Slate's Political Gabfest

Slate's Political Gabfest

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An informal and irreverent look at the week’s political news.
“Al Franken and Charlie Rose and Bill Clinton and Roy Moore and John Conyers Should All Resign” Edition
Nov 23 • 59 min
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!…
“She Was Just 17, You Know What I Mean” Edition
Nov 16 • 66 min
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…
“One Year and One Day” Edition
Nov 9 • 71 min
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.…
“Cut, Cut, Cut” Edition
Nov 2 • 65 min
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.…
“Live from Chicago” Edition
Oct 26 • 80 min
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…
“President Pence” Edition
Oct 19 • 58 min
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…
“Adult Day Care” Edition
Oct 12 • 68 min
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 PlanJoin Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only…
“Thoughts and Prayers” Edition
Oct 5 • 61 min
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.…
“Everyone Listens to Women When They Speak Around Here” Edition
Sep 28 • 53 min
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 changeJoin Slate…
“Equinox, the Rocket Man” Edition
Sep 21 • 56 min
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.…
“What Happened” Edition
Sep 14 • 64 min
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…
“DACA Attack-A” Edition
Sep 7 • 61 min
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss DACA, the September legislative pileup and the future of relations between the U.S. and North KoreaJoin Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a…
“Après Moi, Le Déluge” Edition
Aug 31 • 59 min
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…
“Get Me Another General” Edition
Aug 24 • 58 min
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…
“Very Fine People” Edition
Aug 17 • 53 min
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!…
“Like the World Has Never Seen” Edition
Aug 10 • 60 min
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!…
“Kelly and the Mooch” Edition
Aug 3 • 66 min
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…
“If Only This Were A Movie And Not Our Lives” Edition
Jul 27 • 57 min
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,…
“Eventually We Will Get Something Done” Edition
Jul 20 • 71 min
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…
“I Love It” Edition
Jul 13 • 70 min
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,…
“ICBM” Edition
Jul 6 • 57 min
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.…
“Mitch McConnell Really Does Have a Secret Plan” Edition
Jun 29 • 63 min
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…
“Lump of Coal” Edition
Jun 22 • 56 min
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,…
“Mean” Edition
Jun 15 • 75 min
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…
“I Expect Loyalty” Edition Live From Denver
Jun 8 • 67 min
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…
“Jared Went to Him” Edition
Jun 1 • 53 min
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…
“Glowing Orb” Edition
May 25 • 64 min
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…
“Witch Hunt” Edition
May 18 • 63 min
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,…
“Tuesday Night Massacre” Edition
May 11 • 72 min
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…
Gabfest EXTRA: The “AHCA Returns” Edition
May 5 • 30 min
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…
“Deface the Nation” Edition
May 4 • 53 min
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…
“One-Page Tax Plan” Edition
Apr 27 • 58 min
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…
“Bill Comes Due” Edition
Apr 20 • 54 min
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…
“Red, Red Line” Edition
Apr 13 • 55 min
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…
“Crossing Many Lines” Edition
Apr 6 • 52 min
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…
“Darkness at Nunes” Edition
Mar 30 • 67 min
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…
Gabfest EXTRA 2- the Vanishing Health Care Bill
Mar 24 • 6 min
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:…
Gabfest “EXTRA- the Health Care” Edition
Mar 24 • 14 min
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:…
“Playing Sofball with Neil” Edition
Mar 23 • 61 min
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…
“When I’m 64” Edition
Mar 16 • 74 min
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…
“Is This the Worst Bill in History” Edition
Mar 9 • 68 min
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…
“Live from the Free and Independent Republic of California” Edition
Mar 2 • 65 min
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…
“Deploy, Detain, Deport” Edition
Feb 23 • 65 min
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,…
“Freaks and Leaks” Edition
Feb 19 • 62 min
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!…
“Nevertheless She Persisted” Edition
Feb 9 • 59 min
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…
“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses … Ah, Screw It” Edition
Feb 2 • 69 min
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…
“Has it Really Only Been a Week?” Edition
Jan 26 • 62 min
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…
“I Think We’re Going to be Okay” Edition
Jan 19 • 59 min
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…
“Cloudy with 100 Percent Chance of Showers” Edition
Jan 12 • 71 min
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…
“It Still Seems Pretty Swampy To Me” Edition
Jan 5 • 64 min
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…
“2016 Conundrum” Edition
Dec 29, 2016 • 67 min
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…
“How Bad Could 2017 Be Anyway?” Edition
Dec 22, 2016 • 52 min
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…
“Red Dawn” Edition
Dec 15, 2016 • 66 min
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…
“Cling Tightly to One Tiny Piece of Good News” Edition
Dec 8, 2016 • 62 min
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…
“Welcome to the Kleptocracy” Edition
Dec 1, 2016 • 59 min
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…
“Safe and Special Place” Edition
Nov 23, 2016 • 67 min
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…
“Should You Work for President Trump” Edition
Nov 17, 2016 • 57 min
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…
“Even Longer National Nightmare” Edition
Nov 9, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Year of Great Books | What Should We Read Next?
