The Gabfest on the New Book #ThisTown, the Senate Filibuster Deal, and the Zimmerman Verdict

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July 19 2013 3:03 PM

The “Do You Live in This Town?” Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about #ThisTown and how the Senate dodged the nuclear option. Plus, the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined by special guest Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine. They discuss Leibovich’s new book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America's Gilded Capital. They also discuss the Senate’s filibuster deal and the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

This week’s Audible recommendation is 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. Try Audible free for 30 days and get a free audiobook by visiting AudiblePodcast.com/Gabfest.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

John chatters about a Brookings Institution essay about the Sandy Hook families involved in recent efforts to pass gun control legislation.

Emily chatters about The Attack.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

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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