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Slate's Political Gabfest
Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by iTunes listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Slate's Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks. Part of the Panoply Network.
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The “Darkness at Nunes” Edition
Gabfest hosts discuss Devin Nunes and the investigation into Russian interference in the Presidential election, what follows failure of the new health care bill and how to define President Trump's plan for energy independence.
62 min
2
Gabfest EXTRA 2- the Vanishing Health Care Bill
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson give the latest on the vanishing House health care bill.
6 min
3
Gabfest "EXTRA- the Health Care" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the health care vote (or non vote) suspense.
12 min
4
The “Playing Sofball with Neil” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss James Comey's options, Neil Gorsuch's smooth talking and the fight between Florida's state prosecutor and it's governor.
56 min
5
The “When I'm 64” Edition
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Trumpcare, the President's proposed budget, and the new Muslim ban.
69 min
6
The “Is This the Worst Bill in History” Edition
Gabfest hosts discuss the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, President Trump's accusation of wiretapping and the future for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
63 min
7
The “Live from the Free and Independent Republi...
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson, live from LA, discuss President Trump’s address to Congress, Jeff Sessions and California’s potential to secede.
60 min
8
The “Deploy, Detain, Deport” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss President Trump's immigration enforcement plans, the move to revoke bathroom rights for transgendered students and the downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos.
60 min
9
The "Freaks and Leaks" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Julia Ioffe of The Atlantic to discuss the Russia scandal and ouster of Michael Flynn. They also examine the populist revolt to save Obamacare, and American-Israeli relations.
57 min
10
The “Nevertheless She Persisted” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the legal fight over the President Trump's immigration executive order, the confirmation battles and Elizabeth Warren's grandstanding, and whether comedy can shape public opinion and policy
54 min
11
The “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddle...
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss President Trump's immigration order, his nominee to the Supreme Court and the approaches of Washington's bureaucrats- should they change course?
64 min
12
The “Has it Really Only Been a Week?” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the actions President Trump has taken in his first week, what infrastructure projects may become priorities and about lying- what's with all that lying?
57 min
13
The “I Think We're Going to be Okay” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act, the challenges of covering glitter, Twitter and news from the Trump administration and the commuting of Chelsea Manning's sentence.
55 min
14
The “Cloudy with 100 Percent Chance of Showers”...
Hosts David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to discuss Donald Trump's press conference, the confirmation hearings and the legacy President Obama leaves behind.
66 min
15
The “It Still Seems Pretty Swampy To Me” Edition
The “It Still Seems Pretty Swampy To Me” Edition
59 min
16
The "2016 Conundrum" Edition
Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon tackle listener-generated conundrums live from the Brooklyn Bell House with a surprise special guest.
62 min
17
The “How Bad Could 2017 Be Anyway?” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by NPR's International Desk Editor William Dobson to discuss the terror attacks in Berlin and Turkey and the domestic and international agendas that Donald Trump may inherit as President.
47 min
18
The “Red Dawn” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson talk about CEO Rex Tillerson and whether Russian hackers could be responsible for the results of the Presidential election. Ta-Nehisi Coates joins in to discuss his recent essay “My President Was Black.”
61 min
19
The “Cling Tightly to One Tiny Piece of Good Ne...
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon attempt to crack the code on Donald Trump's cabinet selections, talk over the real dangers of fake news and discuss what it would take to change the electoral college.
58 min
20
The “Welcome to the Kleptocracy” Edition
Host Emily Bazelon is joined by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker, and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Donald Trump's business conflicts of interest, the future of health care and the rights and wrongs of responding to Trump tweets.
55 min
21
The “Safe and Special Place” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson examine what President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet appointments could portend, if Mike Pence was mistreated at a recent Hamilton performance and if Trump could cause real harm to the free press.
60 min
22
The “Should You Work for President Trump” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss the potential influence of Trump's cabinet picks, how to decide whether to serve or not to serve and the seriousness of fake news.
50 min
23
The "Even Longer National Nightmare" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Jacob Weisberg, chairman of The Slate Group, to discuss the election results, how Donald Trump will govern and what Trump skeptics and foes should do now.
56 min
24
Year of Great Books | What Should We Read Next?
John Dickerson Wants to Read a Classic Novel After the Election. Pick One for Him.
