Political Gabfest

These Are Our Favorite Political Songs

And why music in politics matter, according to the Political Gabfest.

Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, and Nina Simone.
Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, and Nina Simone.

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For Friday’s edition of the Political Gabfest Slate Plus bonus segment, hosts Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss music in politics and why political songs matter.

Which song educated rural women about access to oral contraception and changed attitudes in the 1970s about controlling women’s reproduction? How did artists like Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and Woody Guthrie help to shape politics, and even change them?

Tune in to hear the hosts discuss—and play—some of their all-time favorite songs.

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