Political Gabfest

The “Georgia Out of its Mind” Edition

Pushback against COVID-19 restrictions, the success of female political leaders, and Mark Bittman on eating well during isolation.

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Episode Notes

Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

Eric Posner and Emily Bazelon for the New York Times: “Trump Is Politicizing the Pandemic. Governors Can Fight Back.

How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered by Mark Bittman and David L. Katz

How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Adam Liptak for the New York Times: “Supreme Court Bans Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts for Serious Crimes

John: Nicholas Thompson for Wired: “To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past

David: Jody Avirgan’s Twitter thread on Charles Mingus’s technique for toilet-training cats and Jody Avirgan’s podcast This Day in Esoteric Political History.

Listener chatter from Jeff Weitzel @jeff_weitzel: Tim Mak’s Twitter thread about the Anti-Mask League of 1919.

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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.