14 min
25
The “Is it Tuesday Yet” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss how close the presidential race may be, the impact of FBI director James Comey's comments, and they attempt to brainstorm survival tactics for the remaining days leading up to the election.
56 min
26
The "Live From Boston" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson gab live from Boston about the state of the Presidential race, what happens to Trump voters if he loses the race and how to repair voters' faith, and stamina, in the campaign process for future seasons.
60 min
27
The "I Will Keep You in Suspense" Edition
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Slate Group chairman, Jacob Weisberg, to discuss the third Presidential debate and the possible danger zones that exist for an opinionated journalist, like Amy Goodman, covering a protest.
63 min
28
The "Trying to Find Someone Who Was Not Assault...
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump, the latest from WikiLeaks on Hillary Clinton and whether its ethical to choose not to vote in this election.
61 min
29
Gabfest Extra: The "Grabfest Post Debate Specia...
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and Jacob Weisberg of Trumpcast, join forces to debrief and decompress after the second Presidential debate.
25 min
30
The “That Mexican Thing” Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's taxes, the yapping dog of the VP debate and the Supreme Court's attempt to avoid ties with their cases this season.
50 min
31
The “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail” Edition
Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss whether Hillary Clinton will surge out of the first debate, if Donald Trump should bring up the misdeeds of Bill Clinton and if the most recent crime numbers really represent the nation's crime.
52 min
32
Gabfest Extra: The “I'm So Relieved” Edition
Trumpcast host Jacob Weisberg and Gabfest hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson team up for some post-Presidential-debate review.
28 min
33
The “Time to Panic” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Trump's attempt to leave the birther conspiracy club, the New York and New Jersey bombs and what a pardon for Edward Snowden would represent for US national security.
58 min
34
The "Hack, Sputter, Cough" Edition
David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Hillary Clinton's hidden pneumonia, Donald Trump's charitable self-portraits and the political potential of the latest economic report.
51 min
35
The “Bart Simpson Versus Lisa Simpson” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson debate the ethical murkiness of Donald Trump's payment to Attorney General Pam Bondi, the candidates' preparation styles for the upcoming debates and the reparations offered by Georgetown University.
53 min
36
The “Make Mexico Great Again” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's visit to Mexico, the breakup of Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner, and the Senate races of 2016.
47 min
37
The "Meet the New Trump" Edition
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker to discuss the new messages coming from Donald Trump, the new trove of Hillary Clinton emails and the geographic patterns of capital punishment in America.
55 min
38
The “Should You Believe Juanita Broaddrick” Edi...
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Slate Contributor Frank Foer to discuss Paul Manafort's ties to Russia, the violence in Milwaukee and political responses, and the return of Juanita Broaddrick to the media spotlight.
49 min
39
The "Many People Are Saying" Edition
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Kirsten Powers of Fox News, to discuss the defections from the Donald Trump fan club, the art and folly of the apology and theories of binge drinking in America.
45 min
40
The “You Can Get the Baby Out of Here” Edition
Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson, joined by Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, discuss the weekly delights of Donald Trump, the role of gender in this election and how recent voting rights cases could impact this year's election outcomes.
54 min
41
The “Bunch of Malarkey” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Michelle and President Obama's endorsements of Hillary, the frustration of Sanders fans and the DNC hack scandal.
56 min
42
The “Your Word is Your Bond” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the royalty and the squires of the Republican Convention and consider the work environment of Fox News in light of allegations of sexual misconduct brought against Roger Ailes.
52 min
43
The "Last Week Was Awful and This Week I Have t...
Live from Washington D.C., David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the terrible recent U.S. shootings and they debate if we're all to blame for politics' failures and what to expect at the Republican National Convention.
67 min
44
The "Seven Salty Almonds, Six-Pointed Stars, Fi...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton's trustworthiness ratings, Donald Trump's use of Jewish star-shaped stars, and President Obama's nightly routines.
57 min
45
The "Live from the Aspen Ideas Festival" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to discuss the state of Republican politics, Brexit and the most recent Supreme Court rulings.
49 min
46
The "Show Me The Money" Edition
Slate Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie, joined by Adam Davidson of Surprisingly Awesome and the New York Times, and Rachel Martin of NPR, discuss Trump's (lack of) finances, the immigration and diversity component of Brexit and the "Veep-stakes."
