The Gist
The Gist
Aug. 12 2015 5:55 PMWhere to Find the Best StoriesMatthew Dicks shares a five-minute routine to make us all better storytellers and slow down the passage of time.
Aug. 10 2015 5:56 PMSummer BS EditionMaria Konnikova solves the mysteries of summer, including whether we need to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.
Aug. 7 2015 6:39 PMThat’s Just Sand in My Eye!Dominated by tributes hits “I’ll Be Missing You” and “Candle in the Wind,” 1997 was the year that Puffy and Elton moved us to tears.
Aug. 6 2015 4:11 PM“Dogs Are Never Going to Show Up Drunk”The 10,000th Slate Plus member is a sheep farmer from Alberta. We called him to chat.
Aug. 4 2015 7:32 PMBPA! BPS! Are They BS?The infamous “plastics” utterance from The Graduate sends Mike on a journey into the real meaning behind the term BPA-free.
July 31 2015 7:27 PMThe Man Behind Cabin Boy Sails OnComedy writer Adam Resnick on getting a Letterman internship, Death to Smoochy, and being your own worst enemy.
July 29 2015 6:49 PMBed Bugs Are Unvanquishable and It’s Our FaultThe amazing story of the underground pockets of DDT-resistant bed bugs that emerged after World War II to haunt our dreams.
July 27 2015 7:06 PMWork Harder, AmericaAdam Davidson explains what Jeb Bush doesn’t understand about the relationship between productivity and capitalism.
July 23 2015 7:54 PMStep Inside the JuiceboxxxIn Part 2 of our series, The Gist’s favorite rapper describes what it’s like to be the subject of his friend’s new book.
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.
Aug. 11 2015 3:09 PMMike Pesca’s Origin Story, as Told by His ParentsOne December evening in 1971, our host was born in the front seat of a Plymouth Barracuda.
Aug. 10 2015 5:15 PM“We’ve Got to Go Diagonal!”How The Gist has taken over Mike Pesca’s dreams.
Aug. 6 2015 6:34 PMHow to Survive Mark SanfordPolitical speechwriter Barton Swaim reveals what it was like to work for the South Carolina Republican, hiking enthusiast, and serial mangler of rhetorical clichés.
Aug. 5 2015 8:56 PMDebt Ratings Are Like The EmmysFour years after a scary downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, The Gist turns to the The Sopranos to find out why an economic meltdown failed to materialize.
Aug. 3 2015 6:35 PMTrump’s Star Begins to DimThe Donald is polling well, but other numbers reveal he doesn’t have what it takes to win the primary.
July 30 2015 7:07 PMTed Cruz Hits the RoadPolitico’s Manu Raju explains why Ted Cruz freaked out about the highway funding bill.
July 28 2015 6:45 PMThe Telltale Story of MSGIs monosodium glutamate, often shunned over health concerns, unfairly maligned? We got the ABCs on MSG.
July 24 2015 6:57 PMOvercoming the Intraoffice Cold ShoulderEmily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a woman who has tried just about everything to resolve a workplace tension.
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.