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The "Fox is in the White House" Edition

1:13:19 | Mar 7th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the House of Representatives’ investigation of Trump, Amanda Ripley’s article about political prejudice in America, and the Fox News White House. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggesti...Show More

The “He is a Racist, He is a Con Man, He is a Cheat” Edition

53:32 | Feb 28th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Michael Cohen’s testimony, Trump’s failed North Korea summit, and Patrick Radden Keefe’s new book Say Nothing.For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily discuss what should b...Show More

The "Feel the Bern" Edition

59:10 | Feb 21st

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s national emergency declaration, Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, and Amazon abandoning its New York plans. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and question...Show More

The “All About the Benjamins” Edition

56:09 | Feb 14th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the deal to avoid a second shutdown, Jeff Bezos claims of sextortion, and Ilhan Omar’s tweets about Israel. Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGab...Show More

The “Oh My God. This is Terrible. This is the End of My Presidency.” Edition

55:27 | Apr 18th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the release of the Mueller Report, Trump’s refusal to respond to Congressional subpoenas, and the resurgence of measles.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions ...Show More

Introducing Charged: A True Punishment Story

29:30 | Apr 17th

For two and a half years, Emily Bazelon has been following people through a special court in New York designed to be a speedy machine for the harsh punishment of illegal gun possession. Along the way, a strange thing happened — the politics outside t...Show More

The “Wahoo” Edition

1:16:51 | Apr 13th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the arrest of Julian Assange; Trump’s purge of the Department of Homeland Security; and the 2020 contenders for President.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, link...Show More

The "Just a Note" Edition

00:25 | Apr 11th

We typically deliver a new Political Gabfest episode every Thursday but because we have a great live show in Charlottesville on Friday- we're going to pass you a full length episode on Saturday this week! Check back here on Saturday for the next grea...Show More

The “He's a Natural Toucher” Edition

1:09:32 | Apr 4th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Joe Biden; the White House’s stonewalling of Congress; and Brexit--with guest Anne Applebaum.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us ...Show More

The "Live From Washington DC" Edition

1:21:55 | Mar 28th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss William Barr’s puzzling description of the Mueller report; Emily’s new book Charged; and House Democrats’ legislative agenda with guest Congresswoman Lauren Underwood.Topic ideas for next week? Yo...Show More

BONUS: The "No Conspiracy, No Collusion, Full Exoneration" Edition

11:08 | Mar 25th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the summary Attorney General William Barr submitted to Congress. The full version of this special bonus episode is only available to Slate Plus ...Show More

The “The President is Not a White Supremacist” Edition

1:04:31 | Mar 21st

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and guest host Jamelle Bouie discuss the Christchurch massacre; why Democratic presidential candidates who are straight, white and male are dominating the news coverage; and whether the Electoral College should be abolishe...Show More

The “Operation Varsity Blues” Edition

1:02:52 | Mar 14th

John Dickerson, and David Plotz, and guest host Josie Duffy Rice discuss Trump’s budget proposal, the college admissions scandal, and the changing debate over reparations for slavery.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and qu...Show More

The “Just A Little Bit of Shoe Polish” Edition

1:08:22 | Feb 7th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Virginia Democrats in turmoil, Trump’s State of the Union speech, and the appalling conditions at a federal prison in New York.For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment John, David, and Emily disc...Show More

The “But Every Politician’s Gonna Say That” Edition

1:01:00 | Jan 31st

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Howard Schultz’s threat to run for president, Mitch McConnell’s legacy (with guest Charles Homans), and performative workaholism.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and q...Show More

The “Great Blotch” Edition

1:12:30 | Jan 25th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the government shutdown, the 2020 Democratic presidential field, and Brexit doom with guest Tanya Gold.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest....Show More

The “Pocketing Your Notes” Edition

1:05:28 | Jan 17th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the continued government shutdown, the counterintelligence investigation of Trump, and the racism of Steve King.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @Slat...Show More

The “Infinity War” Edition

1:12:36 | Jan 10th

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the government shutdown, new Russia connections revealed in the Mueller investigation, and why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting so much attention.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet sugge...Show More

The “Exploratory Committee” Edition

57:13 | Jan 3rd

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and guest David Leonhardt discuss the government shutdown, potential 2020 presidential candidates, and whether there are signs of hope that the climate crisis could be addressed.Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet sug...Show More

The “2018 Conundrum” Edition

54:10 | Dec 27th, 2018

Emily, John, and David close out the year considering listeners’ most confounding conundrums with special guest Simon Doonan.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www....Show More

The “A Liberal is a Conservative Who’s Been to Jail” Edition

1:05:25 | Dec 20th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, Michael Flynn’s legal troubles, and new revelations about Russian trolling and Facebook’s privacy violations.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segmen...Show More

The “Tinkle Contest With a Skunk” Edition

52:04 | Dec 13th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Michael Cohen’s sentencing, the search for America’s next White House chief of staff, and Trump’s threat to shut down the government over border wall funding.Topic ideas for next week? You can tw...Show More

The "Last Wasp" Edition

1:18:07 | Dec 6th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the legacy of George H.W. Bush, the power-grab by Wisconsin Republicans, and election fraud in North Carolina.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more....Show More

The "Not Off the Table" Edition

1:23:06 | Nov 29th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the mounting number of liars being investigated by Mueller, President Trump’s confrontation with the courts over the border, and the lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s plans to add a ...Show More

The "Sealed Indictment" Edition

1:15:44 | Nov 21st, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss what may be next for the Mueller investigation, the California wildfires, and new revelations about Facebook’s leadership team.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only p...Show More

The “House Speaker John Lewis” Edition

1:07:24 | Nov 15th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss unfounded allegations of fraud in the Florida recount, decisions facing House Democrats about their leadership and agenda, and the lawsuit challenging Trump’s unprecedented appointment of Acting ...Show More

The “Way Too Much News” Edition

57:33 | Nov 8th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the extraordinary midterm elections, whether the success of ballot initiatives protecting voting rights marks a turning point in ballot access, and the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Jo...Show More

The "Most Important Election of our Lifetimes Since the Last Election” Edition

59:09 | Nov 1st, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and guest David Axelrod, discuss the intersections of politics and violence and also Trump’s attempts to steer the election coverage leading up to the midterms.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, e...Show More

She's Running: Political Gabfest Presents The Waves

1:10:54 | Oct 28th, 2018

This week, our friends at the feminism and politics podcast The Waves crafted a special episode all about women and the midterm elections. Hosts Christina Cauterucci and Hanna Rosin are joined by Senior Political Reporter for Glamour Celeste Katz, an...Show More

The “Now We Have Pipe Bombs” Edition

59:48 | Oct 25th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the pipe bombs sent to Trump critics, the state of the midterm elections, and whether Saudi Arabia will be punished for the death of Jamal Khashoggi.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, e...Show More