Nov 4, 2016 • 14 min
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…
“Is it Tuesday Yet” Edition
Nov 3, 2016 • 60 min
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…
“Live From Boston” Edition
Oct 27, 2016 • 65 min
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…
“I Will Keep You in Suspense” Edition
Oct 20, 2016 • 68 min
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon arejoined by Slate Group chairman, Jacob Weisberg, to discussthethird Presidential debate and the possible danger zones that existfor an opinionated journalist, likeAmy Goodman, covering aprotest.JoinSlate Plus! Members get…
“Trying to Find Someone Who Was Not Assaulted By Donald Trump” Edition
Oct 13, 2016 • 66 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss the sexual assault allegations against DonaldTrump, the latest from WikiLeaks on Hillary Clinton and whether itsethical to choose not to vote in this election.Fill out our survey:…
Gabfest Extra: The “Grabfest Post Debate Special” Edition
Oct 10, 2016 • 25 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, JohnDickerson and Jacob Weisberg of Trumpcast, join forces to debrief anddecompress after the second Presidential debate.
“That Mexican Thing” Edition
Oct 6, 2016 • 55 min
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and DavidPlotz discuss Donald Trump’s taxes, the yapping dog of the VP debateand the Supreme Court’s attempt to avoid ties with their cases thisseason. JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive…
“Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail” Edition
Sep 29, 2016 • 58 min
Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz andEmily Bazelon discuss whether Hillary Clinton will surge out of thefirst debate, if Donald Trump should bring up the misdeeds of BillClinton and if the most recent crime numbers really represent thenation’s…
Gabfest Extra: The “I’m So Relieved” Edition
Sep 27, 2016 • 30 min
Trumpcast host Jacob Weisberg and Gabfest hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson team up for some post-Presidential-debate review.JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial…
“Time to Panic” Edition
Sep 22, 2016 • 63 min
DavidPlotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump’sattempt to leave the birther conspiracy club, how the New York andNew Jersey bombs could impact the election and what a pardon forEdward Snowden would represent for US national…
“Hack, Sputter, Cough” Edition
Sep 15, 2016 • 56 min
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the WashingtonPost to discuss Hillary Clinton’s hidden pneumonia, Donald Trump’scharitable self-portraits and the political potential of the latesteconomic report. JoinSlate Plus! Members get…
“Bart Simpson Versus Lisa Simpson” Edition
Sep 8, 2016 • 59 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson debate the ethical murkiness of Donald Trump’s payment toAttorney General Pam Bondi, the candidates’ preparation styles forthe upcoming debates and the reparations offered by GeorgetownUniversity. JoinSlate…
“Make Mexico Great Again” Edition
Sep 1, 2016 • 52 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico, the breakup of HumaAbedin and Anthony Weiner, and the Senate races of 2016. JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign up…
“Meet the New Trump” Edition
Aug 25, 2016 • 60 min
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. JoinSlate Plus! Members…
“Should You Believe Juanita Broaddrick” Edition
Aug 18, 2016 • 54 min
DavidPlotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by SlateContributor Frank Foer to discuss Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia, theviolence in Milwaukee and political responses, and the return ofJuanita Broaddrick to the media spotlight. JoinSlate Plus!…
“Many People Are Saying” Edition
Aug 11, 2016 • 50 min
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. JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments,…
“You Can Get the Baby Out of Here” Edition
Aug 4, 2016 • 60 min
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.JoinSlate Plus!…
“Bunch of Malarkey” Edition
Jul 28, 2016 • 59 min
DavidPlotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Michelle andPresident Obama’s endorsements of Hillary, the frustration of Sandersfans and the DNC hack scandal.JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign…
“Your Word is Your Bond” Edition
