Political Gabfest

The Live From San Francisco Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the second Republican presidential debate and the possible government shutdown. Plus, a conversation with productivity guru Merlin Mann.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the second round of Republican debates and how each candidate performed, and the potential government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding and what it means for the 2016 election. They also talk to writer, speaker, and broadcaster Merlin Mann about time, attention, and productivity.

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

Emily chatters about her recent New York Times Magazine piece on who qualifies for “asylum”?

Merlin chatters about the Conversation Parade: An Adventure Time Podcast.

John chatters about the historic Cow Palace and the contentious 1964 Republican Convention.

David chatters about Donald Trump’s germophobia.

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.