Political Gabfest

The “Zero Sum” Edition

The unprecedented American Rescue Plan, Heather McGhee on how racism hurts all Americans, and Michael Mina on better pandemic-fighting tools.


Episode Notes

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

Pew Research Center: “Broad Public Support for Coronavirus Aid Package; Just a Third Say It Spends Too Much

The Debrief with Major Garrett: “$2 Trillion For What?

The Sum of Us, by Heather McGhee

Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans–And How We Can Fix It, by Dorothy A. Brown

John: “‘The Secret Apartment’ Is the Story of a Vietnam Vet Who Claims to Have Lived in Veterans Stadium for Years”;  The Secret Apartment: Vet Stadium, a surreal memoir, by Tom Garvey; Jeremy Irons Reads the Psalms

David: The Fourth Child, by Jessica Winter

Listener chatter from Seth Milhoan: Sarah Brookbank for the Cincinnati Enquirer: “Del Hall, The Cincinnati Man Who Lives on a Beer-only Diet for Lent, Is Doing It Again and Raising Money

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss how they decide whether to rescue or abandon a failing project.

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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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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