What Actually Works in Washington? Plus, How to Talk to Kids About Politics, Race, and Inequality.

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Aug. 23 2013 1:55 PM

The "Washington Is Really Not So Bad" Edition

Listen to Slate's show about what works in Washington. Plus, what Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk says about modern war.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss what Washington does well. Then, they reflect on how to talk to children about difficult subjects such as politics and race. And finally, they discuss Ben Fountain’s critically acclaimed novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, a fascinating reflection on how we deal with the soldiers fighting our current wars.

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 Podcast production by Mike Vuolo and Andy Bowers. 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 the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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