Jul 21, 2016 • 57 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss the royalty and the squires of the RepublicanConvention and they consider the work place norms of Fox News inlight of allegations of sexual misconduct, recently brought againstlongtime Fox CEO Roger…
“Last Week Was Awful and This Week I Have to Go to Cleveland” Edition
Jul 14, 2016 • 71 min
Live from Washington D.C., David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickersondiscuss the terrible recent U.S. shootings and they debate if we’reall to blame for politics’ failures and what to expect at theRepublican National Convention.Join Slate Plus! Members…
“Seven Salty Almonds, Six-Pointed Stars, Five Secret Emails” Edition
Jul 7, 2016 • 63 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton’strustworthiness ratings, Donald Trump’s use of Jewish star-shapedstars, and President Obama’s nightly routines. JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive…
“Live from the Aspen Ideas Festival” Edition
Jun 30, 2016 • 54 min
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.JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive…
“Show Me The Money” Edition
Jun 23, 2016 • 49 min
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…
“Brexit Pursued by a Bear” Edition
Jun 16, 2016 • 64 min
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…
“Textbook Definition of Racism” Edition
Jun 9, 2016 • 63 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump’s racistand divisive remarks, Hillary Clinton’s historic position in theDemocratic party, and the debate surrounding the Stanford rape case.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments,…
“Is Trump the Gorilla and America the Kid?” Edition
Jun 2, 2016 • 57 min
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon alongwith Adam Davidson talk about why some Democrats don’t appreciateHillary, and about the President’s new overtime rule. The three alsodebate who to blame for the untimely death of a gorilla at a Cincinnatizoo. JoinSlate…
“Weiner” Edition
May 26, 2016 • 49 min
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!…
“I Threw a Chair in Reno Just to Watch it Fly” Edition
May 19, 2016 • 52 min
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,…
“Goofy Elizabeth Warren” Edition
May 12, 2016 • 48 min
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…
“Suspending My Campaign” Edition
May 5, 2016 • 58 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump’s riseto become the Republican Presidential nominee, and the future ofbribery in American government as the Supreme Court debates itsdefinition. They also talk about the decision of Yale…
“Live From Georgia” Edition
Apr 28, 2016 • 54 min
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…
“Dreaming of 1237” Edition
Apr 21, 2016 • 54 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss the impact of the New York Presidential Primary onthe Democratic race for the Presidential nomination, the impact ofthe New York vote on the Republican race for the nomination and thegabfest hosts…
“Count Me Out” Edition
Apr 14, 2016 • 56 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and JohnDickerson debate who will win the New York Primary, Paul Ryan’s opt-outof this cycle’s Presidential contest and North Carolina’s stance ondiscrimination in bathrooms. The Slate Political Gabfest is broughtto you by…
“Does Bernie Sanders Know Anything About Anything?” Edition
Apr 7, 2016 • 62 min
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…
“Corey’s Gory Story” Edition
Mar 31, 2016 • 55 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson talk about Donald Trump’ssupport for his Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, and his commentson abortion. They also discuss Bernie Sanders’s momentum andPresident Obama’s criticism of the media.The Slate…
“Patrolling and Securing” Edition
Mar 24, 2016 • 52 min
David Plotz, John Dickerson and EmilyBazelon discuss the terror attacks in Brussels, the nationalpolitical races and the push for Obamacare exemptions underconsideration by the Supreme Court.The Slate Political Gabfest is broughtto you by Stamps.com. Buy…
“Rough Them Up” Edition
Mar 17, 2016 • 60 min
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 toassess President…
EXTRA: The “Super Tuesday Part 3” Edition
Mar 16, 2016 • 22 min
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…
Trumpcast: Is Trump a Racist?
Mar 15, 2016 • 16 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article “How Trump Happened.”
