Political Gabfest

The “Find Something New” Edition

Pandemic catastrophe, the racial justice movement, and “cancel culture”–with guest host James Forman Jr.


Episode Notes

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

Neil Gross for the New York Times: “Want to Abolish the Police? Consider Becoming an Officer Instead

Paul Butler for the New York Times: “The System Must Counteract Prosecutors’ Natural Sympathies for Cops

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Jill Leovy

Unpacking the Boston Police Budget, ACLU Massachusetts

Harper’s: “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate

Ross Douthat for the New York Times: “10 Theses About Cancel Culture

David Plotz for Business Insider: “Government Data Is Getting Worse.

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

James: Vertellis card game

Emily: Pam Fessler and Elena Moore for NPR’s Morning Edition: “Signed, Sealed, Undelivered: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Rejected For Tardiness

David: Kerry Allen for the BBC: “US-China: Pompeo Dog Photo Has Netizens Asking If US Is Toying With China

Listener chatter from James Edward Dillard @jamesdillard: ChinaTalk podcast: “How Corruption Works in China

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment James, David, and Emily discuss the program James has started at Yale Law School to help individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to do so get law degrees.

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.


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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