He Wanted to Be a MillionaireAfter losing big on the TV game show, Slate’s Justin Peters fell into a funk, only to find that his life had changed for the better.
Hit the Road, Union JackThere are only four nations left with the Union Jack in their flags, and two are dropping the old commonwealth brand.
The Most Interesting Man We KnowStorytelling coach Matt Dicks demonstrates why he’s a regular on The Moth and offers some tips for your bid to receive our storytelling makeover.
North Korea’s Former Poet LaureateWhen he first met Kim Jong-il, Jang Jin-sung was surprised to see the godlike figure crying to folk songs, stroking a Maltese puppy, and wearing high heels.
The One-Man Beautification PlanA security guard from Queens explains why he’s repainting New York’s forgotten emergency call boxes.
CongressionalizationThomas Schaller explains why Congress is well-suited to the Republican agenda, for now.
Microsoft’s Imperfect 10We can mock the decision to skip Windows 9, but the software giant still has a serious share of the market.
Fraunces Tavern BombingForty years ago a banker named Frank Connor died in a terrorist bombing in lower Manhattan. We speak with his son Joe Connor.
How Do I Learn Thee? Let Us Count the Ways.There are 71 documented learning styles, but how many of them really matter?
Where Are America’s Terrorist Cells?The possibility of a terror attack in the United States is real, but so are bigger threats.
Is “Don’t Be Evil” More Than a Slogan?Is the Internet inherently good for mankind, or is it just good for business?
If LBJ Faced Today’s CongressHow did Lyndon B. Johnson get so much done? A corrective history from Julian Zelizer.
A Poet Goes to MerConMatthea Harvey’s work explores the in-between-ness of man and mythical creature. She was drawn to Las Vegas, of course.
Mario Cuomo’s Missed Career in Stand-UpDid the late New York governor’s policy prescriptions from a 1992 speech hold up? We review the tape with Jacob Weisberg and Adam Davidson.
Killer Commando WeathermenThe warrior culture of special operations is learning to count meteorologists among its ranks.
Letter-Perfect SolutionDear Prudence’s advice to a woman struggling with the psychological burden that her mother imparted from her deathbed.
If It Looks Like Sam Smith, but Sounds Like Tom Petty, It’s Probably Tom Petty In the investigation of similarities between songs like “Won’t Back Down” and “Stay With Me," melody is the smoking gun.
The Detox DetoxAs of last year, there were no controlled and randomized trials of any commercially available detox diets. Are they bulls--t?
Caffeine: Shot by ShotCaffeine is powerful and effective, but it’s still a drug. Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
The Passion of the ChristieWhile preparing to run for the highest office, Chris Christie hasn’t tamped down his personality in any way. Will that help or hurt?
The Five-Second StoryYour greatest story probably comes from a tiny sliver of your life. Tell us about it for The Gist’s new storytelling project.
George Costanza vs. ISISEnlisting Art Vandelay in the war against Islamic extremism’s nihilistic narrative.
Bull in a Vagina ShopMore than you ever wanted to know about putting an artificial vagina on the erect penis of a 2,000-pound bull.
Shh! ASMR Isn’t RealThe Gist gets a tingly feeling when Maria Konnikova calls bulls--t on the very scientific-sounding term “autonomous sensory meridian response.”
Redial-a-SongMike Pesca was a devoted fan of They Might Be Giants’ infamous answering-machine project in the ’80s. With the band rebooting Dial-a-Song for 2015, Mike will premiere a new song every Monday on the Gist.