Political Gabfest

The “Two Stents” Edition

A fiery Democratic debate, Trump’s white-collar pardoning spree, and A Very Stable Genius with authors Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig.


Episode Notes

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

Greg Sargent for the Washington Post: “Trump’s Corruption Will Get Worse. His Own Advisers Just Showed How.

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy by Jane McAlevey

John: Josh Dawsey for the Washington Post: “In Speech, Mulvaney Says Republicans Are Hypocritical on Deficits

David:  The photography of Marina Amaral

Listener chatter from Andrea: The Independent: “Experts to Examine Mystery ‘Ghost Ship’ Run Aground Off Cork Coast During Storm Dennis

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how they would design a new source of news.

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.