Slate Political Gabfest hosts live podcast for Tom Tom Festival

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Co-host of CBS This Morning and University of Virginia alumnus, John Dickerson, was back in Charlottesville Friday night for a live podcast of Slate Political Gabfest for the Tom Tom Festival.

The event took place at the Paramount Theater and it was a packed house, full of people eager to hear the podcast's political commentary in person.

Dickerson said when visiting Charlottesville, he cannot help but think back to when he was a student at the UVA.

"I was kind of thinking would I as the student at the university would have gone to see myself," said Dickerson. "So I don't know if I would of, but it was great.

He said as a student, the university was his life, but now he said he's happy for every chance he gets to see the city.

"It's so great, especially for the city that went through what it did in August of 2017, to see it so alive and so welcoming and so much exactly like the place I remembered and is of my imagination," said Dickerson. "So it's always nice to have that reaffirmed when I come back."

Dickerson co-hosts Slate Political Gabfest with Emily Bazelon from the New York Times, and David Plotz, CEO of Atlas Obscura and former editor and chief of Slate.

Jamelle Bouie, another UVA alumn, a resident of Charlottesville, and a New York Times columnist joined the discussion too. He said this is not his first live podcast, but this one is different.

"It's a little different than doing live podcasts in other places because people here actually sort of know me. I have friends in the audience," said Bouie. "This was one of those rare occasions where my friends can see what I'm like doing my job."

They discussed their thoughts on what is going on in today's news, like the first picture of a black hole and the upcoming 2020 election.

"It was light-hearted but we dove into a lot of serious stuff and I think it captured the kind of spirit and the feel of what Tom Tom was trying to accomplish," said Bouie.

Executive Director of the Tom Tom Festival, Paul Beyer, said this event was a great way to end the summit portion of Tom Tom.

"It's kind of cool to have this national conversation of Tom Tom end with a national podcast with two Charlottesville heroes," said Beyer.



 
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