45 min
47
The "Brexit Pursued by a Bear" Edition
Orlando Shooting & Aftermath, Brexit, GOP Convention
59 min
48
The "Textbook Definition of Racism" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's racist and divisive remarks, Hillary Clinton's historic position in the Democratic party, and the debate surrounding the Stanford rape case.
59 min
49
The “Is Trump the Gorilla and America the Kid?”...
David Plotz and Emily Bazelon along with Adam Davidson talk about why some Democrats don't appreciate Hillary, and about the President's new overtime rule. The three also debate who to blame for the untimely death of a gorilla at a Cincinnati zoo.
54 min
50
The "Weiner" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss Hillary Clinton's strategy to rise above scandals, the three discuss the new documentary “Weiner,” and they weigh in on the new twist in the Gawker v. Hulk Hogan case- Peter Thiel.
46 min
51
The “I Threw a Chair in Reno Just to Watch it F...
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the threat of a Democratic Party fracture, the latest polls on Donald Trump's popularity and the Supreme Court's action plan with its current team of eight.
50 min
52
The "Goofy Elizabeth Warren" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Paul Ryan's meeting with Donald Trump, the accusation that Facebook is manipulating its trending news and the fight between North Carolina and the Federal Government on transgender rights.
46 min
53
The "Suspending My Campaign" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's rise, the Supreme Court's debate over what defines bribery and the three discuss Yale University's decision to maintain the name John C. Calhoun on one of its buildings.
55 min
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The "Live From Georgia" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Ted Cruz's running mate and the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. They weigh in on Hillary Clinton's standing and the three offer up new tests for future Presidential candidates.
51 min
55
The “Dreaming of 1237” Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the impact of the New York Presidential primaries and they discuss the U.S. Supreme Court case United States v. Texas, centered on President Obama's deferred deportation action.
51 min
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The "Count Me Out" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson debate who will win the New York Primary, Paul Ryan's opt-out of this cycle's Presidential contest and North Carolina's stance on discrimination in bathrooms.
54 min
57
The “Does Bernie Sanders Know Anything About An...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Wisconsin primary and possible demise of Trump, Bernie Sanders’ latest upset and the SCOTUS decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, or ‘One Person One Vote.’
59 min
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The "Corey's Gory Story" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson talk about Donald Trump's support for his Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, and his comments on abortion. They also discuss Bernie Sanders's momentum and President Obama's criticism of the media.
53 min
59
The “Patrolling and Securing” Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the terror attacks in Brussels, the national political races and the push for Obamacare exemptions under consideration by the Supreme Court.
50 min
60
The "Rough Them Up" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus discuss the state of the Republican Party and Trump's response to violence. Slate's Courts Reporter Dahlia Lithwick joins in to assess President Obama's Supreme Court nomination.
57 min
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EXTRA: The "Super Tuesday Part 3" Edition
John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the results of the latest Democratic and Republican Primaries and what twists and turns are yet to come this election season.
19 min
62
Trumpcast: Is Trump a Racist?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article "How Trump Happened."
13 min
63
The “Maybe its Hillary Who Should Drop Out” Edi...
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the strength of Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican nomination, the latest results within the Democratic primary race and the loss of Nancy Reagan.
49 min
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The "Hate and Castrate" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the unfolding anti-Trump effort, Hillary Clinton's general election potential and the Supreme Court's recent debate about abortion access in West Texas.
43 min
65
Gabfest Extra: The “That Really Was a Super Tue...
David Plotz is joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to get the lowdown on all the Super Tuesday results
21 min
66
The "Is Trump's Nomination Inevitable?" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss a possible Trump nomination, the current configuration of the Supreme Court and they take up a new debate about Apple's iPhone security measures in light of new information reported this week.
45 min
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The “I Have a Gun and Her Name Is America” Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the future of the Supreme Court, the Republican race for the Presidential nomination, and they are joined by Slate's technology writer Will Oremus to discuss the federal limits to privacy settings.
54 min
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Gabfest Extra: Antonin Scalia's Death
The sudden death on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday has unleashed huge shockwaves in both the presidential race and the legal community.
27 min
69
The "Happy Valentine's Day Rubio Robot" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Presidential race and the Supreme Court's recent stay. Could it positively impact both the climate and the energy sector?
