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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Donald Trump’s potential to destroy the two-party system and Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, What Happened. Then guest Franklin Foer joins the gang to discuss the growing power of Silicon Valley, which is the subject of his new book, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Peter Baker in the New York Times: “Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rule”
- Will Oremus in Slate in 2013: “The Time Jeff Bezos Went Thermonuclear on Diapers.com”
- David A. Graham in the Atlantic: “Trump’s Shrinking, Energized Base”
- Show guest Franklin Foer in the Atlantic: “When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism”
Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
- Emily: Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro’s new book, The Internationalists
- John: Purdue University’s income share agreement Back a Boiler Fund, which shifts the risk of student loan debt from individual students to shareholders
- David: The Cincinnati Enquirer’s recent interactive piece on what the heroin epidemic looks like, “7 Days of Heroin”
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.