Political Gabfest

The “What Happens at Georgetown Prep” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, Trump’s call for the declassification of secret documents, and how to interpret police shootings.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and David French, senior fellow at the National Review Institute, discuss the value of an FBI investigation into accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s declassification of documents related to the Russia investigation, and how to understand police shootings.

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

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Listener chatter from Deb Azrael‏: The New York Public Library Grow Up mini-lending library program lets people check out ties, briefcases, and handbags for job interviews and important events.

Emily: Caitlin Flanagan’s eloquence on the New York Times’ The Daily podcast and Elizabeth Bruenig for the Washington Post: “She Reported her Rape. Her Hometown Turned Against Her. Can Justice Ever Be Served?

David French: Ozark Season 2

David Plotz: Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui for the New York Times’ Upshot: How Connected is Your Community? and The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment the hosts discuss whether the “forever war” in Iraq and Afghanistan is a good thing. Join

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.