Political Gabfest

The “Our Patience Is Wearing Thin” Edition

The Biden administration’s vaccine rule, the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, and the new book from Woodward and Costa.


Episode Notes

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

Isaac Stanley-Becker for the Washington Post: “Top General Was So Fearful Trump Might Spark War That He Made Secret Calls to His Chinese Counterpart, New Book Says

Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

Susan B. Glasser for the New Yorker: “ ‘You’re Gonna Have a Fucking War’: Mark Milley’s Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: Georgia Wells, Jeff Horwitz, and Deepa Seetharaman for the Wall Street Journal: “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show

John: Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead

David: “College Students Reported Record-High Marijuana Use and Record-Low Drinking in 2020, Study Says

Listener chatter from James Evans: Verity Stevenson for CBC News: “In Facing Death, Concordia Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Has Built a Lasting Legacy and Inspired Thousands”;
@DrNadiaChaudhri’s Twitter feed

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily discuss the contentiousness of daylight saving time.

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.


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  • David Plotz is a host of the Slate Political Gabfest and the CEO of City Cast.

  • 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.

  • John Dickerson is a CBS political analyst and correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of The Hardest Job in the World.