Political Gabfest

The “Open the Damn Schools” Edition

The Supreme Court’s abortion decision; reopening schools, with guest Emily Oster; and Russia’s bounties for U.S. troops.


Episode Notes

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

Melissa Murray for the Washington Post: “The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Seems Pulled From The ‘Casey’ Playbook

Linda Greenhouse for the New York Times: “How Chief Justice Roberts Solved His Abortion Dilemma

Jeffrey Toobin for the New Yorker: “John Roberts Distances Himself from the Trump-McConnell Legal Project

Emily Oster for the Atlantic: “Parents Can’t Wait Around Forever

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know, by Emily Oster

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool, by Emily Oster

Charlie Savage, Mujib Mashal, Rukmini Callimachi, Eric Schmitt, and Adam Goldman for the New York Times: “Suspicions of Russian Bounties Were Bolstered by Data on Financial Transfers

Susan E. Rice for the New York Times: “Why Does Trump Put Russia First?

Carl Bernstein for CNN: “From Pandering to Putin to Abusing Allies and Ignoring His Own Advisers, Trump’s Phone Calls Alarm U.S. Officials

David Plotz for Business Insider: “What If Your Boss Acted Like This?

This Day in Esoteric Political History: “The Man Who Didn’t Sign The Declaration (1776)

Ross Douthat for the New York Times: “The Ghost of Woodrow Wilson

David W. Blight for the Washington Post: “Yes, the Freedmen’s Memorial Uses Racist Imagery. but Don’t Tear It Down.

Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, by David Blight

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John: Jen Doll for Mental Floss: “How A Wrinkle in Time Changed Sci-Fi Forever”; Money Heist

Emily: Alison Dirr for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director to Stay on for Time Being, Filling Leadership Void”; Scott Neuman for NPR: “Federal Court In Wisconsin Upholds Voting Restrictions Favored by Republicans”; Derry Girls

David: Call My Agent

Listener chatter from Randy Koehn @noonan66: Matthew Rosenberg @AshcanPress’s Twitter thread with a beautiful story about Carl Reiner, who passed away this week.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John discuss whether history should be taught backward.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


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