Political Gabfest

The “Gab Me Baby One More Time” Edition

New York City’s primary election, J.D. Vance’s Senate run, and injustice illuminated by Britney Spears


Episode Notes

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

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance

Molly Ball for Time: “Breakfast with J.D. Vance, Anti-Trump Author Turned Pro-Trump Candidate

Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino for the New Yorker: “Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare

Caitlin Flanagan for the Atlantic: “You Really Need to Quit Twitter

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: This American Life: “There. I Fixed It.

John: John Dickerson for CBS News: “Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch III: Full Face the Nation Interview”; Julian Mark for the Washington Post: “Rep. Andy Kim’s Suit in the Capitol Cleanup Photo Was From A J. Crew Sale. It Now Belongs to the Smithsonian.”; Emily Bazelon for the New York Times: “I Write About the Law. But Could I Really Help Free a Prisoner?

David: Visiting the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness with Navajo Tours USA

Listener chatter from William Quill: Russell Goldenberg for the Pudding: “The World Through the Eyes of the US

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss whether it is a good idea to quit social media.

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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