The Gist
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Feb. 11 2015 6:13 PMHe Wanted to Be a MillionaireAfter losing big on the TV game show, Slate’s Justin Peters fell into a funk, only to find that his life had changed for the better. 
Feb. 9 2015 5:59 PMHit the Road, Union JackThere are only four nations left with the Union Jack in their flags, and two are dropping the old commonwealth brand.
Feb. 5 2015 7:18 PMThe Most Interesting Man We KnowStorytelling coach Matt Dicks demonstrates why he’s a regular on The Moth and offers some tips for your bid to receive our storytelling makeover.
Feb. 3 2015 7:48 PMNorth Korea’s Former Poet LaureateWhen he first met Kim Jong-il, Jang Jin-sung was surprised to see the godlike figure crying to folk songs, stroking a Maltese puppy, and wearing high heels.
Jan. 30 2015 6:45 PMThe One-Man Beautification PlanA security guard from Queens explains why he’s repainting New York’s forgotten emergency call boxes.
Jan. 28 2015 11:12 PMCongressionalizationThomas Schaller explains why Congress is well-suited to the Republican agenda, for now.
Jan. 26 2015 9:05 PMMicrosoft’s Imperfect 10We can mock the decision to skip Windows 9, but the software giant still has a serious share of the market.
Jan. 22 2015 7:52 PMFraunces Tavern BombingForty years ago a banker named Frank Connor died in a terrorist bombing in lower Manhattan. We speak with his son Joe Connor. 
Jan. 20 2015 7:30 PMHow Do I Learn Thee? Let Us Count the Ways.There are 71 documented learning styles, but how many of them really matter?
Jan. 15 2015 7:41 PMWhere Are America’s Terrorist Cells?The possibility of a terror attack in the United States is real, but so are bigger threats.
Jan. 13 2015 7:00 PMIs “Don’t Be Evil” More Than a Slogan?Is the Internet inherently good for mankind, or is it just good for business?
Jan. 9 2015 6:58 PMIf LBJ Faced Today’s CongressHow did Lyndon B. Johnson get so much done? A corrective history from Julian Zelizer.
Jan. 7 2015 6:33 PMA Poet Goes to MerConMatthea Harvey’s work explores the in-between-ness of man and mythical creature. She was drawn to Las Vegas, of course.
Jan. 5 2015 6:38 PMMario Cuomo’s Missed Career in Stand-UpDid the late New York governor’s policy prescriptions from a 1992 speech hold up? We review the tape with Jacob Weisberg and Adam Davidson.
Dec. 30 2014 7:17 PMGive Me Liberty or Give Me … LibertéComparing the French and Anglo notions of liberty, and other untranslatable ideas.
Feb. 10 2015 6:23 PMKiller Commando WeathermenThe warrior culture of special operations is learning to count meteorologists among its ranks.
Feb. 6 2015 8:00 PMLetter-Perfect SolutionDear Prudence’s advice to a woman struggling with the psychological burden that her mother imparted from her deathbed.
Feb. 4 2015 10:50 PMIf It Looks Like Sam Smith, but Sounds Like Tom Petty, It’s Probably Tom Petty In the investigation of similarities between songs like “Won’t Back Down” and “Stay With Me," melody is the smoking gun. 
Feb. 2 2015 8:37 PMThe Detox DetoxAs of last year, there were no controlled and randomized trials of any commercially available detox diets. Are they bulls--t?
Jan. 29 2015 7:32 PMCaffeine: Shot by ShotCaffeine is powerful and effective, but it’s still a drug. Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
Jan. 27 2015 5:41 PMThe Passion of the ChristieWhile preparing to run for the highest office, Chris Christie hasn’t tamped down his personality in any way. Will that help or hurt?
Jan. 23 2015 8:45 PMThe Five-Second StoryYour greatest story probably comes from a tiny sliver of your life. Tell us about it for The Gist’s new storytelling project.
Jan. 21 2015 6:10 PMGeorge Costanza vs. ISISEnlisting Art Vandelay in the war against Islamic extremism’s nihilistic narrative.
Jan. 16 2015 7:43 PMBull in a Vagina ShopMore than you ever wanted to know about putting an artificial vagina on the erect penis of a 2,000-pound bull.
Jan. 14 2015 8:35 PMShould You Buy the Fitbit?A survey of the best (and worst) wearables for your wrist.
Jan. 12 2015 7:05 PMA Better Name for 11Mike Pesca admits his beef with the number that comes after 10.
Jan. 8 2015 7:58 PMShh! ASMR Isn’t RealThe Gist gets a tingly feeling when Maria Konnikova calls bulls--t on the very scientific-sounding term “autonomous sensory meridian response.”
Jan. 6 2015 7:14 PMThe Right to Remain UncivilThe quest to implement and enforce civility codes isn’t a fair fight.
Dec. 31 2014 6:18 PMRedial-a-SongMike Pesca was a devoted fan of They Might Be Giants’ infamous answering-machine project in the ’80s. With the band rebooting Dial-a-Song for 2015, Mike will premiere a new song every Monday on the Gist.
Dec. 29 2014 7:46 PMAl Michaels Has the CallOne of the most familiar voices in sports made his bones in Hawaii, then made a name for himself with the “Miracle on Ice.”