The "Cheek Swab" Edition

1:07:15 | Oct 18th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Trump administration’s response to the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, and the debate around Georgia’s voter security measures.Join Slate Plus! Members get bo...Show More

The "Angry Mob" Edition

55:38 | Oct 11th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the dire new climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation, and Taylor Swift’s new engagement with politics.Join Slate Plus! Membe...Show More

The “All County Building Supply and Maintenance” Edition

1:03:33 | Oct 4th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Kavanaugh controversy, Trump’s apparent tax evasion, and whether the new North American trade deal is better than the old one.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onl...Show More

The “Live from Austin: Do You Have a Drinking Problem, Senator?” Edition

1:17:07 | Oct 1st, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the state of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, the possibility that former felons will regain the right to vote in Florida, and guest DeRay Mckesson’s new book, On The Other Side of Freedo...Show More

The “One Hundred Percent Certain” Edition

40:57 | Sep 28th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the testimony of both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate....Show More

The “What Happens At Georgetown Prep...” Edition

1:16:28 | Sep 20th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and David French (Senior Fellow of the National Review Institute) discuss the value of an FBI investigation into accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s declassification of documents related to the Russia investigatio...Show More

Special: The "Kavanaugh in Crisis" Edition

27:48 | Sep 17th, 2018

In this special bonus episode, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the sexual misconduct allegations facing Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

The “Trump Economy” Edition

1:06:44 | Sep 13th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss who deserves credit for the economy, the state of the midterm campaigns, and the Trump administration's attempt to indefinitely detain migrant children.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments...Show More

The "Unsung Hero" Edition

1:08:28 | Sep 6th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss anonymous dissent within the Trump administration, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, and backlash against The New Yorker for inviting and un-inviting Steven Bannon to their Festival. Join ...Show More

The “Packing and Cracking” Edition

1:02:43 | Aug 30th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss lawyer Don McGahns’s departure from the White House team, North Carolina’s political gerrymandering and John McCain’s legacy.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only pod...Show More

The “Eight Count” Edition

1:20:22 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Tuesday’s conviction of Manafort, Cohen’s guilty plea and McGahn’s cooperation with the special counsel as well as the Kavanaugh nomination.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive ...Show More

The "Unhinge Me Now" Edition

1:05:13 | Aug 16th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and CNN Political Analyst Kirsten Powers discuss the relevance of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s criticisms of President Trump, the results from state primaries around the country and the Title IX investigation of the sexua...Show More

Gabfest Presents: Slow Burn

44:01 | Aug 13th, 2018

David Plotz talks with Leon Neyfakh, host of the Slate podcast Slow Burn, about season two of the hit show. Subscribe to Slow Burn here. 

The “War on Your Mind” Edition

1:15:33 | Aug 9th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, Benjamin Wittes, and David Plotz discuss revelations from Paul Manafort’s trial, proposed White House changes to legal immigration, and Alex Jones’s banishment from social platforms.For Slate Plus, Emily & David talk to Ben about Lawfa...Show More

The “3D-Printed Gabfest” Edition

1:07:19 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Emily Bazelon, Ruth Marcus, and David Plotz discuss Paul Manafort’s trial, blueprints for 3D-printed guns, and potential capital gains tax cuts. Lara Bazelon joins for Slate Plus to discuss sexism in courtrooms.

The “Pay With Cash” Edition

1:01:17 | Jul 26th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Michael Cohen’s release of secret recordings with Trump, the gubernatorial race in Georgia, and justice for the death of Markeis McGlockton. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive...Show More

The "Double Negative" Edition Live from Glenside, PA

1:14:19 | Jul 19th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are live in Glenside, PA to discuss the fallout of the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki and the latest indictments of Maria Butina and the 12 Russian officers. Plus, with midterms on the horizon, who in th...Show More

The “Carpool Justice” Edition

1:03:26 | Jul 12th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy, the U.S. relationship with NATO, and federal policies around breastfeeding.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive...Show More

The "Abolish ICE" Edition

52:53 | Jul 5th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, Jacob Weisberg, and David Plotz discuss potential replacements for Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, liberal chants to ‘Abolish ICE’, and why Scott Pruitt resigned.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only ...Show More

The “Red Court, Red Dem, and Red Hen” Edition

1:09:23 | Jun 28th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Justice Kennedy’s retirement,  the New York primary upset, and the meaning of civility.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free tr...Show More

The “Wicked, Even for Trump” Edition

1:01:28 | Jun 21st, 2018

John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Ruth Marcus discuss the future for children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, DOJ findings on the FBI and 2016 presidential election, and elite schools' admissions policies.Join Slate Plus! Membe...Show More

The “Special Place in Hell” Edition

53:38 | Jun 14th, 2018

John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Dahlia Lithwick discuss the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph at the Supreme Court, and the impact of Trump on Tuesday’s primaries. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusi...Show More

The “I Beg My Pardon” Edition

58:06 | Jun 7th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the President’s pardon power, the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and Bill Clinton’s bumbling book tour.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusi...Show More

The “Ambien and Racism” Edition

57:23 | May 31st, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss #WhereAreTheChildren and new immigration policies, the death toll in Puerto Rico, and Roseanne’s racism.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign...Show More

The “Open Hostility” Edition

54:54 | May 24th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the state of U.S.-North Korea relations, Stacey Abrams’ Georgia primary win, and Trump’s call for an investigation of his investigators.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive memb...Show More

The “Leaks and the Leaky Leakers Who Leaked Them” Edition

58:42 | May 17th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss protests over the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the rash of White House leaks, and racial bias in marijuana arrests in New York City.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segm...Show More

The “Is Every Attorney in New York a Crook?” Edition

51:00 | May 10th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss news of multiple shady payments to Michael Cohen’s business and the downfall of Eric Schneiderman. Max Fisher, writer of The Interpreter at the New York Times, joins the gang to discuss Trump’s a...Show More

The "Live in St. Louis" Edition

1:08:57 | May 3rd, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Mueller team’s questions for President Trump and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ indictments. Jason Kander joins in to talk about voting rights and the 2018 elections.Join Slate Plus! Member...Show More

The “Hardest Job in the World” Edition

1:06:46 | Apr 26th, 2018

On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Ronny Jackson’s will-he-won’t-he Cabinet nomination, arguments before SCOTUS in Hawaii v. Trump, and John’s new piece on the presidency. Join Slate Plus! M...Show More

The “Slimeball” Edition

1:04:36 | Apr 19th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss fallout from the Michael Cohen raid, James Comey’s world tour, and racism at Starbucks.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free tr...Show More

The “Farewell My Blue-Eyed Monster” Edition

51:39 | Apr 12th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether Donald Trump should be panicking about the raid on Michael Cohen’s office, what Paul Ryan’s retirement portends, and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress. Join Slate Plus! Members ...Show More

