The Gist
Dec. 11 2014 7:19 PMShakesbeerHark! When bards from Drunk Shakespeare visit, Mike must shotgun a beer.
Dec. 9 2014 7:57 PMGoodness Gracious: Great Bio of FireJournalist Rick Bragg went deep with Jerry Lee Lewis—and lived to tell the Killer’s story.
Dec. 5 2014 7:17 PMTap the Holiday SpiritLearn how some combination of baby Jesus and Spinal Tap brought Judith Owen and Harry Shearer together.
Dec. 4 2014 6:48 PMOrchestral Snoring on the Trans-Siberian RailwayDavid Greene explains how his old desk neighbor, Mike Pesca, drove him into the arms of Vladimir Putin.
Dec. 3 2014 8:38 PMThe Time Before People SmiledThe surprisingly brief history of smiling in portraits.
Dec. 1 2014 7:03 PMThe Mingus Method for Toilet Training CatsA jazz legend's incredibly detailed step-by-step guide for moving your cat from litter to porcelain is probably the craziest merch table item ever… but does it work?
Nov. 25 2014 7:50 PMDemons and SpiritsBetween family and Ferguson we’ll all need a strong drink. Here are two to get you started.
Nov. 21 2014 8:01 PMThe Buck Starts HereChuck Todd wonders if we’ll finally see Obama roll the dice after the past six years of risk-aversion.
Nov. 19 2014 6:39 PMAfghanistan: 13 Years and CountingWhen the war started going badly, Hamid Karzai’s stock plummeted from Gandhi-like to radioactive.
Nov. 17 2014 7:25 PMPumpkin Spice in July? That’s Too Soon.Mission creep and year-round-peeps: where artificial seasonality and artificial flavors collide.
Nov. 13 2014 7:47 PMThe Sweet Smell of SurvivalInside an Iranian prison, Maziar Bahari knew he would live to tell of his 118-day ordeal. He didn’t realize Jon Stewart would help him do it.
Nov. 11 2014 8:01 PMHeroes Need Not ApplyHow U.S. policy is discouraging medical professionals from joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
Nov. 7 2014 2:47 PMWe Know Less Than We ThinkThink you know enough about the Dunning-Kruger effect or vexillology? Think again.
Nov. 5 2014 6:04 PMVeteran SNL Writer Asks “Who Tooted?”Andy Breckman is coming up with games that are fun for almost the entire family.
Nov. 3 2014 6:46 PMThe Circadian Clock DietThere’s a lot of folk wisdom about eating late. Is it all bulls--t?
Dec. 10 2014 6:01 PMIs “Mother’s Intuition” Real?How come mothers sometimes magically know when their children are in danger? Maria Konnikova joins us for a round of “Is This Bulls--t?” on The Gist.
Dec. 8 2014 6:51 PMThe Uruguayan in ChiefA look back at the outgoing South American president who sprang from poverty and took radical stands on social issues.
Dec. 5 2014 12:25 PMHow Slow Is Molasses, Really?A Mike Pesca investigation.
Dec. 4 2014 9:00 AM“Cut His Mic!”Nancy Grace’s impressively committed persona.
Dec. 2 2014 7:49 PMLearning Little From the Near-Death ExperienceWe asked Meghan Daum for grand conclusions she learned from a near-death experience. Instead, she taught us something about the craft of writing.
Nov. 26 2014 6:20 PMNow Announcing ThanksgivingThe annual celebration of big balloons requires an even bigger voice. Meet Les Marshak.
Nov. 24 2014 8:04 PMThe Moist Birdie DebateDan Pashman from The Sporkful compares Thanksgiving turkey secrets from a celebrity chef and a certain Grandma Phyllis.
Nov. 20 2014 8:42 PMThe Kitsch of DeathOver the last 50 years, we’ve turned to horror and fantasy instead of facing the frank reality of death. 
Nov. 18 2014 7:00 PMDon’t Call It a ComebackTainted writer Jonah Lehrer has returned with a new book. Time for another installment of “Is This Bull?”
Nov. 14 2014 6:39 PMTo Catch a ProfessorHis student confided that she had sex with faculty members for money. Did he take Dear Prudence’s advice to do the right thing?
Nov. 12 2014 8:49 PMHow Small Wonder Stirred “Too Many Cooks” The creator of the viral Adult Swim video explains what it’s all about—and whether Smarf really had to die.
Nov. 10 2014 7:38 PMWhy WKRP Was Called WKRPSecrets from the creator of Cincinnati’s most famous fictional radio station.
Nov. 6 2014 2:56 PMFriends With (Slate Plus) BenefitsThe Gist compiles our favorite Slate Plus bonus material from the Culture Gabfest, Political Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen.
Nov. 4 2014 6:41 PMJFK’s Brain Is MissingAfter he was killed, the president’s gray matter was kept in a jar. Then it went on a tour of Washington, D.C. Then it disappeared.
Nov. 3 2014 11:45 AM“Please Say Something Nice About Your Opponent”How politicians deflect an enduring debate trick.