50 min
70
Gabfest Extra: The "New Hampshire Primary" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and Slate's Jim Newell discuss the impact of the New Hampshire Primary on the Republican and Democratic parties.
23 min
71
Gabfest Extra: Whistlestop, The Straight Talk E...
In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how retail politics won the day in the 2000 Republican primary in New Hampshire.
40 min
72
The "Coin Toss" Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the impact of the Iowa Caucus on the Republican and Democratic Parties and David Plotz speaks with Adam McKay about America's financial system and his Oscar-nominated film, The Big Short.
45 min
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Gabfest Extra: The “Is It Groundhog Day or Is I...
David Plotz is joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie and Chairman of the Slate Group Jacob Weisberg to offer breaking analysis of the Iowa Caucus with Political Gabfest flair.
25 min
74
The "Dark, Dark, Dark Money" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Presidential campaign, Michael Bloomberg and the book, “Dark Money,” by Jane Mayer.
55 min
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The “Squirmishes” Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and the state of the Republican race for the Presidential nomination. They talk about the U.S. relationship with Iran and the water crisis in Flint Michigan.
48 min
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The "There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymor...
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the tightening race between Hillary and Bernie for Iowa.
54 min
77
The “I'm From the Government and I'm Here to He...
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie and John Dickerson talk about Republicans, Obama, guns and are joined by author Jacob Weisberg discussing his new book, "Ronald Reagan."
48 min
78
The "Conundrum" Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz debate a selection of listener-generated conundrums that range from the political to the fantastical.
35 min
79
The “Year's Best Gabfest” Edition
Round out the year with Emily, John and David.
70 min
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The "Chaos Candidate" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate in Las Vegas (did America win it?), the court-martial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and what can and should be learned from the big news events of 2015.
54 min
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The “Is He Hitler or Mussolini?” Edition
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric, the Supreme Court's deliberations around considerations of race in college admissions and the one-person, one-vote case before the Supreme Court.
54 min
82
The "Everything is Absolutely Terrible" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the mass shootings in California and Colorado, the Climate Summit in France and Rahm Emanuel's future as mayor of Chicago.
47 min
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The "Thousands Were Cheering" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump's lie-telling, take the temperature on anti-immigrant sentiment and they debate the importance of maintaining or removing Woodrow Wilson's prominence from the Princeton University campus.
59 min
84
The “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the growing threat of ISIS (live from the Superfest on Broadway show), the Supreme Court case over Texas abortion restrictions, and the hit musical Hamilton. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought
67 min
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The "I Don't Like Philosophy or Welding" Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate, student protests at University of Missouri and Yale University and President Obama appealing executive action on immigration to the Supreme Court.
56 min
86
The "Predator in the Bathroom" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the 2015 election results, GOP candidates' debate demands, and the rising mortality of middle-aged white Americans.
51 min
87
The "Jeb-With-A-Sad-Droopy-Exclamation-Point!" ...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the third Republican primary debate, the Obama-Boehner budget deal, and the violent arrest of a South Carolina high school student. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by The Rachel Maddow
55 min
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The “11 Hours and She Didn’t Flinch” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton's best week ever, the failing campaign strategies of Jeb Bush, and Matthew Yglesias's essay in Vox about the "deep trouble" that Democrats are in.
44 min
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The "Sick and Tired of Your Damn Emails" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz recap the first Democratic debate and discuss Paul Ryan for Speaker of the House and the Wisconsin gun trial. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage
58 min
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The "Would You Like to Be Speaker of the House?...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the tumultuous race for Speaker of the House. They also preview the Democratic debate with special guest David Axelrod and talk about the tepid presidential campaign of Jeb Bush. The Slate Political
59 min
91
The Living Will Envy the Dead Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, David Plotz, and guest Julia Ioffe discuss the aftermath of John Boehner’s departure, the showdown between Vladamir Putin and Barack Obama over Syria, and a case involving prosecutorial fiddling with DNA evidence. The Sla
60 min
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Gabfest Extra: House Speaker John Boehner Will ...
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the surprise resignation announcement of House Speaker John Boehner.
