Political Gabfest

The “Everything Is Absolutely Terrible” Edition

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the fatal shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California; the steep mountain left to climb at COP21; and the uproar in Chicago over the killing of Laquan McDonald.

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

John chatters about the appearance of mysterious ghost ships laden with corpses off the coast of Japan. Also, he sneaks in a second chatter about a recent Washington Post article profiling a resilient, young, low-skilled worker in the South.

Emily chatters about a story David Simon told to a recent criminal justice White House panel that she moderated: The Wire actress Felicia Pearson, aka “Snoop,” has become ensnared in the all too common cycle of debt due to exorbitant ankle monitor fees—among other horrifying issues she now faces as a ward of the criminal justice system.

David chatters about the thrilling novel Manhunt. Also, he spatchcocked and roasted a turkey this Thanksgiving. (Yes, he might just have wanted to say “spatchcocked” on tape).

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Elle Bisgaard-Church.