Political Gabfest

Reviews For Political Gabfest

This podcast is almost entirely wealthy east coast liberals telling all the rubes out in flyover country why they’re all wrong.
The most recent tone is very welcome. Facts, calmly presented- no bickering. I want to hear Bazelon, Dickerson and Plotz telling me and each other what they are thinking. Don’t perform. Just be yourselves.
I just finished my weekly Gabfest. As always the interplay of the gabbers cheered me up. MORE WHALES!
Keep the whale chatter going😁🐳
The three hosts are interesting, informed, and (usually) polite. I have gotten very fond of them, and appreciate their analysis. Except David when he talks about bicycles.
Great show. Emily and John are awesome. David is a great counter point but he makes me scream.
I’ve been listening to the Political Gabfest for about five years and it’s slowly become a cornerstone of my media consumption. David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson curate interesting conversations and they always offer valuable insights about the week’s hottest political news. I particularly enjoy John’s ‘Cocktail Chatters’ wherein he recounts interesting stories and trivia from American history that often provide historical insight into the current news and political climate. I rank this podcast #1 among the six news podcasts that I listen to regularly. You won’t be disappointed!
Each time a guest sits in for one of the regulars I miss the regular - except when the guest replaces bazalon. She constantly interrupts, laughs at her own bad jokes, is predictable, and is the least intellectually capable person on the show.
I’ve been listening for a long time now and I’ve loved every single podcast. For those negative reviews citing David and Emily’s conversation about Biden, I hope you the reader can understand these are three different people with different opinions. That’s the glorious thing about this podcast. The different perspectives are much appreciated and help me better understand my position and how to argue against opposition. Keep up the arguments and discussions. Keep up the fantastic metaphors and pontifications, John.
I’m a long time listener and almost always enjoy the conversation and discussion but please try harder to see the entire issue and discuss strengths and weakness of the reality of our national discussion. JB’s last few appearances have painted him as a partisan hack, which I do not find him to be. I get that you and most college students don’t like POTUS, but this pod is supposed to be an elevated discussion about real issues, leave the Comedy Central partisan, 1 sided approach to comedians. Also, please leave out the 1 curse word an episode which makes the pod “E”. I can’t listen on my work phone and/or with my daughter in the car. Seems like a silly request but the cursing, of which I am a frequent user, doesn't add to the conversation. Thanks!
Listening to David and Emily bicker like two adolescent siblings on the last episode was tiresome and ridiculous. David needs to stop talking and let his colleagues give their commentary. Sick of Plotz. His defense of Biden sounded like an old white guy. Biden puts his face into women’s hair and breathes in. That’s more than a hug.
Surprised by Plotz’s defense of Biden—and by the Baz’s mild offense. Dickerson added no clarity with his pontifications. Maybe they need a vacation—weakest segment I have heard from these 3 in years.
Show is so informational and fun until we have to listen to David be rude to his own cohost or other female guests. Is there a reason it’s always the women he’s rude to?
Goodbye forever
Unhappy that the Bonus episode is available only to Slate Plus members. This decision is not a good motivator to stay subscribed for this podcast.
Slate has been experimenting with its paywall model, which is fair. Content has value, and if ad support is not sufficient then subscription support is not an unreasonable request. Previously, coverage of important issues was made available in the ad sponsored portion of Slate, and Slate Plus was a place super fans could go to hear additional insights and listen ad free. Today Slate decided it would try to leverage interest in the Barr summary of the Mueller report to drive more people into their pay site by putting out a teaser podcast. I am not adverse to paying for content, but I have never felt the bonus material in Slate Plus was worth the additional fee. Today’s gambit did not change my mind. It did, however, make me like Slate a whole lot less.
The musings of John Dickerson alone make this podcast worth your time.
Emily Bazelon’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Emily!! Wishing you much love and laughter with friends and family 😀
I’ve been listening to this podcast for over 3 years and I still get excited when a new episode is available! The hosts are smart and reasonable, these are 2 qualities I appreciate because most of the other political podcasts I’ve listened to are not.