19 min
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The "Carly, Scotty, Franny" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the rapid fall of Gov. Scott Walker, the quick rise of Carly Fiorina, and the crossover appeal of Pope Francis. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Blue Apron. Blue Apron sends gourmet r
51 min
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The Live from San Francisco Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz analyze the second Republican presidential debate and discuss the possible government shutdown over Planned Parenthood. They also talk to author and podcaster Merlin Mann about time, attention, and productivi
93 min
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The Completely Authentic, Totally Spontaneous, ...
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe of the New York Times Magazine discuss Hillary Clinton's campaign reboot, the catastrophic war in Syria, and the Iran nuclear deal.
54 min
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The "Let's Get All Smug About That Kentucky Cle...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the continuing controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails, the European refugee crisis, and a Kentucky clerk's defiant stand against marriage equality.
57 min
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The "Aw, What a Beautiful Little Anchor Baby!" ...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Jeb Bush's evolving stance on immigration, talk to David Leonhardt of the New York Times about the recently erratic global markets, and take up the controversy over topless women in Times Square.
56 min
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The Amabots and Amholes Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and author Jack Hitt discuss Donald Trump's immigration policy, the impact of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and the New York Times piece about working conditions at Amazon.
59 min
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The Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever Edition
Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and Amanda Hess discuss the dustup between Donald Trump and newswoman Megyn Kelly and the single-issue presidential aspirations of Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. They also talk to Slate's Will Oremus about the restruc
42 min
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The "Nine German Shepherds and One Raccoon" Edi...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the first Republican debate, a potential presidential run by Joe Biden, and the state of the #BlackLivesMatter movement a year after Michael Brown’s death.   The Slate Political...
61 min
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The How to Debate a Drunk Person Edition
Live from Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the upcoming Republican primary debate on Fox News, the New York magazine cover story about the many rape and assault allegations against en
84 min
102
The "Who Will Donald Trump Insult Next?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss peak Trump versus percolating Kasich, the arrest and subsequent suicide of Sandra Bland, and the fate of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
57 min
103
The John Kerry is Polishing His Nobel Peace Pri...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Obama's Iran nuclear deal, Scott Walker's presidential candidacy, and a pro-life group's undercover Planned Parenthood video.
65 min
104
The "How Many Push-Ups Should the President Be ...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the sudden import of political polling, the First Amendment stakes of the Hulk Hogan sex-tape trial, and what questions we should be asking our presidential candidates.
69 min
105
The Killers and Rapists Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Matt Yglesias recap the recently ended Supreme Court term, discuss the dire economic situation in Greece, and debate the worthiness of Donald Trump's candidacy.
57 min
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Extra: The "Wait! There's Marriage Equality!" E...
On this special mini-episode, everyone drops what they were doing to talk about a historic day at the Supreme Court.
11 min
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The Jiggery-Pokery Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the meaning and symbolism of Confederate iconography, and Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change.
63 min
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The "I Would Build a Great Wall" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Jamelle Bouie discuss the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the now-official presidential aspirations of both Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, and the increasingly effective campaign of Bernie
53 min
109
The "I'm Defaulting on My Student Loans" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's "Jerusalem passport" ruling, Hillary Clinton's electoral strategy, and the crushing burden of student debt.
61 min
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This Gabfest Is On Background Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss upcoming First Amendment cases at the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton's relationship with reporters, and Caitlyn Jenner's debut on the cover of Vanity Fair.
63 min
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The Bags and Bags and More Bags of Cash Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the U.S. government's case against international soccer's most powerful and corrupt organization, the assault against the USA PATRIOT Act, and a curious Supreme Court case that could be a boon to Repu
53 min
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The "Osama bin Laden Sure Read Boring Books" Ed...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Osama bin Laden's reading list, Emma Sulkowicz's Mattress Performance, and the refusal by some male lawmakers to meet alone with female staffers.
62 min
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The "I Don't Mean to Yell at You, But I Feel Go...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Seymour Hersh's conspiratorial counter-narrative of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and Jeb Bush's retrospective view of the Iraq War.
53 min
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The "Je Suis Pam Geller" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss whether Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" event should be cheered or jeered, debate why the GOP presidential field is so diverse, and fret over the multistate military drill known at Operation Jade Helm
46 min
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The "Can I Get Some of That Clinton Cash?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson are joined by Ta-Nahisi Coates to discuss the situation in Baltimore following the death of a black man while in police custody. They also talk about recent Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality and
69 min
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The "Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the burgeoning refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, the uneasy courtship between the Koch Brothers and Gov. Scott Walker, and the upcoming Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage.
