Political Gabfest

The “Moscow Mitch” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses white supremacist violence, Mitch McConnell’s new nicknames, and the impact of Joaquin Castro tweeting the names of Trump donors.

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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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  • Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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Episode Notes

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

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland, by Jonathan Metzl
• Dana Milbank for the Washington Post: “Mitch McConnell Is a Russian Asset”
• Charles Homans for the New York Times Magazine: “Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted. But at What Cost?”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Mike: David Jarman for Daily Kos Elections: “The Daily Kos Elections Naming Guide to the Nation’s Congressional Districts”
• Emily: Wesley Morris for the New York Times: “Toni Morrison Taught Me How to Think”; Doreen St. Félix for the New Yorker: “Toni Morrison and What Our Mothers Couldn’t Say”
• David: The Overstory, by Richard Powers; Virginia Heffernan and Paul Ford for Medium: “Just Checking In”
• Listener chatter from Paul Chaffee @paul_chaffee: Kayla Epstein for the Washington Post: “How Do You Spell ‘Gerrymandering Is Bad?’ With a Font Made Out of Preposterous Districts.”

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Mike talk about the policy issues that continue to trip them up.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.