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Emily, John and David discuss Barrett’s confirmation hearings; the First Amendment and disinformation; and the latest election machinations.

Here are some references from this week’s show:

Emily Bazelon for the New York Times: “The Problem of Free Speech in an Age of Disinformation

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill 

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The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt 

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore


The New York Times interactive: “How To Vote

Better Know A Ballot: Stephen Colbert’s State-By-State Guide To Voting In The 2020 Election

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Here are this week’s cocktail chatters: 

Emily: Angela Morris for Texas Lawyer: “Chief Justice’s Election Bid Puts Spotlight on Texas’ Mandatory Judicial Retirement”; Shtisel 

John: “Learning in War-Time” by C. S. Lewis; Antonia Cundy for the Financial Times: “What Would a City Designed by Women Look Like?”; McDonald & Dodds

David: Dan Goodspeed’s data visualization of COVID cases state-by-state by date; Fighting With My Family; Ted Lasso

 

Listener chatter from Kevin O’Donnell @kevinodIRL: Patrick Blanchfield for The New Republic “The Town That Went Feral

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For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss their voting plans.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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