Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca. A daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.
Even if the courts let Stormy Daniels speak out, what could she say about Trump that we don't already know?
Mar 21, 2018
Cass Sunstein had big thinkers write about the question, and they weren't all optimistic.
Mar 20, 2018
How concerned should we be about receipt paper? Maria Konnikova helps us investigate.
Mar 19, 2018
Closing out the decade, 1969 sent the sound of flower power and psychedelic pop to the top of the charts.
We're talking looks, physique, and charisma.
How Rex Tillerson botched the one thing he could have done to improve the State Department and please Trump.
Why do we know so much about Colombia's narcos and so little about the people who risked everything to fight them?
We dip into the archives for our interview with Bryan Fogel about his documentary, Icarus. The film just won an Academy Award.
And we should be worried that president Trump will have a seat and be himself.
Kellyanne Conway's violation of the Hatch Act isn't calamitous, but it's one of countless trespasses by the Trump team.
New York State (and NYC) are shining models of how to cut gun violence.
How did a small, family run bank in New York wind up in court after the 2008 financial crisis? An Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story.
His "dining set" fiasco is small potatoes compared to the ongoing disaster that is the Trump administration.
In 2016, Trump insisted he wasn't trying to get a top security clearance for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. See? Now it's finally true.
Trump's concessions on immigration didn't last a week. Will White House staff swoop in to revise his comments on guns, too?
The NRA's spokeswoman is a capable spin doctor. But she can't live up to her own media criticism.
Today, in "Congressional Candidates Who Cannot Possibly Win."
Why is a lioness of the Senate being spurned by the California Democratic Party?
Arming educators is a recipe for disaster. It's also an utterly unserious proposal.
Can the companies who build our smartphones and run our social networks be regulated? Or will they have to regulate themselves?
War, murder, poverty, and disease: They're all trending downward here on planet Earth.
Once bankrupt, Stockton, California, will soon test the effects of universal basic income.
It's a no-brainer: Taking the mass killer's weapon of choice off store shelves would save lives.
What the Quinn Norton fracas and the latest Twix bar marketing campaign have in common.
Are we hiking the defense budget mostly out of habit?
The White House's fiscal 2019 budget would cut food stamp funding, and tell its recipients what to eat.
This is the Trump administration at rest. Chaos is its equilibrium.
Adam Davidson tries to heal our debt of understanding.
Slate's Joshua Keating says our focus on Iran kept us from putting out fires across the Middle East.
Steve Coll paints a bleak picture of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan. Pakistan has a lot to do with it.
Ian Bremmer says the “America First” doctrine could work, if it were implemented like a long-term strategy—but that’s not happening.
The TV writer's food obsession started with chopped-up garlic.
Both cities have a reputation for being obnoxious. But which is worse?
Without Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, there would be little welfare state for the GOP to undercut in the first place.
The Trump White House nixed a well-qualified candidate who discouraged a preventive military strike against North Korea.
Author Amy Goldstein went to Janesville, Wisconsin, to see how people coped when their local economy vanished. In short: It’s really hard.
The NBA great sees #BlackLivesMatter as a continuation of the civil rights era that shaped his youth.
Carrie Brownstein's series mocks the region she's from just gently enough.
Reporter David Cay Johnston gave the public the first look at Donald Trump’s taxes. He thinks Robert Mueller will show us more.
A mathematical computation about the midterms that's, in the words of our expert, "sort of hideously irrelevant."
Dan Pashman hosts a food podcast—and dinner parties. In both capacities, he’s big on monosodium glutamate.
Conservative Democratic voters are to blame for Chuck Schumer's move on DACA.
The hosts of Slate’s Trumpcast dish on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s first year in office.
Relive the “fake news” media’s greatest mistreatment of the guy who’s just trying to “Make America Great Again.”
The continuing resolution is the worst thing in politics.
President Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?
We’re still learning about how the mind of an adolescent is only half-baked.
Grill him for his deeds, not his ditzy moments.
Books that promise “a new you” often don’t cure us, but they sure can expose our greatest anxieties.
