Political Gabfest

The “Reaping the Whirlwind” Edition

The election lies that inspired the invasion of the U.S. Capitol, and Democrats’ historic wins in Georgia.

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Episode Notes

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

Yuval Levin for the National Review: “Failures of Leadership in a Populist Age

Anne Applebaum for the Atlantic: “History Will Judge the Complicit

Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “The Pandemic Election

Emily Bazelon for Slate in 2013: “Voting Rights 2.0

Steven Lance for Atavist: “The Secret Formula: Could Shrunken Heads From the Amazon Hold the Key to Curing Cancer? One Man Thought So—and Spent a Lifetime Trying to Prove It.

A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812,by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John: Agence France-Presse, “Exceptionally Well-Preserved Snack Bar Unearthed in Pompeii

David: David Segal for the New York Times: “It’s Mother vs. Son in Britain’s Priciest Divorce War

Emily: Tweet by Kyle Machulis @qDo of the most important competitive dog dancing video

Listener chatter from Cyrus Farivar @cfarivar: Jason Kottke for Kottke.org: “The Last Documented Widow of a Civil War Veteran Has Died at the Age of 101

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David, Emily, and John consider in what time period they would first go to see a doctor, given what we know now about the history of medicine.

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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