Political Gabfest

The “Two Trillion Dollars” Edition

The way to save the economy is to beat the virus.

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Episode Notes

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

Sten H. Vermund, Gregg Gonsalves, Becca Levy, and Saad Omer for the New York Times: “Letter to the Editor: The Wrong Way to Fight Coronavirus

Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman for the Guardian: “This Crisis Calls for Massive Government Intervention: Here’s How to Do It

David W. Blight for the Atlantic: “The United States Is Being Taught by Facts and Events

The Historian’s Craft: Reflections on the Nature and Uses of History and the Techniques and Methods of Those Who Write It , by Marc Bloch

Ed Yong for the Atlantic: “How the Pandemic Will End

Tyler Cowen for Bloomberg: “Don’t Worry. America’s Response to the Coronavirus Will Improve.

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Joe Buck’s Twitter feed, @Buck

John: Lunch Poems, by Frank O’Hara

David: Jesse Eisinger and James Bandler for ProPublica: “Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.

Listener chatter from: Kenneth C. Dudley @dudley_kenneth: a thread by astronaut Anne McClain on coping in small spaces.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss insights they have gained from their experiences with social distancing. 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, 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.

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