Political Gabfest

The “Abortion Ban” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses the latest wave of anti-abortion bills, Trump’s showdown with Iran, and Civic Saturday with guest Eric Liu.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the latest wave of anti-abortion bills, Trump’s showdown with Iran, and Civic Saturday with guest Eric Liu.

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

• Michael Hiltzik for the L.A. Times: “States With the Worst Anti-Abortion Laws Also Have the Worst Infant Mortality Rates”

• Citizen University: Civic Saturday

Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy by Eric Liu

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows

• Shera S. Avi-Yonah and Aidan F. Ryan for the Harvard Crimson: “ ‘With Us or Against Us’: Current, Former Winthrop Affiliates Say Faculty Deans Created a Toxic Environment Stretching Back Years”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: Aaron Bady, Sarah Mesle, and Phillip Maciak for the Los Angeles Review of Books: “Game of Thrones, ‘The Bells’ ”; Willa Paskin for Slate: “Daenerys Doesn’t Need to Be a Feminist Hero”

• John: The University of Cambridge’s Casebooks Project

• David: Atlas Obscura: “Introducing Our 2020 International Trips”; Twitter thread about working for a narcissist by the Hoarse Whisperer @HoarseWisperer

• Listener chatter from Hank Van Dijk‏ @hankvandijk: Max Boot for the Washington Post: “It’s Time for Us to Have an Unapologetic Atheist in the Oval Office”

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John talk about the controversy over a lawyer for Harvey Weinstein losing his job at Harvard Law.

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Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.