Political Gabfest

The “What if Twitter Dies” Edition

The future of Twitter, a ghoulish World Cup, and Justice Sam Alito is accused of a pre-Dobbs leak.


Episode Notes

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the future of Twitter, the ghoulish World Cup, and a minister’s allegation that Justice Samuel Alito leaked the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case.

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

Jodi Kantor and Jo Becker for the New York Times: “Former Anti-Abortion Leader Alleges Another Supreme Court Breach

Jodi Kantor for the New York Times: “Allegation of Supreme Court Breach Prompts Calls for Inquiry and Ethics Code

Rob Schenck for the New York Times: “I Was an Anti-Abortion Crusader. Now I Support Roe v. Wade

Kara Voght and Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone: “SCOTUS Justices ‘Prayed With’ Her—Then Cited Her Bosses to End Roe

Here are this week’s chatters:

John: Variety: “Bob Dylan Fans Who Bought $600 ‘Hand-Signed’ Books With Replica Autographs Will Receive Refunds From Publisher

Emily: Rozina Ali for the New York Times Magazine: “ ‘How Did This Man Think He Had the Right to Adopt This Baby?’

David: Politics and Prose: City Cast D.C. live taping with Michael Schaffer, David Plotz, and Anton Bogomazov at Union Market; Slate’s One Year, Season 4: 1942

Listener chatter from Laurent Dugois: In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri, by Harry N MacLean; All That’s Interesting: “The Story of Ken McElroy—The Vicious Bully Killed by His Town

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John contemplate the conundrum of what they would like to tell their younger selves but wouldn’t be able to convince them of. Submit your conundrums for the 2022 conundrum episode at slate.com/conundrum.

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 Cheyna Roth.

Research 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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