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David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

Political Gabfest
Aug. 11 2015 4:34 PMThe “Keeping Up” Bonus SegmentDavid Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss how they keep up with the news cycle while they’re away on vacation. 
Political Gabfest
July 31 2015 11:21 AMThe “How to Debate a Drunk Person” EditionLive from Washington, D.C., the Political Gabfest on the upcoming Republican primary debate, the New York magazine cover story about the allegations against Bill Cosby, and the rise of Uber.
Political Gabfest
July 17 2015 9:56 AMThe John Kerry Is Polishing His Nobel Peace Prize EditionListen to Slate’s show about Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, Scott Walker’s presidential candidacy, and the controversy over an undercover Planned Parenthood video.
Political Gabfest
July 3 2015 12:17 PMThe Killers and Rapists EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Supreme Court’s historic term, the Greek debt crisis, and the tragicomedy called Trump.
Political Gabfest
June 26 2015 10:31 AMThe “Jiggery-Pokery” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the meaning and symbolism of the Confederate flag, and Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change.
Political Gabfest
June 12 2015 11:49 AMThe “I’m Defaulting on My Student Loans” EditionListen to Slate's show about the Supreme Court’s “Jerusalem passport” case, Hillary Clinton’s mobilization strategy, and America’s student loan crisis.
Political Gabfest
June 5 2015 12:50 PMThe “This Gabfest Is On Background” EditionListen to Slate’s show about a pair of U.S. Supreme Court First Amendment cases, Hillary Clinton’s “on-background” briefings, and Caitlyn Jenner.
Slate Plus
May 27 2015 9:59 AMNine Tweets and One SelfieSlate’s editor David Plotz and DoubleX founder Hanna Rosin gave a commencement speech together. Here’s what they said.
Working
May 18 2015 6:28 PMThe “How Does a Host of Working Work?” TranscriptRead what Adam Davidson asked the show’s first host, David Plotz, about his career. 
Political Gabfest
May 14 2015 9:03 AMWe Were Doing It Wrong: The Very First Political GabfestWatch Emily, John, and David review their inaugural Gabfest from 2005.
Political Gabfest
May 8 2015 11:53 AMThe “Je Suis Pam Geller” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Pamela Geller’s Muslim-baiting “Draw Muhammad” event, the unlikely diversity of the GOP presidential field, and the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy.
Political Gabfest
May 1 2015 11:06 AMThe “Can I Get Some of That Clinton Cash?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the unexplained death of Freddie Gray, the Supreme Court’s gay marriage and death penalty cases, and the week in Democratic politics.
Political Gabfest
April 17 2015 10:28 AMThe “Chicken in Every Burrito Bowl” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the recently launched presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Marco Rubio, and Congress’s bipartisan consensus on Iran legislation.
Political Gabfest
April 3 2015 11:23 AMThe “So, Who Can You Discriminate Against?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and Sen. Harry Reid’s retirement.
Political Gabfest
March 20 2015 11:29 AMThe “Welcome Back, Vladimir” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Israeli elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return, and Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 8 2015 9:18 AMThe “Nine German Shepherds and One Raccoon” EditionListen to Slate's show about the first 2016 GOP primary debates, Joe Biden’s potential run, and the anniversary of Ferguson.
Political Gabfest
July 24 2015 10:29 AMThe “Who Will Donald Trump Insult Next?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and John Kasich, Sandra Bland, and President Obama’s plan to close Guantánamo Bay.
Political Gabfest
July 10 2015 10:23 AMThe “How Many Pushups Should the President Be Able to Do?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about political polling, Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker vs. the First Amendment, and what questions we should be asking our presidential candidates.
Political Gabfest
June 26 2015 3:36 PMThe “Wait! There’s Marriage Equality!” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Political Gabfest
June 19 2015 11:09 AMThe “I Would Build A Great Wall” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the massacre at Emanuel AME Church, the presidential aspirations of both Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, and the increasingly effective campaign of Bernie Sanders.
Political Gabfest
June 10 2015 5:57 PMThe “Most Influential Books We’ve Read” Bonus SegmentDavid, John, and Emily discuss their favorite life-changing books.
Political Gabfest
May 29 2015 10:41 AMThe “Bags and Bags and More Bags of Cash” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the global FIFA corruption scandal, the congressional debate over renewal of the Patriot Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s “one person, one vote” voting rights case.
Political Gabfest
May 22 2015 10:39 AMThe “Osama Bin Laden Sure Read Boring Books” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Osama Bin Laden’s reading list, Columbia University’s “Mattress Girl,” and gender dynamics on Capitol Hill and the Upper East Side.
Political Gabfest
May 15 2015 10:36 AMThe “I Don’t Mean to Yell at You, but I Feel Good Doing It” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Seymour Hersh’s conspiratorial counter-narrative of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and Jeb Bush’s retrospective view of the Iraq war.
The Gist
May 8 2015 5:46 PMRestaurants These Days!Guest host David Plotz debates the state of American fine dining with Grantland staffer, Pulitzer Prize–winner, and aggrieved diner Wesley Morris.
Atlas Obscura
May 5 2015 9:15 AMOver 120 Events in Over 20 Countries. It’s International Obscura Day on May 30, 2015.
Political Gabfest
April 24 2015 11:48 AMThe “Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Europe’s burgeoning immigration crisis, the Koch brothers’ vacillating views on Gov. Scott Walker, and the Supreme Court’s gay marriage cases.
Political Gabfest
April 10 2015 2:50 PMThe Live at the Bell House EditionListen to Slate’s show about the murder of Walter Scott, the presidential ambitions of Sen. Rand Paul, and the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Political Gabfest
March 27 2015 10:40 AMThe “Say It With Me: President Ted Cruz” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Sen. Ted Cruz, the Supreme Court’s Confederate flag license plate case, and the tragic Germanwings plane crash.
Political Gabfest
March 18 2015 1:50 PMThe “Business of Lifehacking” Bonus SegmentDavid, John, and Betsy discuss how to make life easier for everyone.

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Aug. 26 2015 12:11 PM Slate Voice: “Space Invaders” Never, ever use two spaces after a period: Listen to Mike Vuolo read Farhad Manjoo’s classic takedown of an enduring typographic sin.