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Slate's The Gist

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A daily afternoon podcast about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.

A daily afternoon podcast about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.
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Washington, DC

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Slate

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A daily afternoon podcast about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.

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English


Episodes

Ban the AR-15

2/16/2018
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On The Gist, the market for “how to survive a shooting spree” videos shows how far we’ve strayed in dealing with gun violence. Interracial marriage on a national level has only been legal for 50 years, after the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. Anna Holmes and Lacey Schwartz are two of the minds behind The Loving Generation, a video series by Topic.com on identity and dynamics within multiracial families. In the Spiel, it’s a no-brainer: Ban civilian ownership of the...

Duration:00:27:11

Which Side Are You On?

2/15/2018
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Filling in for Mike Pesca today is Leon Neyfakh, still smoldering after his first season as host of Slate’s hit podcast, Slow Burn. Leon is indulging in a new fascination lately: the latest “left Twix vs. right Twix” ad campaign and its insistence that we should all pick one. But, of course, we insist on taking sides. Slate writer Justin Peters sheds some light on the New York Times’ swift hiring and firing of tech journalist Quinn Norton. In Leon’s Spiel: We must have some moral...

Duration:00:29:37

Runaway Military Spending

2/14/2018
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On The Gist, names are stupidly important when it comes to getting elected. The Trump administration is proposing a boost in military spending, but the country’s defense budget actually peaked under President Obama during the troop surge for the war in Afghanistan. Bipartisan support for massive defense spending has been the norm since the Reagan era. Foreign Policy’s Dan De Luce tells us about it. In the Spiel, lawyer Michael Cohen’s out-of-pocket expenses. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:23:16

Spoon-Fed by the Feds

2/13/2018
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On The Gist, on the White House budget’s effort to replace half of food-stamp funding with crappy meal boxes. How do you fix one of the most gerrymandered states in the country? It helps to have a tireless amateur mapmaker in your ranks. Mike talks to Amanda Holt, who spurred Pennsylvania to redraw its legislative districts in 2013 and is closely watching the state’s ongoing court battle over its congressional districts. In the Spiel, the American intelligence community still has to...

Duration:00:26:31

Don’t Call It a White House Shake-Up

2/12/2018
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On today’s Gist, we get metaphysical. The White House is always in chaos. But can chaos be a permanent condition? Maria Konnikova returns to play our favorite game and answer the question: Does an athletic uniform’s color affect the athlete’s performance? Konnikova writes for the New Yorker is the author of The Confidence Game. In the Spiel, why Norway is a Winter Olympics marvel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:59

Dumb About Deficits

2/9/2018
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On The Gist, it’s The $10,000 Pyramid with a budget deal twist. Is it possible we don’t know enough about national debt to call our politicians when they’re peddling nonsense? New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson addresses some common misconceptions and sums up the Republican tax cuts and spending bill this way: “Rich people are stealing the money.” In the Spiel, the Olympics are back, and the Russians got off easy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:30

Is the Iran Deal a Dud?

2/8/2018
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On The Gist, the “When did you stop beating your wife?” question in the White House press briefing. In the interview, Iran may have shelved its nuclear ambitions, but the Middle East is still in trouble. Slate’s Joshua Keating wonders if the Iran deal was worth it. In the Spiel, the world of the FEMA scammer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:46

The Longest War Is Lost

2/7/2018
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Trump wants a parade. On The Gist, America's longest war, in Afghanistan, rumbles on under a third U.S. president. There is still no exit plan. Steve Coll’s new book explores the covert side of America’s campaign in Afghanistan and the secretive Pakistani intelligence wing lending support to the Taliban. Coll's book isDirectorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the Spiel, considering Christopher Steele and Carter Page. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:27:11

America Adrift

2/6/2018
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Listen, chattering classes: Let’s at least chatter correctly. We take a minute on the proper name pronunciation for the scandals of the day. Today on The Gist, U.S. foreign policy is a mess. But U.S. foreign policy has been a mess for decades. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, explains. In the Spiel, what they were thinking in the stands of President Trump’s speech on Monday in Ohio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:20

Phil Rosenthal Eats the World

2/6/2018
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On The Gist: Dow goes down, Trump gets mad. In the interview, comedian Phil Rosenthal went to six cities across the globe to eat everything they had to offer and put it on Netflix. He tells Mike about his new show, Somebody Feed Phil, and the creative angst behind the sitcom that put him on the map: Everybody Loves Raymond. In the Spiel, Justin Timberlake didn’t bring sexy back thanks to white privilege alone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:36

