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Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca. A daily afternoon podcast about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight. Part of the Panoply Network.

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Why Did Trump and Putin Meet in Secret?

Slate's The Gist

Ian Bremmer broke the story of the second Trump-Putin meeting. But are we blowing it out of proportion?

27 Min

Jul 25, 2017

A Kid in the Hall Tells All

Slate's The Gist

Kevin McDonald on the special alchemy that made Kids in the Hall a truly groundbreaking comedy troupe.

24 Min

Jul 24, 2017

Al Gore, Ever Hopeful

Slate's The Gist

The former vice president returns with a sequel to his climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

31 Min

Jul 21, 2017

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26 min
Jul 20, 2017
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Comedy writer Mike Sacks on the 40th anniversary of the Dixie-fried action caper "Stinker Lets Loose."

27 min
Jul 19, 2017
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The Gist’s resident guff detector Maria Konnikova returns to look at the (appropriately) lost art of graphology.

27 min
Jul 18, 2017
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An economist’s diagnosis of our societal torpor.

23 min
Jul 17, 2017
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This is your brain on food.

22 min
Jul 14, 2017
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How a classic Halloween costume inspired one of the most profound films of the year.

25 min
Jul 13, 2017
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The retired admiral answers all of our questions about ISIS, H.R. McMaster, and life on a submarine.

26 min
Jul 12, 2017
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Financial Times columnist Edward Luce introduces us to a new word: oikophobia, fear of fellow countrymen.

25 min
Jul 11, 2017
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How bad are Don Jr.’s emails?

21 min
Jul 10, 2017
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Political scientist Seth Masket argues the harassment, the trolling, and the misinformation need to stop now

21 min
Jul 7, 2017
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Daniel Okrent, the first public editor for the New York Times, sticks up for the journalists everyone loves to hate.

26 min
Jul 6, 2017
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Conservative writer Philip Klein says compromise won’t lead to better health policy. It has to be all or nothing.

24 min
Jul 5, 2017
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No, it wasn’t Bridgegate. Or Beachgate.

31 min
Jul 3, 2017
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A conversation with the famed comedian, author, runner and one-day-only concert pianist

27 min
Jun 30, 2017
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The hosts of NPR’s hit podcast say there’s been a quiet revolution in the way we understand our feelings.

20 min
Jun 29, 2017
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Crime writer Don Winslow on the deep research that goes into writing modern crime fiction

28 min
Jun 28, 2017
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In one paragraph, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher held the line against anonymous sources and “outright awfulness.”

27 min
Jun 27, 2017
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Anne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—covering politics in Montana for BuzzFeed.

26 min
Jun 26, 2017
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In her new book, author Anne Helen Petersen on how our culture treats women defying norms.

31 min
Jun 23, 2017
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Author Jeremy McCarter on the five people who changed the course of America in 1917.

25 min
Jun 22, 2017
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It helps to stay off Twitter.

28 min
Jun 21, 2017
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The playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.

29 min
Jun 20, 2017
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A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.

25 min
Jun 19, 2017
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A handy guide to parsing the president’s tweets.

26 min
Jun 16, 2017
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The Welsh journalist on his new movie, the meat-is-murder fantasy adventure Okja.

25 min
Jun 15, 2017
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Robb Willer on how to reframe debates in a way the “other side” will understand.

27 min
Jun 14, 2017
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Bill Schutt on his comprehensive new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

28 min
Jun 13, 2017
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Why does awkwardness make us so uncomfortable?

23 min
Jun 12, 2017
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Comedian Bassem Youssef satirized two Egyptian presidents. They were not amused.

32 min
Jun 9, 2017
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The comedian talks about his new podcast and why satire can’t change minds.

22 min
Jun 8, 2017
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Criminal justice quant John Pfaff says to bring down the prison population we must rein in prosecutors. Can that be done?

25 min
Jun 7, 2017
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Hint: It’s not about the feds, it’s about local prosecutors.

26 min
Jun 6, 2017
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Our resident debunker, Maria Konnikova, on the truth and the fiction about nondairy milks.

