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: It’s Much Bigger Than O.J.  

Ezra Edelman wasn’t planning to make a documentary about O.J. Simpson. But then ESPN offered him five hours of airtime. Edelman’s movie (which eventually grew to nearly eight hours) explores a variety of themes through the lens of Simpson’s life and trial. O.J.: Made in America has just been named to the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary.  
For the Spiel, Mike goes to school on the Electoral College.  

Dear Prudence: Live!  

Mallory and guest Samantha Powell come to you live from the Now Hear This festival in LA. And a warning: things get rowdy! An American man wonders if he can divorce his non-English-speaking wife … because he’s bored explaining things to her. Then, the reverse: a woman moved to her husband’s home country to care for his mom — now mom’s dead, and she’s stuck there. Plus, an elopement throws an already-dysfunctional family into disarray, writers complain of too little sex and too much money, the audience gets an earful of live advice, and more! Hear more Prudence by joining Slate Plus:

90 Seconds: Electors Unbound  

Mike Pesca with two things you needs to know, and one you don't: 1) Michael T. Flynn's conspiracy loving son has a transition email address; 2) A Texas elector comes out against Trump; 3) An alt-right TV sketch show meets its end.

Trumpcast: The Brilliance of the Carrier Deal  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Barro, Senior Editor at Business Insider, about Donald Trump's Carrier deal.

Hang Up: The Japan's Babe Ruth Edition  

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan to discuss baseball’s new labor deal and Japanese star Shohei Otani. They also assess the Cavs’ J.R. Smith and George Dohrmann joins to talk about the NFL’s marketing to children.

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Gist: The Blueprint for Trumpcare  

With the nomination of Tom Price for health and human services secretary, it’s clear that Donald Trump wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more conservative plan. Sarah Kliff has spent weeks looking through the health care plans put forward by Republicans such as Price and Paul Ryan. Her conclusion? Good news for healthy people, not so much for sick people. Sarah is a co-host of The Weeds podcast
For the Spiel, what the media can and can’t do.

The "How Does an Imam Work?" Edition  

This season on Working, we’re speaking to individuals employed in fields potentially imperiled by the Trump presidency. These are the stories of people doing difficult but important jobs—jobs that may get much more difficult and much more important in the years ahead.

For this episode Jacob Brogan visited Masjid Muhammad, one of Washington, DC’s oldest mosques. We spoke with Imam Talib Shareef, a retired U.S. air force officer who helped reform the military’s relationship with its Muslim service members during his own time in the armed forces. Imam Shareef spoke with us about some of his basic responsibilities as a religious leader, such as leading prayers, but he also spoke about his involvement with interfaith projects, along with other forms of community outreach. And he addressed the ways that Islamophobia informs his daily efforts, both before and after the rise of Donald Trump.

Then, in a Slate Plus extra, Imam Shareef talks about his decades-long study of martial arts, and discusses how it plays into his more peaceful work at the mosque. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. You’ll also help Slate hold Donald Trump accountable in our podcasts and on the site as a whole. Start your two-week free trial at

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90 Seconds With Slate: Remember Gitmo?  

Mike Pesca with three things: two stories from the emptying U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, and a very fraudulent American embassy is finally closed. 

Placemakers: The Quest to Make the Perfect Place  

Imagine a place where you can stroll down the sidewalk, wave to your

neighbors on their porch, then pick up your dry cleaning or have lunch at the café.

That’s the kind of walkable, compact, mixed-use community envisioned by the

founders of New Urbanism—including Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. But some people say

there’s a reason one of Plater-Zyberk’s developments played a starring role in a

memorable Hollywood film about overly constructed reality.

Slate Money: The Munchkin Edition  

On this episode of Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discus Trump’s economic team.