Phil Rosenthal Eats the World

2/5/2018
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On The Gist: Dow goes down, Trump gets mad. In the interview, comedian Phil Rosenthal went to six cities across the globe to eat everything they had to offer and put it on Netflix. He tells Mike about his new show, Somebody Feed Phil, and the creative angst behind the sitcom that put him on the map: Everybody Loves Raymond. In the Spiel, Justin Timberlake didn’t bring sexy back thanks to white privilege alone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:30

Philly vs. Boston

2/2/2018
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On The Gist, Super Bowl LII is an occasion to ask the age-old question: Who’s more obnoxious, people from Philadelphia or Boston? Plus, Another Period takes the Gilded Age as its setting to satirize the worst of reality TV: extravagant wealth, petty arguments, and a shaky camera. Riki Lindhome co-created and stars in the Comedy Central show. In the Spiel, a reprise of the vaunted documentary, Busted: 43 Minutes of Crisis and Conflict, a production of the American Dream is...

Duration:00:29:49

LBJ, Reconsidered

2/1/2018
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Lyndon B. Johnson doesn’t always get the consideration he deserves as one of America’s great presidents. On today’s Gist, historian Joshua Zeitz says LBJ’s fight for welfare reform and civil rights redefined the country, even as those legal achievements come under attack by today’s Republican Party. Zeitz is the author of Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House. Plus, a Spiel from the 2016 archives: Vote Jabba! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:26:30

We Still Have No U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

1/31/2018
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On The Gist, Trey Gowdy bows out. Fred Kaplan explains why foreign policy experts are concerned by the Trump administration’s move to renege on its choice of ambassador to South Korea at the last minute. Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate. He is the author, most recently, of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. In the Spiel, you know what they say: The president who claps the loudest pleases the crowd best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:32:04

When All the Jobs Are Gone

1/30/2018
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On The Gist, the pomposity and circumstantial evidence of the State of the Union. Janesville, Wisconsin, had the oldest operating GM assembly plant in the country until 2008. The factory’s closure left thousands of employees in the lurch. Amy Goldstein’s book Janesville: An American Story describes the choices facing three families as they pick up the pieces of a busted local economy. In the Spiel, the right things to say when you’re being nuked and the right way to say them. Learn more...

Duration:00:28:43

The Scholarly Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

1/29/2018
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On The Gist, get your clutching pearls ready. Russia alleges that the U.S. is trying to interfere in its election. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been politically precocious since well before his own sports scholarship at UCLA. His latest column for the Guardian argues it's "time to pay the tab for America's college athletes.” He says student players should unionize. In the Spiel, the tactics that responsible Republicans use to communicate their potential opposition: They speak in their...

Duration:00:26:40

Good Night, Portlandia

1/26/2018
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On The Gist, the Doomsday Clock would be scary if it weren’t so bogus. In the interview, after years of gently poking fun at Portland, Oregon’s chill-but-not vibe, Portlandia is on its final season. Series co-star Carrie Brownstein unpacks the show’s humor and tells us how a wedding toast kind of doubled as an audition to get the show greenlit. In the Spiel, Mike awards a Lobstar after an especially lengthy antentwig. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:32:49

He Got Trump’s Taxes

1/25/2018
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From the annals of monkey research, how 10 primates were gassed in the service of a bad study. Today on The Gist, investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has been reporting on President Trump long enough to simply call him Donald. Johnston has an appreciation for Donald’s trademark swindles: refusing payment, lying to vendors, abridging photocopies. He’s not surprised to see the same methods at work in the Trump administration. He likens the Trump administration to “political...

Duration:00:30:43

Odds, Ends, and Senators

1/24/2018
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On The Gist, Devin Nunes probably doesn’t know squat. In the interview, Democrats hold most of the Senate seats up for grabs in this year’s midterms, which means they have a lot to lose. But importantly, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg says election predictions often fail to account for national mood. Ellenberg is the author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. In the Spiel, Mike defends his bougie laundry routine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:33:21

MSG Is A-OK

1/23/2018
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On The Gist, more details come out about Garrison Keillor. In the interview, it turns out something can be good for your taste buds without being bad for your health. Monosodium glutamate has gotten a bad rap since 1968, when a medical journal suggested it might cause all kinds of symptoms. Dan Pashman, creator and host of the Sporkful podcast, tells us why MSG isn’t the boogeyman it’s been made out to be (and why he adds it to his own cooking). In the Spiel, behold, the mystical power...

Duration:00:33:01

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