Rwanda’s radio programming fueled the country’s infamous genocide in 1994. Could it also help it heal?
NPR’s media correspondent says Michael Wolff’s new book is kicking off a more honest conversation on the president’s fitness to hold office.
Jen Welter grew up without female role models in the NFL. Then she joined the Arizona Cardinals.
If Democrats want to win back the blue-collar vote, they may need a bigger tent.
Police killed more than 1,100 people last year. And yes, there’s a racial disparity.
Slate podcasters Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons on how Watergate fever compares to today’s investigations into Russia and the 2016 election.
Some comedians have a “kill or be killed” relationship with their audiences. Anjelah Johnson just gives them what they want.
But being aware of that can help you spend it more wisely (or better yet, save it).
The chain’s evangelical founders are spending millions on putting the Bible at the center of American life.
Ken Stern thinks we should quit it with the name-calling.
Why Trump’s economic predictions don’t pass the smell test.
Is it possible that Republicans were damned whether or not they passed their tax bill?
Michael Barbaro and Theo Balcomb share their secrets.
Maria Konnikova tells us about the foods that can dramatically change your skin’s hue ... and when to see a doctor about it.
The comedian’s latest roast takes the conversation around immigration down to the U.S.-Mexico border.
How Chris Hurst became one of Virginia’s newest state representatives, with some indirect help from a petting zoo.
The Alabama election, as much of an upset as it was, restored a sense of normalcy in politics.
Don’t blame a Roy Moore win on low black turnout.
The downside of progress is that someone has to lose. Where does all that energy go? In Alabama, a lot of it is going to Roy Moore.
Our man in Birmingham explains how Roy Moore went from political pariah to anti-establishment champion.
Dahlia Lithwick says Democrats are stuck in a downward spiral of doing the honorable thing and hoping Republicans will meet them halfway.
Senate Democrats are clambering up to secure the moral high ground.
They couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. But did they really put a thumb on the scales of the election?
The Obama presidency, distilled into 5 pounds’ worth of pictures.
And he doesn’t like guardrails on comedy.
It’s a popular game of chance in Korea. It’s also a metaphor for the Korean Japanese experience in Min Jin Lee’s swoonworthy novel.
The on-again, off-again friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
Is the top 20 percent of the country hogging opportunities that would otherwise go to the middle class?
Elliott Abrams wants U.S. support for democracy in the Arab world.
Turns out demons are ripe for comedy.
How a Minnesota senator’s campaign for president set the precedent for Bernie Sanders’ run.
Robert Mugabe can still slow down the coup against him.
Comedian, voice actor, and lifelong hoarder of tiny soaps.
Elizebeth Smith’s code-breaking genius helped America win two world wars, but the FBI took all the credit.
There have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen?
Adam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser
Private prisons were billed as a way to bring innovation to incarceration, housing more prisoners for less money. They’ve failed.
Loudon Wainwright III reflects on his uneasy relationship with his father, now that he can “appreciate the difficulty of the job.”
As president, George H.W. Bush was tight-lipped, decorous, and self-abnegating—loath even to use the word 'I.'
If Tuesday’s election results were a canary in a coal mine, it’s a really expansive mine and a somewhat unreliable canary.
A black former Navy commander considers peaceful protest in the age of Trump.
How do you curate a quagmire?
What’s around the corner from this moment of reckoning?
His views on New York sports teams, the sexual prowess of various athletes, and the basketball skills of Justin Bieber.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir explains what Iceland’s Pirate Party is all about. PROMO: What Can We Learn From Iceland’s Pirate Party?
It doesn’t take much to see the racial stereotypes in Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works. Does that mean we shouldn’t read them to kids?
How fear and adrenaline can wreck our health.
The New Jersey senator says that if you’re not trying to make it legal, you’re part of the problem.
These two women hate how we talk about sex.
The oppo research that brought us the “pee tape” was sleazy, but don’t equate it with collusion with a hostile power.
Why the head of Amazon isn’t No. 1 among the world’s CEOs.