EDIT: UPDATED from earlier review. I was an avid listener into the 2016 primaries, but when there was no honest review of how the party was acting, some of the double dealing and how the media (& DNC) cleared the field for one candidate, that was it for me. "How can so much of what's fundamentally wrong with the media and our party be completely overlooked," I asked? Cut to the inevitable loss in the general, the party falling to its lowest polling and membership--you'd think people would say, 'maybe we got it all wrong'? Along with the rest, you seemed to misunderstand the fundamental issues Americans were voting on. Here we are, another primary, and here you are, sounding the same. This one quote typified it for me. You went into great detail of Warren's (likeable, valid and canny) policy on pre-k yet when discussing the eponymous Sanders (apparently supporting same) it got pretty dismissive with even a "he's blow it all up guy right?" It's just one small quote, but typical of the lopsided perspective. How about a detailed look into all candidates, not gushing praise on one (I love Warren too, but still)? If you could be so wrong about nearly everything in 2016, how can you still be talking like this about any candidate at this point? Unless of course this podcast is just for media people inside the beltway; "more of what you just heard on tv". What is it really adding if you have no perspective not already represented all over the corporate media? It's obvious you're all very likeable people and doing well, but you seem to be forgetting what it's like for the rest of the country. We are out here listening, well-educated political animals waiting to dive into detail, and what we are getting is more discussion of your personal likes instead of a fair analysis of the field. If you're just going to keep it to your favorites with no valid self-reflection of the problems in the party it's more of a personality/celebrity podcast then. And if we're only going to hear the same perspective we get on CNN or MSNBC, there's really less slanted better fare out there. This isn't a heartless slam, you guys are likeable and I know you're smart enough to add to the discussion. Maybe you just haven't researched what Americans wanted in the last election/what the other candidates really stand for, or are honestly too into watching the beltway/centrist media to get a new, personal take? My advice, keep it fun but make it a bit less personal, do your research and not the same old media complicit in handing Trump a win while telling everyone it was impossible. Talk to some OTHER people.
If you are looking for status quo, bourgeois analysis, this is the place for you. Lots of state-friendly and capitalist-friendly talking points.
A great podcast to get your weekly news that’s the pulse of the moment.
This cast is so well balanced and informative. The opinions, analysis and take on our current issues are so refreshing.
I had to unsubscribe because David Plotz made an excuse for blackface. They have no understanding of what the world is like between the coasts.


Oh my GOD! *squeek*! It’s like, you know, so totally, like hipster? You know, wow, it’s like you know, like news for middle of the road thinkers to, like speak about politics? I’d rather smash my own hand with a hammer than listen to this insipid panel gladhand themselves into virtue signaled infinity another five minutes.
I have been a long time listener of all things Slate until today. Listening to the SOTU podcast on Political Gabfest where 2 of the 3 hosts unapologetically didn’t even watch the SOTU address sent me packing. Don’t bother with this podcast if you want to hear anything close to actual reality. Total garbage.
I love Emily. Love all of you. Thank you for all of your intelligence and hard work.


Great show where the premise is you already know the basics.
Thank you for your voice on here Emily!!!
I normally like the show but have found in recent times it to be unbearable. The shows about Kavanaugh in particular were horrendous with all reason and fairness just thrown out the window. I should be thankful though, in spite of a Blue Wave in the House it undoubtedly led to the pick up of two Senate seats and the inevitable nomination of Amy Coney Barrett
Mr. Plotz, Ms. Bezalon, and Mr. Dickerson provide comedy and tragedy and astute political analysis.
I love that they don’t always agree but let each other talk. Emily is my hero
The conversation is relatively balanced with a left lean, and the chemistry between the 3 is what makes this podcast great. I’m always bummed if there’s a guest host when anyone is gone for the week.
I’m female and Emily’s presence really detracts from the show and gives a poor recommendation for women in general. Her voice is whiny which is a shame as there are many female speakers who have great and calm voices that make for easy listening. Please improve the podcast by including a female without vocal fry as attention was given in selecting strong male speakers and should also be done for the female representation on the show.
I’m a bit of a nit picker. I am pretty good at finding fault in things. And I was going to do that here. See I’ve spent a lot of time recently with the political gab fest crew. Not always fun time. See the gabfest was a prominent member of my playlist while I was training for a marathon this summer. So, while I was slogging away I developed a bit of a critique of this show. Then I realized i faithfully listened to this podcast while training for a marathon: i must really enjoy this show. And you know what-this podcast is amazing. The panelists and guests are smart and insightful. There are some complicated matters discussed and the spg crew does an excellent job of both discussing and analyzing things in way that is easy to understand but still containing needed context and nuance. And these folks bring he funny. So would I like it if they addressed issues outside the beltway and nyc more-sure. Do they always share my view. Nope. Are issues always discussed in the ways I would like-not always. But then there is probably a good reason why slate didn’t ask me to host the podcast. Regardless, even when our view diverge I feel like they understand and respect other opinions. And that is a big deal and a big plus. So, if you want smart and funny people talking about important issues of the day this is the podcast for you.
