Political Gabfest

The “Profits Over People” Edition

Dangerous debt ceiling games, blowing the whistle on Facebook, and new revelations about Jan. 6 and the plan to overturn the election—with guest host Mary Harris!


Episode Notes

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

Wall Street Journal: The Facebook Files

Wall Street Journal: The Facebook Files, A Podcast Series

Nathaniel Persily for the Washington Post: “Facebook Hides Data Showing It Harms Users. Outside Scholars Need Access.

Charlie Warzel’s Substack, Galaxy Brain: “The Algorithm Tweaks Won’t Save Us

Katie Benner for The New York Times: “Report Cites New Details of Trump Pressure on Justice Dept. Over Election

Mike Stobbe for The Associated Press: “More Than 120,000 Us Kids Had Caregivers Die During Pandemic

YouTube video: “Richard Feynman Magnets

Slate’s What Next With Mary Harris

Here’s this week’s chatter:

John: The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth, by Matthew Algeo

Mary: Gary Shteyngart for the New Yorker: “A Botched Circumcision and Its Aftermath”; Robert Kolker for the New York Times Magazine: “Who Is the Bad Art Friend?

Emily: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: Annual Awards Virtual Event–Championing Disability Rights for 49 Years; Sabrina Tavernise and Katie Benne for The New York Times: “Federal Judge Pauses Strict Texas Law Banning Most Abortions

Listener chatter from Kyle Amann: Matthew Fox for Insider: “A Hamster Has Been Trading Cryptocurrencies In A Cage Rigged To Automatically Buy And Sell Tokens Since June - And It’s Currently Outperforming The S&P 500

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John and Emily talk to Mary about work as a daily podcaster.

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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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

  • 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 host of CBS News Prime Time With John Dickerson, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of The Hardest Job in the World.