Political Gabfest on the horrific shooting at the Charleston Emanuel AME Church, Donald Trump stealing Jeb Bush’s moment, and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ surprising surge.

Is Bernie Sanders Good for Hillary Clinton?

Is Bernie Sanders Good for Hillary Clinton?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
June 19 2015 11:09 AM

The “I Would Build A Great Wall” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the massacre at Emanuel AME Church, the presidential aspirations of both Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, and the increasingly effective campaign of Bernie Sanders.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Jamelle Bouie discuss the horrific shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, how Donald Trump overshadowed Jeb Bush’s official campaign launch, and what rising support for Bernie Sanders might mean for Hillary Clinton.


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

Jamelle chatters about the documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey (available on Netflix) and the 1963 film High and Low (Heaven and Hell) by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

John chatters about the bridge that builds itself (the self-assembling bridge).


David chatters about the Larry McMurtry’s classic novel Lonesome Dove, Neal Stephenson’s newest novel Seveneves (read Slate’s interview with Neal Stephenson here), and a recent New York Times piece on the Panoply podcast network.

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

Jamelle Bouie is Slates former chief political correspondent.

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.