59 min
117
The Chicken in Every Burrito Bowl Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the newly launched presidential campaigns of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican contender Marco Rubio. They also talk about the recent action by Congress over the Obama administration
65 min
118
The Live at the Bell House Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the shooting death of Walter Scott by North Charleston, SC police officer Michael Slager, the possibility of a President Rand Paul, and the sesquicentennial anniversary of the assassination of Abraham
68 min
119
The "So, Who Can You Discriminate Against?" Edi...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Obama Administration's nuclear deal with Iran, the controversial "religious liberty" law in Indiana, and the retirement of Sen. Harry Reid.
59 min
120
The "Say It with Me: President Ted Cruz" Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jamelle Bouie discuss the presidential ambitions of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Supreme Court case involving license plates and the Confederate flag, and the deliberate downing of a German airliner.
51 min
121
The "Welcome Back, Vladimir" Edition
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe discuss the reelection in Israel of Benjamin Netanyahu, the reappearance in Russia of Vladimir Putin, and the resignation from Congress of Rep. Aaron Schock.
60 min
122
The "Is It Dear Ali or Dear Ayatollah or Dear M...
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Betsy Woodruff discuss the Republican letter to Iran's leaders, the Clinton nonexplanation of her private email account, and a University of Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant.
50 min
123
Whistlestop: The Art of Political Umbrage-Taking
In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recounts the election of 1840, during which a candidate took to the trail for the very first time.
22 min
124
The hdr22@clintonemail.com Edition
Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the fallout from Netanyahu's speech before Congress, Hillary Clinton's use of private email to conduct public business, and the oral arguments in the Supreme Court's latest ObamaCare case.
46 min
125
The "Bibi, Vidi, Vici" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court's ObamaCare case, Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress, and whether Chris Christie's presidential campaign has already fizzled.
59 min
126
The "Does President Obama Love America?" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the legality of Obama's immigration policy, the strategy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's university cuts, and recent rhetorical assaults on the president.
53 min
127
The "Happy Valentine's Day, Judge Moore" Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Alabama's legal thicket over marriage equality, whether to forgive Brian Williams, and Emily's New York Times Magazine story "The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor."
56 min
128
The "Vaxxers, Taxers, and Just the Facts-ers" E...
John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Annie Lowrey of New York magazine discuss the burgeoning anti-vaccine movement, the go-nowhere Obama budget, and the fog-of-war embellishments of NBC's Brian Williams.
53 min
129
The "Can You Buy a President for $889,000,000?"...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Koch Brothers' big bet on 2016, the Supreme Court's death penalty case, and the merits of Jonathan Chait's "Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say" piece.
59 min
130
The "Is It Rude to Fall Asleep During the State...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Obama's State of the Union address, the Supreme Court's next (final?) marriage equality case, and the controversy over the movie Selma.
56 min
131
The Tom Hanks Went to Community College and So ...
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fallout from the French terrorist attack, whether Mitt Romney is really weighing a third presidential run, and Obama's ambition to make community college tuition free.
57 min
132
Le "Je Suis Charlie Hebdo" Édition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the murderous attack on a French satirical newspaper, the start of the new Congressional session, and the NYPD's recent work slowdown.
66 min
133
The Year's Best Gabfest Edition
In segments culled from throughout 2014, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss when to call the cops, the rise of political partyism, and whether to read Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices.
41 min
134
The “2014 Conundrum Show, Live in Chicago” Edition
Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Ask Amy columnist Amy Dickinson discuss tough philosophical and ethical conundrums about sending kids to private school, keeping secrets from spouses, and why they wish they’d had more sex in their 20s.
70 min
135
The "Why Close Guantanamo When You Can Open Hav...
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba with guest Will Dobson. They also talk about Jeb Bush's possible, potential, probable presidential run and Slate's Year of Outrage.
58 min
136
The America's National Shame Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee's so-called "torture report," the unraveling Rolling Stone story about an alleged rape at UVA, and the satirical performance art that was the Colbert Report.
54 min
137
The "I'm Pregnant, Don't Fire Me!" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss a grand jury's refusal to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner and the Rolling Stone story about an alleged UVA gang rape. They also debate whether Obamacare has hurt the Dems.
