Political Gabfest

The “Hot Button Issue” Edition

Israel, abortion at the Supreme Court, and Nine Nasty Words,with John McWhorter.


Episode Notes

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

John Dickerson for CBS: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Face the Nation, May 16, 2021

Bernie Sanders for the New York Times: “Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government

Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever, by John McWhorter

John McWhorter for the Atlantic: “How ‘White Fragility’ Talks Down to Black People

Here’s this week’s chatter:

John: Tariro Mzezewa for the New York Times: “Hear a Harlem Choir Rejoice Again

Emily: Adam Liptak for the New York Times: “Ban on Non-Unanimous Verdicts Is Not Retroactive, Supreme Court Rules

David: Children of Time, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Listener chatter from Susan Bates: AMORALMAN: A True Story and Other Lies, by Derek DelGaudio.

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David talk about the objects that most define them.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


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  • David Plotz is a host of the Slate Political Gabfest and the CEO of City Cast.

  • 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 CBS political analyst and correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of The Hardest Job in the World.