Spotlight on a (Very) Close RaceThe race in New York’s 19th district has everything: celebrity, big money, name-calling, fracking, and a very uncertain outcome.
The Problem With Mark KirkThe Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn on how two races in Illinois could spell the end for moderate Republicans in Congress.
Mike Debates His Former Producer About DatingGist phenom Andrea Silenzi returns to introduce her new show, Why Oh Why, a podcast about dating and relationships.
Adam Tries to Ruin a Horrible Election In his new TV special, professional killjoy Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything takes on the 2016 campaign.
The Case Against Dropping College DebtNew Yorker contributing writer Adam Davidson says the country’s education system exacerbates inequality. But eliminating student loan payments wouldn’t help either.
Jill Stein Pitches a Green Foreign PolicyThe Green Party presidential candidate says de-escalating tensions with Russia should be our top priority. And neither major party candidate is up to the job.
How Do You Prep to Debate a Dumpster Fire?Jonathan Prince has coached several Democratic candidates before major debates. Here’s his advice for Hillary Clinton.
Inside Late Night With Amber RuffinThe sketch writers sit here, the monologue writers sit there, and someone is probably wearing a dinosaur costume.
Your Food Will Be Ready When You Look Hungry EnoughDan Pashman from The Sporkful compares the long lines of a legendary pizza place in Brooklyn and an exalted sausage joint in Chicago. Does a long wait enhance a meal?
Phoebe Robinson Will Teach You How to BaeThe comedian, podcaster, and author of You Can’t Touch My Hair on collaboration, cultural sensitivity, and Queens versus the Bronx.
Why Do We Use BMI to Measure Health?Body mass index is imperfect. Is there a better way? We asked Maria Konnikova.
The Rules According to Malcolm GladwellWhat was young Malcolm like? He obsessed over ad slogans. He collected car brochures. And he insisted on being every board game’s explainer in chief.
Is Probiotic Yogurt a Health Craze That’s Stuck Around Too Long?Mike Pesca and Mo Rocca discuss in The Gist’s Slate Plus bonus segment.
A Governor You Can Make a Beer WithColorado brewer-turned-Gov. John Hickenlooper is waiting to see what comes of his state’s social experiment with legalized marijuana.
Dan Savage Diagnoses Donald TrumpAre Trump’s sexual transgressions symptoms of his internalized heterophobia?
Can Tattoos Still Be Edgy When So Many People Have Them?Tattoos, Nickelback, and other topics in The Gist’s Slate Plus bonus segment.
Do the Best and Brightest Ever Become President?Elliott Kalan used to be the head writer for The Daily Show. Now, he studies presidents. And guess what: Most of them weren’t very good.
Now, Slate Plus Members Can Get More of The Gist With Bonus Segments!Listen to Mike Pesca’s inaugural bonus segment for the show.
“We Are on the Verge of a Nuclear War”Jill Stein on why peace is more likely under Trump and the threat of an emerging Demo-Republican party.
The Secret Rhetorical Genius of Donald TrumpAhead of the final debate, we check in with Jennifer Mercieca, an academic with the unenviable job of studying how Donald Trump uses language.
Why Don’t More Women Run for Congress? Some people say there’s a bias against women running for political office. So gender and politics scholar Jennifer Lawless went looking for it.
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?The National Review’s Reihan Salam looks at the conservative movement’s future after Donald Trump.
Fact-Checking Won’t Stop Trump The Republican nominee is saying a falsehood every five minutes. Brendan Nyhan from Dartmouth College weighs in on the failure of fact-checking in the 2016 election.
Investigating Long Island’s Not-DeplorablesIn WNYC’s “United States of Anxiety” series, Arun Venugopal explores the real people supporting Trump in the New York suburbs.
Who Called Off the Pretension Police?Simon Doonan and Mike wonder if, in the last 20 years, we’ve seen a decline in the negativity around pretentiousness.
A Budding Storyteller Turns In His “Homework for Life”Moth champion Matthew Dicks hears from a Gist listener who took his top storytelling tip to heart: Jot down one idea every day.