Political Gabfest

The “Nobody Likes Him” Edition

Trump on trial, the Democratic primary race, and Mohammed bin Salman’s hacking of Jeff Bezos.

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Episode Notes

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

Charlie Savage for the New York Times: “‘Constitutional Nonsense’: Trump’s Impeachment Defense Defies Legal Consensus

Matthew Yglesias for Vox: “American Democracy is Doomed

Sheera Frenkel for the New York Times: “How Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X Was Hacked

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily chattered about about a case the Supreme Court heard this week concerning government funding for religious schools.

John chattered about Trump’s dismissal of troops’ possible brain injuries as “headaches” and a viral bocci ball video.

David recommended a long city bus ride as a fun activity to enjoy with a kid and followed up on why you can’t open an iPhone with a severed finger.

Wayne Garcia for WUSF: “Anthropologist: Building Over African American Cemeteries Not Just a Southern Problem

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss what elements they would include if they crafted a new religion.

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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, an editor at large at Business Insider, and the former CEO of Atlas Obscura.

  • 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 60 Minutes correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.