Political Gabfest

The “I Don’t Like Philosophy or Welding” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the fourth Republican debate, the student protests at Yale and the University of Missouri, and the coming Supreme Court battle over immigration.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate and whether it helped clarify the GOP primary, the student protests at the University of Missouri and Yale University and what they can teach us about racism and the modern protest movement, and the Obama administration’s decision to appeal its executive action on immigration to the United States Supreme Court and whether the judicial branch is the appropriate venue for deciding the issue.

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

Tarik chatters about President Obama’s historic visit to a federal prison in Vice’s special report “Fixing the System” (learn more about the administration’s re-entry efforts here) and Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series Master of None.

Emily chatters about the West Virginia Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that Joseph A. Buffey could withdraw his guilty plea for a 2002 robbery and rape because prosecutors withheld DNA evidence supporting his innocence.

Jamelle chatters about his photography hobby and the classic Nikon L35AF.

David offers a conundrum: What is the best way to approach a parent who is acting particularly vicious toward his or her child?

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.