Political Gabfest on vaccines, Obama’s budget, and Brian Williams.

Should Vaccines Be Compulsory?

Should Vaccines Be Compulsory?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Feb. 6 2015 11:49 AM

The “Vaxxers, Taxers, and Just the Facts-ers” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about anti-vaxxers, President Obama’s budget proposal, and Brian Williams’ fictionalized war reporting.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, special guest Annie Lowrey, contributing editor at New York magazine, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Disneyland measles outbreak and the revived debate about vaccinations, President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 federal budget proposal, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ embellishment of his Iraq war experience.

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


Annie chatters about Ames v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. et al., a case in Iowa regarding breastfeeding rights.

John chatters about the Associated Press’ annual History as We Lived It almanacs.

David Plotz chatters about whether or not employers should be the nexus between their employees and health insurance.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.

Annie Lowrey is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.