The Gist
The Gist
Sept. 13 2016 7:53 PMHillary’s Campaign Manager on Pneumonia, Voters, and StrategyRobby Mook talks about Hillary Clinton’s tough week and the struggle to pin down Trump. Plus, the rise and fall of jai alai.
Sept. 9 2016 7:22 PMTony Kornheiser Will Make Fun of Your PantsThe host of the Tony Kornheiser Show is allergic to pretense, intrigued by podcasting, and disconcerted by Costco.
Sept. 7 2016 8:25 PMTelling Jokes in the Age of Trigger WarningsComedian Karith Foster and director Ted Balaker take on the over-the-top reactions facing comedians on campus in Can We Take a Joke?
Aug. 26 2016 6:11 PMThe Year Nirvana Lost Out to Bryan Adams1991 marked the beginning of a decade of musical narrowcasting. With Kurt Cobain and A Tribe Called Quest splitting the vote, Color Me Badd rose to the top.
Aug. 24 2016 7:56 PMA Sympathetic Serial ImposterJoshua Marston’s new film, Complete Unknown, depicts a woman who can’t stop changing her identity.
Aug. 22 2016 8:06 PMThe ’80s Really Were the BestHadley Freeman wondered why the movies of her 1980s childhood seemed so special. So she went back and asked actors and directors.
Aug. 18 2016 7:33 PMWhy We’ve Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombA painter, a Vietnam vet, and a nun walk into a nuclear storage facility. So begins Dan Zak’s fascination with the Pandora’s box of weaponry.
Aug. 16 2016 6:31 PMBrazil’s Redeemer Has Subpoena PowerSlate’s Franklin Foer says there’s reason for optimism in Brazil, despite rampant corruption and chaos.
Aug. 12 2016 7:25 PMMike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Followed the Fear HereThe creators of the film Don’t Think Twice have some very earnest observations about improv comedy and pursuing your dreams.
Aug. 10 2016 7:12 PMJohn Dickerson Has a Follow-Up. He’s Willing to Ask It Seven Times.The moderator of Face the Nation on CBS has two competing theories about the 2016 presidential election.
Aug. 8 2016 7:56 PM­­­Playing the Spanish CardUPenn professor Nelson Flores says, anecdotally, Tim Kaine’s Spanish skills seem to be the biggest hit among white liberals, not Latino voters.
Aug. 4 2016 7:04 PMIf It Feeds, It LeadsFacebook’s News Feed is the world’s most powerful purveyor of news. But how it assembles each person’s top stories remains a mystery.
Aug. 2 2016 8:20 PMJessi Klein Says Women Are DogsThe head writer for Inside Amy Schumer sorts women into two groups: poodles and wolves. She’s a wolf.
July 29 2016 4:52 PMThe Little-Known Story of Sabotage in New York HarborJuly 30 marks the centenary of a major terrorist attack on the United States. Never heard of it?
July 28 2016 6:24 PMCelebrating the Nerd MentalityThe hosts of the Nerdette podcast bring their safe space to The Gist for a round of nerd confessions.
Sept. 12 2016 7:23 PMWhat Does the Charity World Think of the Clinton Foundation?What kind of rep does it have in philanthropy, and does political power warp the giving economy?
Sept. 8 2016 7:32 PMCourting Controversy With Drew MagaryDeadspin’s author of the “Why Your Team Sucks” series explains his approach to reporting on people he finds kind of horrifying.
Sept. 6 2016 8:10 PMA GOP Apostate Explains Her Vote for HillaryKori Schake, a former Bush adviser, says a write-in vote for this year’s presidential election would be a waste.
Aug. 25 2016 7:21 PMDo You Rely on GPS? Thank Chuck E. Cheese and William F. Buckley.In Pinpoint, Greg Milner chronicles how a conservative pundit, the military, and a pizza impresario made GPS ubiquitous.
Aug. 23 2016 8:36 PMThere’s a Viking on the DeltaThe lead singer of the Icelandic band Kaleo found his inspiration in the blues music of the Deep South.
Aug. 19 2016 7:27 PMW. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu Want Equal TimeThe hosts of Politically Re-Active tend to agree on the issues that fascinate them. But they each want to say their piece.  
Aug. 17 2016 7:46 PMWomen’s Gymnastics Gets the Hard-Boiled TreatmentIntense women, high stakes, and restrained rivalry: The world of women’s gymnastics is a perfect suspense novel setting.
Aug. 15 2016 7:49 PMThe Résumé Says “Loafer,” but the Loafers Scream “Executive”Maria Konnikova digs into the psychological link between your clothes and your performance.
Aug. 11 2016 7:31 PMShould You Have Your Silver Medal Bronzed?Mike bites down on a happiness study of bronze and silver medalists. Oh, does it bend.
Aug. 9 2016 5:53 PMRepublicans Are Using Leeches to Cure CancerStuart Stevens says the GOP’s presidential nominee could make Republicans uncompetitive in elections for a generation. ­­
Aug. 5 2016 6:19 PMHistory’s First Benedict ArnoldWho was the original Benedict Arnold? Why, it’s Benedict Arnold—as you’ll find out from spy novelist and history fanatic Brad Meltzer.
Aug. 3 2016 7:10 PMIs Your Grill Killing You?Faulty claims go up in smoke once Maria Konnikova weighs in.
Aug. 1 2016 7:20 PMDiary of a Soon-to-Be-Freed DetaineeGuantánamo inmate Mohamedou Slahi has been cleared for release. Here’s The Gist’s never-aired 2015 interview with Larry Siems, who edited Slahi’s writings.
July 29 2016 11:31 AMIt Takes Great Presidents to Make America GreatAnd only Clinton talks like she would be a great president.
July 27 2016 7:22 PMFinally, a Pro-Kidnapping FilmOrange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder says her new film, Tallulah, stemmed from her experience as a nanny for wealthy moms.