Political Gabfest

The “Stop Counting Now” Edition

Messing with the census, undermining the election, and guest Juliette Kayyem on competent crisis response.


Episode Notes

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

Alex Thompson for Politico: “Trump’s Campaign Knocks on a Million Doors a Week. Biden’s Knocks on Zero.

Ben Smith for the New York Times: “How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong

Franklin Foer for the Atlantic: “Putin Is Well on His Way to Stealing the Next Election

Alice Miranda Ollstein for Politico: “Lawmakers Demand Explanation for Cutting Federal Funding to States for National Guard Deployments

Juliette Kayyem for the Atlantic: “Reopening Schools Was Just an Afterthought

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

Emily: Deep Cover: The Drug Wars

David: This Week in Virology, “Episode 640: Test Often, Fast Turnaround, with Michael Mina”; Elian Peltier for the New York Times: “3 Men Marooned in the Pacific Are Rescued After Writing SOS in the Sand

Listener Carol Palmer, @AgnetaAnderso: Larry Kanter for Medium “Inside the Company Trying to Solve the Global Bicycle Shortage

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John talk about missing their work friends.

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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