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David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.

Political Gabfest
Sept. 26 2014 7:56 PMThe “Dead, Dead, Dead at 75” EditionListen to Slate's show about Eric Holder’s resignation, U.S. airstrikes on ISIS in Syria, and death at 75.
Political Gabfest
Sept. 12 2014 10:29 AMThe “They May Take Our Lives, but They’ll Never Take Our Freedom” EditionListen to Slate's show about Obama’s strategy against ISIS, the effort to mobilize female voters, and Scotland’s referendum on independence.
Books
Sept. 2 2014 2:20 PMCloudy AtlasDavid Mitchell’s portentous new book is no fun.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 29 2014 12:28 PMThe “Gabfest to End All Gabfests” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the potential for another government shutdown, a bizarre faceoff over the Export-Import bank, and the World War I centennial.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 8 2014 11:33 AMThe “Conservative Nanny State” GabfestListen to Slate’s show about Paul Ryan’s poverty plan, Tennessee’s Supreme Court retention elections, and Ebola panic.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 1 2014 10:30 AMCan Anyone Stop the War in Gaza?
Political Gabfest
July 23 2014 2:45 PMWatch the Political Gabfest TapingSpy on David, John, and Emily during the July 24 recording of the Gabfest.
Family
July 18 2014 11:28 AMSlate Voice:Watching the Couples Go By”Listen to David Plotz read his all-time favorite Slate essay.
Slate Fare
July 15 2014 9:13 AMAfter David’s Announcement How did David Plotz feel after he delivered his big news to the Slate team?
Political Gabfest
July 11 2014 4:09 PMThe "Why Is Hollywood Mesmerized by Washington?" Bonus SegmentIn a Slate Plus Political Gabfest bonus segment, David Plotz asks two TV writers to explain a wave of political television.
Political Gabfest
July 4 2014 10:46 AMThe “You’re a Facebook Lab Rat” EditionListen to Slate's show about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, the child immigration crisis, and Facebook’s controversial mood study.
Political Gabfest
June 27 2014 12:36 PMIs Rand Paul the 2016 GOP Front-Runner?
Political Gabfest
June 13 2014 10:48 AMThe “Eric Cantor Sure Wears Beautiful Shoes” GabfestListen to Slate's show about Eric Cantor's shocking defeat, Hillary Clinton's new memoir, and California's teacher tenure case.
Slate Archives
June 10 2014 7:07 AM“If I Could Nail the Right First Sentence …”Editor David Plotz highlights some of his favorite Slate ledes.
Political Gabfest
May 30 2014 10:16 AMThe College, Why Bother? GabfestListen to Slate's show about Elliot Rodger's violent misogyny, the Obama administration's plan to rate colleges, and Detroit's $2 billion blight problem.
Political Gabfest
Sept. 19 2014 11:54 AMThe “Spanking” EditionListen to Slate’s show about progressives’ push for more liberal candidates, the U.S. response to Ebola’s rapid spread, and the corporal punishment debate.
Political Gabfest
Sept. 5 2014 2:33 PMThe “In the Cloud, No One Knows You’re a Dog” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Putin’s aggressive action in Ukraine, the 2014 elections, and the theft of celebrity nude photos.
Moneybox
Aug. 29 2014 2:15 PM76 Ways to Make Money in Digital Media
Political Gabfest
Aug. 22 2014 10:22 AMThe “Why Isn’t Everyone Rioting?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the aftermath of Ferguson, the horrifying execution of journalist James Foley, and L.A.’s potential voting lottery.
Assessment
Aug. 1 2014 3:45 PMAugustLet's get rid of it.
Political Gabfest
July 25 2014 10:28 AMThe “Joe Biden’s White Teeth” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the crisis in Ukraine and the geopolitical fallout from Flight MH17, the latest legal challenge to Obamacare, and Joe Biden’s 2016 aspirations.
Political Gabfest
July 18 2014 11:36 AMThe “So Sue Me” EditionListen to Slate's show about John Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama, Elizabeth Warren’s possible 2016 campaign, and the arrest of a single mother who left her 9-year-old in a park.
Slate Fare
July 18 2014 10:48 AMWho Cares What Happened at Slate This Week? David Plotz ignores weekly newsletter protocol, shares his favorite Slate reads of all time.
Slate Fare
July 14 2014 1:56 PMDavid Plotz Says GoodbyeI’ve loved editing Slate. Now it’s Julia Turner’s turn to run the magazine.
Political Gabfest
July 11 2014 10:27 AMThe “May I Introduce You to President Harding and His Friend Jerry” EditionListen to Slate's show about the cycle of violence in Gaza, a possible new generation of conservatives, and Warren Harding’s steamy letters.
Political Gabfest
July 3 2014 3:15 PMICYMI: Watch a Live Taping of the Political GabfestSpy on David and John during the July 3rd recording of the Gabfest.
Politics
June 20 2014 6:10 PMThe Political Gabfest: The “Inside Baseball” Bonus SegmentListen to election law expert Rick Hasen explain recent court rulings that could shape 2016.
Slate Picks
June 11 2014 10:14 AMSome Capital EatsSlate-sters dish on their favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C.
Political Gabfest
June 6 2014 11:19 AMThe Go Ahead, Negotiate With Terrorists GabfestListen to Slate's show about the deal with the Taliban to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the EPA's new emissions regulations, and the bizarre runoff in Mississippi's GOP Senate primary.
Culturebox
May 29 2014 12:34 PMBefore You Accept Any Invitation …You must ask yourself this question.

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  News & Politics
Damned Spot
Sept. 30 2014 9:00 AM Now Stare. Don’t Stop. The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 30 2014 11:25 AM Naomi Klein Is Wrong Multinational corporations are doing more than governments to halt climate change.
  Life
The Vault
Sept. 30 2014 11:51 AM Thomas Jefferson's 1769 Newspaper Ad Seeking a Fugitive Slave 
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 30 2014 11:42 AM Listen to Our September Music Roundup Hot tracks from a cooler month, exclusively for Slate Plus members.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 11:38 AM Tim & Eric Brought Their Twisted Minds—and Jeff Goldblum—to This Bizarre Light Bulb Ad
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath the Methane Lakes of Titan?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.