29 min
Jun 5, 2017
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Seth Stephens-Davidowitz combs internet search data to uncover secrets that elude pollsters.

35 min
Jun 3, 2017
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Guest host Zoe Chace talks to Al Franken about jokes you can’t say out loud in Washington.

27 min
Jun 1, 2017
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New Republic editor Jeet Heer on how the election of Donald Trump has remade the Democratic Party.

23 min
May 31, 2017
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Lynn Nottage on her Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway show Sweat.

23 min
May 30, 2017
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Why is it so hard to talk about Trump without sounding like warmed-over commentary on CNN?

33 min
May 26, 2017
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MSNBC host Chris Hayes on how the law-and-order policies of Richard Nixon have created a bifurcated America

27 min
May 25, 2017
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The editor of Lawfare returns to wade through the past two weeks’ worth of ENSH (errant national security horses--t).

26 min
May 24, 2017
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Josh King on why Donald Trump is looking kind of respectable during his first foreign trip.

30 min
May 23, 2017
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A longtime defense policy reporter on the tragedy unfolding in the Trump White House.

25 min
May 22, 2017
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The star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.

20 min
May 19, 2017
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Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight.

30 min
May 18, 2017
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Isaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.

24 min
May 17, 2017
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John Archibald, dean of the Alabama press corps, unpacks the scandal that brought down his state’s governor.

26 min
May 16, 2017
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Chuck Klosterman on his new book X, which includes profiles of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Taylor Swift.

29 min
May 15, 2017
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The On The Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.

25 min
May 12, 2017
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Our social science sleuth Maria Konnikova returns to take on the question of whether bilinguals are brighter than the rest of us.

29 min
May 11, 2017
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The star of March’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing says we need to get better at knowing information warfare when we see it.

24 min
May 10, 2017
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How did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein become a presidential hatchet man?

24 min
May 5, 2017
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The Vox healthcare writer returns to discuss the AHCA, which passed the House on Thursday.

22 min
May 4, 2017
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On Saturday, May 6th adherents to the Atlas Obscura worldview will venture out to explore oddities near and far. We checked out a funky neon shop in our neighborhood.

25 min
May 3, 2017
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The author and poet writes aphorisms for modern times in her new book 300 Arguments.

20 min
May 3, 2017
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The Harvard professor on his new book, #Republic, which looks at what’s new about American polarization.

29 min
Apr 24, 2017
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Comedy Central’s Problematic is part talk show and part town hall, tilting at a variety of incendiary topics and urging candid discussion. Can it also be funny?

28 min
Apr 21, 2017
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In 1987, the big acts got bigger. Hair metal got hairier. Slick pop stars got slicker. And Michael Jackson was Bad as ever.

32 min
Apr 20, 2017
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Host and producer Brian Reed takes us inside his hit podcast.

24 min
Apr 19, 2017
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Are experts taking the fall for decisions made by people in power?

21 min
Apr 18, 2017
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In 100:1 The Crack Legacy, Christopher Johnson draws a line between the ’80s epidemic and overpolicing today.

31 min
Apr 17, 2017
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In her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, Levy ponders the price of her own plucky, third-wave feminism.

26 min
Apr 14, 2017
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A special presentation of Maria Konnikova’s new podcast, about long cons and the characters who perpetrate them.

19 min
Apr 13, 2017
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Is The Handmaid’s Tale really the most fitting dystopian novel we could be reading right now? Guest host Alexandra Petri talks to Slate’s Mallory Ortberg.

29 min
Apr 12, 2017
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Jake Johnson and Joe Swanberg on the hectic process behind the new poker comedy Win It All

25 min
Apr 11, 2017
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In his book, The Last Giant of Late Night, reporter Jason Zinoman explains how The Late Show was like nothing else on TV.

26 min
Apr 10, 2017
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Does your right to free speech entitle you to silence the speech of someone else? Mike Pesca debates Slate’s Osita Nwanevu.

24 min
Apr 7, 2017
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How does President Trump’s attack on a Syrian air base fit into U.S. policy toward the Assad regime?

