Political Gabfest

The “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” Edition

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For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, the hosts discuss John’s widely acclaimed moderation of the Democratic debate. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/gabfestplus.

On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, and the all-around genius of the Broadway musical Hamilton.

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


John chatters about the history of the once hated, now praised Lincoln-Douglas debates, as reported in the Atlantic (and no, they did not have a moderator because the debaters were actually interested in true argument). He also mentions the enjoyable audiobooks on the topic.

David chatters about the reversal of his opinion on the Iran versus France wine-at-dinner debacle, asserting that religious beliefs should not be privileged over secular ones. He mentions François Mitterrand’s last meal as testament to this claim.

Emily chatters about a New York Times Magazine article on the hunt for red mercury, a source of incredible nuclear power—or whatever it exactly is.

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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon. Links compiled by Elle Bisgaard-Church.