The Gist
The Gist
June 13 2017 6:46 PMAwk-ward!Why does awkwardness make us so uncomfortable?
June 12 2017 7:35 PMAutocrats Can’t Take a JokeComedian Bassem Youssef satirized two Egyptian presidents. They were not amused.
June 8 2017 7:01 PMWhat We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Part IICriminal justice quant John Pfaff says to bring down the prison population we must rein in prosecutors. Can that be done?
June 6 2017 7:51 PMWhy So Morose About Lactose?Our resident debunker, Maria Konnikova, on the truth and the fiction about nondairy milks.
June 2 2017 8:32 PMYou Can’t Say That, Mr. SenatorGuest host Zoe Chace talks to Al Franken about jokes you can’t say out loud in Washington.
May 31 2017 7:25 PMA Playwright in the Rust BeltLynn Nottage on her Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway show Sweat.
May 27 2017 9:29 AMThe Colony and the Nation MSNBC host Chris Hayes on how the law-and-order policies of Richard Nixon have created a bifurcated America.
May 24 2017 6:40 PMEveryone Looks Presidential on Air Force OneJosh King on why Donald Trump is looking kind of respectable during his first foreign trip.
May 22 2017 6:44 PMJon Glaser Is ConflictedThe star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.
May 18 2017 6:51 PMRoger Ailes Created This MessIsaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.
May 17 2017 1:32 PMWhat Richard Spencer Learned From Stephen MillerReeves Wiedeman on the Duke lacrosse scandal and the rise of the alt-right.
May 15 2017 7:13 PMChasing the Bauble With Brooke GladstoneThe On the Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.
May 11 2017 7:37 PMClint Watts, Testifier ExtraordinaireThe star of March’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing says we need to get better at knowing information warfare when we see it.
May 9 2017 6:33 PMAre We Smart Enough to Be a Direct Democracy?Foreign Policy editor David Rothkopf asks The Great Questions of Tomorrow in his new book.
May 5 2017 4:46 PMWhat’s in the Bill? With Vox’s Sarah Kliff.The Vox health care writer returns to discuss the AHCA, which passed the House on Thursday.
June 13 2017 11:21 AMWhy Can’t Al Franken Make More Jokes at the GOP’s Expense?Read what the Gist asked the Minnesota senator about humor in Washington.
June 9 2017 9:19 PMLarry Wilmore is Black on the AirThe comedian talks about his new podcast and why satire can’t change minds.
June 7 2017 6:11 PMWhat We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Part IHint: It’s not about the feds, it’s about local prosecutors.
June 5 2017 6:27 PMO Great Confessor GoogleSeth Stephens-Davidowitz combs internet search data to uncover secrets that elude pollsters.
June 1 2017 6:07 PMThe Path of Most ResistanceNew Republic editor Jeet Heer on how the election of Donald Trump has remade the Democratic Party.
May 30 2017 5:36 PMDonald Trump, Body SnatcherWhy is it so hard to talk about Trump without sounding like warmed-over commentary on CNN?
May 25 2017 7:05 PMBen Wittes Digs OutThe editor of Lawfare returns to wade through the past two weeks’ worth of ENSH (errant national security horses--t).
May 23 2017 8:09 PMTom Ricks: “It’s Shakespearean”A longtime defense policy reporter on the tragedy unfolding in the Trump White House. 
May 19 2017 7:28 PMCan We Really Fix College Sports?Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight. 
May 17 2017 5:15 PMWhy Things Went South in AlabamaJohn Archibald, dean of the Alabama press corps, unpacks the scandal that brought down his state’s governor.
May 16 2017 6:21 PMEncounters With the Very, Very FamousChuck Klosterman on his new book X, which includes profiles of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Taylor Swift.
May 12 2017 8:02 PMAre Bilinguals Really Smarter?Our social science sleuth Maria Konnikova returns to take on the question of whether bilinguals are brighter than the rest of us. 
May 10 2017 7:16 PMThe Man Who Wrote the Comey MemoHow did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein become a presidential hatchet man?
May 8 2017 7:02 PMThe Formation of Stephen MillerThe Trump administration’s wunderkind adviser made his name as a student pundit during the Duke lacrosse scandal. 
May 4 2017 7:10 PMObserving Obscura DayOn Saturday, May 6, adherents to the Atlas Obscura worldview will venture out to explore oddities near and far. We checked out a funky neon shop in our neighborhood.