I've been remiss in not doing more to flog my weekly podcast, the mysteriously-named Weigelcast, in which I spend 12 or 15 minutes solving the mysteries of the universe with a political guest. This week's guest is sometime Slate contributor Sasha Issenberg, one of the absolute best political reporters in the country; his 2012 book The Victory Lab was snapped up by actual strategists who wanted to know what they didn't know. One month ago he published a cover story in the New Republic about how, if possible at all, Democrats could restructure the 2014 electorate to look more like the electorate that gave Barack Obama the White House.
We talked about that and more—in a very short time!
TODAY IN SLATE
Scalia’s Liberal Streak
The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.
Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters
There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?
The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”
The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B
Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey
No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.
The Other Huxtable Effect
Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.