Like so many dubious health claims, stretching before exercise has its roots in yoga culture. Maria Konnikova explains that stretching is exercise in-and-of itself and shouldn’t be treated like a warm-up. Then why do so many trainers and health nuts preach stretching as gospel? Konnikova is a regular guest on The Gist, a New Yorker staff writer, and the author of The Confidence Game.
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson remembers the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presiden