Political Gabfest

The “Public Charge” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses Trump’s new move to punish documented immigrants, death in prison and Jeffrey Epstein, and recession.


Episode Notes

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

● Adam Serwer for the Atlantic: “The Cruelty is the Point”

● Ken White for the Atlantic: “Thirty-Two Short Stories About Death in Prison”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Vann R. Newkirk II for the Atlantic: “The Great Land Robbery”; Lizzie Presser for ProPublica and the New Yorker: “Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.”; the New York Times Magazine: “The 1619 Project”; NPR’s Throughline: “Mass Incarceration”

Josie: Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino*

David: NPR: “Where The Kids Across Town Grow Up With Very Different Schools”; John Plotz’s Recall This Book podcast: “Cixin Liu”

Listener chatter from Matt Thompson @thompsonmw1983: Richard Read for the Los Angeles Times: “Meet the Neglected 43-Year-Old Stepchild of the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and Josie talk about “Sharenting.”

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter or post it to our Facebook page. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

Correction, Aug. 19, 2019: This post originally misspelled Jia Tolentino’s last name.


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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