The Gist
The Gist
Dec. 16 2015 7:36 PMGihad for the Calif8New York City’s police commissioner explains why obvious errors in the terror hoax helped the city avoid another a school closing.
Dec. 14 2015 8:48 PMDo We Get the Government We Deserve?Why many politicians love to evoke the states’ rights (and Elvis) when explaining their opposition to gay marriage.
Dec. 10 2015 5:48 PMHow Stand-Up Got Its NameHistorian Kliph Nesteroff covers 100 years of comedy history.
Dec. 8 2015 7:36 PMWoodrow Wilson’s Racist LegacyThe former Princeton president screened Birth of a Nation and supported segregation.
Dec. 4 2015 6:38 PMThe Amazing Self-Restraint of the Pro-Life MovementIf the pro-life movement actually believes abortion is government-sanctioned infanticide, why aren’t more clinics under attack?
Dec. 2 2015 11:49 PMThe Most Dangerous Belief Is Not Believing in Gun ControlWe’ll never know what killers are really thinking. But we can make them less deadly.
Dec. 1 2015 7:08 PMThank God This Guy’s PresidentThe right and wrong things Obama is doing in both his actions and rhetoric when it comes to ISIS.
Nov. 25 2015 2:45 PMThe Parents of Jordan DavisSeeking justice for their son politicized Ron Davis and Lucia McBath and made them the subjects of a new HBO documentary.
Nov. 23 2015 7:28 PMFrom Carson’s Couch to Nixon’s Enemies ListDavid Steinberg’s satirical comedy got him on the Tonight Show more than 100 times and led Nixon to hire professional hecklers. 
Nov. 19 2015 6:25 PMPsychic Spies and the CIAWhy the government spent millions researching remote viewing, but finally abandoned the project in the 1990s.
Nov. 17 2015 7:28 PM150 Foiled Terrorism PlotsSince 9/11, U.S. law enforcement efforts have successfully deterred another major terror attack. How long can that last? 
Nov. 13 2015 7:19 PMA Devastating Film About Facing AdulthoodJames White is a somber, well-acted indie film about life and death, influenced by the third season of Law and Order.
Nov. 11 2015 7:11 PMIs 35 the Ovum/Under?When should fertility panic set in? Maria Konnikova lays out the risks and debunks the myths. 
Nov. 9 2015 8:43 PMWhy Trump Wasn’t Funny on SNLToday’s Spiel attempts to bring meaning to the shambles that was Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live.
Nov. 5 2015 7:18 PMThe Doctor Is in TuneMike Pesca reveals never-before heard extended rap lyrics from Ben Carson’s new campaign ad.
Dec. 15 2015 7:25 PMMay the Pastiche Be With YouThe multitudes of interwoven references in Star Wars films make them great art. 
Dec. 11 2015 6:48 PMDollar Strong, Euro WeakFinancial reporter Adam Davidson discusses the puzzling inaction of the European Central Bank amid Europe’s economic crises.
Dec. 9 2015 5:46 PMIs Cryotherapy BS?It’s the latest fad in sports medicine and beauty treatments, but are we better off with an ice pack?
Dec. 7 2015 7:07 PMJon Glaser as Neon JoeHow his throwaway joke on The Tonight Show became a new Adult Swim series.
Dec. 3 2015 7:41 PM“If Syed Leaves the Party, Call the Cops”In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, a reminder that the most dangerous conclusions to jump to are about Muslim Americans.
Dec. 2 2015 8:23 PMUnwrapping Holiday BSMaria Konnikova joins us for our favorite reindeer game.
Nov. 30 2015 7:29 PMIs Income Inequality Our Biggest Problem?Should we be more concerned with median wage stagnation and full employment? We get into the weeds with Vox’s Ezra Klein.
Nov. 24 2015 6:38 PMThe Current Standing of Standing DesksYou come into someone’s office. They offer you a seat. Is it appropriate to reply, “Are you trying to kill me?”
Nov. 20 2015 7:35 PMPlaywright David HareHe’s written roles performed by Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Meryl Streep. We’ll hear the story of his formation as a writer and artist.
Nov. 18 2015 6:51 PMOnly 10 Percent of Our Brains?Maria Konnikova makes the other 90 percent of our noggins ache with confusion.
Nov. 16 2015 6:03 PMWas Paris a Tactical Mistake?Our guest suggests ISIS might have sacrificed its dream of the caliphate in order to attack Paris.
Nov. 12 2015 7:40 PMSubtlety Sucks!Our guest is tired of art that privileges subtlety over directness. We’ll hear out the finest nuances of his argument.
Nov. 10 2015 7:29 PMThe Great CompromiserHenry Clay’s appellation would be a damning nickname for any politician today.
Nov. 6 2015 7:14 PMChaka Khan vs. Deep Purple vs. The SmithsThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the only time we’ll ever have to compare the merits of Steve Miller and Janet Jackson. No contest, right?
Nov. 4 2015 8:43 PMBacon Makes Everything Better, Except Your ColonThe World Heath Organization recently declared that processed meats cause cancer. Is that B.S.? We get to the meat of the matter.