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Sept. 28 2016 2:48 PM

Slate Podcasts’ Greatest Hits

Our gabbers dig through their archives.



The elder statesmen of Slate podcasting are the Political Gabfest (which began taping in December 2005), the Culture Gabfest (February 2008), the DoubleX Gabfest (May 2009), and Hang Up and Listen (July 2009). As Slate celebrates its 20th anniversary, we asked each podcast to remember the most memorable laughs, discussions, and arguments from their recording archive.

Political Gabfest (begins at 00:00:00)

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss:

00:07:40 | Fighting about John Edwards, from The Edwards Slugfest, July 25, 2008.

00:19:45 | Reacting to Sarah Palin’s nomination, from The DNC Wrap-Up Edition, Aug. 29, 2008.

00:20:40 | The 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, from The Live at the Bell House Edition, April 10, 2015.

00:28:05 | Stephen Colbert’s guest appearance, from The Scary, Out-of-Touch, Narrow-Minded, Stuffy Old Man Gabfest, March 22, 2013.

00:34:30 | Not calling the cops, from The “So Sue Me” Edition, July 18, 2014.

00:35:10 | Fighting about Eliot Spitzer, from The “Come Back Eliot, All Is Forgiven” Edition, July 12, 2013.

Culture Gabfest (00:36:05)

Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss:

00:38:50 | An argument about the merits of Eat, Pray, Love, from The Audio Book Club on Eat, Pray, Love, Feb. 7, 2008.

00:42:00 | Their favorite Beatles songs, from The Teen Beat Edition, Sept. 30, 2009.

00:43:55 | Literary milestones from their childhoods, from The “Can Someone Show Me How to Laugh Deeply?” Edition, Sept. 18, 2013.

00:45:20 | Nutmeg, just nutmeg, from The “[Rocky Theme]” Edition, Dec. 2, 2015.

00:46:30 | Fighting about Taylor Swift, from The “Sugar and Spice and Blood” Edition, Sept. 30, 2015.

DoubleX Gabfest (00:50:00)

Noreen Malone, June Thomas, and Hanna Rosin discuss:

00:50:20 | An interview with Sabrina Rubin Erdely, to discuss her later-discredited Rolling Stone story about a rape at the University of Virginia, from The Butch Goddess Edition, Nov. 27, 2014.

00:53:20 | Samantha Bee’s guest appearance at their first live show, from Live From New York With Samantha Bee Edition, March 15, 2012.

00:56:10 | An interview with Alison Bechdel, The Inside Inside Amy Schumer Edition, April 30, 2015.

Hang Up and Listen (00:58:45)

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss:

00:59:20 | Magic/Bird’s Broadway debut, from The Frisbee Fever Edition, April 16, 2012.

01:04:40 | The life and times of Bob Feller, from The Coaches Who Curse Edition, Dec. 20, 2010.

01:09:35 | An 1883 baseball match-up between teams of one-legged and one-armed men, from The Whore No More Edition, Nov. 10, 2014.