Autocrats Can’t Take a JokeComedian Bassem Youssef satirized two Egyptian presidents. They were not amused.
What 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?
Why So Morose About Lactose?Our resident debunker, Maria Konnikova, on the truth and the fiction about nondairy milks.
You Can’t Say That, Mr. SenatorGuest host Zoe Chace talks to Al Franken about jokes you can’t say out loud in Washington.
The Colony and the Nation MSNBC host Chris Hayes on how the law-and-order policies of Richard Nixon have created a bifurcated America.
Everyone Looks Presidential on Air Force OneJosh King on why Donald Trump is looking kind of respectable during his first foreign trip.
Jon Glaser Is ConflictedThe star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.
Roger Ailes Created This MessIsaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.
What Richard Spencer Learned From Stephen MillerReeves Wiedeman on the Duke lacrosse scandal and the rise of the alt-right.
Chasing the Bauble With Brooke GladstoneThe On the Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.
Clint 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.
Are We Smart Enough to Be a Direct Democracy?Foreign Policy editor David Rothkopf asks The Great Questions of Tomorrow in his new book.
Why Can’t Al Franken Make More Jokes at the GOP’s Expense?Read what the Gist asked the Minnesota senator about humor in Washington.
Larry Wilmore is Black on the AirThe comedian talks about his new podcast and why satire can’t change minds.
What We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Part IHint: It’s not about the feds, it’s about local prosecutors.
O Great Confessor GoogleSeth Stephens-Davidowitz combs internet search data to uncover secrets that elude pollsters.
The Path of Most ResistanceNew Republic editor Jeet Heer on how the election of Donald Trump has remade the Democratic Party.
Donald Trump, Body SnatcherWhy is it so hard to talk about Trump without sounding like warmed-over commentary on CNN?
Ben Wittes Digs OutThe editor of Lawfare returns to wade through the past two weeks’ worth of ENSH (errant national security horses--t).
Tom Ricks: “It’s Shakespearean”A longtime defense policy reporter on the tragedy unfolding in the Trump White House.
Can We Really Fix College Sports?Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight.
Why Things Went South in AlabamaJohn Archibald, dean of the Alabama press corps, unpacks the scandal that brought down his state’s governor.
Encounters With the Very, Very FamousChuck Klosterman on his new book X, which includes profiles of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Taylor Swift.
Are 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.
The Man Who Wrote the Comey MemoHow did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein become a presidential hatchet man?
The Formation of Stephen MillerThe Trump administration’s wunderkind adviser made his name as a student pundit during the Duke lacrosse scandal.