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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the increasing utility and import of political polling, the First Amendment implications of the Hulk Hogan sex-tape lawsuit, and what questions we should be asking our presidential candidates.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- With less than a month to go before the first GOP primary debate, who is in and who is out? (And what is the format of the debates (again)?)
- What are the candidates doing to get off the Republican debate bubble (besides engaging Donald Trump)?
- How useful and/or important is contemporary polling?
- Hulk Hogan’s $100 million lawsuit against Gawker—over his leaked sex tape—has been postponed.
- What is going on (and how does Gawker feel about it)?
- John offers seven questions we should ask anyone who wants to be president and argues for the utility of hypothetical questions.
- Emily explores the benefits of being open to changing one’s mind.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the 2016 campaign.
Emily chatters about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest book Between the World and Me (read Slate’s book review and an adapted excerpt) and a recent study by the Women Donors Network on the paucity of black elected prosecutors.
John chatters about how an astronomical sleuth reveals the timing of the iconic 1945 Times Square kiss.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.