them Up" Edition
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus to discuss the state of the Republican Party and Donald Trump's response to violence. The three are joined by Slate's Supreme Court Reporter Dahlia Lithwick to assess President Obama's Supreme Court nomination.  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week...

EXTRA: The "Super Tuesday Part 3" Edition
John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the results of the latest Democratic and Republican Primaries and what twists and turns are yet to come this election season.  This special episode of the Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus...


Trumpcast: Is Trump a Racist?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article "How Trump Happened." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Maybe its Hillary Who Should Drop Out” Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the strength of Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican nomination, the latest results within the Democratic primary race and the loss of Nancy Reagan. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/political and using the promo cod...

The "Hate and Castrate" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the unfolding anti-Trump effort, Hillary Clinton's general election potential and the Supreme Court's recent debate about abortion access in West Texas.  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50%  compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Harry's,...


Gabfest Extra: The “That Really Was a Super Tuesday” Edition
David Plotz is joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to get the lowdown on all the Super Tuesday results Slate’s Political Gabfest is brought to you Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S.postage using your own computer and printer. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Blue Apron. Create delicious, homemade meals in 35 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/GABFEST to get your first two meals for free. Join Sla...

The "Is Trump's Nomination Inevitable?" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon consider scenarios that could lead to, or derail, a possible Trump nomination. They discuss what kind of cases an 8-judge Supreme Court might decide and the Gabfest hosts take up a new debate about Apple's security and privacy measures in light of new information reported this week.  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter....

The “I Have a Gun and Her Name Is America” Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the future of the Supreme Court, the Republican race for the Presidential nomination, Jeb Bush's now famous hand gun and they are joined by Slate's technology writer Will Oremus to discuss Apple's fight to keep iPhone privacy settings under lock and key. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.co...


Gabfest Extra: Antonin Scalia's Death
The sudden death on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday has unleashed huge shockwaves in both the presidential race and the legal community. Luckily, Slate has podcasts covering both areas. In this special joint episode, Amicus host Dahlia Lithwick joins Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon and David Plotz to look at all the possible repercussions of Scalia’s death. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www....

The "Happy Valentine's Day Rubio Robot" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Presidential race including the Republican rundown, the Sanders “steamroller” and whether Hillary Clinton can stop “the Bern.” They also discuss the Supreme Court's recent stay and the potential for it to impact climate change.  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Texture, the mobile app that lets you tap directly into the world's most popular magazines, anywhere, using your phone or tablet. Dive deeper into Vogue, People, Esquire, Time—...

Gabfest Extra: The "New Hampshire Primary" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and Slate's Jim Newell discuss the impact of the New Hampshire Primary on the Republican and Democratic parties. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Blue Apron. For less than $10 per meal, ...


Gabfest Extra: Whistlestop, The Straight Talk Express
In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how retail politics won the day in the 2000 Republican primary in New Hampshire. This week's This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter the order code WHISTLESTOP at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-w...

The "Coin Toss" Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the impact of the Iowa Caucus on the Republican and Democratic Parties and David Plotz speaks with Adam McKay about America's financial system and his Oscar-nominated film, The Big Short. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 50% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the pr...

Gabfest Extra: The “Is It Groundhog Day or Is It the Day After Iowa Caucuses” Edition
David Plotz is joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie and Chairman of the Slate Group Jacob Weisberg to offer breaking analysis of the Iowa Caucus with Political Gabfest flair.  The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. Join Slate Plus! Member...


The "Dark, Dark, Dark Money" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the latest from the campaign trail just days ahead of the Iowa caucus, the liklihood of Michael Bloomberg entering the race as an independent candidate and Jane Mayer's new book, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign u...

The “Squirmishes” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and the state of the Republican race for the Presidential nomination. They talk about the U.S. relationship with Iran and the water crisis in Flint Michigan.   The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And Gabfest fans can get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visi...

The "There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymore" Edition
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the tightening race between Hillary and Bernie for Iowa, the Supreme Court’s upcoming blow to unions, and Sean Penn’s controversial interview with Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo.’ The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 b...


The “I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Help” Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie and John Dickerson discuss the state of the Republican Party with less than a month to go before the first primary, President Obama's latest effort to improve gun control and gabfest hosts talk with author Jacob Weisberg about his new book, Ronald Reagan. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected]

The "Conundrum" Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz debate a selection of listener-generated conundrums that range from the political to the fantastical. 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: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The “Year's Best Gabfest” Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon review some of the best Political Gabfest segments from 2015 including a conversation with Ta Nehisi Coates, a discussion of gender dynamics on Capitol Hill, a journey back in time to the night of President Lincoln's assassination, cocktail chatter and life hacks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The "Chaos Candidate" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate in Las Vegas (did America win it?), the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and what can and should be learned from the big news events of 2015.   The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo c...

