The Gist
The Gist
Dec. 5 2017 9:13 PMThe Boys Club on the BusThey couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. But did they really put a thumb on the scales of the election?
Dec. 1 2017 8:11 PMBob Saget Doesn’t Think He’s That RaunchyAnd he doesn’t like guardrails on comedy. 
Nov. 29 2017 5:50 PMA Founding Fathers BromanceThe on-again, off-again friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
Nov. 27 2017 10:16 PMIs Neocon Nation-Building Done For?Elliott Abrams wants U.S. support for democracy in the Arab world.
Nov. 21 2017 8:32 PMThe Anti-War Candidate Was Invented in 1968How a Minnesota senator’s campaign for president set the precedent for Bernie Sanders’ run.
Nov. 17 2017 7:08 PMAt Home With Gilbert GottfriedComedian, voice actor, and lifelong hoarder of tiny soaps.
Nov. 15 2017 8:05 PMPeople Power Beats the CourtsThere have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen?
Nov. 13 2017 7:43 PMPrisons of ProfitPrivate prisons were billed as a way to bring innovation to incarceration, housing more prisoners for less money. They’ve failed.
Nov. 9 2017 6:55 PMWhy Bush 41 Was the Anti-TrumpAs president, George H.W. Bush was tight-lipped, decorous, and self-abnegating—loath even to use the word I.
Nov. 7 2017 7:39 PMThe Paradox of Black PatriotismA black former Navy commander considers peaceful protest in the age of Trump.
Nov. 3 2017 9:08 PMFree to Be You and #MeTooWhat’s around the corner from this moment of reckoning?
Nov. 1 2017 10:45 PMTalk Like a Pirate (Party) DayBirgitta Jónsdóttir explains what Iceland’s Pirate Party is all about.
Oct. 30 2017 7:41 PMScared to Death?How fear and adrenaline can wreck our health.
Oct. 26 2017 6:51 PMFellas We Frolicked WithThese two women hate how we talk about sex.
Oct. 24 2017 5:53 PMJeff Bezos Isn’t KingWhy the head of Amazon isn’t No. 1 among the world’s CEOs.
Dec. 4 2017 8:11 PMPete Souza’s Photo SynthesisThe Obama presidency, distilled into 5 pounds’ worth of pictures.
Nov. 30 2017 7:42 PMLife Is Like PachinkoIt’s a popular game of chance in Korea. It’s also a metaphor for the Korean Japanese experience in Min Jin Lee’s swoonworthy novel.
Nov. 28 2017 5:41 PMThe Problem With America’s RichIs the top 20 percent of the country hogging opportunities that would otherwise go to the middle class?
Nov. 22 2017 7:48 PMDana Gould’s Take on HorrorTurns out demons are ripe for comedy.
Nov. 20 2017 8:15 PMWhat’s Next for Zimbabwe?Robert Mugabe can still slow down the coup against him.
Nov. 16 2017 9:34 PMThe Nazi-Busting Woman Erased by HistoryElizebeth Smith’s code-breaking genius helped America win two world wars, but the FBI took all the credit.  
Nov. 14 2017 8:40 PMPutting the Con in EconomicsAdam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser.
Nov. 10 2017 7:34 PMThe Family ManLoudon Wainwright III reflects on his uneasy relationship with his father, now that he can “appreciate the difficulty of the job.”
Nov. 8 2017 8:04 PMAbout Last NightIf Tuesday’s election results were a canary in a coal mine, it’s a really expansive mine and a somewhat unreliable canary.
Nov. 6 2017 8:26 PMLynn Novick on Making The Vietnam WarHow do you curate a quagmire?
Nov. 2 2017 7:23 PMGet Inside the Brain of Michael RapaportHis views on New York sports teams, the sexual prowess of various athletes, and the basketball skills of Justin Bieber.
Oct. 31 2017 8:18 PMPutting Dr. Seuss on the CouchIt doesn’t take much to see the racial stereotypes in Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works. Does that mean we shouldn’t read them to kids?
Oct. 27 2017 7:59 PMSen. Cory Booker Has a Message for Pot SmokersThe New Jersey senator says that if you’re not trying to make it legal, you’re part of the problem.
Oct. 25 2017 7:57 PMJacob Weisberg on the Steele DossierThe oppo research that brought us the “pee tape” was sleazy, but don’t equate it with collusion with a hostile power.
Oct. 23 2017 8:49 PMA Show for Mere MortalsWhat if you got to read your own obituary? That’s kind of what Audible’s Mortal City is going for.