The Gist
The Gist
Feb. 9 2017 7:06 PMElvis Costello’s High-Fidelity LifeIn his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the English legend reflects on his place in music history. 
Feb. 7 2017 6:24 PMAn Obamacare Architect Speaks OutFormer HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Affordable Care Act and the right-ward tumble of politics in Kansas.
Feb. 3 2017 7:19 PMHe Left the Hold Steady for MongoliaJourneyman musician Franz Nicolay had done the big-band thing. He wanted to go solo. And he wanted to see Ulaanbaatar.
Feb. 1 2017 6:21 PMInside the Biggest Pyramid Scheme EverJournalist Steve Fishman on interviewing Bernie Madoff.
Jan. 30 2017 6:56 PMUp in the AirImmigration lawyers are struggling to interpret the Trump White House’s travel ban. They’re flying blind.
Jan. 26 2017 6:51 PMDeregulation NationFighting red tape is a winning political strategy for Republicans. How did that happen? Author Jacob Hacker explains.
Jan. 24 2017 7:24 PMThe Problem With Tracking HateHate crimes are among the most undercounted offenses in the U.S. The Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to firm up a shoddy data set.
Jan. 20 2017 8:15 PMA Bet Against RealityNone of the conventions of politics stuck to President Donald Trump during his campaign. Will that change now that he’s in office?
Jan. 18 2017 7:26 PMTrial by Firing LineHow conservative champion William F. Buckley Jr. argued with his friends, how he argued with his foes, and why he thought there should be no argument about Donald Trump.
Jan. 13 2017 7:01 PMJamelle Bouie on the Trump CabinetSlate’s chief political correspondent on Trump’s picks, from the mildly acceptable to the downright disturbing.
Jan. 11 2017 6:42 PMTwenty-Four Grueling Hours in TrumplandSlate’s Fred Kaplan on Rex Tillerson’s hearing and the unverified dossier connecting Trump and Russia.
Jan. 10 2017 8:38 PMHow the Onion Remade Joe BidenHead writer Chad Nackers on how his satirical site turned the veep into a Trans Am–loving metal head.
Jan. 6 2017 8:12 PMUnpacking PeanutsGuidelines out this week say toddlers should be exposed to peanuts early. Marion Nestle on the new science of kids and allergies.
Jan. 4 2017 5:15 PMMara Wilson’s Post–Child Star LifeBetween Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street, Wilson is a defining part of many childhoods. Her new book looks at life after early fame.
Dec. 30 2016 7:41 PMBob Boilen: Tiny Desk, Big EffectThe man who brought us NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts asked a bunch of musicians about their influences. Guess which artists picked their own songs?
Feb. 8 2017 6:59 PMPlus Jamais Le Fake NewsSlate’s Will Oremus on how Facebook is tackling fake news ahead of the European elections.
Feb. 6 2017 6:16 PMThe Business of Corporate ProtestAdi Ignatius, editor of the Harvard Business Review, on how different business leaders are responding to the Trump presidency.
Feb. 2 2017 6:02 PMThe Case of the Frozen TruckerEmily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine breaks down the decisions and philosophy of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Jan. 31 2017 7:59 PMThe New Queens of SatireThe founders of Reductress imagine their latest project as a feminist’s how-to manual—written by the most ignorant feminists ever.
Jan. 27 2017 5:53 PMYeah, We’re Scared TooGeorge W. Bush appointee Eliot Cohen told other conservatives to work with Trump’s State Department. One conversation changed his mind.
Jan. 25 2017 6:37 PMDon’t Mind Us, We’re Just CollapsingThere’s never been a greater time to be alive. Does that mean we’re overdue for a downturn?
Jan. 23 2017 6:12 PMThe Truth About Vitamin CThe New Yorker’s Maria Konnikova returns to discuss a vexing health question: How much vitamin C is actually good for you?
Jan. 19 2017 6:59 PMThe 12-Step Program of Highly Effective PeopleHow comedian Nick Thune survived Alcoholics Anonymous, black-market therapy, and Seattle.
Jan. 18 2017 11:03 AMCan the Democrats Obstruct Everything for Four Years?The Atlantic’s Norm Ornstein on the best way forward for congressional Democrats facing Trump.
Jan. 12 2017 7:05 PMHow Should We Talk About Whiteness?  Professor Marc Lamont Hill on how to have a real conversation about identity politics in the Trump era.
Jan. 11 2017 3:12 PMWould the Onion’s “Diamond” Joe Biden Support Trump?Head writer Chad Nackers on the veep’s alter ego and how to satirize the Trump administration.
Jan. 9 2017 7:11 PMThe Secret to Meaningful WorkBehavioral economist Dan Ariely mines his research for lessons on happiness, employment, and the folly of common sense.
Jan. 5 2017 6:42 PMThe Paradox of ShavingMaria Konnikova returns to take on one of life’s great mysteries: When you shave a lot, does your hair grow back faster?
Jan. 3 2017 6:24 PMRalph Nader’s Animal InstinctsThe author and advocate on his new book, Animal Envy, and predictions for the Trump presidency. 
Dec. 29 2016 6:22 PMGood GriefComedian Laurie Kilmartin has tips to help you boost your Twitter following and mourn your dying parent at the same time.