Political Gabfest

The “Little Fires Everywhere” Edition

The IPCC’s frightening climate report, Paul Sabin on his new book Public Citizens, and COVID and kids.


Episode Notes

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

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Public Citizens: The Attack on Big Government and the Remaking of American Liberalism, by Paul Sabin

Paul Sabin for the New York Times: “How Liberals Can Attack From the Left—and Win

Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, by Emily Bazelon

The Genius Factory: Unravelling the Mystery of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank, by David Plotz

The Most Dangerous Writing App

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Josie: How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith; Maya and the Robot, by Eve L. Ewing

Emily: Ally Mutnick and Zach Montellaro for Politico: “Redistricting Sprint Begins With Major Census Data Drop

David: Jen Senior for the Atlantic: “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind

Listener chatter from Matt Gousman: “Starbase Tour With Elon Musk

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josie, David, and Emily share their experiences and advice about trying to write a book.

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 Jess Miller.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap and Grace Woodruff.


About the Show

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