Trump as an independent, Hillary Clinton’s What Happened, and Franklin Foer on big tech, on the Political Gabfest.

Has Trump Declared His Independence?

Has Trump Declared His Independence?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Sept. 14 2017 6:05 PM

The “What Happened?” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Trump’s flirtation with bipartisanship, Hillary Clinton’s new book, and Franklin Foer’s take on big tech.


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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:

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.