The Gabfest for July 27.

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July 27 2007 11:28 AM

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John Dickerson is in Aspen, Colo., at a fancy "ideas festival," but he managed to take part in the Gabfest … by speakerphone. Emily Bazelon plays host, guiding the conversation from presidential politics, through the hypocrisy of President Bush commuting Scooter Libby's 30-month prison sentence, to the terrorist incidents in Britain. In Cocktail Chatter, David talks golf, John reflects on the Obama-Clinton rivalry, and Emily discusses a medical study about the long-term effects of dieting.

Here are some of the stories the panelists mention in this week's Gabfest:

John's June 14 prediction, "No way Scooter Libby is going to prison"
Harlan J. Protass' discussion of why Libby's commutation is at odds with President Bush's sentencing policy
Sydney Spiesel on whether dieting makes you fatter in the long run

Our e-mail address is podcasts@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Posted by June Thomas at 11:10 a.m.

Friday, June 29, 2007

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This week we're back to the classic Gabfest crew: John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. They gathered in the D.C. conference room to discuss this week's Supreme Court decisions, Dick Cheney's attitude problem, and the final fate of the immigration bill. And Plotz couldn't stop hatching great story ideas.

Here are some of the stories the panelists mentioned in this week's Gabfest:

Walter Dellinger on the importance of Brown v. Board of Education
Emily on the Roberts Court's decisions
Kausfiles
SCOTUSblog's stats on this term's Supreme Court decisions
The Bowles opinion Emily chattered about
Once, the movie David raved about
Vitiate, the word John had trouble with

Our e-mail address is podcasts@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Posted by June Thomas at 3:38 p.m.

Friday, June 22, 2007

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This week, regular panelists Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson were out of the office, so David Plotz rounded up a pair of pinch hitters: Slate senior editor Timothy Noah and foreign editor June Thomas. They discussed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's departure from the Republican Party, Rudy Giuliani's short stint on the Baker-Hamilton committee, and the tumult in the Gaza Strip. In Cocktail Chatter: Michael Moore's new movie, Gay Pride, and why some summer camps have a strict no-care-package policy.

Here are some stories related to this week's Gabfest:

Fred Kaplan on Rudy Giuliani
John Dickerson's slide show on Giuliani's passion for cross-dressing
Mitchell Prothero's dispatch from Gaza City

And the book title Tim couldn't remember is The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, by Fareed Zakaria.