Political Gabfest

The “Rex Wrecks” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson, Pennsylvania’s special election results, and public schools.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss the Twitter-firing of Rex Tillerson, the special election results from Pennsylvania, and Betsy DeVos’ bizarre interview on 60 Minutes.

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

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Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

David: Robert F. Worth for the New York Times Magazine, “How a Ransom for Royal Falconers Reshaped the Middle East

John: Stephen Hawking was born on the anniversary of Galileo’s death and died on Einstein’s birthday, and Catherine Price’s How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life

Ruth: Susan Goldberg’s note “For Decades, [National Geographic’s] Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It” and “These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, the hosts honor the life and passing of Stephen Hawking by discussing their personal metaphorical black holes and hopes for time travel. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at Slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.