The Political Gabfest for April 25, 2008.

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On this week's show: why the Pennsylvania primary has left Democrats re-evaluating their infatuation with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, how all three remaining presidential candidates are addressing the world food shortage, and why they all should stop talking about the alleged vaccine-autism connection.

Listen to the Political Gabfest for April 25 by clicking the arrow on the media player below:

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Here are some links to items relating to this week's Gabfest:

John's take on the Pennsylvania primary results
A Slate V video of Emily and Dr. Sydney Spiesel discussing vaccines and autism
The "Jefferson 1" channel on YouTube

And you'll find our sister show, the Culture Gabfest, at its new home here.

Posted by Andy Bowers on April 25 at 10:14 a.m.

April 18, 2008

Listen to the Gabfest for April 18 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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On this week's pre-Pennsylvania edition, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Wednesday's Clinton/Obama debate (and whether ABC should be ashamed of itself), John McCain's great week, and the Supreme Court's boost for the death penalty.

Here are links related to items mentioned in the show:

John's take on the ABC debate.
Melinda Henneberger on Obama's "bitter" remarks.
Slate Vimagines a Hillary ad slamming Bruce Springsteen.

Posted by Andy Bowers on April 18 at 4:35 p.m.

April  11, 2008

Listen to the Gabfest for April 11 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the congressional testimony of Gen. David  Petraeus, a political demotion and more polls on the campaign trail, and whether we should boycott the Olympics.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker testified this week on Capitol Hill.

John, David, and Emily discuss a New York Times editorial on the lack of an administration strategy for dealing with Iran.

David comments on news reports concerning Iran's claims that it is installing 6,000 new centrifuges to enrich uranium.

Emily explains the "status of forces" agreement dealing with Iraq and how it is about to end.

The latest polls show Barack Obama up by as much as 10 points over Hillary Clinton.

National Public Radio had a segment on Thursday discussing the reaction of the Chinese government to protests over the Olympic torch.

Emily brings up an interesting Slate piece using game theory to explain dating.

David comments on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post Magazine article about noted violinist Joshua Bell playing anonymously in a D.C. Metro station.

John discusses an ABC report that links Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to administration discussions about "enhanced interrogation techniques."

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted by Dale Willman on April 11 at 11:47 a.m.

April 9, 2008

Listen to Cultural Gabfest No. 5, with critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

In this week's Cultural Gabfest, our critics discuss whether the latest Vogue cover is racist (or just the subject of misplaced outrage in the blogosphere), whether Hillary's tax return explodes the Clintons' middle-class image, and whether the new online sitcom The Guild is for nerds only.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

Vogue's "King Kong" cover
Slate's take on the Vogue cover
John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the cover of Rolling Stone, photographed by Annie Leibovitz
Hillary Clinton's 2007 tax return (as disclosed by Hillary)
The Guild: official show site, YouTube channel
World of Warcraft
Quarterlife
(no longer) on NBC
M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel
AC/DC
Am I That Name?
by Denise Riley
BBC Radio 4's Start the Week

Posted by Amanda Aronczyk on April 9 at 11:12 a.m.

April 4, 2008

Listen to the Political Gabfest for April 4 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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John Dickerson, David Plotz, and guest Will Saletan discuss the continuing battle in the Democratic presidential campaign, the speculation over who might be selected as John McCain's running mate, and the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows a tightening race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania.  

Hillary Clinton misspeaks on Bosnia.

A recent public opinion poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press asks who is more patriotic—Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. 

The Root commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

John comments on an article by Jack White about American views on whether the King assassination involved a conspiracy.

David discusses the story of a 7-year-old boy who has a school record saying he sexually harassed a classmate.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted by Dale Willman on April 4 at 11:30 a.m.

March 28, 2008

Listen to the Gabfest for March 28 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: You can also download the program here, or you can subscribe to the weekly Gabfest podcast feed in iTunes by clicking here.

John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and guest Will Saletan gather in Slate's Washington, D.C., studio to discuss whether Hillary Clinton has any chance of winning the Democratic nomination, how faulty memory hurts candidates on the campaign trail, and the 10th anniversary of Viagra.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned in the show:

John on Hillary Clinton's will to live
Jeff Greenfield on primary lessons
Mickey Kaus on the first time Obama attended the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church   
"Today's Blogs" on Hillary misspeaking about her trip to Bosnia
Emily recommends the film Fifty Nude Women
A public opinion poll finds that 22 percent of Democratic voters nationwide say Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race, but 22 percent also say Barack Obama should drop out

Posted by Dale Willman on March 28 at 11:51 a.m.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.

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