25 min
Apr 6, 2017
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The NPR host on the changing nature of his fandom for the Chicago Cubs

27 min
Apr 5, 2017
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Charlie McDowell imagines a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven in his film The Discovery.

23 min
Apr 4, 2017
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For 15 years, Tabitha Soren followed a group of baseball minor league draft picks with a camera. The results are stirring.

26 min
Apr 3, 2017
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GOP strategist Mike Murphy on why Democrats won’t get an “Aaron Sorkin moment” where the whole party righteously turns on Trump.

24 min
Mar 31, 2017
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Creator Joel Hodgson and head writer Elliot Kalan on the return of the iconic movie-riffing show that changed comedy.

23 min
Mar 30, 2017
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What are we missing in all the coverage of the Kremlin’s election skullduggery?

28 min
Mar 29, 2017
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Resident myth-debunker Maria Konnikova returns to trace the spotty history of homeopathic remedies.

26 min
Mar 28, 2017
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The Whigs were destroyed in the 1850s by divisions over nativism, free trade, and government spending. Sound familiar?

29 min
Mar 27, 2017
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Should your favorite video game or Netflix show come with a surgeon general’s warning?

24 min
Mar 24, 2017
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Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff in Obama’s White House, on why mess ups like the Kellyanne Conway couch photo actually matter

23 min
Mar 23, 2017
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The Free Beacon’s film critic reviews the delightful romp that is our conservative vs. liberal political death match.

28 min
Mar 22, 2017
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Slate’s Jordan Weissmann and Jim Newell look at Trump’s no-win situation, a day before the AHCA gets a House vote.

28 min
Mar 21, 2017
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The president’s allies are being investigated for connections to Moscow. Are we making a big enough deal of this?

26 min
Mar 20, 2017
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The Science Vs. host takes on everything from climate change to ghosts on her weekly podcast.

27 min
Mar 17, 2017
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Typically, judges aren’t supposed to use campaign-trail speech to evaluate official policy. Slate legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick says the travel ban case isn’t typical.

32 min
Mar 16, 2017
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The host of All Things Considered and Embedded reflects on her career as a war reporter and the roots of her new podcast.

23 min
Mar 15, 2017
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The New Yorker writer returns to investigate whether stretching is really a warm up or a huge safety hazard.

24 min
Mar 14, 2017
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Why stand-up is better than substitute-teaching but not as cool as playing the bongos.

25 min
Mar 13, 2017
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Lawfare’s Ben Wittes on some lingering questions about Trump’s new executive order on immigration.

26 min
Mar 10, 2017
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Toggling between red and blue Facebook to take the nation’s political temperature? There’s a better way.

32 min
Mar 9, 2017
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The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson looked into one of the Trump Organization’s most questionable deals and found lots of red flags.

25 min
Mar 8, 2017
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Vox writer Sarah Kliff returns to break down the new health care bill.

22 min
Mar 7, 2017
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In his latest book, Michael Lewis studies the Israeli psychologists who changed decision-making forever

28 min
Mar 6, 2017
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Actor and author Henry Winkler on Happy Days and how he came to terms with dyslexia through his Hank Zipzer books.

32 min
Mar 3, 2017
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When everyone was spoofing “Call Me Maybe” and a Swedish song factory in Sweden was taking over the charts.

25 min
Mar 2, 2017
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Humorist Dave Barry stands up for the Sunshine State. Someone has to.

28 min
Mar 1, 2017
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The Irish comedian tells disparate, inspiring, scary tales of immigrants coming to America in her podcast.

26 min
Feb 28, 2017
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Don’t worry about China. Do worry about North Korea. And reassure global allies. Foreign policy expert Richard Haas has some advice for the president.

27 min
Feb 27, 2017
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Brad Meltzer delves into the story of Jim Henson’s life and legacy in the latest installment of his biography series for kids.

27 min
Feb 24, 2017
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With his first novel, Saunders traverses the afterlife with Abraham Lincoln’s son.

21 min
Feb 23, 2017
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Veteran reporter Jon Ralston on his independent news startup and covering politics in the ultimate purple state.

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