Political Gabfest

The “Aw, What a Beautiful Little Anchor Baby” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Jeb Bush’s vacillating views on immigration, China’s disruption of global markets, and topless desnudas in Times Square.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s comments about “anchor babies” and immigration. They also debate the controversy involving New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and topless desnudas in Times Square, and ask David Leonhardt, managing editor of the Upshot section of the New York Times, about the impact of China’s economic crisis on global markets.

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

Emily chatters about Ariel Levy’s provocative book Female Chauvinist Pigs.

John chatters about the 60th anniversary of the Guinness Book of World Records.

David chatters about Atlas Obscura and Digg’s collaborative effort to map America’s best and worst pun business names.

Slate’s Political Gabfest is coming to San Francisco on Sept. 15 at the historic Nourse Theater. Tickets are available at slate.com/politicalSF. If you are a Slate Plus member, you will be eligible for a discount on your ticket purchase. If you’d like to become a Slate Plus member, visit slate.com/gabfestplus.

Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest is coming to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27 at D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theater. The live show is a part of the inaugural Woman’s Voices Theater Festival, a citywide celebration of new work by female playwrights from more than 50 professional theaters throughout the nation’s capital region. Tickets are available at slate.com/live. Slate Plus members are eligible for a discount on your ticket purchase.

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.)

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