Political Gabfest

The “Year’s Best Gabfest” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show featuring listeners’ and the hosts’ favorite segments from 2015, including Ta Nehisi-Coates on the death of Freddie Gray, gender on the Upper East Side, and the assassination of Lincoln.

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This week’s Slate Political Gabfest features several of Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz’s (and listeners’!) favorite segments of 2015, including discussions on the death of Freddie Gray, gender on the Upper East Side and the assassination of Lincoln.

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

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Emily chatters about Nate Silver’s debate with her 12-year-old son, Simon, on the Hot Takedown podcast from FiveThirtyEight.

John chatters about The Serious Lesson in President Harding’s Case of Gonorrhea.

David chatters about his serendipitous meeting with Malawian minister Martin Tom.

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 Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Elle Bisgaard-Church (with many this week from previous interns).