Political Gabfest

The “I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the upcoming Iowa caucus, Obama’s executive action on gun control, and Ronald Reagan’s legacy.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and John Dickerson discuss the Iowa caucus and Trump’s recent ad, President Obama’s emotional gun control announcement, and a new book about Ronald Reagan by Jacob Weisberg.


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


Jamelle chatters about the documentaries Fresh Dressed and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, both available on Netflix, and The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.

Emily chatters about Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes.

John chatters about Ed Yong’s article in the AtlanticThe Incredible Thing We Do During Conversations.”

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