Topics discussed on today’s show include:

-Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's choice for Treasury
-Carrier whose $7 million tax break to keep jobs in state was celebrated by Trump
-Wilbur Ross, Billionaire investor Trump taps for Commerce Secretary

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Gist: The Chaos Doctrine  

Tidiness is tyranny, and Tim Harford is here to set you free. The author of Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives makes the case for routine-busting labor strikes, cluttered desks, and leaving your emails unsorted. He also explains why we’re smart to want scatterbrained musicians and orderly accountants. Harford writes the Undercover Economist column for the Financial Times.

For the Spiel, exciting times! Let’s dig into the Indiana tax code. 

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90 Seconds With Slate: Fête the Rich  

Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) Chicago's murder rate, 2) America's rich getting richer, 3) The putting green stays!

Gist: Dissecting the Carrier Deal  

Aaron Renn says the PEOTUS made a smart move by keeping Carrier in the United States. But saving one company is not an economic policy. Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He recently argued Trump could fall into a “mayor trap” if he doesn’t start thinking about the big picture. 
For the Spiel, Mike Pesca enters the (admittedly off-brand) Shark Tank.   
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Trumpcast: Manipulating the President-Elect  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Will Saletan about his latest Slate piece, "How To Manipulate Donald Trump."

Represent: Disney and Representation: Moana and Floyd Norman  

On this episode of Represent, Slate culture writer, Aisha Harris digs into Moana, Disney’s new musical film inspired by Polynesian mythology, with New York Times and Jazz Times music writer, Nate Chinen. Then we talk to Disney’s first black animator, Floyd Norman about working for the studio in the 40’s and 50’s and the documentary that tells his story.

Check out:
-Disney's Moana Soundtrack
-Nate Chinen’s Moana article: Consider the Coconut
-The last time Nate write about Hawaiian representation on screen
-Aisha’s Moana Makes It Official: Disney Has Entered a Progressive, Inclusive Third Golden Age
-LA Times: Our national parks can also be reminders of America’s history of race and civil rights

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-Another Round’s Heben talks with Dr. Adrienne Keene about Standing Rock
-Newsweek: Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Standing Rock Sioux
-Slate: Police Clashed With Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Sunday Night
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Political: The “Welcome to the Kleptocracy” Edition  

Host Emily Bazelon is joined by Adam Davidson of the New Yorker, and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post to discuss Donald Trump's business conflicts of interest, the future of health care and the rights and wrongs of responding to Trump tweets.

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90 Seconds With Slate: A Meaty Selection  

Mike Pesca has today's three things: 1) The Eurozone's jobless rate, 2) He created the Bic Mac and all he got was a plaque, and 3) Vegans flip over five pounds. 

Amicus: The Specter of Korematsu  

Just a few weeks into the era of President-elect Donald Trump, and already there is a lot of bruising around the edges of the Constitution. The past few weeks have brought talk of Muslim registries, jail time for flag burners, restrictions on voting and the sweet mystery of the Emoluments Clause. This week, we sit down with U.S. Senator Chris Coons to discuss how much of this talk we should take seriously, and where the true threats to Americans’ constitutional protections lie.

We also speak with Neal Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, about the 1944 Supreme Court decision that upheld the internment of Japanese-Americans. In 2011, Katyal issued an official apology for the role of one of his predecessors in that case. Korematsu v United Stateshas been in the news again recently, after one Trump surrogate cited it as a “precedent” for a possible Trump Administration program that would require the registration of immigrants from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries.

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DoubleX Gabfest: The "Is he your president?" Edition  

Hanna Rosin, June Thomas, and Noreen Malone discuss the women’s March on Washington, identity liberalism, and the book, Twenty-Sex Seconds.

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Gist: What’s Bunk About Brainstorming  

Does brainstorming light a creative fire or smother the sparks of invention? Our regular guest Maria Konnikova looks at the merits of spitballing. Konnikova writes for the New Yorker and is the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, Donald Trump saves a thousand manufacturing jobs! Great. Now, what about the other 311,000?  

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