John Dickerson
John Dickerson John Dickerson

John Dickerson is a Slate political columnist and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

Politics
Sept. 4 2015 11:12 AMThe Trump TestHow Republican candidates respond to the Donald tells us a lot about what kind of presidents they would be.
Whistlestop
Sept. 2 2015 3:16 PMTed Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and the Battle of the Robot RuleSlate’s podcast concludes the tale of the 1980 Democratic primary fight between challenger Ted Kennedy and incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
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. 
Politics
Aug. 7 2015 2:31 AMFight NightThe first major Republican debate had plenty of punches, but no knockout blows.
Politics
Aug. 4 2015 2:11 PMDebating Without the DonaldThe Republican field gathered to have a debate without the most interesting candidate in the race. 
Politics
July 31 2015 1:17 PMMr. MannersWhy Donald Trump may play the choir boy in next week’s GOP debate.
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.
Whistlestop
July 22 2015 4:56 PMThe Worst Answer to “Why Do You Want to Be President?” in Campaign HistorySlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history remembers when Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980.
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.
Politics
July 13 2015 10:51 PMThe Audacity to WinScott Walker wants to be the GOP’s bold, safe choice. 
Politics
July 9 2015 10:35 PMLoss LeaderDonald Trump must really want to be president. Because he is letting his brand take a beating.
Politics
July 8 2015 4:53 PMA Matter of TrustHillary Clinton doesn’t like questions about her emailing habits, but they are utterly legitimate questions to ask. 
Politics
July 2 2015 8:08 PMChris Christie’s Hard TruthsThe New Jersey governor wants to “tell it like it is.” That isn’t the whole truth.
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.
Politics
June 25 2015 5:13 PM“That’s Why We Do What We Do”Obama’s health care triumph at the Supreme Court reminds him why he got into this business.
Political Gabfest
Sept. 4 2015 9:32 AMThe “Let’s Get All Smug About That Kentucky Clerk” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Hillary Clinton’s never-ending email scandal, the worsening migrant crisis in Europe, and the Kentucky clerk willing to go to jail for her religious beliefs.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 28 2015 10:52 AMThe “Aw, What a Beautiful Little Anchor Baby” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Jeb Bush’s vacillating views on immigration, China’s disruption of global markets, and topless desnudas in Times Square.
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.
Politics
Aug. 6 2015 9:53 AMBush LeagueJeb is supposed to be the adult in the room. Will he finally prove it?
Politics
Aug. 3 2015 6:03 PMRaw EmotionJoe Biden’s “end of summer” decision is near.
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.
Politics
July 22 2015 8:05 PMA Jackass in a HailstormBy Donald Trump’s logic, John Kasich should be beating him.
Politics
July 20 2015 6:59 PMThe TrumpeterDonald Trump is unlikely to be president for many reasons. One is his lack of modesty.
Politics
July 16 2015 9:14 AMGoing the DistanceScott Walker has a disciplined stump speech that delights conservatives. And he can deliver it in his sleep.
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.
Whistlestop
July 8 2015 4:58 PMBill Clinton, There for You Till the Last Dog DiesSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history explains how Bill Clinton earned the nickname the Comeback Kid during the 1992 Democratic primary.
Politics
July 7 2015 2:43 PMThe GOP’s Border WarDonald Trump and Jeb Bush are polar opposites on immigration. Where on the spectrum will the GOP fall?
Politics
June 26 2015 7:59 PMObama TransformedThe remarkable week that roused the president from dejection and inspired a stirring call to action. 
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.
Whistlestop
June 25 2015 12:10 PMTruman Defeats Dewey, an Upset for the AgesSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history explains how Harry Truman pulled off an improbable victory over Thomas Dewey in the election of 1948.

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Sept. 4 2015 12:16 PM How Can This Possibly Happen? Geoffrey Sant wrote about drivers in China who intentionally kill pedestrians. Ask him anything.