Political Gabfest

The “Build Back Later” Edition

Jan. 6 revelations get worse; Build Back Better and voting rights; and Joel Anderson on Slow Burn Season 6: The L.A. Riots.


Episode Notes

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

David A. Graham for the Atlantic: “The Paperwork Coup

Barton Gellman for the Atlantic: “Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun

Charles Homans for the New York Times: “In Bid for Control of Elections, Trump Loyalists Face Few Obstacles

Slow Burn Season 6: The L.A. Riots

Slow Burn Season 3: Biggie and Tupac

Emily Bazelon for Slate: “The Nazi Anatomists

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks; We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, by bell hooks

John: Sharyn Alfonsi for 60 Minutes: “Negotiating With the Taliban to Save Lives Iin Afghanistan”; The Daily: “Economic Catastrophe in Afghanistan”; Christina Goldbaum for the New York Times: “Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation

David: Julian Mark for the Washington Post: “Rapper Logic Wrote the Song ‘1-800-273-8255’ To Save Lives. He May Have Saved Hundreds, Study Finds.

Listener chatter from Adrian Monthony: Geraldine DeRuiter for The Everywhereist: “Bros., Lecce: We Eat at The Worst Michelin Starred Restaurant, Ever

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, John, and David share their best holiday gift ideas.
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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.