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Slate's Political Gabfest

By Slate Magazine/Panoply

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Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by iTunes listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Slate's Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks. Part of the Panoply Network.

Customer Reviews

Nicely Balanced!

Slate's Political Gabfest presents 3 excellent newshounds that sit around the table and tell us what we really think, unlike many of the typical mainstream shows of this nature. They claim they drink wine whilst they conduct the conversation, however this is only speculative. The regulars are: John Dickerson - He provides the moderation and topics that get bantered about. He is kind of an insider on the outside, so he tells us. In particular he once talked about being asked to go to a Cocktail Party, but thought he was on the second tier list. David Plotz - He is that "thirty-something" guy who gives a great perspective of the political landscape, from what I would call a balanced left view. Never radical, but knows how to send the barbs in the right direction. He's honest and forthright. Emily Bazelon - I'm not sure if she always get to speak first, but she knows how to jump in there with that other thought. Sometimes I wonder if she's the devil's advocate or something more. I find her to be very balanced in the center of the political spectrum. She may one day get her own secret fan club. :-) Time for Cocktail chatter - This is where they go off and tell us some generally off-the-wall topic that you can talk about at your next party, to the girl in line at the grocery store, or anywhere you want to make conversation. It is fun, and has you walking away with good political perspective to start your weekend. Three Cheers for the Political Gabfest and thanks to Andy Bowers for Producing it!

One of the Best

I have been listening to podcasts for about six months now and this is my first review. I feel compelled to post a review due to its excellence. I am a political junkie and listen to many different podcasts from the various news outlets and find this to be one of the best and one that I cannot miss. I must warn you that the show is to the left of center but is done in an informative and entertaining manner.

Difficult to enjoy at times

The analysis is fine, pretty decent actually. But this podcast tends to bog down in intrusive personal chatter, Sometimes they take a long time to actually start talking about issues, trading awkward asides. Then, once they're underway, someone will just interrupt the discussion with pointless comments about someone's shirt, and everything stops cold. I wish these folks would take care of their inane kibbitzing before or after the show so we don't have to wait through it. Sometimes I see that a new show is available and wonder, "Do I really want to hear a bunch of strangers' inside jokes?"