Political Gabfest

The “Wash Your Hands” Edition

Super Tuesday upends the Democratic race, COVID-19 spreads, and the Supreme Court hears a crucial abortion case.

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Episode Notes

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

●      Shane Goldmacher for the New York Times: “Elizabeth Warren: A Populist for the Professional Class

●      George Packer for the Atlantic: “The President Is Winning His War on American Institutions

●      The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, by Michael Lewis

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

●      John: The Washington Post’s Presidential podcast: “Lyndon B. Johnson”; Eric Barton for Outside magazine: “How a Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost at Sea

●      Emily: Adam Liptak for the New York Times: “Supreme Court Divided on Trump’s Power to Fire Head of Consumer Bureau

●      David: Daniel Grossman for the Washington Post: “The Congo Rainforest Is Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon Dioxide. That’s Bad for Climate Change.

●      Listener chatter from Chip Nold: Tom Carson for Vox: “The Awakening of Norman Rockwell

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss pandemics in fiction.

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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.