The “Caravan of Gabfesters” Edition

55:00 | Apr 5th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Robert Mueller's investigation, President Donald Trump’s attacks on immigration and Amazon, and corruption at the EPA. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts,...Show More

The “Pardon Me” Edition

56:55 | Mar 29th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and Jack Hitt, co-host of Gimlet’s Uncivil, discuss the census citizenship question, Trump’s brewing legal trouble, and gerrymandering. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and mor...Show More

The "Delete Facebook" Edition

1:11:19 | Mar 22nd, 2018

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and New York Time's technology columnist Farhad Manjoo discuss Robert Mueller's job security, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and compare today's political climate to the 1960s. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ...Show More

The "Rex Wrecks" Edition

1:03:36 | Mar 15th, 2018

John Dickerson, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss the Twitter-firing of Rex Tillerson, the special election results from Pennsylvania, and Betsy DeVos’s bizarre interview on 60 MinutesJoin Slate Plus! Members get bonus segmen...Show More

The "Stormy Weather" Edition

1:07:40 | Mar 8th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s tariffs and fledgling trade war, the Stormy Daniels lawsuit, and the relationships between sanctuary cities and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus seg...Show More

The “There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymore” Edition

1:05:52 | Mar 1st, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the changes to gun sales following the Parkland shooting, the most recent White House shake-ups, and the future of public unions as Janus v AFSCME comes before the Supreme Court. Join Slate Plus!...Show More

The “Enough Thoughts and Prayers” Edition

1:03:34 | Feb 22nd, 2018

John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by Annie Lowrey, of The Atlantic, to discuss the power of students organizing against gun violence, the Mueller indictments, and Mitt Romney’s newest campaign.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, excl...Show More

The “Let’s Just Ban Everything” Edition

1:20:19 | Feb 15th, 2018

Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are joined by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat to discuss the Parkland, Florida shooting, job openings at the White House, and whether it’s the right time to ban porn. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ex...Show More

The “A Correction, Not a Crash” Edition

1:11:40 | Feb 8th, 2018

On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the value of the Nunes memo and accusations of White House aide Rob Porter’s domestic abuse.David Leonhardt joins the gang to discuss whether an increase i...Show More

The “Hope Hicks’ Loose Lips Sinks Ships” Edition

1:03:52 | Feb 1st, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss criticism of the FBI by the White House and its allies, the State of the Union, and Hillary Clinton’s protection of an adviser accused of sexual assault.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segment...Show More

The “50,000 Texts” Edition

59:09 | Jan 25th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the integrity of the FBI, the usefulness of government shutdowns and the value of survivor testimony during sentencing.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts,...Show More

The “A House is Not a Hole” Edition

1:01:34 | Jan 18th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss if Republicans and Democrats should keep the government open, Trump's opinions on immigration and what positive outcomes can result from public dissection of Grace's Aziz Ansari story. Join Slate...Show More

The "Very Stable Genius" Edition

56:30 | Jan 11th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the future of the Dreamers, Trump’s fitness for office, and voting-related cases before SCOTUS.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a...Show More

The “Lost His Mind” Edition

54:48 | Jan 4th, 2018

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the buzz around Trump's relationship with Steve Bannon, partisanship within the Russia investigation, and a new (real) study about fake news.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive...Show More

The "2017 Conundrums featuring They Might Be Giants" Edition

1:06:18 | Dec 28th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson dig in, dissect and debate listener-generated conundrums with special performances from They Might Be Giants.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up ...Show More

The “Paul Ryan Has Died and Gone to Heaven” Edition

1:08:19 | Dec 21st, 2017

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the final tax bill, government agency leadership, and are joined by Linda Greenhouse to talk about her new book about covering the Supreme Court.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclu...Show More

The “Devil and Mister Jones” Edition

1:02:19 | Dec 14th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Democrat Doug Jones’s win in Alabama, the current state of the tax bill and the transgressions of men in the headlines.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, ...Show More

The "Wedding Cake" Edition

1:15:38 | Dec 7th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss why Roy Moore appears to be surviving while Al Franken and many other harassers are being pushed out of office, the wedding cake case currently before the Supreme Court, and what impact President ...Show More

The “Pass Through” Edition

1:06:26 | Nov 30th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the momentum of the Republican tax plans, Project Veritas's attempted take-down of the Washington Post, and the Supreme Court's consideration of the privacy of cell phone data.Join Slate Plus! Mem...Show More

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha

24:36 | Nov 28th, 2017

The Gabfest presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.  People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s close...Show More

The “Al Franken and Charlie Rose and Bill Clinton and Roy Moore and John Conyers Should All Resign” Edition

59:43 | Nov 23rd, 2017

David Plotz, Zoe Chace of This American Life, and Chairman of The Slate Group, Jacob Weisberg discuss the state of the GOP tax bills, the case for resignation by perpetrators of sexual harassment and the health of the magazine industry. Join Slate Pl...Show More

The “She Was Just 17, You Know What I Mean” Edition

1:06:14 | Nov 16th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the downward spiral for Roy Moore, the tax plans of the House and Senate, and the latest with the Russia investigation and Wikileaks. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-...Show More

The "One Year and One Day" Edition

1:11:33 | Nov 9th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Tuesday’s victories for Democrats, Trump’s first year, and the role of technology companies in Russian meddling.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and mo...Show More

The "Cut, Cut, Cut" Edition

1:05:15 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the initial indictments from the Mueller investigation and the House’s tax cut bill. Civil War historian David Blightjoins in to dig in to John Kelly’s comments on the Civil War and Robert E. Lee...Show More

The "Live from Chicago" Edition

1:20:20 | Oct 26th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson review Senators Flake and Corker’s fiery rebukes of President Trump. Special guest State's Attorney Kim Foxx joins in to discuss criminal justice reform in Chicago, and the hosts also explore if we have n...Show More

The "President Pence" Edition

52:00 | Oct 19th, 2017

 Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss presidential calls to grieving families, Vice President Pence’s core politics, and the opioid crisis.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign u...Show More

The “Adult Day Care” Edition

1:02:01 | Oct 12th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump Administration infighting, Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged gross misconduct, and the repeal of the Clean Power PlanJoin Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only p...Show More

The “Thoughts and Prayers” Edition

53:56 | Oct 6th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Las Vegas shooting, the response to Puerto Rico’s suffering and Supreme Court's examination of gerrymandering.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and m...Show More

The “Everyone Listens to Women When They Speak Around Here” Edition

46:55 | Sep 28th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, Ruth Marcus (Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Washington Post) and Ross Douthat (New York Times Columnist) discuss Trump’s tax plan, shifting Republican power and pro athletes using their influence to inspire social changeJoin Slat...Show More

The “Equinox, the Rocket Man” Edition

49:55 | Sep 21st, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson dig into the remix of the Obamacare repeal, Bob Mueller's shock and awe investigative tactics and Trump's visit to the U.N.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and ...Show More

