Political Gabfest

The “Not Exculpated” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses Robert Mueller’s testimony, the downfall of Al Franken, and the deal to raise the debt ceiling.

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Episode Notes

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

• Elaina Plott for the Atlantic: “Bill Barr Already Won”

• Jane Mayer for the New Yorker: “The Case of Al Franken”

• Zachary Roth for HuffPost: “The Real Story About the Allegations Against Al Franken”

• Matthew Yglesias for Vox: “Al Franken Did the Right Thing by Resigning”

Years and Years

Stranger Things

Big Little Lies

Fleishman Is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Bachelorette

• UnReal

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, by Neal Stephenson

• The White Lies podcast

• Kera Bolonik for New York: “The Harvard Professor and the Paternity Trap”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily chattered about the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s plan to work around a new law that prohibits people with felony convictions who owe fines from voting.

• John chattered about Audm, an app for listening to longform journalism.

• David chattered about seeing the intense work agricultural workers do when he volunteered on a Pennsylvania farm staffed by workers in the United States on temporary agricultural visas.

• Listener Yoni Schenker sent us Mary Robinette Kowal’s twitter thread about peeing in space.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

About the Show

Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says, “Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest.” The Gabfest is hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz. Listen for the debates, stay for the cocktail chatter.

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  • David Plotz is a host of the Slate Political Gabfest, an editor at large at Business Insider, and the former CEO of Atlas Obscura.

  • Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the author of Charged and Sticks and Stones, and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

  • John Dickerson is a 60 Minutes correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.