Political Gabfest

The “Million Dollar Jab” Edition

The post-pandemic economy; vaccine hoarding and COVID confusion; and Alex Stamos on the Colonial Pipeline hack.


Episode Notes

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

David Leonhardt for the New York Times: “A Misleading C.D.C. Number

Dana Goldstein for the New York Times: “President of Key Teachers’ Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall

Brian Krebs for Krebs on Security: “A Closer Look at the DarkSide Ransomware Gang

Here’s this week’s chatter:

John: Craig Welch for National Geographic: “Groundbreaking Effort Launched to Decode Whale Language

Emily: A Good Mother, by Lara Bazelon; America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s, by Elizabeth Hinton

David: B-Side Books: Essays on Forgotten Favorites, by John Plotz

Listener chatter from Adam Schear: Walker Caplan for LitHub: “The Key to Dodging Cyber Censorship Rules Might Be … A Minecraft Library?

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David each recount a decision that changed the trajectory of their lives (not marriage related!).

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

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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