“Maybe its Hillary Who Should Drop Out” Edition
Mar 10, 2016 • 52 min
John Dickerson, David Plotz and EmilyBazelon discuss the strength of Donald Trump’s campaign for theRepublican nomination, the latest results within the Democraticprimary race and the loss of Nancy Reagan.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by…
“Hate and Castrate” Edition
Mar 4, 2016 • 45 min
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 debateabout abortion access in West Texas. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by…
Gabfest Extra: The “That Really Was a Super Tuesday” Edition
Mar 2, 2016 • 23 min
David Plotz is joined by Slate’s chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to get the lowdown on all the Super Tuesday resultsSlate’s Political Gabfest is brought to you Stamps.com. Buy and printofficial U.S.postage using your own computer and printer.…
“Is Trump’s Nomination Inevitable?” Edition
Feb 26, 2016 • 48 min
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon consider scenarios that couldlead to, or derail, a possible Trump nomination. They discuss whatkind of cases an 8-judge Supreme Court might decide and the Gabfesthosts take up a new debate about Apple’s…
“I Have a Gun and Her Name Is America” Edition
Feb 19, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Gabfest Extra: Antonin Scalia’s Death
Feb 14, 2016 • 29 min
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…
“Happy Valentine’s Day Rubio Robot” Edition
Feb 12, 2016 • 52 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Presidential race including the Republican rundown, the Sanders “steamroller” and whether Hillary Clintoncan stop “the Bern.” They also discuss the Supreme Court’s recent stay and the potential for…
Gabfest Extra: The “New Hampshire Primary” Edition
Feb 10, 2016 • 26 min
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…
Gabfest Extra: Whistlestop, The Straight Talk Express
Feb 9, 2016 • 43 min
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…
“Coin Toss” Edition
Feb 5, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Gabfest Extra: The “Is It Groundhog Day or Is It the Day After Iowa Caucuses” Edition
Feb 2, 2016 • 28 min
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…
“Dark, Dark, Dark Money” Edition
Jan 29, 2016 • 58 min
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…
“Squirmishes” Edition
Jan 22, 2016 • 51 min
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…
“There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymore” Edition
Jan 15, 2016 • 57 min
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…
“I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help” Edition
Jan 8, 2016 • 54 min
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 JacobWeisberg about…
“Conundrum” Edition
Jan 1, 2016 • 41 min
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz debate a selection oflistener-generated conundrums that range from the political to thefantastical.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial…
“Year’s Best Gabfest” Edition
Dec 25, 2015 • 74 min
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…
“Chaos Candidate” Edition
Dec 18, 2015 • 57 min
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…
“Is He Hitler or Mussolini?” Edition
Dec 11, 2015 • 56 min
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…
“Everything is Absolutely Terrible” Edition
Dec 4, 2015 • 49 min
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…
“Thousands Were Cheering” Edition
Nov 26, 2015 • 62 min
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…
“I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” Edition
Nov 20, 2015 • 70 min
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…
“I Don’t Like Philosophy or Welding” Edition
Nov 13, 2015 • 59 min
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…
“Predator in the Bathroom” Edition
Nov 6, 2015 • 53 min
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…
“Jeb-With-A-Sad-Droopy-Exclamation-Point!” Edition
Oct 30, 2015 • 57 min
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…
“11 Hours and She Didn’t Flinch” Edition
Oct 23, 2015 • 47 min
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…
“Sick and Tired of Your Damn Emails” Edition
Oct 16, 2015 • 60 min
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…
“Would You Like to Be Speaker of the House?” Edition
Oct 9, 2015 • 62 min
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…
Living Will Envy the Dead Edition
Oct 2, 2015 • 63 min
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…
Gabfest Extra: House Speaker John Boehner Will Resign
Sep 25, 2015 • 22 min
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…
“Carly, Scotty, Franny” Edition
Sep 25, 2015 • 54 min
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…
Live from San Francisco Edition
Sep 18, 2015 • 95 min
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…
Completely Authentic, Totally Spontaneous, Fun-Loving Campaign Reboot Edition
Sep 11, 2015 • 57 min
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…
“Let’s Get All Smug About That Kentucky Clerk” Edition
Sep 4, 2015 • 60 min
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…
“Aw, What a Beautiful Little Anchor Baby!” Edition
Aug 28, 2015 • 59 min
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.…
Amabots and Amholes Edition
Aug 21, 2015 • 61 min
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…
Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever Edition
Aug 14, 2015 • 45 min
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…
“Nine German Shepherds and One Raccoon” Edition
Aug 7, 2015 • 64 min
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…
How to Debate a Drunk Person Edition
Jul 31, 2015 • 87 min
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…
“Who Will Donald Trump Insult Next?” Edition
Jul 24, 2015 • 59 min
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.…
John Kerry is Polishing His Nobel Peace Prize Edition
Jul 17, 2015 • 67 min
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…
“How Many Push-Ups Should the President Be Able to Do?” Edition
Jul 10, 2015 • 72 min
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…
Killers and Rapists Edition
Jul 3, 2015 • 60 min
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…
Extra: The “Wait! There’s Marriage Equality!” Edition
Jun 26, 2015 • 14 min
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…
Jiggery-Pokery Edition
Jun 26, 2015 • 66 min
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…
“I Would Build a Great Wall” Edition
Jun 19, 2015 • 56 min
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…
“I’m Defaulting on My Student Loans” Edition
Jun 12, 2015 • 63 min
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…
This Gabfest Is On Background Edition
Jun 5, 2015 • 65 min
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…
Bags and Bags and More Bags of Cash Edition
May 29, 2015 • 56 min
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…
“Osama bin Laden Sure Read Boring Books” Edition
May 22, 2015 • 64 min
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…
“I Don’t Mean to Yell at You, But I Feel Good Doing It” Edition
May 15, 2015 • 56 min
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…
“Je Suis Pam Geller” Edition
May 8, 2015 • 49 min
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…
“Can I Get Some of That Clinton Cash?” Edition
May 1, 2015 • 72 min
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…
“Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?” Edition
Apr 24, 2015 • 61 min
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.…
Chicken in Every Burrito Bowl Edition
Apr 17, 2015 • 67 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the newly launched presidential campaigns of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican contender Marco Rubio. They also talk about the recent action by Congress over the Obama…
Live at the Bell House Edition
Apr 10, 2015 • 71 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the shooting death of Walter Scott by North Charleston, SC police officer Michael Slager, the possibility of a President Rand Paul, and the sesquicentennial anniversary of the assassination of Abraham…
“So, Who Can You Discriminate Against?” Edition
Apr 3, 2015 • 61 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, the controversial “religious liberty” law in Indiana, and the retirement of Sen. Harry Reid. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest…
“Say It with Me: President Ted Cruz” Edition
Mar 27, 2015 • 54 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jamelle Bouie discuss the presidential ambitions of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Supreme Court case involving license plates and the Confederate flag, and the deliberate downing of a German airliner. Twitter:…
“Welcome Back, Vladimir” Edition
Mar 20, 2015 • 63 min
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe discuss the reelection in Israel of Bibi Netanyahu, the reappearance in Russia of Vladimir Putin, and the resignation from Congress of Rep. Aaron Schock. This week’s episode is sponsored by…
“Is It Dear Ali or Dear Ayatollah or Dear Mullah?” Edition
Mar 13, 2015 • 52 min
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Betsy Woodruff discuss the Republican letter to Iran’s leaders, the Clinton nonexplanation of her private email account, and a University of Oklahoma fraternity’s racist chant. This week’s episode is…
Whistlestop: The Art of Political Umbrage-Taking
Mar 11, 2015 • 25 min
In this episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recounts the election of 1840, during which a candidate took to the trail for the very first time. Recommended for fans of…
hdr22@clintonemail.com Edition
Mar 6, 2015 • 48 min
Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the fallout from Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, Hillary Clinton’s use of private email to conduct public business, and the oral arguments in the Supreme Court’s latest ObamaCare case. Show notes at…
“Bibi, Vidi, Vici” Edition
Feb 27, 2015 • 61 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare case, Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, and whether Chris Christie’s presidential campaign has already fizzled. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
“Does President Obama Love America?” Edition
Feb 20, 2015 • 55 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the legality of Obama’s immigration policy, the strategy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s university cuts, and recent rhetorical assaults on the president. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
“Happy Valentine’s Day, Judge Moore” Edition
