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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined by Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent at the Atlantic, to discuss the unrest in Baltimore following the suspicious death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The hosts also discuss the recent oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over same-sex marriage and lethal injection, and they talk about Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont; and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation scandal.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Following the suspicious death of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore erupts with unrest. What led to the troubling decline of Freddie Gray’s broken neighborhood, and how will the community recover?
- What’s the latest on the investigation (and what happens now)? Read Slate’s coverage of Freddie Gray’s death.
- Ta-Nehisi Coates pens a poignant take on nonviolence as compliance.
- On the eve of oral arguments in the historic marriage equality cases, Emily offered her thoughts on what is at stake.
- This week SCOTUS heard arguments in the latest same-sex marriage cases (Obergefell v. Hodges, consolidated with Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder, and Bourke v. Beshear). Will arguments related to equal protection, reproductive biology, the counter-majoritarian dilemma, or gender bias prove most persuasive (and will Justice Anthony Kennedy or Chief Justice John Roberts prove the decisive vote)?
- This American Life recounts the story of how the “Mustang Man” changed his mind on California’s Proposition 8.
- This week SCOTUS also heard arguments in the latest death penalty case (Glossip v. Gross). What about “nitrogen asphyxiation” or firing squads for implementing the death penalty?
- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders becomes the first official rival to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Does Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren still pose the biggest Democratic threat, and will Sanders pull Clinton to the left?
- Will yet another scandal derail Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions?
- John discusses the Clinton Foundation controversy and argues that it undermines her plan for campaign finance reform.
Emily chatters about the controversy surrounding the recent Bud Light slogan.
David chatters about the time that James Brown saved Boston.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.