Political Gabfest on the GOP’s letter to Iran, Hillary Clinton’s press conference, and the racist SAE chant.

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The “Is it ‘Dear Ali’ or ‘Dear Ayatollah’ or ‘Dear Mullah’?” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the GOP’s letter to Iran, Hillary Clinton’s press conference, and the racist SAE chant.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, special guest Betsy Woodruff, staff writer for Slate, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the controversial letter 47 Republican Senators sent to Iran’s leaders in an attempt to undermine the Obama administration’s ongoing nuclear negotiations, Hillary Clinton’s vexingly tepid response to her email fiasco, and the repercussions from the video of the racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon chant at the University of Oklahoma.

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Betsy chatters about the 25th anniversary of the classic film Joe Versus the Volcano.

John chatters about the Turning Points in American History lecture on the birth of baseball from the Great Courses.

David chatters about the Atlas Obscura article on Statues We Love To Hate.

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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.

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

Betsy Woodruff writes for the Daily Beast.