Political Gabfest

The “How to Debate a Drunk Person” Edition

Live from Washington, D.C., the Political Gabfest on the upcoming Republican primary debate, the New York magazine cover story about the allegations against Bill Cosby, and the rise of Uber.

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Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the upcoming inaugural Republican primary debate on Fox News, the powerful and haunting New York magazine cover story detailing the many allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, and the ascension of Uber despite powerful opposition.


Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:


Emily chatters about the death of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion.

John chatters about an anecdote from William Manchester’s The Glory and the Dream, an evocative exploration of the American way of life from 1932 to 1972.

David chatters about Mike Huckabee’s penchant for comparing things to Nazism.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.