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.
The continuing resolution is the worst thing in politics.
Jan 17, 2018
President Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?
Jan 16, 2018
We’re still learning about how the mind of an adolescent is only half-baked.
Jan 12, 2018
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.
What if you got to read your own obituary? That’s kind of what Audible’s Mortal City is going for.
How bad does a beef have to be for a comedian to refuse to go on WTF With Marc Maron?
Why flags make good symbols but bad historical records.
How long-term probability misleads our short-term observations.
Because the thought-leader/life-hacker/productivity-optimizer trope was ripe for parody.
Is Obamacare bending the cost curve? Would its demise cause more people to die? Sarah Kliff from Vox weighs in.
Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual harassment was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret. What allowed two news giants to put it in print within days of one another?
Aymann Ismail’s video series takes a look at what it’s like being Muslim in America.
Low tax rates, failing public services, and a governor who thinks prayer will fix the budget deficit. Why can’t Oklahoma get it together?
Actor Jason Kravits sings from a lesser-known American songbook—the one he creates, on the spot.
The U.S. has liberalized over time. Why hasn’t Russia?
How big tech killed innovation and acquired too much information on us.
A retired military man explains why any show of force against North Korea will hurt our allies in the south.
How the world changed the presidency and doomed the office to failure.
Author Masha Gessen on what we get wrong when we try to explain the psychology of mass shooters.
Can the left and right ever agree?
Being a territory helped Puerto Rico. Just not enough.
The author of one of the most polarizing columns of the past year thinks you may have misunderstood his argument.
A former Obama speechwriter on why a president needs to get the joke.
In 2007, hip-hop and R&B dominated the charts, but digital sales are what mattered.
If you’ve gone through the trouble to craft a perfect joke about American girth, why dial it back for an American audience?
The credit reporting bureaus don’t care about you. Why should they?
Fraternities protect themselves, but not their members.
Actor Curtis Armstrong on the deeper message within Revenge of the Nerds.
The musician’s latest album offers a serenity prayer for political obsessives.
Author Gretchen Rubin sorts people into four major personality types: Rebel, Obliger, Questioner, and Upholder.
How WWE tropes inform The Chris Gethard Show.
Should you let your kids eat dirt?
The former NFL cornerback says football prepared him to be an actor.
The comedian known as Ms. Pat started doing standup 15 years ago. Her caseworker got her into it.
Natural disaster experts are marveling at the low death toll in southeast Texas. What accounts for it?
From gospel to rock, it’s all about sex.
NPR’s Wade Goodwyn surveys the damage after Harvey.
NPR’s Robert Smith wonders whether tech giants like Amazon and Google really need to be reined in.
You can only be gay if you give up love and happiness.
Is there a person underneath all the celebrity angst?
How unchecked development in the Houston suburbs added to the nightmare of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Why journalist Al Letson rushed to protect an agitator at an anti-hate rally in Berkeley over the weekend.
New York Times critic Wesley Morris on the unsettling race play at the center of the Mayweather–McGregor fight.
We don’t know how to talk about sex—or teach it.
But are the antifa in the right?
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.
How does Gladwell justify a character profile, explain a historical oversight, or spice up a story? He hangs a theory on it.
In 1982, synth-pop came in strong, Hall and Oates crossed over into R&B, and Paul McCartney learned about racial harmony.