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The “Bart Simpson vs. Lisa Simpson” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses Trump’s apparent pay-to-play with Pam Bondi, the upcoming debates, and reparations.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s apparent pay-to-play with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the upcoming presidential debates, and Georgetown University’s form of reparations for its slaveholding past.

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

John chatters about how psychopaths may prefer bitter tastes.

Emily chatters about the President’s Council of Advisers on Scientific Technology criticizing common forms of forensic science used to convict people.

David chatters about a fantastic Vanity Fair piece looking back at the entire Theranos saga.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.