Slate Magazine Daily Podcast

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Slate's Daily Podcast includes the Political Gabfest, the Culture Gabfest, our sports show Hang Up and Listen, the Double X Gabfest, the Audio Book Club, and Lexicon Valley, plus special features. Part of the Panoply Network.


Gist: I Hate This, Don’t Quote Me  

Reporter Marc Fisher explains why he called out a classic game of D.C. deceit in the pages of the Washington Post. And Michelle LaRue, the official Gist penguin expert, returns to explain some news about those troublesome birds.

In the Spiel, how would a normal president handle our world affairs?

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Whistlestop: Lady Lincoln and the Leak  

This episode of Whistlestop revisits an era of mischievous accounting by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the work of a leaker who helped distract the press.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.

Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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Trumpcare Tracker: Why Mitch McConnell Flinched  

Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann discuss Mitch McConnell’s surprise decision to delay the Senate vote on health care reform. Was the CBO score the final nail in the coffin? What side deals can McConnell make to persuade the holdouts in his party? And should Democrats be nervous that Obamacare is about to be repealed?

90 Seconds: German Cops Know How to Party  

Mary Wilson with today’s three things: Taking up arms in Venezuela, melting down arms in Colombia, and getting out of hand in Hamburg. 

I Have to Ask: The Maggie Haberman Edition  

Maggie Haberman is White House Correspondent for The New York Times and an analyst for CNN. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the anxiety and stress that come with reporting nonstop news, whether the media was fair to Hillary Clinton, and what people don’t get about the President.

Amicus: Breakfast Table Redux  

The Supreme Court’s 2016 term may not have contained the usual number of blockbuster cases, but it did have its fair share of drama. Between the stonewalling of Merrick Garland, the filibustered confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, rumors about Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement, and in the background, the White House offensive against the federal judiciary, court-watchers had no shortage of things to keep them up at night.

And so this week on Amicus, we pour a couple of our favorite court-watchers a big cup of coffee and plop some microphones down at Slate’s annual “Breakfast Table.” Mark Joseph Stern and Pamela Karlan join us to discuss what we learned about the justices this term and what we can expect from them in the fall.   

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Podcast production by Tony Field. 

Culture Gabfest: Man Bun on a Hot Tin Roof Edition  

Julia Turner, Dana Stevens and Steven Metcalf discuss Netflix's wrestling comedy GLOW, Lorde's album Melodrama with critic Carl Wilson, and Mattel's Ken Doll reboot and if/why it's so funny.  

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Dear Prudence: The “Capitalism is the Problem” Edition  

Writer and journalist Laurie Penny joins Prudence today to tackle your family and work quandaries! How can I convince my husband to buck social pressure and stick to being a stay-at-home dad? My apartment building reeks of pot and makes me nauseated – how do I make it stop without getting my neighbor in trouble? My husband keeps inviting his toxic father to visit and then ghosts me. Help! And finally, how do I stand my ground against harassment at work and still get tips? Hear more Prudence by joining Slate Plus:

The Moment - Don Winslow 6/27/17  

Brian Koppelman sits down with Author Don Winslow to talk about his new book The Force, which Stephen King calls "The Godfather, only with cops". Plus, honor and loyalty, cops, and how to write a first novel.

90 Seconds: The Monopoly Man  

Mike Pesca has your 90 Seconds: Cyberattacks are once again sweeping Europe. A friend of the Trump family gets a promotion at HUD. A Minnesota guy tries to use a Get Out Of Jail Free card.  

Lexicon: The Incredible Lightness of Being  

John McWhorter considers the eccentric irregularity of the verb to be.

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Twitter: @lexiconvalley

Gist: The Rise and Reign of Unruly Women  

Anne Helen Petersen has made a career on the rigorous, deep, academic study of celebrity culture. In her new book Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Petersen explores the rise of norm-breaking women such as Lena Dunham and Serena Williams and what their ascendency can tell us about the political moment we’re living in. Petersen’s day job is senior culture writer at BuzzFeed.

Also, the Supreme Court makes a surprise ruling, and the Congressional Budget Office makes an unsurprising report.
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Trumpcast: All the President’s Lies  

Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about his piece, Trump Lies, where he catalogued nearly every outright lie Trump has told since taking the oath of office.

Trumpcare Tracker: Counting the No Votes  

Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann read the entrails of GOP senators’ statements in an attempt to calculate if Republicans have enough votes to get their health care bill passed. Then they look at waivers—might they really allow states to use health care funds on stadiums or anything else?—and assess the effectiveness of the Republicans’ six-month lockout to encourage young, healthy people to maintain continuous insurance coverage.

90 Seconds: Kansas Cuts Its Losses  

Mary Wilson on news you might’ve missed: The anti-tax agenda dies in Kansas, Salvador Dali could be exhumed next month, and the New York Times announces what will replace its public editor. 

Working in Detroit: How Does an Urban Farmer Work?  

On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We're speaking with people who are drawing on the city's complex history as they work to create its future.

Greg Willerer grows a variety of organic crops on a few plots of carefully cultivated land in Detroit. We spoke with him about how he transitioned to farming from teaching, how he sees farming's role in a revitalized Detroit, and why he keeps on his farm.

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Twitter: @Jacob_Brogan
Production: Mickey Capper, @FMcapper

Slate Money: The Independent Directors Edition  

Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss:

-       Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepping down
-       Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods
-       Bancor and ICOs

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Twitter: @felixsalmon, @Three_Guineas, @JHWeissmann

Production by Daniel Schroeder

Gist: Do Radicals Change the World?  

Author Jeremy McCarter (co-writer of Hamilton: The Revolution with Lin-Manuel Miranda) has written a new book tracing five American radicals from the 1910s and ’20s. “I had thought this was going to be a book about a chapter of progress in history we could learn from,” says McCarter. “But 1917 is a lot closer to what I thought I would see in my lifetime.” Young Radicals is available now.  
In the Spiel, a lot of people really, really did not like Otto Warmbier. 

Trumpcare Tracker: An Assault on Medicaid  

Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann take a close look at the health-care bill Republican senators released on Thursday. Jim describes the scene on Capitol Hill, then they talk about what surprised them about the proposed legislation and assess its chances of passage.

90 Seconds: The Klondike Kickback  

Chris Berube with the rundown: The White House says you can't report on press briefings; Alaska gets a helpful clause in the healthcare bill; Gwyneth Paltrow is nonsense.

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