The "What Happened” Edition

59:49 | Sep 14th, 2017

David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss President Trump's potential to destroy the two-party system, criticism of Hillary Clinton's new book and Franklin Foer joins in to talk about the power and influence of large technology companies....Show More

The “DACA Attack-A” Edition

56:50 | Sep 7th, 2017

John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss DACA, the September legislative pileup and the future of relations between the U.S. and North KoreaJoin Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up fo...Show More

The “Après Moi, Le Déluge” Edition

54:56 | Sep 1st, 2017

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and David Leonhardt of the New York Times discuss Hurricane Harvey, Antifa, and insubordinate Trump officials.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial ...Show More

The “Get Me Another General” Edition

53:22 | Aug 24th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Kirsten Powers of CNN discuss Afghanistan strategy, Mitch McConnell’s presidential silent treatment and bail reform.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a fr...Show More

The “Very Fine People” Edition

49:03 | Aug 17th, 2017

Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, to discuss President Trump's response to Charlottesville, the impact of Charlottesville on the nation, and the upcoming Alabama Senate Race.Join Slate P...Show More

The “Like the World Has Never Seen” Edition

55:48 | Aug 10th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and Jamelle Bouie discuss Trump's improvisational words for North Korea, the unintended consequences of the federal government's stance on immigration and the value of public debate about the Google memo.Join Slate Plus!...Show More

The “Kelly and the Mooch” Edition

1:01:57 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss White House chaos, affirmative action, and prosecutors withholding evidence.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a...Show More

The “If Only This Were A Movie And Not Our Lives” Edition

52:20 | Jul 27th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Senate's skinny health care ideas, President Trump's bullying of Jeff Sessions and what the future will hold for transgender people in the U.S. military.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segm...Show More

The “Eventually We Will Get Something Done” Edition

1:06:37 | Jul 20th, 2017

John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss what will follow the Senate health care collapse, the influence of Steve Bannon and the future approach to prosecution of sexual assaults on college campuses.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus seg...Show More

The “I Love It” Edition

1:05:52 | Jul 13th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss what can be done to protect American democracy, the state of the GOP healthcare bill, and Mark Leibovich joins in to assess Trump's draining of the swamp. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segmen...Show More

The “ICBM” Edition

52:16 | Jul 6th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the agenda of the Commission on Election Integrity, the Trump Euro tour, and the threat from a nuclear North Korea.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and ...Show More

The “Mitch McConnell Really Does Have a Secret Plan” Edition

58:25 | Jun 29th, 2017

Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are joined by Jacob Weisberg to talk about Mitch McConnell's next move on health care, the rulings of the Supreme Court and CNN's recent resignations.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only pod...Show More

The "Lump of Coal" Edition

51:22 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Julia Ioffe, staff writer with the Atlantic, to discuss health care, special elections and the summer season of the Supreme Court. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podca...Show More

The "Mean" Edition

1:10:16 | Jun 15th, 2017

David Plotz, John Dickerson and Slate's Jamelle Bouie discuss the Virginia shooting, Senate health bill, Russia investigation, and Virginia gubernatorial primaries.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more....Show More

The "I Expect Loyalty" Edition Live From Denver

1:02:51 | Jun 8th, 2017

Live from Denver Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus discuss the Comey testimony, the legal debate about cell phone data privacy and welcome Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the mic to weigh in about the state of th...Show More

The “Jared Went to Him” Edition

49:00 | Jun 1st, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Jared Kushner scandal, Trump's approach to climate and the President's recent European tour.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a...Show More

The “Glowing Orb” Edition

1:00:11 | May 25th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the presidential budget, Trump’s trip abroad, and a Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a fre...Show More

The "Witch Hunt" Edition

58:16 | May 18th, 2017

David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by Jacob Weisberg to discuss the maelstrom around Trump’s presidency, Roger Ailes impact on the conservative movement and Attorney General Sessions’s war on drugs.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, e...Show More

The “Tuesday Night Massacre” Edition

1:07:20 | May 11th, 2017

Hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by former CIA officer and former independent Presidential candidate Evan McMullin for this episode, recorded-live from Washington DC. The group talks about the firing of FBI Director Jame...Show More

Gabfest EXTRA: The “AHCA Returns” Edition

26:58 | May 5th, 2017

Hosts David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the health care vote and what the results might mean for millions of Americans seeking coverage. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign u...Show More

The "Deface the Nation" Edition

48:41 | May 4th, 2017

Hosts David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss John's interview with President Trump, the public return of Hillary Clinton, and Bret Stephens now writing for the New York Times.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive membe...Show More

The “One-Page Tax Plan” Edition

54:14 | Apr 27th, 2017

Host's David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the health and tax plans on the table as the 100 day mark approaches, Obama's Wall Street speech, and a judge's block to an executive order on sanctuary cities.Join Slate Plus! Members get ...Show More

The “Bill Comes Due” Edition

49:44 | Apr 20th, 2017

John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon are joined by New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson to discuss tension with North Korea, President Trump's executive order and talk of tax reform and Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox.Join Slate Plus! Members get bon...Show More

The "Red, Red Line" Edition

50:41 | Apr 13th, 2017

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss U.S. foreign relations, Democratic hopes for 2018 and the United Airlines seat ejection.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free tr...Show More

The “Crossing Many Lines” Edition

47:32 | Apr 6th, 2017

Culture Gabfest host Dana Stevens swaps in for David Plotz, joined by Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson to discuss the end of the filibuster, White House conflicts of interest and President Trump's approach to human rights.Join Slate Plus! Members get...Show More

The “Darkness at Nunes” Edition

1:02:36 | Mar 30th, 2017

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.Join Slate Plus! Members...Show More

Gabfest EXTRA 2- the Vanishing Health Care Bill

06:09 | Mar 24th, 2017

Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson give the latest on the vanishing House health care bill.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.Twitter: @Slat...Show More

Gabfest "EXTRA- the Health Care" Edition

12:53 | Mar 24th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the health care vote (or non vote) suspense.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.Twitt...Show More

The “Playing Sofball with Neil” Edition

56:21 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential campaign, Neil Gorsuch's smooth talking and the moves of an accused cop-killer, state prosecutor and governor of Florida....Show More

The “When I'm 64” Edition

1:09:18 | Mar 16th, 2017

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign ...Show More

The “Is This the Worst Bill in History” Edition

1:03:36 | Mar 9th, 2017

Hosts Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare, President Trump's accusation of wiretapping and the future for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.Join Slate Plus! Members get...Show More

The “Live from the Free and Independent Republic of California” Edition

1:00:22 | Mar 2nd, 2017

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign...Show More

The “Deploy, Detain, Deport” Edition

1:00:18 | Feb 23rd, 2017

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ex...Show More

The "Freaks and Leaks" Edition

57:31 | Feb 19th, 2017

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.Join Slate Plus...Show More

