Political Gabfest on the Israeli elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return, and Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation.

Why Did Putin Disappear for 10 Days?

Why Did Putin Disappear for 10 Days?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
March 20 2015 11:29 AM

The “Welcome Back, Vladimir” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the Israeli elections, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return, and Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, special guest Julia Ioffe, of the New York Times Magazine, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the aftermath of Israel’s 2015 Knesset elections, the return of Russian President Vladimir Putin from his mysterious disappearance, and the sudden resignation of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock amid allegations of ethical and legal violations.

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Julia chatters about the new Russian documentary Homeward Bound, the recent Russian celebration marking the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, and the fact that Vladimir Putin does not watch Netflix’s House of Cards.

John chatters about ProPublica’s recent article on antebellum data journalism.

David chatters about Erik Larson’s new book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.

Julia Ioffe is a staff writer at the Atlantic. Follow her on Twitter.

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