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James Comey’s Slow Drip

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The president’s allies are being investigated for connections to Moscow. Are we making a big enough deal of this?

28 Min

Mar 21, 2017

Cold, Hard Facts with Wendy Zukerman

Slate's The Gist

The Science Vs. host takes on everything from climate change to ghosts on her weekly podcast.

26 Min

Mar 20, 2017

What’s Next for Travel Ban 2.0

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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.

27 Min

Mar 17, 2017

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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.

27 min
Feb 22, 2017
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Former CIA analyst John Nixon spent years studying former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein—his rise to power, his frustration with the U.S., his bad poetry.

29 min
Feb 21, 2017
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Guest host Maria Konnikova speaks with Annie Duke about how champion card players stay calm during hard times

29 min
Feb 17, 2017
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The British satirist reboots his influential comedy show The Bugle, just in time for Brexit and a Trump White House.

25 min
Feb 16, 2017
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The good news is the president doesn’t have narcissistic personality disorder. The bad news is he seems to be inured to distress.

26 min
Feb 15, 2017
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Chris Licht is helping to turn The Late Show With Stephen Colbert into the heir-apparent of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.

26 min
Feb 14, 2017
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The Mountain Goats’ lead singer on his horror novel, Universal Harvester, and accidental creative inspiration.

26 min
Feb 15, 2017
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The Mountain Goats’ lead singer on his horror novel, Universal Harvester, and accidental creative inspiration.

27 min
Feb 13, 2017
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The Atlantic’s David Frum says Never Trumpers can’t afford to splinter apart now.

30 min
Feb 10, 2017
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The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe and BuzzFeed’s Miriam Elder pour out the contents of their reporters’ notebooks from Russia.

26 min
Feb 9, 2017
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In his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the Irish English music legend reflects on his place in music history.

27 min
Feb 8, 2017
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Slate’s Will Oremus on how Facebook is tackling fake news ahead of the European elections.

24 min
Feb 7, 2017
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Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Affordable Care Act and the right-ward tumble of politics in Kansas.

22 min
Feb 6, 2017
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Adi Ignatius, editor of the Harvard Business Review, on how different business leaders are responding to the Trump presidency.

28 min
Feb 3, 2017
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Journeyman musician Franz Nicolay had done the big-band thing. He wanted to go solo. And he wanted to see Ulaanbaatar.

26 min
Feb 2, 2017
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Emily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine breaks down the decisions and philosophy of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.

26 min
Feb 1, 2017
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Journalist Steve Fishman on interviewing Bernie Madoff.

24 min
Jan 31, 2017
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The founders of Reductress imagine their latest project as a feminist’s how-to manual—written by the most ignorant feminists ever.

26 min
Jan 30, 2017
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Immigration lawyers are struggling to interpret the Trump White House’s travel ban. They’re flying blind.

24 min
Jan 27, 2017
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Bush appointee Eliot Cohen told other conservatives to work with Trump’s State Department. One conversation changed his mind.

22 min
Jan 26, 2017
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Fighting red tape is a winning political strategy for Republicans. How did that happen? Author Jacob Hacker explains.

22 min
Jan 25, 2017
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There’s never been a greater time to be alive. Does that mean we’re overdue for a downturn?

28 min
Jan 24, 2017
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Hate crimes are among the most undercounted offenses in the U.S. The Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to firm up a shoddy data set.

22 min
Jan 23, 2017
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The New Yorker’s Maria Konnikova returns to discuss a vexing health question: How much vitamin C is actually good for you?

38 min
Jan 21, 2017
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None of the conventions of politics stuck to President Donald Trump during his campaign. Will that change now that he’s in office?

26 min
Jan 19, 2017
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How comedian Nick Thune survived Alcoholics Anonymous, black-market therapy, and Seattle.

26 min
Jan 19, 2017
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How conservative champion William F. Buckley argued with his friends, how he argued with his foes, and why he thought there should be no argument about Donald Trump.

25 min
Jan 17, 2017
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The Atlantic’s Norm Ornstein on the best way forward for Congressional Democrats facing Trump.

24 min
Jan 13, 2017
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Slate’s chief political correspondent on Trump’s picks, from the mildly acceptable to the downright disturbing.

28 min
Jan 13, 2017
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Professor Marc Lamont Hill on how to have a real conversation about identity politics in the Trump era.

26 min
Jan 11, 2017
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Slate’s Fred Kaplan on Rex Tillerson’s hearing and the unverified dossier connecting Trump and Russia.

21 min
Jan 11, 2017
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Head writer Chad Nackers on how his satirical site turned the veep into a Trans Am–loving metal head.

25 min
Jan 9, 2017
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely mines his research for lessons on happiness, employment, and the folly of common sense.

23 min
Jan 7, 2017
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Guidelines out this week say toddlers should be exposed to peanuts early. Marion Nestle on the new science of kids and allergies.

24 min
Jan 5, 2017
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Maria Konnikova returns to take on one of life’s great mysteries: When you shave a lot, does your hair grow back faster?

20 min
Jan 4, 2017
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Between Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street, Wilson is a defining part of many childhoods. Her new book looks at life after early fame.

27 min
Jan 3, 2017
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The author and advocate on his new book, Animal Envy, and predictions for the Trump presidency.

28 min
Dec 31, 2016
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The man who brought us NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, asked a bunch of musicians about their influences. Guess which artists picked their own songs?

26 min
Dec 29, 2016
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Comedian Laurie Kilmartin has tips to help you boost your Twitter following and mourn your dying parent at the same time.

27 min
Dec 28, 2016
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Abraham Zapruder captured a presidential assassination by accident. Now his granddaughter wrestles with his legacy.

22 min
Dec 23, 2016
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Audio dramatist Mac Rogers discusses the resurgence of radio theater in the U.S. and his own work on the podcast drama, LifeAfter.