The “Nevertheless She Persisted” Edition

54:18 | Feb 9th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the legal fight over the President Trump's immigration executive order, the confirmation battles of DeVos and Sessions and Elizabeth Warren's grandstanding, and debate if comedy can shape public o...Show More

The “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses … Ah, Screw It” Edition

1:04:22 | Feb 2nd, 2017

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?Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusi...Show More

The “Has it Really Only Been a Week?” Edition

57:38 | Jan 26th, 2017

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the actions President Trump has taken already in his first week, what projects may become priorities for the nation's infrastructure and lying- what significance do lies have to the new administra...Show More

The “I Think We're Going to be Okay” Edition

55:03 | Jan 19th, 2017

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.Join Slate Plus! Members g...Show More

The “Cloudy with 100 Percent Chance of Showers” Edition

1:06:21 | Jan 12th, 2017

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonu...Show More

The “It Still Seems Pretty Swampy To Me” Edition

59:35 | Jan 5th, 2017

John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz discuss the new Congress and the botched effort to gut the House ethics office. And, in the first of three segments looking back at Obama’s presidency in its final three weeks, the hosts discuss Obama’s e...Show More

The "2016 Conundrum" Edition

1:02:17 | Dec 29th, 2016

Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon tackle listener-generated conundrums - an annual Gabfest tradition, recorded live at the Brooklyn Bell House.Join Slate Plus. Members get bonus segments (like a special Gabfest featuring Stephen Col...Show More

The “How Bad Could 2017 Be Anyway?” Edition

47:50 | Dec 22nd, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by NPR's International Desk Editor William Dobson to discuss the attacks in Berlin and assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey. Gabfest hosts go on to take a look at the domestic and ...Show More

The “Red Dawn” Edition

1:01:15 | Dec 15th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the appointment of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State and the possibility that Russian hackers could be responsible for the results of the Presidential election. Ta-Nehisi Coat...Show More

The “Cling Tightly to One Tiny Piece of Good News” Edition

58:09 | Dec 8th, 2016

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus se...Show More

The “Welcome to the Kleptocracy” Edition

55:07 | Dec 1st, 2016

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.Join S...Show More

The “Safe and Special Place” Edition

1:00:51 | Nov 23rd, 2016

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.Join Slat...Show More

The “Should You Work for President Trump” Edition

50:15 | Nov 17th, 2016

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only...Show More

The "Even Longer National Nightmare" Edition

56:46 | Nov 9th, 2016

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus s...Show More

Year of Great Books | What Should We Read Next?

14:25 | Nov 4th, 2016

It’s time to choose the final selection for Slate's Year of Great Books, a Slate Academy series. This time, Laura Miller and Slate Plus members will be joined by John Dickerson, host of CBS’s Face the Nation and panelist on the Political Gabfest.Hear...Show More

The “Is it Tuesday Yet” Edition

56:02 | Nov 3rd, 2016

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. Join S...Show More

The "Live From Boston" Edition

1:00:37 | Oct 27th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson gab live from Boston's Wilbur Theater 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 ...Show More

The "I Will Keep You in Suspense" Edition

1:03:59 | Oct 20th, 2016

David Plotz and Emily Bazelon arejoined by Slate Group chairman, Jacob Weisberg, to discussthethird Presidential debate and the possible danger zones that existfor an opinionated journalist, likeAmy Goodman, covering aprotest.JoinSlate Plus! Members ...Show More

The "Trying to Find Someone Who Was Not Assaulted By Donald Trump" Edition

1:01:42 | Oct 13th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss the sexual assault allegations against DonaldTrump, the latest from WikiLeaks on Hillary Clinton and whether itsethical to choose not to vote in this election.Fill out our survey: panoply.fm/survey...Show More

Gabfest Extra: The "Grabfest Post Debate Special" Edition

25:45 | Oct 10th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, JohnDickerson and Jacob Weisberg of Trumpcast, join forces to debrief anddecompress after the second Presidential debate.

The “That Mexican Thing” Edition

50:02 | Oct 6th, 2016

John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and DavidPlotz discuss Donald Trump's taxes, the yapping dog of the VP debateand the Supreme Court's attempt to avoid ties with their cases thisseason.  JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypo...Show More

The “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail” Edition

52:42 | Sep 29th, 2016

Hosts John Dickerson, David Plotz andEmily Bazelon discuss whether Hillary Clinton will surge out of thefirst debate, if Donald Trump should bring up the misdeeds of BillClinton and if the most recent  crime numbers really represent thenation's crime...Show More

Gabfest Extra: The “I'm So Relieved” Edition

28:31 | Sep 27th, 2016

Trumpcast host Jacob Weisberg and Gabfest hosts David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson team up for some post-Presidential-debate review.JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign up for a free tri...Show More

The “Time to Panic” Edition

58:22 | Sep 22nd, 2016

DavidPlotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump'sattempt to leave the birther conspiracy club, how the New York andNew Jersey bombs could impact the election and what a pardon forEdward Snowden would represent for US national securi...Show More

The "Hack, Sputter, Cough" Edition

51:25 | Sep 15th, 2016

David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by Ruth Marcus of the WashingtonPost to discuss Hillary Clinton's hidden pneumonia, Donald Trump'scharitable self-portraits and the political potential of the latesteconomic report. JoinSlate Plus! Members ge...Show More

The “Bart Simpson Versus Lisa Simpson” Edition

53:32 | Sep 8th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson debate the ethical murkiness of Donald Trump's payment toAttorney General Pam Bondi, the candidates' preparation styles forthe upcoming debates and the reparations offered by GeorgetownUniversity. JoinSlat...Show More

The “Make Mexico Great Again” Edition

47:10 | Sep 1st, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss Donald Trump's visit to Mexico, the breakup of HumaAbedin and Anthony Weiner, and the Senate races of 2016. JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign...Show More

The "Meet the New Trump" Edition

55:06 | Aug 25th, 2016

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. JoinSlate Plus! Me...Show More

The “Should You Believe Juanita Broaddrick” Edition

49:17 | Aug 18th, 2016

DavidPlotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by SlateContributor Frank Foer to discuss Paul Manafort's ties to Russia, theviolence in Milwaukee and political responses, and the return ofJuanita Broaddrick to the media spotlight. JoinSlate ...Show More

The "Many People Are Saying" Edition

45:14 | Aug 11th, 2016

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. JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segment...Show More

The “You Can Get the Baby Out of Here” Edition

54:43 | Aug 4th, 2016

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.JoinSlate P...Show More

The “Bunch of Malarkey” Edition

56:14 | Jul 28th, 2016

DavidPlotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Michelle andPresident Obama's endorsements of Hillary, the frustration of Sandersfans and the DNC hack scandal.JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. S...Show More

