Political Gabfest

The “Death of Democracy” Edition

U.S. democracy in peril, Democrats‘ strategy woes, and Andrea Elliott’s Invisible Child.


Episode Notes

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

Ezra Klein for the New York Times: “David Shor Is Telling Democrats What They Don’t Want to Hear

Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “Bill Clinton, Race and the Politics of the 1990s

The Ezra Klein Show. “Transcript: Ezra Klein Interviews Heather McGhee About the Cost of Racism

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee

Simon Bazelon and David Shor for Slow Boring: “A Permanent CTC Expansion With a Sharper Means-Test Would Protect Poor Kids Better and Be More Popular

Matt Yglesias for Slow Boring: “If You Want To Talk About Racism, Talk About Racism

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, by Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott for the New York Times Magazine: “When Dasani Left Home

Andrea Elliott for the New York Times: 2013 Invisible Child series

Here’s this week’s chatter:

David: Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide, by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras

John: John’s donation page for the Covenant House Sleep Out; Gurwinder @G_S_Bhogal’s Twitter thread about the 40 powerful concepts for understanding the world.

Emily: Jan Ransom, Jonah E. Bromwich and Rebecca Davis O’Brien for the New York Times: “Inside Rikers: Dysfunction, Lawlessness and Detainees in Control

Listener chatter from Nettie Hendricks: The Fetler Family Band on YouTube

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, Emily, and David discuss what they’d do with their days if they didn’t need to work.

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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  • 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.