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Slate's The Gist

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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2007 Defined the Next Decade In Pop

Slate's The Gist

In 2007, hip-hop and R&B dominated the charts, but digital sales are what mattered.

25 Min

Sep 22, 2017

Dylan Moran Will Say It to Your Face

Slate's The Gist

If you’ve gone through the trouble to craft a perfect joke about American girth, why dial it back for an American audience?

26 Min

Sep 21, 2017

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Slate's The Gist

The credit reporting bureaus don’t care about you. Why should they?

22 Min

Sep 20, 2017

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Podcast
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25 min
Sep 19, 2017
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Fraternities protect themselves, but not their members.

28 min
Sep 18, 2017
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Actor Curtis Armstrong on the deeper message within Revenge of the Nerds.

25 min
Sep 15, 2017
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The musician’s latest album offers a serenity prayer for political obsessives.

30 min
Sep 14, 2017
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Author Gretchen Rubin sorts people into four major personality types: Rebel, Obliger, Questioner, and Upholder.

26 min
Sep 13, 2017
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How WWE tropes inform The Chris Gethard Show.

29 min
Sep 12, 2017
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Should you let your kids eat dirt?

28 min
Sep 11, 2017
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The former NFL cornerback says football prepared him to be an actor.

27 min
Sep 8, 2017
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The comedian known as Ms. Pat started doing standup 15 years ago. Her caseworker got her into it.

26 min
Sep 7, 2017
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Natural disaster experts are marveling at the low death toll in southeast Texas. What accounts for it?

27 min
Sep 6, 2017
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From gospel to rock, it’s all about sex.

26 min
Sep 5, 2017
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NPR’s Wade Goodwyn surveys the damage after Harvey.

30 min
Sep 1, 2017
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NPR’s Robert Smith wonders whether tech giants like Amazon and Google really need to be reined in.

27 min
Aug 31, 2017
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You can only be gay if you give up love and happiness.

23 min
Aug 30, 2017
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Is there a person underneath all the celebrity angst?

21 min
Aug 29, 2017
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How unchecked development in the Houston suburbs added to the nightmare of Tropical Storm Harvey.

26 min
Aug 28, 2017
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Why journalist Al Letson rushed to protect an agitator at an anti-hate rally in Berkeley over the weekend.

37 min
Aug 25, 2017
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New York Times critic Wesley Morris on the unsettling race play at the center of the Mayweather–McGregor fight.

25 min
Aug 25, 2017
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We don’t know how to talk about sex—or teach it.

29 min
Aug 23, 2017
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But are the antifa in the right?

28 min
Aug 22, 2017
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Amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel asked a Russian scientist to help him dope himself. He wound up working with the man who would expose Russia’s anti-doping fraud.

33 min
Aug 21, 2017
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How does Gladwell justify a character profile, explain a historical oversight, or spice up a story? He hangs a theory on it.

28 min
Aug 18, 2017
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In 1982, synth-pop came in strong, Hall and Oates crossed over into R&B, and Paul McCartney learned about racial harmony.

31 min
Aug 17, 2017
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Author Josh Green on the rumors around Trump’s chief strategist

22 min
Aug 16, 2017
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Moshe Maor on how Trump’s over-the-top policy ideas are actually good politics

24 min
Aug 15, 2017
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Former Boston cop Tom Nolan on why many police unions are angry at the public.

23 min
Aug 14, 2017
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Everything in Congress is behind closed doors.

28 min
Aug 11, 2017
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Tales from the guy who once threw a roulette ball at a pit boss.

32 min
Aug 10, 2017
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Even if Google was right to fire James Damore, why does it insist that employees can still expect freedom of expression at work?

25 min
Aug 9, 2017
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How the greatest knocked out the U.S. Justice Department.

26 min
Aug 8, 2017
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British journalist David Goodhart says there are two kinds of people.

27 min
Aug 7, 2017
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Confidence rules, meek people lose.

31 min
Aug 4, 2017
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A stand-up comic graciously shares her show notes for sports program producers.

27 min
Aug 3, 2017
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Zoe Chace, producer for This American Life, digs up the audio from her 2016 interview with the former White House communications director. His past suggests he’ll bounce right back.

26 min
Aug 2, 2017
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In Walden, a game, players can pick berries, walk in the woods, or spend the rest of their virtual lives in jail for tax evasion.

32 min
Aug 2, 2017
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Scientist Lisa Feldman Barrett says the results are in: Your feelings are a construct.

29 min
Jul 31, 2017
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In the new ESPN podcast documentary A Queen of Sorts, the story of a woman who turned the tables on casinos around the world.

26 min
Jul 28, 2017
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In his new book, the MASH star shares his hope for better communication between scientists and us regular folks

26 min
Jul 27, 2017
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A Smithsonian Channel documentary revisits the media hysteria surrounding the 1970s serial killer known as the Son of Sam.

32 min
Jul 26, 2017
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Joan C. Williams says a third of the country is feeling talked down to. Here’s how to stop it.

27 min
Jul 25, 2017
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Ian Bremmer broke the story of the second Trump-Putin meeting. But are we blowing it out of proportion?

24 min
Jul 24, 2017
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Kevin McDonald on the special alchemy that made Kids in the Hall a truly groundbreaking comedy troupe.

31 min
Jul 21, 2017
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The former vice president returns with a sequel to his climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

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?

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