The conservatives’ victories in the off-year elections, the Republican revolt in the GOP primary debates, and the increasing death rates for middle-aged white Americans.

The Rising Mortality Rate of Middle-Aged White America

The Rising Mortality Rate of Middle-Aged White America

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Nov. 6 2015 12:26 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the conservatives’ victories in the off-year elections and what they mean for the 2016 presidential election, the Republican revolt in the GOP primary debates and what it means for the debates going forward, and the startling increase in the death rate for middle-aged white Americans and how it might inform political discourse in the U.S.

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

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Emily chatters about Lauren Redniss’ new novel Thunder and Lightning.

John chatters about Jon Meacham’s new biography of former president George H.W. Bush, Destiny and Power. (Read John’s take on the biography here.)

David chatters about the amazing, real, and accurate CIA’s Simple Sabotage Field Manual (1944), a guide to sabotaging organizations.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.