Political Gabfest

The “There Is No Plan” Edition

COVID-19 without federal leadership, Trump’s taxes at the Supreme Court, and novelist Isabel Allende on crisis as an opportunity for change.

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Episode Notes

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

Marty Makary for the New York Times: “How to Reopen America Safely

Norbert J. Michel and Drew Gonshorowski for the Heritage Foundation: “1% of Counties Home to Half of COVID-19 Cases, Over Half of Deaths

Scott Clement and Dan Balz for the Washington Post: “Many Governors Win Bipartisan Support for Handling of Pandemic, But Some Republicans Face Blowback Over Reopening Efforts

Zeynep Tufekci for the Atlantic: “How Hong Kong Did It

Perri Klass for the New York Times: “Rethinking Covid-19 in Children

Maria DeCotis @MariaDeCotis performs Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comments on his daughter’s boyfriend.

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John: Heran Mamo for Billboard: “Relive Prince & the Revolution’s Iconic 1985 Purple Rain Concert During a Three-Night Livestream” and Olivia Clement for Playbill: “Audra McDonald to Host Star-Studded Covenant House Benefit With Meryl Streep, Dolly Parton, and More

Emily: The Music Lab’s Tone-Deafness Test and Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

David: Haven Orecchio-Egresitz for Business Insider: “A White Man Ran Through a Florida Neighborhood Carrying a TV to Prove That Looking ‘Suspicious’ Wasn’t an Excuse for Killing Ahmaud Arbery” and Monica Humphries for Business Insider: “A BBC Sports Broadcaster Held a Zoom Meeting With His 2 Dogs to Deliver Their Annual Performance Reviews

Listener chatter from Team @shah_of_shaw: Rutger Bregman for the Guardian: “The Real Lord of the Flies: What Happened When Six Boys Were Shipwrecked for 15 Months

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss great historical counterfactuals.  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.)

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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.