Political Gabfest

The “Who Should Get the Vaccine?” Edition

Political violence, Ezekiel Emanuel on the ethics of vaccine distribution, and Edward Ball on Life of a Klansman.

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Episode Notes

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

Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “Trump Needs His Own Sister Souljah Moment

Science: “An Ethical Framework for Global Vaccine Allocation

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: “National Academies Release Draft Framework for Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine, Seek Public Comment

Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy, by Edward Ball

Slaves in the Family, by Edward Ball

Julian Kozlowski, Laura Veldkamp, and Venky Venkateswaran for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: “Scarring Body and Mind: The Long-Term Belief-Scarring Effects of COVID-19, Working Paper 2020-009A

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Marc Levy for the Associated Press: “Pennsylvania High Court Takes Up Another Election Lawsuit

John: Elizabeth Bernstein for the Wall Street Journal: “The One Thing You Can Control Right Now: Yourself

David: Beowulf: A New Translation, by Maria Dahvana Headley

Listener @GreenNeck: Bridget Alex for Discover: “Which Ancient City Is Considered the Oldest in the World?

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss whether we’ll consider this the most important election of our lifetimes 30 years from now.

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.)

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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.

  • Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the author of Charged and Sticks and Stones, and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

  • 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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