Political Gabfest on the first 2016 GOP primary debates, Vice President Joe Biden’s potential run, and #BlackLivesMatter after Ferguson.

The Riveting GOP Debates Were Much More Than Donald Trump

The Riveting GOP Debates Were Much More Than Donald Trump

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Aug. 8 2015 9:18 AM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the inaugural 2016 Republican primary debates on Fox News, the potential presidential candidacy of Vice President Joe Biden, and #BlackLivesMatter movement on the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.

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


Emily chatters about the This American Life episode on the integration of the Normandy School District in Normandy, Missouri, and the recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision narrowly holding that the state of Texas will be barred from enforcing at least part of its law requiring a photo ID before a voter can go to the polls.

John chatters about Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya’s creatively intricate miniature worlds.

David chatters about the Elena Ferrante trilogy, the Neapolitan Novels, and fascinating documentary on the late Amy Winehouse, Amy.

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Podcast production by Matt Collette and Joel Meyer. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.