Slate’s Political Gabfest bonus segment: John Dickerson discusses the Democratic debate.

How Did John Dickerson Prepare to Moderate the Democratic Debate? Slate Goes Behind the Scenes.

How Did John Dickerson Prepare to Moderate the Democratic Debate? Slate Goes Behind the Scenes.

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Nov. 23 2015 12:57 PM
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The “Successively Bad Smoothies” Bonus Segment

How did John Dickerson prepare for his role as the moderator of the second Democratic debate?

John Dickerson.
John Dickerson speaks prior to the second Democratic presidential debate on Nov. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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On the Political Gabfest Slate Plus bonus segment, hosts Emily Bazelon and David Plotz celebrate John Dickerson’s successful run as the moderator of the second Democratic debate. But what did it take for Slate’s seasoned journalist to get ready? Did he follow a special diet of smoothies or partake in a late-night pizza session? When Dickerson had time for a mental health break, which activity did he choose—tennis, running, or rock climbing? And how did the breaking news of the Paris attacks turn the debate upside down?