Feb 13, 2015 • 59 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Alabama’s legal thicket over marriage equality, whether to forgive Brian Williams, and Emily’s New York Times Magazine story “The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor.” Show notes at…
“Vaxxers, Taxers, and Just the Facts-ers” Edition
Feb 6, 2015 • 56 min
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Annie Lowrey of New York magazine discuss the burgeoning anti-vaccine movement, the go-nowhere Obama budget, and the fog-of-war embellishments of NBC’s Brian Williams. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
“Can You Buy a President for $889,000,000?” Edition
Jan 30, 2015 • 61 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Koch Brothers’ big bet on 2016, the Supreme Court’s death penalty case, and the merits of Jonathan Chait’s “Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say” piece. Help us make our podcasts even better! Take Slate’s…
“Is It Rude to Fall Asleep During the State of the Union?” Edition
Jan 23, 2015 • 58 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Obama’s State of the Union address, the Supreme Court’s next (final?) marriage equality case, and the controversy over the movie Selma. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Tom Hanks Went to Community College and So Should You Edition
Jan 16, 2015 • 60 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fallout from the French terrorist attack, whether Mitt Romney is really weighing a third presidential run, and Obama’s ambition to make community college tuition free. Show notes at…
Le “Je Suis Charlie Hebdo” Édition
Jan 9, 2015 • 69 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the murderous attack on a French satirical newspaper, the start of the new Congressional session, and the NYPD’s recent work slowdown. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Year’s Best Gabfest Edition
Jan 2, 2015 • 43 min
In segments culled from throughout 2014, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss when to call the cops, the rise of political partyism, and whether to read Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
“2014 Conundrum Show, Live in Chicago” Edition
Dec 26, 2014 • 72 min
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Ask Amy columnist Amy Dickinson discuss tough philosophical and ethical conundrums about sending kids to private school, keeping secrets from spouses, and why they wish they’d had more sex in their 20s. Show…
“Why Close Guantanamo When You Can Open Havana?” Edition
Dec 19, 2014 • 60 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba with guest Will Dobson. They also talk about Jeb Bush’s possible presidential run and Julia Turner joins to explain Slate’s Year of Outrage. Show…
America’s National Shame Edition
Dec 12, 2014 • 57 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “torture report,” the unraveling Rolling Stone story about an alleged rape at UVA, and the satirical performance art that was the Colbert Report. Show…
“I’m Pregnant, Don’t Fire Me!” Edition
Dec 5, 2014 • 55 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss a grand jury’s refusal to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner and a Supreme Court case about protections for pregnant workers. They also debate whether Obamacare has hurt the Dems. Show…
Political Gabfest Extra: Windy City Wander
Dec 4, 2014 • 12 min
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon recently took a spin through downtown Chicago. Hear their conversation about Chicago’s history, its national profile, and a sea change in the city’s mighty river.
Political Gabfest Extra: San Francisco Treat
Dec 2, 2014 • 16 min
Dana Stevens leads David Plotz on a drive through San Francisco, the city she called home for 12 years. They chat about Dana’s grad-school era, David’s deep mistrust of the ocean, and one gigantic camera. This extra was recorded on the 2014 National…
“No True Bill” Edition
Nov 28, 2014 • 56 min
Jamelle Bouie joins Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz to discuss the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Also, the Facebook threat case headed to the Supreme Court and the GOP’s strong 2016 presidential field. Show notes at…
“Is Thanksgiving Red or Blue?” Edition
Nov 21, 2014 • 58 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss President Obama’s immigration overhaul, the politics of the Keystone Pipeline, and whether Thanksgiving is a liberal or a conservative holiday. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
President Whisperer Edition
Nov 14, 2014 • 54 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court’s new Affordable Care Act case, Obama’s net neutrality stance, and the whisper campaign against White House aide Valerie Jarrett. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Multitudinous States Incarnadine Edition
Nov 7, 2014 • 59 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the results of the midterm elections, what’s next for both parties, and the trend in ballot initiatives. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
“I’ll Disown You If You Marry a Republican” Edition
Oct 31, 2014 • 57 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the looming midterm elections, debate the exisence of “partyism,” and attempt to understand Gamergate with New York Times video game critic Chis Suellentrop. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Fake ID Edition
Oct 24, 2014 • 53 min