53 min
138
Political Gabfest Extra: Windy City Wander
Two Gabfesters visit Chicago and make a beeline for the river.
9 min
139
Political Gabfest Extra: San Francisco Treat
Two Slate podcast hosts trade stories while driving toward a secret destination
13 min
140
The "No True Bill" Edition
Jamelle Bouie joins Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz to discuss the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Also, the Facebook threat case headed to the Supreme Court and the GOP’s strong 2016 presidential field.
54 min
141
The "Is Thanksgiving Red or Blue?" Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss President Obama's immigration overhaul, the politics of the Keystone Pipeline, and whether Thanksgiving is a liberal or a conservative holiday.
55 min
142
The President Whisperer Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court's new Affordable Care Act case, Obama's net neutrality stance, and the whisper campaign against White House aide Valerie Jarrett.
52 min
143
The Multitudinous States Incarnadine Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the results of the midterm elections, what's next for both parties, and the trend in ballot initiatives.
57 min
144
The "I'll Disown You If You Marry a Republican"...
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the looming midterm elections, debate the exisence of "partyism," and attempt to understand Gamergate with New York Times video game critic Chis Suellentrop.
55 min
145
The Fake ID Edition
David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and special guest David Leonhardt of the New York Times discuss the influence of billionaire political donors, debate the value of voter ID laws, and talk about the legacy of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.
50 min
146
The "Is Amazon Evil?" Edition
David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Annie Lowrey discuss the political response to Ebola, ponder the presumptive 2015 Congress, and debate whether Amazon is a monopoly.
52 min
147
The Live in San Francisco Superfest Edition
With MC Mike Pesca, the Political and Culture Gabfests team up to discuss California's recent "Yes Means Yes" legislation and the new wave of political TV shows. They also debate the merits of the Silicon Valley ethos and play a few rounds of Dictionary.
83 min
148
Political: The Jump the Fence Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the bungling, bullying Secret Service, the possibility that Mitt Romney may still harbor presidential ambitions, and the peculiar Senate race in Kansas.
46 min
149
The Dead, Dead, Dead at 75 Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder, the bombing campaign against ISIS, and Ezekiel Emanuel's Atlantic piece, "Why I Hope to Die at 75."
54 min
150
The Spanking Edition
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the apparent desire for a progressive presidential candidate. They also talk about the growing Ebola epidemic and the controversy over corporal punishment.
49 min
151
The They May Take Our Lives But They'll Never T...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss President Obama's plans to defeat the Islamic State. They also talk about the war for women voters in the upcoming midterm elections and Scotland's move toward independence from the United Kingdom.
51 min
152
The In the Cloud, No One Knows You're a Dog Edi...
Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Putin's dastardly designs on Ukraine with Slate foreign editor Will Dobson. They also talk about the upcoming midterm elections and the fallout over stolen photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence.
63 min
153
The Gabfest to End All Gabfests Edition
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Dan Carlin. This week: Executive action on immigration, the Ex-Im Bank and crony capitalism, and the centenary of WWI.
59 min
154
The "Why Isn't Everyone Rioting?" Edition
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and Mike Pesca. This week: The aftermath of Ferguson, a grisly provocation by ISIS, and a proposed lottery to spur voter turnout.
56 min
155
The Political Gabfest: The All Criminal Justice...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon with Vesla Weaver and James Forman, both of Yale University. This week: The deaths, at the hands of police, of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Also, a discussion of On the Run, by sociologist Alice Goffman.
53 min
156
The Political Gabfest: The Conservative Nanny S...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson. This week: Is the GOP becoming a Party of ideas? Also, the move in Tennesse to toss out the Democratic judges on Tennessee State Supreme Court, and why people panic...
44 min
157
The Political Gabfest: The "What Does Congress ...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz with special guests Jamelle Bouie and Annie Lowrey. This week: Continued violence in the Middle East, a potential lawsuit against Obama, and a small victory for the pro-choice contingent in the South.
46 min
158
The Political Gabfest: The Joe Biden's White Te...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Julia Ioffe. This week: The chaotic war in Ukraine, the continued fight over Obamacare, and profiling Joe Biden.
55 min
159
The Political Gabfest: The "So Sue Me" Edition
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: House Republicans plan to sue President Obama, Elizabeth Warren rallies the Democratic base, and a woman is arrested for leaving her nine-year-old at the park.