The “Your Word is Your Bond” Edition

52:13 | Jul 21st, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss the royalty and the squires of the RepublicanConvention and they consider the work place norms of Fox News inlight of allegations of sexual misconduct, recently brought againstlongtime Fox CEO Roge...Show More

The "Last Week Was Awful and This Week I Have to Go to Cleveland" Edition

1:07:08 | Jul 14th, 2016

Live from Washington D.C., David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickersondiscuss the terrible recent U.S. shootings and they debate if we'reall to blame for politics' failures and what to expect at theRepublican National Convention.Join Slate Plus! Me...Show More

The "Seven Salty Almonds, Six-Pointed Stars, Five Secret Emails" Edition

57:33 | Jul 7th, 2016

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton'strustworthiness ratings, Donald Trump's use of Jewish star-shapedstars, and President Obama's nightly routines. JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypo...Show More

The "Live from the Aspen Ideas Festival" Edition

49:08 | Jul 1st, 2016

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.JoinSlate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive ...Show More

The "Show Me The Money" Edition

45:22 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Slate Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie is joined by Adam Davidson of Surprisingly Awesome and the New York Times, and Rachel Martin of NPR to discuss Trump's finances, or lack there of, the immigration and diversity component of Brexit and the "...Show More

The "Brexit Pursued by a Bear" Edition

59:01 | Jun 16th, 2016

John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the Orlando shooting and its aftermath, are joined by the Economist’s Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington columnist David Rennie for a discussion of the “Brexit” vote, and ponder whether anti-T...Show More

The "Textbook Definition of Racism" Edition

59:13 | Jun 9th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's racistand divisive remarks, Hillary Clinton's historic position in theDemocratic party, and the debate surrounding the Stanford rape case.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments...Show More

The “Is Trump the Gorilla and America the Kid?” Edition

54:38 | Jun 2nd, 2016

David Plotz and Emily Bazelon alongwith Adam Davidson talk about why some Democrats don't appreciateHillary, and about the President's new overtime rule. The three alsodebate who to blame for the untimely death of a gorilla at a Cincinnatizoo. JoinSl...Show More

The "Weiner" Edition

46:36 | May 26th, 2016

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.Join Slate Plus!...Show More

The “I Threw a Chair in Reno Just to Watch it Fly” Edition

50:05 | May 19th, 2016

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.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segme...Show More

The "Goofy Elizabeth Warren" Edition

46:19 | May 12th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the meeting between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, the accusation that Facebook is manipulating its trending news algorithm and the three discuss the showdown between North Carolina and the Federal G...Show More

The "Suspending My Campaign" Edition

55:39 | May 5th, 2016

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss Donald Trump's riseto become the Republican Presidential nominee, and the future ofbribery in American government as the Supreme Court debates itsdefinition. They also talk about the decision of Y...Show More

The "Live From Georgia" Edition

51:38 | Apr 28th, 2016

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and John Dickerson discuss how Ted Cruz's running mate announcement could impact the Republican race for the Presidential nomination. They also weigh in on Hillary Clinton's standing and the three offer some potential new t...Show More

The “Dreaming of 1237” Edition

51:35 | Apr 21st, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and JohnDickerson discuss the impact of the New York Presidential Primary onthe Democratic race for the Presidential nomination, the impact ofthe New York vote on the Republican race for the nomination and thegabfest hosts ...Show More

The "Count Me Out" Edition

54:13 | Apr 14th, 2016

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and JohnDickerson debate who will win the New York Primary, Paul Ryan's opt-outof this cycle's Presidential contest and North Carolina's stance ondiscrimination in bathrooms. The Slate Political Gabfest is broughtto you by ...Show More

The “Does Bernie Sanders Know Anything About Anything?” Edition

59:47 | Apr 7th, 2016

On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, 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.’ Th...Show More

The "Corey's Gory Story" Edition

53:02 | Mar 31st, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson talk about Donald Trump'ssupport for his Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, and his commentson abortion. They also discuss Bernie Sanders's momentum andPresident Obama's criticism of the media.The Slate ...Show More

The “Patrolling and Securing” Edition

50:04 | Mar 24th, 2016

David Plotz, John Dickerson and EmilyBazelon discuss the terror attacks in Brussels, the nationalpolitical races and the push for Obamacare exemptions underconsideration by the Supreme Court.The Slate Political Gabfest is broughtto you by Stamps.com....Show More

The "Rough Them Up" Edition

57:33 | Mar 17th, 2016

David Plotz and John Dickerson are joined by The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus to discuss the state of the Republican Party and Donald Trump's response to violence. The three are joined by Slate's Supreme Court Reporter Dahlia Lithwick toassess Presi...Show More

EXTRA: The "Super Tuesday Part 3" Edition

19:48 | Mar 16th, 2016

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. This special episode of the Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. ...Show More

Trumpcast: Is Trump a Racist?

13:45 | Mar 15th, 2016

Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article "How Trump Happened."

The “Maybe its Hillary Who Should Drop Out” Edition

49:49 | Mar 10th, 2016

John Dickerson, David Plotz and EmilyBazelon discuss the strength of Donald Trump's campaign for theRepublican nomination, the latest results within the Democraticprimary race and the loss of Nancy Reagan.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you...Show More

The "Hate and Castrate" Edition

43:02 | Mar 4th, 2016

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 debateabout abortion access in West Texas. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to yo...Show More

Gabfest Extra: The “That Really Was a Super Tuesday” Edition

21:06 | Mar 2nd, 2016

David Plotz is joined by Slate's chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie to get the lowdown on all the Super Tuesday resultsSlate’s Political Gabfest is brought to you Stamps.com. Buy and printofficial U.S.postage using your own computer and prin...Show More

The "Is Trump's Nomination Inevitable?" Edition

45:55 | Feb 26th, 2016

David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon consider scenarios that couldlead to, or derail, a possible Trump nomination. They discuss whatkind of cases an 8-judge Supreme Court might decide and the Gabfesthosts take up a new debate about Apple's s...Show More

The “I Have a Gun and Her Name Is America” Edition

54:24 | Feb 19th, 2016

David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon discuss the future of the Supreme Court, the Republican race for the Presidential nomination, Jeb Bush's now famous hand gun and they are joined by Slate's technology writer Will Oremus to discuss Apple's...Show More

Gabfest Extra: Antonin Scalia's Death

27:06 | Feb 15th, 2016

The sudden death on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday has unleashed huge shockwaves in both the presidential race and the legal community. Luckily, Slate has podcasts covering both areas. In this special joint episode, Amicus host Dahl...Show More

The "Happy Valentine's Day Rubio Robot" Edition

50:15 | Feb 12th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the Presidential race including the Republican rundown, the Sanders “steamroller” and whether Hillary Clintoncan stop “the Bern.” They also discuss the Supreme Court's recent stay and the potentia...Show More

Gabfest Extra: The "New Hampshire Primary" Edition

23:58 | Feb 10th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and Slate's Jim Newell discuss the impact of the New Hampshire Primary on the Republican and Democratic parties.The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own...Show More

