Political Gabfest

The “Failed Justice Breyer Countdown” Edition

Infrastructure negotiations, alarming Supreme Court decisions on democracy, and Bill Cosby’s release.


Episode Notes

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

Catherine Rampell for the Washington Post: “Three Things That Could Still Blow Up The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, by Ari Berman

Ruth Marcus for the Washington Post: “I’ve Urged Supreme Court Justices to Stick Around—But Never to Retire. Until Now.

The New Book of Middle Eastern Food: The Classic Cookbook, Expanded and Updated, with New Recipes and Contemporary Variations on Old Themes, by Claudia Roden

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: Emily Bazelon for the New York Times: “I Write About the Law. But Could I Really Help Free a Prisoner?”; My Octopus Teacher

Ruth: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Jamelle: Croupier; Athletic Brewing Company

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, Jamelle, and Ruth talk about their favorite summer foods and recipes.

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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  • Ruth Marcus is an op-ed columnist at the Washington Post.

  • 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.

  • Jamelle Bouie is a New York Times opinion columnist. He was formerly Slate’s chief political correspondent.