This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss Trump’s strange legal maneuvering in the obstruction investigation; what Trump’s second term would do to U.S. democracy; and what voters deserve to know about a candidate’s health.
Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
Jonathan Rauch for The Atlantic “Trump’s Second Term Would Look Like This”
Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, by Studs Terkel
This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together, by Jon Mooallem
The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope
Here are this week’s chatters:
John: Ella Koeze, Denise Lu and Charlie Smart for The New York Times: “Can You Gerrymander Your Party to Power?”
Emily: Aaron Byrd, Weiyi Cai, Geoff Macdonald, Emily Rhyne, Noah Throop, Joe Ward and Jeremy White for The New York Times: “The Toss”
David: CityCast DC; Bad Sisters
Listener chatter from Michael Koehler: Christo Grozev for Bellingcat: “Socialite, Widow, Jeweller, Spy: How a GRU Agent Charmed Her Way Into NATO Circles in Italy”
For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss the non-political books that most influenced their understanding of politics.
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Podcast production by Kevin Bendis.
Research by Bridgette Dunlap.
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