Political Gabfest

The “DP [Hearts] MB” Edition

Public impeachment hearings, Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick joining the presidential race, and DACA at the Supreme Court.

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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:

• Megan Garber, the Atlantic: “ ‘I’d Do Her’: Mike Bloomberg and the Underbelly of #MeToo

• Kevin Van Valkenburg’s Twitter thread on why journalists have to cold-call sources.

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: Felon, by Reginald Dwayne Betts; The World Doesn’t Require You, by Rion Amilcar Scott

• John: Pew Research Center: “Partisan Antipathy: More Intense, More Personal”

• David: Jed Kolko for the New York Times: “Red and Blue Economies Are Heading in Sharply Different Directions”; Atlas Obscura Trivia Night at the Bell House

• Listener chatter from Cyrus Farivar: Deborah Netburn for the Los Angeles Times: “Meet the Scientist Who’s Been Counting California Butterflies for 47 Years and Has No Plans to Stop.” And from Jamey Kelley: Alex Samuels for the Texas Tribune: “Texas Voters Approve State Income Tax Ban, Most Other Constitutional Amendments

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, David, Emily, and John discuss recent controversies in college journalism.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.