Political Gabfest

The “Unfulfilled” Edition

The situation at the border, Claire Jean Kim on violence against Asian Americans, and Alec MacGillis’ new book about Amazon.


Episode Notes

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

Emily Bazelon for Slate: “Stop Telling Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Retire: It’s Counterproductive

David Leonhardt for the New York Times: “The Democrats’ Immigration Problem

Nicole Narea for Vox: “Migrants Are Heading North Because Central America Never Recovered From Last Year’s Hurricanes

One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger, by Matthew Yglesias

Slate’s Political Gabfest, “The “Rage” Edition” (with Matthew Yglesias)

Claire Jean Kim for Politics and Society: “The Racial Triangulation of Asian Americans

Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America, by Alec MacGillis

Michael Corkery and Karen Weise for the New York Times: “Amazon Workers’ Union Drive Reaches Far Beyond Alabama

Lina M. Kahn for the Yale Law Journal: “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency, by John Dickerson

John Dickerson for 60 Minutes: “Studying Coronavirus Spread in One Georgia School System

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: Her forthcoming article about the exoneration of Yutico Briley. Matt Sledge for the New Orleans Advocate: “A Man Serving 60 Years For Armed Robbery Is Free After Jason Williams Clears The Way For Release

John: Howard Schneider for Reuters: “U.S. Covid Response Could Have Avoided Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths - Research

David: Janelle Shane for Substack: “GPT-3 Tries Pickup Lines

Listener chatter from Mathew Dicks: Philip Hoare for The Guardian: “Sperm Whales in 19th Century Shared Ship Attack Information

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss a wrong but unappealable call by high school basketball referees.

Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest, or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages 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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