Hurry Up and FastIs spending a day without food the ultimate weight-loss trick? Or outright dangerous?
Pinocchio’s Got a GunBernie and Hillary are exchanging shots over gun control. Who should we believe?
How Twisted Sister Became Twisted SisterWhat the cross-dressing glam band learned from a decade spent clawing its way out of Long Island.
Burning Down Bernie’s MomentumIs it momentum or just primary results from a certain collection of states with very few black people?
Jon Ronson, Imam of ShameWhen the Internet gangs up to publicly shame an individual, what’s that really about?
Abolitionist Heroes Lost to HistoryWe discuss American abolitionism as an activist social movement with historian Manisha Sinha.
The Huge Lingering WhySan Bernardino investigators know the who, what, and where, but will the culprit’s iPhone tell us why?
The Height of Clinton-Era Pop MusicRemembering Billboard hits from 1999, when MTV’s Total Request Live was huge, and our biggest pop stars were teenagers.
1,145 Police KillingsWe have terrible statistics from the Justice Department about police killings in America, so a team of Guardian journalists started their own count.
The Secret Genius of the T-Shirt CannonWe tear apart and affirm some of the most notorious myths about the power of sports over our brains.
Are the Dangers of GMOs BS? Maria Konnikova explains the real effects of genetically modified Frankenfood on humanity.
The Duke Lacrosse Case, 10 Years LaterThe new ESPN documentary Fantastic Lies left out one of its interviewees, author William D. Cohan. We bring you our interview with him from 2014.
What Detroit Gave AmericaAuthor David Maraniss tells the story of the city that brought us cars, Motown, the labor movement, and the civil rights movement.
An Interesting and Beautiful DayDavid Plotz from Atlas Obscura shares ideas for creating and finding your own microadventures this weekend.
If I Were HillaryMike imagines what his life would look like if he were the leading Democratic nominee.
Is Modern Hypnotic Suggestion Effective?You’re getting very sleepy … now go download every episode of The Gist ever made …
The Hamilton RuleZoe Chace speaks with Republicans who despise Hillary Clinton but plan to vote for her because of Alexander Hamilton.
The Winter BluesClimb under a therapy light and pop some vitamin D as Maria Konnikova renders her verdict on seasonal affective disorder.
Radovan Karadzic Got 40 Years for the Srebrenica GenocideAfter hiding in plain sight for years, this Bosnian War criminal’s sentence has made him a symbol for anti-Serb conspiracy theories.
A Triumph of Small TalkSlate’s Ruth Graham demonstrates a crucial social lubricant while telling us about the weather.
All Things Horse RaceAs the Super Tuesday 2 results roll in, here’s everything you ever wondered but were too afraid to ask Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight.
The Year of TravoltaIn 1978, even the Rolling Stones had a disco hit. We discuss the year the center of culture slipped away from the rockers.
The Things That Dreams Are Made OfOur host once had a dream where Joe Biden told him to “go diagonal.” What could it mean?
Is Torture Ever Worthwhile?Without data about the efficacy of torture during an interrogation, our guest applied game theory to the range of possibilities.