Political Gabfest

The “Twin Cities” Edition

Live from St. Paul, Minnesota, the Political Gabfest discusses the Democratic middle ground, “chaos voters,” and guest Curtis Sittenfeld’s fiction about living political figures.


Episode Notes

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

• Ken Thomas for the Wall Street Journal: “Biden, Warren Gain in Latest Poll of Democratic Primary Voters”

• Thomas B. Edsall for the New York Times: “The Trump Voters Whose ‘Need for Chaos’ Obliterates Everything Else”

• Michael Bang Petersen, Mathias Osmundsen, Kevin Arceneaux: “A ‘Need for Chaos’ and the Sharing of Hostile Political Rumors in Advanced Democracies”

• Rick Shenkman for Politico: “The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy”

• Shawn W. Rosenberg: “Democracy Devouring Itself: The Rise of the Incompetent Citizen and the Appeal of Populism”

You Think It, I’ll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld

American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld

• Curtis Sittenfeld for Esquire: “The Nominee”

• Curtis Sittenfeld for Slate: “Yes, We Did”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily talked about the death of Cokie Roberts and the path she made for women in journalism.

John demonstrated what a book from the 1900s about campaigns, and a guide for the salesmen hawking it door to door, can tell us about political journalism today.

David shared a clip of Richard Nixon discussing panda sex.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John take questions from the live audience in St. Paul.

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.)

The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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 and the CEO of City Cast.

  • 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 CBS political analyst and correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of The Hardest Job in the World.