Gabfest Extra: Whistlestop, The Straight Talk Express

40:43 | Feb 9th, 2016

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.This week's This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website ...Show More

The "Coin Toss" Edition

45:35 | Feb 5th, 2016

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.The Slate...Show More

Gabfest Extra: The “Is It Groundhog Day or Is It the Day After Iowa Caucuses” Edition

25:31 | Feb 2nd, 2016

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by S...Show More

The "Dark, Dark, Dark Money" Edition

55:47 | Jan 29th, 2016

David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson discuss the latest from the campaign trail just days ahead of the Iowa caucus, the liklihood of Michael Bloomberg entering the race as an independent candidate and Jane Mayer's new book, “Dark Money: The ...Show More

The “Squirmishes” Edition

48:33 | Jan 22nd, 2016

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.  The Slate P...Show More

The "There Once Was a Union Maid But Not Anymore" Edition

54:34 | Jan 15th, 2016

On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the tightening race between Hillary and Bernie for Iowa, the Supreme Court’s upcoming blow to unions, and Sean Penn’s controversial interview with Mexican ...Show More

The “I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Help” Edition

48:36 | Jan 8th, 2016

Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie and John Dickerson discuss the state of the Republican Party with less than a month to go before the first primary, President Obama's latest effort to improve gun control and gabfest hosts talk with author JacobWeisberg a...Show More

The "Conundrum" Edition

35:38 | Jan 1st, 2016

John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz debate a selection oflistener-generated conundrums that range from the political to thefantastical.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-onlypodcasts, and more. Sign up for a free ...Show More

The “Year's Best Gabfest” Edition

1:10:55 | Dec 25th, 2015

David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon review some of the best Political Gabfest segments from 2015 including a conversation with Ta Nehisi Coates, a discussion of gender dynamics on Capitol Hill, a journey back in time to the night of Preside...Show More

The "Chaos Candidate" Edition

54:48 | Dec 18th, 2015

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.   The Slate Pol...Show More

The “Is He Hitler or Mussolini?” Edition

54:02 | Dec 11th, 2015

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. The Slate Po...Show More

The "Everything is Absolutely Terrible" Edition

47:14 | Dec 4th, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabf...Show More

The "Thousands Were Cheering" Edition

59:33 | Nov 26th, 2015

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 ca...Show More

The “I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot” Edition

1:07:55 | Nov 20th, 2015

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 brou...Show More

The "I Don't Like Philosophy or Welding" Edition

56:59 | Nov 13th, 2015

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. The Slate Political...Show More

The "Predator in the Bathroom" Edition

51:13 | Nov 6th, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is brought to you by Stamps.com. Buy and print off...Show More

The "Jeb-With-A-Sad-Droopy-Exclamation-Point!" Edition

55:16 | Oct 30th, 2015

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 Madd...Show More

The “11 Hours and She Didn’t Flinch” Edition

44:55 | Oct 23rd, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is b...Show More

The "Sick and Tired of Your Damn Emails" Edition

58:07 | Oct 16th, 2015

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. post...Show More

The "Would You Like to Be Speaker of the House?" Edition

59:53 | Oct 9th, 2015

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 Pol...Show More

The Living Will Envy the Dead Edition

1:00:30 | Oct 2nd, 2015

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 S...Show More

Gabfest Extra: House Speaker John Boehner Will Resign

19:53 | Sep 25th, 2015

Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the surprise resignation announcement of House Speaker John Boehner. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.s...Show More

The "Carly, Scotty, Franny" Edition

51:56 | Sep 25th, 2015

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 gourme...Show More

The Live from San Francisco Edition

1:33:10 | Sep 18th, 2015

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 produ...Show More

The Completely Authentic, Totally Spontaneous, Fun-Loving Campaign Reboot Edition

54:30 | Sep 11th, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest  is sponsored by OPEN ACCOUNT,...Show More

The "Let's Get All Smug About That Kentucky Clerk" Edition

57:46 | Sep 4th, 2015

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. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by C...Show More

The "Aw, What a Beautiful Little Anchor Baby!" Edition

56:39 | Aug 28th, 2015

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....Show More

The Amabots and Amholes Edition

59:16 | Aug 21st, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsore...Show More

The Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever Edition

42:37 | Aug 14th, 2015

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 re...Show More

The "Nine German Shepherds and One Raccoon" Edition

1:01:31 | Aug 7th, 2015

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 Gabfest is sponso...Show More

The How to Debate a Drunk Person Edition

1:24:30 | Jul 31st, 2015

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 again...Show More

The "Who Will Donald Trump Insult Next?" Edition

57:13 | Jul 24th, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps....Show More

The John Kerry is Polishing His Nobel Peace Prize Edition

1:05:04 | Jul 17th, 2015

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. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by Volvo. Experience the Wond...Show More

The "How Many Push-Ups Should the President Be Able to Do?" Edition

1:09:56 | Jul 10th, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfe...Show More

The Killers and Rapists Edition

57:48 | Jul 3rd, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored b...Show More

Extra: The "Wait! There's Marriage Equality!" Edition

11:46 | Jun 26th, 2015

On this special mini-episode, everyone drops what they were doing to talk about a historic day at the Supreme Court. Emily Bazelon (calling from the side of a highway somewhere in New England), John Dickerson (hidden away in the CBS compound), and Da...Show More

The Jiggery-Pokery Edition

1:03:48 | Jun 26th, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is spons...Show More

The "I Would Build a Great Wall" Edition

53:34 | Jun 19th, 2015

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 B...Show More

The "I'm Defaulting on My Student Loans" Edition

1:01:02 | Jun 12th, 2015

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. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and pr...Show More

This Gabfest Is On Background Edition

1:03:15 | Jun 5th, 2015

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. Our sponsors: Volvo. Have a month’s pay...Show More

The Bags and Bags and More Bags of Cash Edition

53:44 | May 29th, 2015

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...Show More

The "Osama bin Laden Sure Read Boring Books" Edition

1:02:10 | May 22nd, 2015

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.     The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by S...Show More

The "I Don't Mean to Yell at You, But I Feel Good Doing It" Edition

53:50 | May 15th, 2015

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....Show More

The "Je Suis Pam Geller" Edition

46:38 | May 8th, 2015

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...Show More

The "Can I Get Some of That Clinton Cash?" Edition

1:09:53 | May 1st, 2015

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...Show More

The "Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?" Edition

59:03 | Apr 24th, 2015

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....Show More

The Chicken in Every Burrito Bowl Edition

1:05:00 | Apr 17th, 2015

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 administr...Show More

The Live at the Bell House Edition

1:08:40 | Apr 10th, 2015

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 Ab...Show More

The "So, Who Can You Discriminate Against?" Edition

59:23 | Apr 3rd, 2015

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.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/G...Show More

