Political Gabfest

The “I’ll Get the Vaccine If You Give Me a Pony” Edition

The politics of vaccine acceptance, the changed conversation on policing, and Texas undeterred by failing to find voter fraud.


Episode Notes

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

Dan Diamond for the Washington Post: “ ‘We Want To Be Educated, Not Indoctrinated,’ Say Trump Voters Wary of Covid Shots

Charles Duhigg for the New Yorker: Seattle’s Leaders Let Scientists Take the Lead. New York’s Did Not

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes—and Why, by Amanda Ripley

Washington Post Editorial Board: “Reimagining Safety

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr.

Josie Duffy Rice for Vanity Fair: “Abolition’s Promise

Vann R. Newkirk II for The Atlantic: “American Democracy Is Only 55 Years Old—and Hanging by a Thread

Ross Douthat for the New York Times: “Can Anything End the Voting Wars?

This American Life: “Squirrel Cop

Irish Family vs Bat

Zak Cheney-Rice for New York Magazine: “Ahmaud Arbery’s Death and the Politics of Black Joy

In & Of Itself


Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth

Schitt’s Creek

The Wire

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams


Here’s this week’s chatter:

Josie: We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, by Mariame Kaba

John: “Ian McKellen Explains the Difference Between Acting on Stage and in Movies | The Dick Cavett Show

David: The Atlas Obscura Podcast

Listener chatter from Rebecca Vernon: Andrew Chamings for SF Gate: “The Bizarre Tale of the World’s Last Lost Tourist, Who Thought Maine Was San Francisco

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josie, David, and John discuss the art and literature they wish they could experience for the first time again.

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.


About the Show

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