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
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.
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.
Politics
June 13 2015 7:13 PMA Fighter Takes Center StageHillary Clinton’s first major campaign event was heavy on policy proposals and the promise to fight until the end.
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 10 2015 5:57 PMThe “Most Influential Books We’ve Read” Bonus SegmentDavid, John, and Emily discuss their favorite life-changing books.
Whistlestop
June 10 2015 11:06 AMOne of the Great Train Wrecks of All TimeSlate’s podcast about campaign history looks back at George McGovern’s disastrous handling of the Eagleton Affair in 1972.
Education
June 2 2015 11:11 AMSlate Voice: “To the Teacher Who Changed My Life”Listen to John Dickerson read about the 10th-grade English teacher who changed his life, and how he got to say “thank you” before his teacher died.
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.
Whistlestop
May 27 2015 12:24 PMFord, Reagan, and the 1976 RNCSlate’s podcast about campaign history offers up the second part of its look at the rise of Ronald Reagan. 
Politics
May 22 2015 2:48 PMHillary’s BubblesWhy Clinton’s longtime friends and confidants pose a special challenge for her presidential ambitions.
Politics
May 18 2015 10:20 PMTry, Try AgainWhy Republican presidential candidates are stumbling on Iraq war hypotheticals.
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.
Politics
May 12 2015 8:12 AMFighting the Last WarJeb Bush isn’t giving clear answers about America’s lessons in Iraq. That’s something no serious candidate can avoid.
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.
Technology
June 24 2015 11:20 AMLeft to Our Own DevicesThe man blocking the entrance to the subway so he can check his phone, and what to do about him.
Politics
June 15 2015 8:48 PMJeb Bush Makes It OfficialThe former Florida governor covered all his bases as he entered the race.
Politics
June 12 2015 12:55 PMOne Tough MotherHillary Clinton’s campaign is going to sell her as a fighter like no other.
Politics
June 11 2015 1:39 PMPhoto-Op Foreign PolicyWhy presidential candidates traveling overseas doesn’t tell us much.
Behind the Scenes
June 10 2015 1:37 PMHow to Turn a Hotel Room Into an OfficeI spend a lot of my life in hotels. My tips for working on the road.
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.
Politics
June 1 2015 8:55 PMRand Paul’s Worst EnemyThe Kentucky senator could inspire an important foreign policy debate—if he doesn’t destroy it first.
Politics
May 27 2015 7:47 PMThe Big ShowWith so many GOP candidates vying for a spot on the debate stage, the stragglers have little choice: Wow them anyway you can.
Politics
May 22 2015 8:32 PMThe Strong, Loud TypeChris Christie is offering a blunt-talking tough-guy routine to win over voters.
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.
Whistlestop
May 13 2015 5:36 PMFord, Reagan, and the Halloween MassacreSlate's podcast about campaign history revisits the Republican primary election of 1976.
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.

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