Political Gabfest

The “I Would Like You to Do Us a Favor” Edition

The Ukraine scandal, the politics of impeachment, and Jodi Kantor on investigating Harvey Weinstein.

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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:

• Greg Miller, Josh Dawsey, Paul Sonne and Ellen Nakashima for the Washington Post: “Giuliani Pursued Shadow Ukraine Agenda as Key Foreign Policy Officials Were Sidelined

• A. G. Sulzberger for the New York Times: “The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World

• “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community,” by Daniel R. Coats, Director of National Intelligence

• Ross Douthat for the New York Times: “Does Donald Trump Want to Be Impeached?

• Osita Nwanevu for the New Republic: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Greta Thunberg

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

• Ronan Farrow for the New Yorker: “Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John:  Late 19th-century advertisement for “Cocarettes” tweeted by Lindsey Fitzharris @DrLindseyFitz

Kirsten: Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You, by Clive D.L. Wynne

David: Shows about car racing like Formula 1 and Le Mans: Racing Is Everything as a cure for insomnia

Listener chatter from @RealFuzzyMarmot: Ryan Pickrell for Business Insider: “Walruses Have Attacked And Sunk a Russian Navy Boat in the Arctic

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, John, and Kirsten discuss what makes Greta Thunberg wonderful and why she drives her critics crazy.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.