The “Is He Hitler or Mussolini?” Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, the Supreme Court's deliberations around considerations of race in college admissions and the one-person, one-vote case before the Supreme Court. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo ...

The "Everything is Absolutely Terrible" Edition
The “Everything is Absolutely Terrible” Edition Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the mass shootings in California and Colorado, the Climate Summit in France and Rahm Emanuel's future as mayor of Chicago. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST...


The "Thousands Were Cheering" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's lie-telling, take the temperature on anti-immigrant sentiment and they debate the importance of maintaining or removing Woodrow Wilson's prominence from the Princeton University campus.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by B...

The “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the growing threat of ISIS (live from the Superfest on Broadway show), the Supreme Court case over Texas abortion restrictions, and the hit musical Hamilton.   The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST.   And by ...

The "I Don't Like Philosophy or Welding" Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate, student protests at University of Missouri and Yale University and President Obama appealing executive action on immigration to the Supreme Court. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code GABFEST. And by Stamps.com. Buy and print...


The "Predator in the Bathroom" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the 2015 election results, GOP candidates' debate demands, and the rising mortality of middle-aged white Americans. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for Stamps.com and get a 4-week trial and a $110 bonus offer when you use the promo code GABFEST. And by Goldman Sachs. Get information about develop...

The "Jeb-With-A-Sad-Droopy-Exclamation-Point!" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the third Republican primary debate, the Obama-Boehner budget deal, and the violent arrest of a South Carolina high school student.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Watch Rachel as she breaks down the big headlines for the local threads that tie them all together. It’s the Rachel Maddow Show … covering America one story at time. Weeknights at 9 Eastern only on MSNBC.And by Bonobos. Bonobos takes the pain a...

The “11 Hours and She Didn’t Flinch” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton's best week ever, the failing campaign strategies of Jeb Bush, and Matthew Yglesias's essay in Vox about the "deep trouble" that Democrats are in. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And...


The "Sick and Tired of Your Damn Emails" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz recap the first Democratic debate and discuss Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House and the Wisconsin gun trial. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Watch Rachel as she brea...

The "Would You Like to Be Speaker of the House?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the tumultuous race for Speaker of the House. They also preview the Democratic debate with special guest David Axelrod and talk about the tepid presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.    The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.co...

The Living Will Envy the Dead Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, David Plotz, and guest Julia Ioffe discuss the aftermath of John Boehner’s departure, the showdown between Vladamir Putin and Barack Obama over Syria, and a case involving prosecutorial fiddling with DNA evidence. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by OPEN ACCOUNT, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak and Umpqua Bank. OPEN ACCOUNT explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. OPEN ACCOUNT is available now on iTu...


Gabfest Extra: House Speaker John Boehner Will Resign
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the surprise resignation announcement of House Speaker John Boehner. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "Carly, Scotty, Franny" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the rapid fall of Gov. Scott Walker, the quick rise of Carly Fiorina, and the crossover appeal of Pope Francis.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet recipes, and all the fresh ingredients you need to make them, right to your door. Farm-fresh ingredients are perfectly portioned—and come with an easy to follow recipe card—so you can create a delicious meal in 35 minutes or less. Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest t...

The Live from San Francisco Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz analyze the second Republican presidential debate and discuss the possible government shutdown over Planned Parenthood. They also talk to author and podcaster Merlin Mann about time, attention, and productivity. The Political Gabfest is brought to you by Goldman Sachs. Get information about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy on the firm’s podcast—Exchanges at Goldman Sachs—available on iTunes. And by Harry's, the shavin...


The Completely Authentic, Totally Spontaneous, Fun-Loving Campaign Reboot Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe of the New York Times Magazine discuss Hillary Clinton's campaign reboot, the catastrophic war in Syria, and the Iran nuclear deal. The Slate Political Gabfest  is sponsored by OPEN ACCOUNT, a podcast series created by SuChin Pak [pronounced Soo-Jin Palk] and Umpqua Bank. OPEN ACCOUNT explores, through honest and sometimes comical interviews, our uncomfortable silence around money. OPEN ACCOUNT is coming soon on iTunes. And by Stamps.com. Buy and ...

The "Let's Get All Smug About That Kentucky Clerk" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the continuing controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails, the European refugee crisis, and a Kentucky clerk's defiant stand against marriage equality. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by CVS Health, working to save thousands of lives, one pill at a time, with industry leading programs that help people stay on their medication as prescribed. Visit CVSHEALTH.com to learn more. CVS Health, where Health is Everything. And by SAP. SAP HANA helps the ...

The "Aw, What a Beautiful Little Anchor Baby!" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Jeb Bush's evolving stance on immigration, talk to David Leonhardt of the New York Times about the recently erratic global markets, and take up the controversy over topless women in Times Square. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. With ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to more than100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter for free! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. A...


