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The Gist

Why Did Trump and Putin Meet in Secret?

Ian Bremmer broke the story of the second Trump-Putin meeting. But are we blowing it out of proportion?

The Moment
July 25 2017 2:00 PMBomani Jones on the Racial Dynamics of Being the Smart KidThe sportswriter and broadcaster talks about his love of language.
July 25 2017 11:49 AMHow to Report Science During an Anti-Facts AdministrationSlate science editor Susan Matthews on the exasperating battle against misinformation and apathy.
July 24 2017 6:04 PMPardon Me, Mr. PresidentCan our petulant president pardon himself?
July 23 2017 8:00 AMHow Does a Barbecue Chef Work?Mike Metevia of Slows Bar B-Q makes some of the best smoked meats in Detroit.
Slate Money
July 22 2017 2:02 AMThe Fake Loans EditionSlate Money on private student loan debt, Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank, and hedge funders evading taxes.
The Gist
July 21 2017 5:19 PMAl Gore, Ever HopefulThe former vice president returns with a sequel to his climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
Best of Slate Podcasts
July 21 2017 3:31 PMThe Best of Slate PodcastsOnly have time for one podcast this week? Make it this one.
Culture Gabfest
July 21 2017 12:39 PMOn MayonnaiseA Culture Gabfest guide to that most controversial of condiments.
July 21 2017 7:14 AM13 Reasons Why and “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?”We discuss the controversial Netflix show’s depictions of suicide and sexual assault. Then, an interview with the host of Slate’s new docuseries about Muslim American identity.
Political Gabfest
July 20 2017 5:36 PMThe “Eventually We Will Get Something Done” EditionListen to Slate’s show about health care, Joshua Green’s new book about Steve Bannon, and campus sexual assault.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
July 20 2017 2:13 PMMom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Adventures in Babysitting” EditionWhat do you do when the babysitter’s email address is a little too close to home?
I Have to Ask
July 20 2017 7:15 AMI Have to Ask: The Zoë Heller EditionThe novelist and essayist on criticizing Hillary Clinton and becoming friends with writers you savage.
The Trumpcare Tracker
July 19 2017 3:37 PMIs It Really, Truly, Utterly Dead?Surely even Mitch McConnell can’t resurrect the health care bill now.
Culture Gabfest
July 19 2017 10:05 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Hum in the Drum” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Baby Driver, Jay Z’s album 4:44, and David Brooks’ infamous sandwich op-ed.
The Gist
July 18 2017 6:46 PMTyler Cowen Fears for Our FutureAn economist’s diagnosis of our societal torpor.
Lexicon Valley
July 25 2017 1:01 PMIn the NegativeJohn McWhorter on the history and evolution of no and not.
The Gist
July 24 2017 6:38 PMA Kid in the Hall Tells AllKevin McDonald on the special alchemy that made Kids in the Hall a truly groundbreaking comedy troupe.
Hang Up And Listen
July 24 2017 4:32 PMHang Up and Listen: The Kyrie Irving and the Chamber of Secrets EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Jordan Spieth, Cavs trade rumors, and Hugh Freeze.
July 22 2017 6:00 AMThe Deregulation InvasionThere’s no transparency—but lots of conflicts of interest—on the Trump administration’s secretive deregulation teams.
July 21 2017 7:03 PMLies, Pardons, and Bringing Trump to HeelWhat are we to make of all the president’s untruths?
The Trumpcare Tracker
July 21 2017 3:59 PMNobody Knows AnythingRepublican leaders don’t have a bill, but they’re still pushing senators to vote next week.
Political Gabfest
July 21 2017 2:46 PMThe End of NormsThe Political Gabfest on how Trump has challenged the traditions and customs that have constrained past presidents.
Live at Politics and Prose
July 21 2017 10:48 AMWorth the WaitMatthew Klam returns with his first book in 17 years and explains the delay to CNN’s Jake Tapper.
The Gist
July 20 2017 7:11 PMUnearthing a Cult ClassicComedy writer Mike Sacks on the 40th anniversary of the Dixie-fried action caper Stinker Lets Loose.
July 20 2017 3:03 PMMore Reprehensible Than Watergate?Whistlestop revisits the Nixon campaign’s efforts to “monkey wrench” a Vietnam peace deal.
July 20 2017 10:50 AMMitch McConnell’s Many MisstepsMaybe the Senate majority leader isn’t as astute as he’s made out to be.
The Gist
July 19 2017 7:03 PMThe Garbage Art of Handwriting AnalysisThe Gist’s resident guff detector Maria Konnikova returns to look at the (appropriately) lost art of graphology.
July 19 2017 10:28 AMThat Meeting on the 25th FloorWe know what the Russians wanted, but what was being offered in return?
Dear Prudence
July 19 2017 7:30 AMDear Prudence: The “Open It Up” EditionDo I need to tip every time an iPad gives me those pre-programmed options? Help!
Conspiracy Thrillers
July 18 2017 9:01 AMConspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Parallax ViewWhy Alan Pakula’s conspiracy flick makes you feel like you’re being brainwashed, too.