Political Gabfest

The “Inspecting the Bunker” Edition

Protests against police brutality and racism, Trump’s increasingly authoritarian response, and the pandemic, with guest Jamelle Bouie.


Episode Notes

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

The New York Times: “After 6 Months, Important Mysteries About Coronavirus Endure

The Lancet: “Physical Distancing, Face Masks, and Eye Protection to Prevent Person-to-Person Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Monmouth University Polling Institute: “Protestors’ Anger Justified Even If Actions May Not Be: Most Say Police More Likely to Use Excessive Force on Black Individuals

Shant Shahrigian for the New York Daily News: “De Blasio Staffers Demand ‘Radical Change From Mayor’ in Open Letter: Read Full Text

German Lopez for Vox: “How to Reform American Police, According to Experts

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John: Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “What Will College Be Like in the Fall?

Emily: A River of Stars, by Vanessa Hua

David:  The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes, by Suzanne Collins; Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly

Listener chatter from David Foreman: Aeon Video: “‘Quite a Height, Ah?’ A Tour of the Chrysler Building by Those Building It

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss James Mattis speaking out about Trump’s work to divide Americans during crisis.

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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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