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and special guest David Leonhardt of the New York Times discuss the influence of billionaire political donors, debate the value of voter ID laws, and talk about the legacy of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Show…
“Is Amazon Evil?” Edition
Oct 17, 2014 • 54 min
David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Annie Lowrey discuss the political response to Ebola, ponder the presumptive 2015 Congress, and debate whether Amazon is a monopoly. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Live in San Francisco Superfest Edition
Oct 10, 2014 • 85 min
With MC Mike Pesca, the Political and Culture Gabfests team up to discuss California’s recent “Yes Means Yes” legislation and the new wave of political TV shows. They also debate the merits of the Silicon Valley ethos and play a few rounds of Dictionary.…
Political: The Jump the Fence Edition
Oct 3, 2014 • 48 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the bungling, bullying Secret Service, the possibility that Mitt Romney may still harbor presidential ambitions, and the peculiar Senate race in Kansas. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Dead, Dead, Dead at 75 Edition
Sep 26, 2014 • 57 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder, the bombing campaign against ISIS, and Ezekiel Emanuel’s Atlantic piece, “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Spanking Edition
Sep 19, 2014 • 51 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the apparent desire for a progressive presidential candidate. They also talk about the growing Ebola epidemic and the controversy over corporal punishment. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
They May Take Our Lives But They’ll Never Take Our Freedom Edition
Sep 12, 2014 • 53 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss President Obama’s plans to defeat the Islamic State. They also talk about the war for women voters in the upcoming midterm elections and Scotland’s move toward independence from the United Kingdom.…
In the Cloud, No One Knows You’re a Dog Edition
Sep 5, 2014 • 65 min
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Putin’s dastardly designs on Ukraine with Slate foreign editor Will Dobson. They also talk about the upcoming midterm elections and the fallout over stolen photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence. Show…
Gabfest to End All Gabfests Edition
Aug 29, 2014 • 61 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Dan Carlin. This week: Executive action on immigration, the Ex-Im Bank and crony capitalism, and the centenary of WWI. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
“Why Isn’t Everyone Rioting?” Edition
Aug 22, 2014 • 59 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and Mike Pesca. This week: The aftermath of Ferguson, a grisly provocation by ISIS, and a proposed lottery to spur voter turnout. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The All Criminal Justice Edition
Aug 15, 2014 • 55 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon with Vesla Weaver and James Forman, both of Yale University. This week: The deaths, at the hands of police, of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Also, a discussion of On the Run, by sociologist Alice Goffman.…
Political Gabfest: The Conservative Nanny State Edition
Aug 8, 2014 • 47 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson. This week: Is the GOP becoming a Party of ideas? Also, the move in Tennesse to toss out the Democratic judges on Tennessee State Supreme Court, and why people panic about…
Political Gabfest: The “What Does Congress Do All Day?” Edition
Jul 31, 2014 • 49 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz with special guests Jamelle Bouie and Annie Lowrey. This week: Continued violence in the Middle East, a potential lawsuit against Obama, and a small victory for the pro-choice contingent in the South. Show…
Political Gabfest: The Joe Biden’s White Teeth Edition
Jul 25, 2014 • 58 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Julia Ioffe. This week: The chaotic war in Ukraine, the continued fight over Obamacare, and profiling Joe Biden. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The “So Sue Me” Edition
Jul 18, 2014 • 54 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: House Republicans plan to sue President Obama, Elizabeth Warren rallies the Democratic base, and a woman is arrested for leaving her nine-year-old at the park.…
Political Gabfest: The May I Introduce You to President Harding and His Friend Jerry Edition
Jul 11, 2014 • 56 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. This week: A new round of violence between Israel and Hamas, Millennials may lean right politically, and Warren G. Harding named his penis. Show notes at…
Political Gabfest: The You’re a Facebook Lab Rat Edition
Jul 4, 2014 • 64 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The High Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, the impasse over immigration reform, and Facebook’s ethically ambiguous research. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The Get Your Hands Off My Cellphone, Officer Edition
Jun 27, 2014 • 63 min
David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss this week’s Supreme Court ruling for police to have a warrant prior to searching the electronic device of a person arrested, Thad Cochran’s win in Missippi, and Rand Paul’s future in the GOP.
