Political Gabfest

The “Last Mustache in Washington” Edition

The canceled Taliban talks, John Bolton’s departure, and guest Paul Tough’s new book, The Years That Matter Most.

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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:

• The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, by Paul Tough

•  A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth

• Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, by Neal Stephenson

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

• Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: Tara Golshan for Vox: “North Carolina Republicans’ Audacious Power Play, Explained”

• John: Andy Newman for the New York Times: “On the Job, 24 Hours a Day, 27 Days a Month”

• David: “Atlas Obscura’s Trips and Local Experiences Are Expanding”

• Listener chatter from Mohan Warusha, ‏@mohanwarusha: Anne Barnard for the New York Times: “The 9/11 Tribute Lights Are Endangering 160,000 Birds a Year.”

• Listener chatter from Ryan Frailich, @RFrailich: Lamar White Jr. for the Bayou Brief: “Pharmland”

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John debate the ideal length for books and movies.

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.