In like 2007 or so when I got my first iPod, this was the first podcast I found and it got me hooked on podcasts in general. It quickly took the place of "Left, Right, and Center" for me. To this day, it's one of the best, most comprehensive and also entertaining shows of political commentary I've ever come across. I look forward to it every week.
The Gabfest is at the top of my list of media sources for smart and engaging liberal discussion of current political events. Emily, David, and John provide a spectrum of expertise across a range of topics every week, with just enough small talk to break things up without ever running off the rails into tiresome improv. Even when they invite guest experts or Republican apologists on, the discussion remains lively and productive.
I have loved Emily Bazelon's smart and yet explanatory take on judiciary issues ever since seeing her as a guest on the old Colbert Report. I subscribed to the Gabfest so that I could hear her take on events of the day, and I haven't been disappointed. I love the rest of the crew as well. I'm craving anything that can help me make sense of the political news of these crazy times. This podcast fits the bill. Thanks!
I’ve been listening to slates political gabfest for years now. To say it is excellent is an understatement. The host, panel, and guests always have insightful comments and I learn something new every time I listen. Love this podcast!
Three liberals each week agree that Trump is bad while holding him to a vastly different standard than they held Clinton or Obama to.
All three hosts are a good compliment to each other in experience and personality. For me this podcast would not work if Emily was not on it. Primarily, for me having a smart woman (without an affected personality). Ruth Marcus was a perfect fill-in.
I am a long time listener and have always been a huge fan of the thoughts and discussions argued but this episode was the best. After 2 years of listing I felt compelled to write this review. I love the way every person in this episode discussed their different views and were able to share the multiple sides to each argument. Great job best podcast ever.
I’m a Democrat. Emily Bazelon’s behavior on the last episode with David French was embarrassing. Very disappointed.
Have been listening as long as I can remember. Can always trust the information and opinion as honestly researched and considered.
Gritting my teeth, I kept listening through the Supreme Court appointment issues. EB remained calm and made thoughtful, logical points. David French seemed tone deaf while convinced he understands the issues. I couldn’t bear to listen anymore.
Emily Bazelon earned a lifelong fan with today’s podcast with David French about the Kavanaugh hearings. She’s always an articulate and thoughtful contributor, but today she made me proud for all women. Good call, David Plotz, for staying out of her way.
This is a terrific show, my favorite to explain the morass of lazy, lecherous, and larcenous politicians inhabiting the White House, Congress, and beyond in Washington, especially since the Orange Bloviator was “elected.” The discussions among the three intelligent hosts are helpful, particularly from Ms. Bazelon in light of the lawsuits and indictments in the news. I wholeheartedly recommend this pod.
I am a conservative and I love listening to this podcast. I feel that the analysis tries to look at political events through a rational rather than ideological lens. In today’s political climate, this is refreshing. I don’t always agree with what is said but I love hearing the reasoning that goes into making the arguments.
These last many episodes I didn't listen much. The regulars are just not always very insightful. I typically wish some of my podcasts were a little longer and went further in-depth, but I have the opposite opinion here. Too long. If you've read politico, or Wapo, or watched maybe Chris Mathews once or twice during the week, you will know everything they are going to say and every point of view they are going to describe. Their occasional guests like Julia Ioffe, or Jamal Buey are more interesting. I'm not a fan of John Dickerson. He comes off, to me, as a little unfocused and not quite cohesive. Emily Bazelon is better but interjects with these grating shrieks on occasion. As I listen to my podcasts late in the evening, I find this extraordinarily annoying. Not at all a fan of David Platz, the primary host. I can't remember the last time he made an actual insightful comment. Also, when they swapped hosts with the other slate podcasts, if just didn't work. The rhythm was off and the shows were uninsighful. Sorry guys. Bring in Buey full time for John or David. And Joffie also. She and Buey are a little bit more intellectual and much more interesting than the other guys. Jim Cameron