The Gist
The Gist
July 22 2015 9:35 PMFirst Taste of the JuiceboxxxOur two-part series about The Gist’s new favorite rapper begins with friendship, art, and a mind-blowing set.
July 20 2015 7:19 PMAmerican Exceptionalism Rah-RahEurasia Group president Ian Bremmer explains why America needs to commit to a coherent foreign policy strategy.
July 16 2015 6:55 PMTo Strangle a FlamingoIn today’s Spiel, Mike reveals this and other rejected Harper Lee titles.
July 14 2015 8:00 PMSmile If You’re a DemocratA new study finds that liberals are happier than conservatives. Is that BS?
July 10 2015 7:36 PMThe Art of PornGuest host Felix Salmon explores how the art world is blurring the lines between art, pornography, and the law.
July 8 2015 6:07 PMFear Your Shower, Not ISISEveryone with a TV show or presidential bid wants you to be afraid of ISIS. Stephen Walt explains why you should ignore them.
July 6 2015 6:02 PMTelling Stories: Do It BetterMoth champ Matthew Dicks returns with more tips for storytellers and some tough-love advice for Steven Spielberg.
July 1 2015 7:40 PMPoking Holes in AcupunctureAs Mike needles Maria Konnikova’s chi with questions, will her analysis remain on point?
June 29 2015 7:34 PMThe Following Story Is Based on Real PresidentsTo write about the leader of the free world, novelist Brad Meltzer says it helps to know a few commanders-in-chief (and their Secret Service agents).
June 25 2015 4:48 PMIs the “Five-Second Rule” Baloney?Scientists have actually studied the commonly held belief that food on the floor is still edible as long as it is rescued quickly. 
June 24 2015 8:17 AMThe Gist ListAn interview with Mike Pesca about the long, detailed, occasionally baffling iPhone note where he keeps all his ideas.
June 22 2015 5:38 PMFour Essential LiesListen in as the Moth champ Matthew Dicks shares strategic lies commonly used by professional storytellers.
June 18 2015 7:43 PMWhy Dylann Roof Picked Those Two FlagsVexillologist Ted Kaye reminds us that flags inspire emotions, both positive and negative.
June 16 2015 7:05 PMDeep Dive Into a Defining InstitutionThere’s a lot more to the history of slavery than cotton fields in the South between 1840 and 1860.
June 12 2015 4:20 PMMy Friend Became a Staunch Anti-Vaxxer. Now What?Dear Prudence reminds us that ending a friendship can be hard, but getting the measles is worse.
July 21 2015 7:43 PMComedy Isn’t PrettyMike Schur of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation on the correlation between beauty and funny.
July 17 2015 7:58 PMA Different StrokeThe guitarist now has short hair, a new album, and an overhauled perspective on being a rock star.
July 15 2015 6:09 PMLet’s Grade a Deal (Iran Edition)Mike Pesca plays a game with the host of his favorite arms-control podcast.
July 13 2015 7:34 PMKeep News WeirdHow can we ensure that news stories beginning with “A Florida man …” never go extinct?
July 9 2015 6:40 PMEasy Listening Wasn’t Easy in 1975Elton John, Neil Sedaka, and KC and the Sunshine Band shared the spotlight with lesser gods during a tumultuous year for Billboard’s singles chart.
July 7 2015 7:48 PMNerds in the HoodThe Sundance breakout Dope is about Malcolm, a ’90s hip-hop obsessed geek living in an L.A. neighborhood called the Bottoms.
July 2 2015 6:18 PMAwkward Silence Is Our PolioWhen Alexandra Petri decided to become a writer, she worried that she wasn’t interesting enough. Her solution? Craigslist.
June 30 2015 8:13 PMWill Gay Marriage Upend Gay Culture?A historic decision from the Supreme Court means big changes for what it means to belong to the gay community.
June 26 2015 7:55 PM1990: The Year Before Music Changed ForeverMike Pesca strikes a pose as we explore the many highs and unforgettable lows of the 1990 Billboard chart.
June 24 2015 6:25 PMWhy Humankind Needs KardashiansLike it or not, the influence of celebrity culture on our lives is profound, and possibly hardwired.
June 23 2015 7:03 PMWhat’s Fair for FatherhoodCNN’s Josh Levs makes the case for paid paternity leave.
June 19 2015 7:36 PMThe Creator of Doc McStuffinsThe executive producer of the Peabody Award–winning children’s show shares a career arc that includes Israeli Sesame Street and Alaskan bar fights. 
June 17 2015 7:05 PMGo-Go Wearable GadgetsIs the quantified-self movement destined for the mainstream?
June 15 2015 6:43 PMLoony Trial BalloonsGoogle’s experiment in balloon-powered Internet is a moonshot among moonshots, but somehow it’s staying afloat.
June 10 2015 7:23 PMTour Guide for The Memory PalaceNate DiMeo left NPR to create a podcast fueled by deep history, captivating stories, and hypnotic music beds.