27 min
Dec 22, 2016
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Listening back to Billboard hits of 1976, the year that gave us the Disco Duck.

28 min
Dec 21, 2016
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The actor who brought us the “subtle beast” in HBO’s The Night Of imagines the Salem witch trials with a Long Island accent.

24 min
Dec 20, 2016
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Journalist Steven Greenhouse says union membership has plummeted in the past 50 years, and Democrats haven’t done enough to fight Republican-backed anti-labor measures.

25 min
Dec 19, 2016
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Work hard, play harder, build a global economy? Author Steven Johnson says frivolity, not necessity, is the mother of invention.

25 min
Dec 16, 2016
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Sparks of international conflict are snuffed out around the world before we ever hear about it. How could that change under the Trump administration?

24 min
Dec 15, 2016
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Voting law expert Rick Hasen on the many ways Republican states try to suppress turnout.

27 min
Dec 14, 2016
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Chris Smith is the compiler of new oral history The Daily Show (The Book), which focuses on Stewart’s cultural legacy.

23 min
Dec 13, 2016
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Obama’s second ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, on the Rex Tillerson nomination and how the U.S. should approach Russia post-hacking.

23 min
Dec 12, 2016
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Houston Chronicle energy reporter James Osborne on Trump’s left-field pick for secretary of state.

27 min
Dec 9, 2016
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The comedian from Netflix’s Love is still fuming about all those “I voted” stickers.

25 min
Dec 8, 2016
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What did the Black Lives Matter movement accomplish? Writer Jeff Chang reflects on a complicated year.

22 min
Dec 7, 2016
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Is $4 billion a lot for Air Force One? Or is Trump looking for savings in all the wrong places?

26 min
Dec 7, 2016
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Ezra Edelman, director of the ESPN doc O.J.: Made in America, on how his film addresses race, class, the Los Angeles Police Department and celebrity culture.

27 min
Dec 5, 2016
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Vox writer Sarah Kliff has read seven possible Republican health care plans. Here’s what she learned.

27 min
Dec 2, 2016
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Not so fast, neat freaks: The Undercover Economist explains how a cluttered space makes you work smarter.

25 min
Dec 1, 2016
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Aaron Renn of the Manhattan Institute on Trump’s first deal as president-elect.

23 min
Nov 30, 2016
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Maria Konnikova wonders, “How about we touch base later and piggyback on a few of these ideas?”

27 min
Nov 29, 2016
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Author Thomas Frank says the Democratic Party deserted labor years ago, and he sees little sign of a course correction.

24 min
Nov 28, 2016
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The Freakonomics journalist on his new podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, where expert panelists are taken outside their comfort zones.

27 min
Nov 23, 2016
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Year after year, musicians like Chic and Joe Tex wither on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now the hall is inviting more critics to vote.

27 min
Nov 22, 2016
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Ben Shapiro used to be a writer for Breitbart. Now, he’s an enemy of the alt-right.

26 min
Nov 21, 2016
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Comedian and BBC Radio host Josie Long comes to America with her new politically charged show Something Better.

21 min
Nov 18, 2016
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We thought Trump had a terrible ground game. And Clinton was expert at micro targeting. Sasha Issenberg tells us what went wrong.

24 min
Nov 17, 2016
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Slate’s Fred Kaplan on the rumored Trump plan to give family members national security clearance.

23 min
Nov 16, 2016
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TV journalist Dan Abrams on the controversial Live PD which follows cops in real time

21 min
Nov 15, 2016
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New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on how conservatives feel alienated by late night TV and what we’ve learned about Republican voters.

25 min
Nov 15, 2016
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In Campus Politics, history professor Jonathan Zimmerman argues that the marriage of psychology and political discourse has hurt our capacity for debate.

27 min
Nov 13, 2016
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FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten explains polling error, and Princeton’s Julian Zelizer puts the 2016 election in historical context.

28 min
Nov 12, 2016
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New York Times columnist Gail Collins debunks the myth of the women’s vote, and NPR’s David Folkenflik says the media should step away from the polls.

43 min
Nov 12, 2016
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What The Gist got wrong about the election.

30 min
Nov 10, 2016
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Puzzling through it all: the anti-Trump protests, the Trump economy, and of course, the Trump win.

28 min
Nov 9, 2016
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How did the media botch this call? GOP strategist Mike Murphy hazards a guess. Plus, the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson explains the market turbulence surrounding the election.

18 min
Nov 8, 2016
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Slate’s senior political correspondent on what to look for after the results start rolling in.

29 min
Nov 7, 2016
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A lot of reporting claims Trump supporters aren’t racist, they’ve just fallen on hard times. Slate’s Michelle Goldberg says that’s not the full story.

23 min
Nov 4, 2016
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Are you freaked out about Trump’s resurgent poll numbers? We called the senior reporter at FiveThirtyEight to calm our nerves.

21 min
Nov 3, 2016
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The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson looks back at the presidential campaign and its wasteland of tax policies.

31 min
Nov 2, 2016
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Former Obama aide Tommy Vietor says one axiom holds true this election: The candidate in the headlines slips in the polls.

28 min
Nov 1, 2016
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The race in New York’s 19th district has everything: celebrity, big money, name-calling, fracking, and a very uncertain outcome.

28 min
Oct 31, 2016
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The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn on how two races in Illinois could spell the end for moderate Republicans in Congress.

24 min
Oct 28, 2016
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Colorado’s brewer-turned-governor John Hickenlooper is waiting to see what comes of his state’s social experiment with legalized marijuana.

33 min
Oct 27, 2016
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Gist phenom Andrea Silenzi returns to introduce her new show, Why Oh Why, a podcast about dating and relationships.

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