The Amabots and Amholes Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and author Jack Hitt discuss Donald Trump's immigration policy, the impact of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and the New York Times piece about working conditions at Amazon. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet recipes, and all the fresh ingredients you need to make them, right to your door. Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts...

The Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and Amanda Hess discuss the dustup between Donald Trump and newswoman Megyn Kelly and the single-issue presidential aspirations of Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. They also talk to Slate's Will Oremus about the restructuring of Google. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by Volvo Experience the Wonder of Summer. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get up to five years full coverage, including wear and tear. ...

The "Nine German Shepherds and One Raccoon" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the first Republican debate, a potential presidential run by Joe Biden, and the state of the #BlackLivesMatter movement a year after Michael Brown’s death.   The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. And get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/gabfest and using the promo...


The How to Debate a Drunk Person Edition
Live from Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the upcoming Republican primary debate on Fox News, the New York magazine cover story about the many rape and assault allegations against entertainer Bill Cosby, and the indomitable rise of Uber. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. With ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to over 100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. Right now, you can try Z...

The "Who Will Donald Trump Insult Next?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss peak Trump versus percolating Kasich, the arrest and subsequent suicide of Sandra Bland, and the fate of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by SundanceNow Doc Clu...

The John Kerry is Polishing His Nobel Peace Prize Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Obama's Iran nuclear deal, Scott Walker's presidential candidacy, and a pro-life group's undercover Planned Parenthood video. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by Volvo. Experience the Wonder of Summer. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get up to five years full coverage, including wear and tear. Go to volvocars.com/us. And by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered ...


The "How Many Push-Ups Should the President Be Able to Do?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the sudden import of political polling, the First Amendment stakes of the Hulk Hogan sex-tape trial, and what questions we should be asking our presidential candidates. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. ...

The Killers and Rapists Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Matt Yglesias recap the recently ended Supreme Court term, discuss the dire economic situation in Greece, and debate the worthiness of Donald Trump's candidacy. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by SundanceNow Doc Club! The new streaming service for everyone who loves documentaries. Discover unforgettable films like The Queen of Versailles, The Staircase, and The Weather Underground. To get a free 30-day trial go to docclub.com/gabfest. And by Ziprecrui...

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


The Jiggery-Pokery Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the meaning and symbolism of Confederate iconography, and Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by Casp...

The "I Would Build a Great Wall" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Jamelle Bouie discuss the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the now-official presidential aspirations of both Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, and the increasingly effective campaign of Bernie Sanders. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code GABFEST at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. And by SundanceNow Doc Club! The new streaming serv...

The "I'm Defaulting on My Student Loans" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's "Jerusalem passport" ruling, Hillary Clinton's electoral strategy, and the crushing burden of student debt. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST. And by the University of California, comm...


This Gabfest Is On Background Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss upcoming First Amendment cases at the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton's relationship with reporters, and Caitlyn Jenner's debut on the cover of Vanity Fair. Our sponsors: Volvo. Have a month’s payment on Volvo and spend your summer doing the things that matter to you. Plus get full coverage for up to five years, including wear and tear. Visit volvocars.com/us. And: SundanceNow Doc Club, the new streaming service for everyone who loves documentaries. Disc...

The Bags and Bags and More Bags of Cash Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the U.S. government's case against international soccer's most powerful and corrupt organization, the assault against the USA PATRIOT Act, and a curious Supreme Court case that could be a boon to Republicans. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stam...

The "Osama bin Laden Sure Read Boring Books" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Osama bin Laden's reading list, Emma Sulkowicz's Mattress Performance, and the refusal by some male lawmakers to meet alone with female staffers.     The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.     And by Squarespac...


The "I Don't Mean to Yell at You, But I Feel Good Doing It" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Seymour Hersh's conspiratorial counter-narrative of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and Jeb Bush's retrospective view of the Iraq War.   The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and u...

The "Je Suis Pam Geller" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss whether Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" event should be cheered or jeered, debate why the GOP presidential field is so diverse, and fret over the multistate military drill known at Operation Jade Helm.   The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by CVS Health, where Health is Everything. CVS is working to save thousands of lives, one pill at a time, with industry leading programs that help people stay on their medication as prescribed. Visit CVSHEALTH.CO...

The "Can I Get Some of That Clinton Cash?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson are joined by Ta-Nahisi Coates to discuss the situation in Baltimore following the death of a black man while in police custody. They also talk about recent Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality and the death penalty and debate the week in Democratic campaign politics.     The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign ...


The "Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the burgeoning refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, the uneasy courtship between the Koch Brothers and Gov. Scott Walker, and the upcoming Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: [email protected] Show notes at slate.com/gabfest     Slate's Political Gabfest is brought to you by Squarespace, the easiest way to create a beautiful website, blog, or online store for you and y...