52 min
160
The Political Gabfest: The May I Introduce You ...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. This week: A new round of violence between Israel and Hamas, Millennials may lean right politically, and Warren G. Harding named his penis.
54 min
161
The Political Gabfest: The You're a Facebook La...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The High Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the impasse over immigration reform, and Facebook's ethically ambiguous research.
62 min
162
The Political Gabfest: The Get Your Hands Off M...
David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss this week's Supreme Court ruling for police to have a warrant prior to searching the electronic device of a person arrested, Thad Cochran's win in Missippi, and Rand Paul's future in the GOP.
60 min
163
The Political Gabfest: The "I Don't Have a Titl...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, Will Dobson, and John Dickerson. This week: Will Iraq break apart? Who is Abu Khattala? And are violent threats protected speech?
49 min
164
The Political Gabfest: The Eric Cantor Sure Wea...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The shocking primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices, and a major blow against teacher tenure in California.
51 min
165
The Political Gabfest: The Go Ahead, Negotiate ...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: The fallout following the deal that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Obama makes a push on carbon emissions, and the Mississippi Republican primary heads to a runoff.
54 min
166
The Political Gabfest: The College, Why Bother?...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jake Tapper of CNN. This week: Elliot Rodger sparks a national conversation about misogyny, American higher education is in crisis, and hard choices abound in Detroit.
57 min
167
The Political Gabfest: The Secret Waiting List ...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: The Veterans Affairs scandal, the Republican primaries, and the question of reparations for African-Americans.
64 min
168
The Political Gabfest: The Google Will Never, E...
Slate's Political Gabfest featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: discussing climate change with the Bad Astronomer, Phil Pait; Jill Abramson fired from The Gray Lady; and more.
59 min
169
The Political Gabfest: The I Miss Monica Lewins...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: Prayer at the Supreme Court, the Republican takeover of North Carolina, and Lewinsky redux.
56 min
170
The Political Gabfest: The "Go Ahead, Search My...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: Race and the NBA with guest Mike Pesca, a botched execution in Oklahoma, and the Supreme Court on searching cell phones.
54 min
171
The Political Gabfest: Texas Q&A
The Q&A session from our live Austin, Texas, show with Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, joined by the Texas Tribune's Reeve Hamiltion, Emily Ramshaw, and Ross Ramsey.
12 min
172
The Political Gabfest: The "Can You Say Preside...
Live from Austin, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined by the Texas Tribune's Reeve Hamiltion, Emily Ramshaw, and Ross Ramsey to discuss Common Core, the Texas gubernatorial race, and the presidential hopes of Rick Perry and Ted Cruz.
57 min
173
The Political Gabfest: The Ukraine, You Saw, Yo...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and Jamelle Bouie. This week: Will Dobson on Ukraine, race in America during the Obama presidency, and allegations of rape against Jameis Winston remain uninvestigated.
47 min
174
The Political Gabfest: The Emily, Would You Ple...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Is it shaping up to be Bush v. Clinton in 2016? Is it sexist to say that a woman is too emotional? Is it reckless to sail the high seas with young children?
58 min
175
The Political Gabfest: The Live Nude Dancing at...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: McCutcheon v. FEC clears the way for even more money in politics, Paul Ryan proposes a budget, and "Arguendo" dramatizes the Supreme Court.
56 min
176
The Political Gabfest: The "Is Hillary Clinton ...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, Jacob Weisberg, and New York Times columnist Gail Collins. This week: Hobby Lobby challenges Obamacare, the Age Question haunts Hillary, and Dems attack Nate Silver's Big Data journalism.
55 min
177
The Political Gabfest: The We Are Invincible Ed...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle. This week: U.S. foreign policy, Obamacare by the numbers, and McArdle's new book, The Up Side of Down.
63 min
178
The Political Gabfest: The Between Two Ferns Ed...
Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Congress v. the CIA, Jolly wins Florida-13, and Obama v. Galifianakis.
52 min
179
The Political Gabfest: The "Do I Look Stoned?" ...
Slate's Political Gabfest live from Washington D.C., featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and New Republic editor Julia Ioffe. This week: The crisis in Ukraine, the decriminalization of marijuana, and the revamping of the SAT.
88 min