The Gist
The Gist
March 16 2016 7:19 PMAre the Dangers of GMOs BS? Maria Konnikova explains the real effects of genetically modified Frankenfood on humanity. 
March 14 2016 6:18 PMThe Duke Lacrosse Case, 10 Years LaterThe new ESPN documentary Fantastic Lies left out one of its interviewees, author William D. Cohan. We bring you our interview with him from 2014.
March 10 2016 7:26 PMControl-Alt-DestroySlate’s Fred Kaplan joins us to share the secret history of U.S. cyberwarfare.
March 8 2016 5:43 PMWhat Detroit Gave AmericaAuthor David Maraniss tells the story of the city that brought us cars, Motown, the labor movement, and the civil rights movement.
March 4 2016 7:21 PMAdam Davidson Makes Negative Interest Rates Positively InterestingUnglaze your eyes as The Gist explains a new experiment with interest rates being tested at a Swedish bank.
March 2 2016 7:51 PMTrump’s Tiny Little LeadWhy you should save your Trump-related freakouts until after March 15.
Feb. 29 2016 6:20 PMBernie Down the HouseA well-known supporter makes the economic case for Bernie Sanders and his single-payer health care plan.
Feb. 25 2016 5:47 PMIt Goes Way Beyond the OscarsWhat should be done about Hollywood’s diversity problem after #OscarsSoWhite is retired?
Feb. 23 2016 5:46 PMYuge TariffsCould better trade tariffs help American workers? We ask Adam Davidson if Donald Trump is onto something.
Feb. 19 2016 6:45 PMHillary’s Chances in NevadaWhat will we learn from a caucus more fairly representative of the Democratic Party than Iowa or New Hampshire?
Feb. 17 2016 4:18 PMAre You a Super-Encounterer?Pagan Kennedy helps explore the relationship between serendipity and an inventive mind. 
Feb. 12 2016 8:59 PMThe Physical Presence of Actor David MorseHow he assumed the character of Big Foster for a new TV drama about a family of outsiders in the hills of Appalachia.
Feb. 10 2016 6:30 PMShould We Fear Domestic Terrorism?The HBO documentary Homegrown explores the impact of our counterterrorism state.
Feb. 8 2016 5:53 PMWhy We Still Care About O.J.Can the new TV series tell a larger story about race and justice in America?
Feb. 4 2016 7:43 PMWhat’s a Vote Worth?In 2016, we’re estimated to spend $5 billion on the election. That’s about $15 per American.
March 15 2016 7:03 PMAll Things Horse RaceAs the Super Tuesday 2 results roll in, here’s everything you ever wondered but were too afraid to ask Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight.
March 11 2016 7:25 PMThe Year of TravoltaIn 1978, even the Rolling Stones had a disco hit. We discuss the year the center of culture slipped away from the rockers.
March 9 2016 6:40 PMThe Things That Dreams Are Made OfOur host once had a dream where Joe Biden told him to “go diagonal.” What could it mean?
March 7 2016 6:52 PMIs Torture Ever Worthwhile?Without data about the efficacy of torture during an interrogation, our guest applied game theory to the range of possibilities.
March 3 2016 8:34 PMWould I Be Happier in an Arranged Marriage?Maria Konnikova explores how different international researchers define a happy marriage.
March 1 2016 4:52 PMThis Podcast Is for LosersWhat can we learn about our political system from Howard Dean, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich?
Feb. 26 2016 6:01 PMComedian Neal Brennan Is CuredA new treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation has helped him stop taking SSRIs for depression. What will this mean for his comedy?
Feb. 24 2016 6:51 PMIs Psychoanalysis BS?Lie back on a couch as we vet research into the effectiveness of Freud’s methods.
Feb. 22 2016 6:56 PMIs Bernie’s Agenda More Than Imaginary?Laying out the likelihood of a Bernie Sanders agenda without an aligned, majority Democratic congress.
Feb. 18 2016 6:46 PMWe Knew You’d ListenMaria Konnikova tells us about the latest research on the validity of extrasensory perception.
Feb. 16 2016 8:35 PMGlory Be to KanyeHis new song “Ultralight Beam” from The Life of Pablo juxtaposes the sacred and the profane, and it’s glorious.
Feb. 11 2016 2:46 PMMike and Frank Take the StageLive recordings from the Story Collider’s storytelling event featuring our winning listener and your host!
Feb. 9 2016 7:14 PMIs Marijuana Making You Stupid?Your stoner friends love talking about Phish. Can we blame the pot? 
Feb. 5 2016 6:25 PMHe Watched Every Super BowlOur host owes Slate’s Justin Peters an apology (or possibly workman’s comp) after suggesting he watch all 49 Super Bowls in two months.
Feb. 3 2016 5:52 PMAre Lots of Little Babies Synesthetes?About 4 to 5 percent of the population experiences unique sensory connections. Where does that come from? Is it BS?