Political Gabfest

The “Dark Psychic Force” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses the Democratic primary debates, Trump’s nominee for director of national intelligence, and whether heat waves across the globe could inspire real action on climate change.

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

• Matthew Yglesias for Vox: “America Deserves a Debate Between Joe Biden and His Main Progressive Critics”
• Drew Altman for the Washington Post: “The Democratic Debates Suffer From a Nasty Case of Plan-itis”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth by Jack Goldsmith
• John: Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen for the Atlantic: “We Need a New Science of Progress”
• David: Lizzo’s Tiny Desk concert; James B. Stewart, Matthew Goldstein, and Jessica Silver-Greenberg for the New York Times: “Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA”; The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank by David Plotz
• Listener @davidamann: “I Found NYC’s In-N-Out Burger and Solved the Mystery of How It Got There”

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss their favorite summer games.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

Correction, Aug. 2, 2019: This post originally misstated the title of this episode. It is the “Dark Psychic Force” Edition, not the “Dark Psychic Energy” Edition.