Political Gabfest

The “Tragedy of Afghanistan” Edition

The Afghanistan withdrawal, with guest Annie Pforzheimer; California’s recall election; and personal pandemic ethics—with guest host Alexandra Petri.


Episode Notes

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

Annie Pforzheimer for the Washington Post, “Leaving Afghanistan Will Lead to Yet Another Civil War there

Annie Pforzheimerfor the Washington Post, “Opinion: In Afghanistan, a Summer of Pain Awaits

Annie Pforzheimer for the New York Times,The Long Road Out of Afghanistan

Rachel Feintzeig for the Wall Street Journal: “These People Who Work From Home Have a Secret: They Have Two Jobs

Daniel Lavery’s Substack newsletter: The Chatner 

Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, by Alexandra Petri

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences, by Alexandra Petri

The Best of Wodehouse: An Anthology

Clouds, by Aristophanes

Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories

Three Men In A Boat: (To Say Nothing of the Dog), by Jerome K. Jerome

Solutions and Other Problems, by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh

New Teeth, by Simon Rich

Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations, by Simon Rich

Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “Sell Out

Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “The Big Nap

Simon Rich for the New Yorker: “Raised by Wolves

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: Meira Levinson, Alan C. Geller, and Joseph G. Allen for the Lancet: “Health Equity, Schooling Hesitancy, and the Social Determinants of Learning

Alexandra: Never a Dull Moment: The Memoirs of Countess Marguerite Cassini

David: Dahlia Lithwick for Slate: “The Fierce Legal Battle at the Heart of the Fight Over Reclining Airline Seats

Listener chatter from Lesley Gild: Bored Panda: “People Are Sharing ‘Alternate Angles’ of Iconic Events and Places in History, Here Are 30 of the Best

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Alexandra, Emily, and David discuss their favorite funny books.

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 and Shayna Elliot.


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