Political Gabfest: The “I Don’t Have a Title for This Show” Edition
Jun 20, 2014 • 51 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, Will Dobson, and John Dickerson. This week: Will Iraq break apart? Who is Abu Khattala? And are violent threats protected speech? Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The Eric Cantor Sure Wears Beautiful Shoes Edition
Jun 13, 2014 • 54 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The shocking primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices, and a major blow against teacher tenure in California. Show…
Political Gabfest: The Go Ahead, Negotiate with Terrorists Edition
Jun 6, 2014 • 57 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The fallout following the deal that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Obama makes a push on carbon emissions, and the Mississippi Republican primary heads to a runoff.…
Political Gabfest: The College, Why Bother? Edition
May 30, 2014 • 59 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jake Tapper of CNN. This week: Elliot Rodger sparks a national conversation about misogyny, American higher education is in crisis, and hard choices abound in Detroit. Show…
Political Gabfest: The Secret Waiting List Edition
May 23, 2014 • 66 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: The Veterans Affairs scandal, the Republican primaries, and the question of reparations for African-Americans. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The Google Will Never, Ever, Ever Forget You Edition
May 16, 2014 • 61 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: discussing climate change with the Bad Astronomer, Phil Pait; Jill Abramson fired from The Gray Lady; and more.
Political Gabfest: The I Miss Monica Lewinsky Edition
May 9, 2014 • 58 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: Prayer at the Supreme Court, the Republican takeover of North Carolina, and Lewinsky redux. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The “Go Ahead, Search My OkCupid Profile” Edition
May 2, 2014 • 56 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: Race and the NBA with guest Mike Pesca, a botched execution in Oklahoma, and the Supreme Court on searching cell phones. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: Texas Q&A
Apr 26, 2014 • 14 min
The Q&A session from our live Austin, Texas, show with Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, joined by the Texas Tribune’s Reeve Hamiltion, Emily Ramshaw, and Ross Ramsey.
Political Gabfest: The “Can You Say President Rick Perry?” Edition
Apr 25, 2014 • 60 min
Live from Austin, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined by the Texas Tribune’s Reeve Hamiltion, Emily Ramshaw, and Ross Ramsey to discuss Common Core, the Texas gubernatorial race, and the presidential hopes of Rick Perry and Ted Cruz.…
Political Gabfest: The Ukraine, You Saw, You Conquered Edition
Apr 18, 2014 • 49 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and Jamelle Bouie. This week: Will Dobson on Ukraine, race in America during the Obama presidency, and allegations of rape against Jameis Winston remain uninvestigated. Show notes at…
Political Gabfest: The Emily, Would You Please Stop Being So Emotional Edition
Apr 11, 2014 • 61 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Is it shaping up to be Bush v. Clinton in 2016? Is it sexist to say that a woman is too emotional? Is it reckless to sail the high seas with young children?…
Political Gabfest: The Live Nude Dancing at the Kitty Kat Lounge Edition
Apr 4, 2014 • 58 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: McCutcheon v. FEC clears the way for even more money in politics, Paul Ryan proposes a budget, and “Arguendo” dramatizes the Supreme Court. Show notes at…
Political Gabfest: The “Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Be President?” Edition
Mar 28, 2014 • 57 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, Jacob Weisberg, and New York Times columnist Gail Collins. This week: Hobby Lobby challenges Obamacare, the Age Question haunts Hillary, and Dems attack Nate Silver’s Big Data journalism. Show notes at…
Political Gabfest: The We Are Invincible Edition
Mar 21, 2014 • 66 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle. This week: U.S. foreign policy, Obamacare by the numbers, and McArdle’s new book, The Up Side of Down. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The Between Two Ferns Edition
Mar 14, 2014 • 54 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Congress v. the CIA, Jolly wins Florida-13, and Obama v. Galifianakis. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.
Political Gabfest: The “Do I Look Stoned?” Edition
Mar 7, 2014 • 91 min
Slate’s Political Gabfest live from Washington D.C., featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and New Republic editor Julia Ioffe. This week: The crisis in Ukraine, the decriminalization of marijuana, and the revamping of the SAT. Show notes…