Political Gabfest

The “I Need More Ammunition” Edition

Ukraine resists, the State of the Union, and backlash against reformer prosecutors.

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Episode Notes

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

Thomas L. Friedman for the New York Times: “I See Three Scenarios for How This War Ends

Anne Appelbaum for the Atlantic: “The Bad Guys Are Winning

Gal Beckerman for the Atlantic: “How Zelensky Gave the World a Jewish Hero

Rebecca Davis O’Brien for the New York Times: “How This ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ Balances Politics and Public Safety

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

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

Here’s this week’s chatter:

David: The Postman, by David Brin

Emily: In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss, by Amy Bloom; Away, by Amy Bloom

John: New York Times, Feb. 22, 1862: “The Execution of Nathaniel Gordon

Listener chatter from Leslie Camp: Phil Davison for the Washington Post: “Monique Hanotte, Belgian Resistance Member Who Rescued 135 Downed Allied Airmen in World War II, Dies at 101

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, Emily and David discuss what they do to find and boost their courage.

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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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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Hosts

  • 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.

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