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The Musings of Wallace Shawn

Slate's The Gist

The playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.

28 Min

Jun 21, 2017

Is Terrorism Coverage Racist?

Slate's The Gist

A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.

29 Min

Jun 20, 2017

Lies vs. BS

Slate's The Gist

A handy guide to parsing the president’s tweets.

25 Min

Jun 19, 2017

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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.

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?

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