If It Feeds, It LeadsFacebook’s News Feed is the world’s most powerful purveyor of news. But how it assembles each person’s top stories remains a mystery.
Jessi Klein Says Women Are DogsThe head writer for Inside Amy Schumer sorts women into two groups: poodles and wolves. She’s a wolf.
The Little-Known Story of Sabotage in New York HarborJuly 30 marks the centenary of a major terrorist attack on the United States. Never heard of it?
Celebrating the Nerd MentalityThe hosts of the Nerdette podcast bring their safe space to The Gist for a round of nerd confessions.
Optimum OpticsKeep an eye out for the subtle stage-managing of the presidential nominating conventions.
P.C. Policing the BorderHaving a progressive fan base is equal parts exhilarating and maddening for comedian Hari Kondabolu.
Cutting ClassIn White Trash, author Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class identities and our efforts to appropriate or shed them.
O Captain Fantastic!Early films by director Matt Ross explored carnivorous armchairs. His latest movie—about a headstrong father and his children—is a bit more grounded.
The Ungeheuerlich Mr. JohnsonBoris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s newest top diplomat, in all his unbleeped glory.
The Life and Death of Aaron SwartzAuthor Justin Peters on the impatient child prodigy of the free culture movement.
Mister Postman, Lower Your Price Points for MeYour trusty Postal Service used to traffic children and in politicians’ dirty laundry.
Poll Analysis From a Spiritual 60-Year-OldHarry Enten explains the new 2016 election prediction from FiveThirtyEight.
Diary of a Soon-to-Be-Freed DetaineeGuantánamo inmate Mohamedou Slahi has been cleared for release. Here’s The Gist’s never-aired 2015 interview with Larry Siems, who edited Slahi’s writings.
It Takes Great Presidents to Make America GreatAnd only Clinton talks like she would be a great president.
Finally, a Pro-Kidnapping FilmOrange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder says her new film, Tallulah, stemmed from her experience as a nanny for wealthy moms.
Your Dog Smells My Dog?Does a dog go crazy on you because he’s picking up the whiff of another canine? Maria Konnikova has the answers.
To Catch a CartelThe Infiltrator is Hollywood’s treatment of the customs agent who burrowed deep inside Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering operation.
And We Never Looked at Music the Same Way AgainThe year of MTV’s launch brought us aerobic-chic, urban cowboys, and the one song you hear at every wedding.
A Kamikaze Mission to JupiterScientist Summer Ash explains the interstellar choreography of the Juno spacecraft mission and what we hope to learn from it.
It Was the Best of Timesheets, It Was the Worst of TimesheetsFor novelist J. Bradford Hipps, the modern office space is rich territory when it comes to human drama.
Wyatt Cenac Wants Kermit the Frog’s JobThe comedian’s stand-up showcase aspires to be the next Muppet Show. Without the puppets.