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Georgia v. The Trump 19

Georgia v. The Trump 19

Update: 2023-08-173


This week, Emily Bazelon and David Plotz are joined by Lulu Garcia-Navarro of The New York Times to discuss the indictment in Georgia of Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants for trying to overturn the state’s 2020 election results; the court win by Montana youth for “a clean and healthful environment” and the devastating losses of Maui residents to wildfire; and the lawsuit of Michael Oher against his supposed “Blind Side” parents. 


Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

C-SPAN: “Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on the Indictment of Former President Trump

David Gelles, Brad Plumer, Jim Tankersley, and Jack Ewing for The New York Times: “The Clean Energy Future Is Arriving Faster Than You Think

Christopher Flavelle and Manuela Andreoni for The New York Times: “How Climate Change Turned Lush Hawaii Into a Tinderbox

Josh Levin for Slate: “The Other Blind Sides” and Hang Up and Listen podcast

Robyn Autry for MSNBC: “’The Blind Side’ isn’t the only film that gets things wrong. All white savior movies do.

Kristine Parks for Fox News: “Liberal columnists seize on ‘Blind Side’ controversy: ‘White savior’ story looks ‘even more fake’ than before

Emily Laurence and Jeff Temple for Forbes: “The Psychology Behind The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)


Here are this week’s chatters:

Emily: The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts by Stephen Bright and James Kwak and The Women of NOW: How Feminists Built an Organization That Transformed America by Katherine Turk 

Lulu: Only Murders In The Building on Hulu

David: Hijack on Apple TV+ and hiring for Host, City Cast Las Vegas

Listener chatter from Julian: Liz Lindqwister for The San Francisco Standard: “San Franciscans Are Having Sex in Robotaxis, and Nobody Is Talking About It

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Lulu, Emily, and David discuss the return of FOMO. 

In the most recent edition of Gabfest Reads, David talks with David Grann about his book, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder


Email your chatters, questions, and comments to or X us @SlateGabfest. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)


Podcast production by Cheyna Roth 

Research by Julie Huygen

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Comments (1)


I do not understand how people confuse defendant Trump's obligations to the Fulton County Criminal Court now that he has been indicted in that jurisdiction. Just like every other defendant, he has a warrant for his arrest, either he will surrender or appear voluntarily, he will then be booked and arraigned, enter a plea, and then determine his bail status and select a new court date. If he is detained by remand, he'll seek a quicker trial date. If he's released on bail,then he will seek a longer trial date.The fact that he is a candidate in an election more than a year away is irrelevant. A defendant's day job is not a consideration for the court to entertain in establishing pre-trial proceedings..

Aug 18th








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