Political Gabfest

The “Chaos Candidate” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the fifth GOP debate, the court martial and possible life sentence of Bowe Bergdahl, and the year in politics.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the fifth GOP debate, the curious case of Bowe Bergdahl, and the political happenings of 2015.

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

John chatters about the moon hoax of 1835, as learned about in preparation for his Whistlestop podcast this week.

Emily chatters about Matthew Shaer’s “Whatsoever Things Are True,” one of Longform’s “Best of 2015” articles.

David chatters about a lovely novel, evocative of his boarding school years of yore: To Serve Them All My Days.

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