Political Gabfest

The “Twilight of Democracy” Edition

Biden’s campaign, Big Tech, and Anne Applebaum’s new book Twilight of Democracy—with guest host Ruth Marcus.

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Episode Notes

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

John Dickerson for the Washington Post: “The Ultimate Test of Presidential Character Is Restraint

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge Trump’s Enablers Harshly

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John: The Underground Railroad and The Nickleboys by Colson Whitehead, Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Ruth: Sophie Haigney for The New Yorker: “An Elegy for the Landline in Literature

Anne: MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman by Ben Hubbard

David: Meredith Cash for Business Insider: “Take a Peek at Alabama Football’s Stunning New Locker Room That Was Part of a $16 Million Renovation

Listener chatter from Mark Allender @markwallender for ProPublica: Jodi S. Cohen for ProPublica: “A Teenager Didn’t Do Her Online Schoolwork. So a Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Ruth, David, and John discuss David’s dilemma concerning the best interests of his cats.

You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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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.

  • Ruth Marcus is an op-ed columnist at the Washington Post.

  • 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.

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