The "Say It with Me: President Ted Cruz" Edition

51:50 | Mar 27th, 2015

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.     Twitter: @...Show More

The "Welcome Back, Vladimir" Edition

1:00:38 | Mar 20th, 2015

John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe discuss the reelection in Israel of Bibi Netanyahu, the reappearance in Russia of Vladimir Putin, and the resignation from Congress of Rep. Aaron Schock. This week's episode is sponsored by S...Show More

The "Is It Dear Ali or Dear Ayatollah or Dear Mullah?" Edition

50:01 | Mar 13th, 2015

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.   This week's episode is s...Show More

Whistlestop: The Art of Political Umbrage-Taking

22:53 | Mar 11th, 2015

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. Recommended for fans of...Show More

The hdr22@clintonemail.com Edition

46:10 | Mar 6th, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate...Show More

The "Bibi, Vidi, Vici" Edition

59:03 | Feb 27th, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The "Does President Obama Love America?" Edition

53:17 | Feb 20th, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The "Happy Valentine's Day, Judge Moore" Edition

56:30 | Feb 13th, 2015

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." Show notes at www.slate.c...Show More

The "Vaxxers, Taxers, and Just the Facts-ers" Edition

53:33 | Feb 6th, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest...Show More

The "Can You Buy a President for $889,000,000?" Edition

59:20 | Jan 30th, 2015

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. Help us make our podcasts even better! Take Sl...Show More

The "Is It Rude to Fall Asleep During the State of the Union?" Edition

56:22 | Jan 23rd, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Tom Hanks Went to Community College and So Should You Edition

57:59 | Jan 16th, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate...Show More

Le "Je Suis Charlie Hebdo" Édition

1:06:52 | Jan 9th, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Year's Best Gabfest Edition

41:05 | Jan 2nd, 2015

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The “2014 Conundrum Show, Live in Chicago” Edition

1:10:13 | Dec 26th, 2014

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....Show More

The "Why Close Guantanamo When You Can Open Havana?" Edition

58:25 | Dec 19th, 2014

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 presidential run and Julia Turner joins to explain Slate's Year of Outrage. Sho...Show More

The America's National Shame Edition

54:51 | Dec 12th, 2014

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. Sho...Show More

The "I'm Pregnant, Don't Fire Me!" Edition

53:10 | Dec 5th, 2014

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 a Supreme Court case about protections for pregnant workers. They also debate whether Obamacare has hurt the Dems....Show More

Political Gabfest Extra: Windy City Wander

09:47 | Dec 5th, 2014

David Plotz and Emily Bazelon recently took a spin through downtown Chicago. Hear their conversation about Chicago's history, its national profile, and a sea change in the city's mighty river.

Political Gabfest Extra: San Francisco Treat

13:31 | Dec 2nd, 2014

Dana Stevens leads David Plotz on a drive through San Francisco, the city she called home for 12 years. They chat about Dana's grad-school era, David's deep mistrust of the ocean, and one gigantic camera. This extra was recorded on the 2014 National ...Show More

The "No True Bill" Edition

54:10 | Nov 28th, 2014

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. Show notes at www...Show More

The "Is Thanksgiving Red or Blue?" Edition

55:55 | Nov 21st, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The President Whisperer Edition

52:11 | Nov 14th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Multitudinous States Incarnadine Edition

57:23 | Nov 7th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The "I'll Disown You If You Marry a Republican" Edition

55:16 | Oct 31st, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Fake ID Edition

50:43 | Oct 24th, 2014

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. Sh...Show More

The "Is Amazon Evil?" Edition

52:10 | Oct 17th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Live in San Francisco Superfest Edition

1:23:09 | Oct 10th, 2014

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 Diction...Show More

Political: The Jump the Fence Edition

46:16 | Oct 3rd, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Dead, Dead, Dead at 75 Edition

54:32 | Sep 26th, 2014

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." Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Spanking Edition

49:10 | Sep 19th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The They May Take Our Lives But They'll Never Take Our Freedom Edition

51:12 | Sep 12th, 2014

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 Kingdo...Show More

The In the Cloud, No One Knows You're a Dog Edition

1:03:22 | Sep 5th, 2014

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. Sh...Show More

The Gabfest to End All Gabfests Edition

59:18 | Aug 29th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabf...Show More

The "Why Isn't Everyone Rioting?" Edition

56:59 | Aug 22nd, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Political Gabfest: The All Criminal Justice Edition

53:12 | Aug 15th, 2014

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 Goffm...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Conservative Nanny State Edition

44:39 | Aug 8th, 2014

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 a...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The "What Does Congress Do All Day?" Edition

46:47 | Aug 1st, 2014

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. ...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Joe Biden's White Teeth Edition

55:51 | Jul 25th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Political Gabfest: The "So Sue Me" Edition

52:24 | Jul 18th, 2014

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 ...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The May I Introduce You to President Harding and His Friend Jerry Edition

54:17 | Jul 11th, 2014

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. Show not...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The You're a Facebook Lab Rat Edition

1:02:24 | Jul 4th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfe...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Get Your Hands Off My Cellphone, Officer Edition

1:00:41 | Jun 27th, 2014

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.

The Political Gabfest: The "I Don't Have a Title for This Show" Edition

49:27 | Jun 20th, 2014

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? Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Political Gabfest: The Eric Cantor Sure Wears Beautiful Shoes Edition

51:54 | Jun 13th, 2014

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. Sho...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Go Ahead, Negotiate with Terrorists Edition

54:51 | Jun 6th, 2014

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 ru...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The College, Why Bother? Edition

57:04 | May 30th, 2014

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....Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Secret Waiting List Edition

1:04:21 | May 23rd, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Political Gabfest: The Google Will Never, Ever, Ever Forget You Edition

59:05 | May 16th, 2014

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.

The Political Gabfest: The I Miss Monica Lewinsky Edition

56:11 | May 9th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Political Gabfest: The "Go Ahead, Search My OkCupid Profile" Edition

54:01 | May 2nd, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfe...Show More

The Political Gabfest: Texas Q&A

12:20 | Apr 26th, 2014

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.

The Political Gabfest: The "Can You Say President Rick Perry?" Edition

57:55 | Apr 25th, 2014

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 ...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Ukraine, You Saw, You Conquered Edition

47:03 | Apr 18th, 2014

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. Show notes at...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Emily, Would You Please Stop Being So Emotional Edition

58:46 | Apr 11th, 2014

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 childre...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The Live Nude Dancing at the Kitty Kat Lounge Edition

56:28 | Apr 4th, 2014

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. Show notes at ...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The "Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Be President?" Edition

55:07 | Mar 28th, 2014

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. Show notes a...Show More

The Political Gabfest: The We Are Invincible Edition

1:03:32 | Mar 21st, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

The Political Gabfest: The Between Two Ferns Edition

52:02 | Mar 14th, 2014

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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.