Maria Bamford Wants to See EmotionA stand-up comic graciously shares her show notes for sports program producers.
A Video Game Thoreau Might PlayIn Walden, a game, players can pick berries, walk in the woods, or spend the rest of their virtual lives in jail for tax evasion.
How to Beat a CasinoIn the new ESPN podcast documentary A Queen of Sorts, the story of a woman who turned the tables on casinos around the world.
They Called Him Son of SamA Smithsonian Channel documentary revisits the media hysteria surrounding the 1970s serial killer known as the Son of Sam.
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?
Al Gore, Ever HopefulThe former vice president returns with a sequel to his climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
The Garbage Art of Handwriting AnalysisThe Gist’s resident guff detector Maria Konnikova returns to look at the (appropriately) lost art of graphology.
At Sea With James StavridisThe retired admiral answers all of our questions about ISIS, H.R. McMaster, and life on a submarine.
In Defense of OmbudsmenDaniel Okrent, the first public editor for the New York Times, sticks up for the journalists everyone loves to hate.
Invisibilia Questions Your EmotionsThe hosts of NPR’s hit podcast say there’s been a quiet revolution in the way we understand our feelings.
I Hate This, Don’t Quote Me In one paragraph, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher held the line against anonymous sources and “outright awfulness.”
The Scaramucci TapesThis American Life producer Zoe Chace digs up her 2016 interview with the former White House communications director. His past suggests he’ll bounce right back.
No Hard FeelingsScientist Lisa Feldman Barrett says the results are in: Your feelings are a construct.
Alan Alda Seeks ClarityIn his new book, the MASH star shares his hope for better communication between scientists and curious amateurs.
How Democrats Condescend to the White Working ClassJoan C. Williams says a third of the country is feeling talked down to. Here’s how to stop it.
A Kid in the Hall Tells AllKevin McDonald on the special alchemy that made Kids in the Hall a truly groundbreaking comedy troupe.
Unearthing a Cult ClassicComedy writer Mike Sacks on the 40th anniversary of the Dixie-fried action caper Stinker Lets Loose.
Haunted by A Ghost StoryHow a classic Halloween costume inspired one of the most profound films of the year.
Look at All the Struggling DemocraciesFinancial Times columnist Edward Luce introduces us to a new word: oikophobia, fear of fellow countrymen.
Twitter Should Drop Trump AlreadyPolitical scientist Seth Masket argues the harassment, the trolling, and the misinformation need to stop now.
Centrists Won’t Save Health Care Conservative writer Philip Klein says compromise won’t lead to better health policy. It has to be all or nothing.
The Incredible Eddie Izzard A conversation with the famed comedian, author, runner, and one-day-only concert pianist.
Writing Cop Fiction in the Age of Black Lives MatterDon Winslow on the deep research that goes into writing modern crime fiction.
Big Turmoil in Big Sky CountryAnne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—covering politics in Montana for BuzzFeed.