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I Hate This, Don’t Quote Me 

In one paragraph, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher held the line against anonymous sources and “outright awfulness.”

June 27 2017 7:21 PMBig Turmoil in Big Sky CountryAnne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—covering politics in Montana for BuzzFeed.
June 23 2017 7:39 PMDo Radicals Change the World?Author Jeremy McCarter on the five people who changed the course of America in 1917.
June 22 2017 6:40 PMScaachi Koul on Surviving the TrollsIt helps to stay off Twitter.
June 20 2017 8:31 PMIs Terrorism Coverage Racist?A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.
June 16 2017 7:39 PMJon Ronson on Writing the Year’s Wildest MovieThe Welsh journalist on his new movie, the meat-is-murder fantasy adventure Okja.
June 14 2017 6:50 PMHe Ate Human Flesh for ScienceBill Schutt on his comprehensive new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.
June 13 2017 11:21 AMWhy Can’t Al Franken Make More Jokes at the GOP’s Expense?Read what the Gist asked the Minnesota senator about humor in Washington.
June 9 2017 9:19 PMLarry Wilmore is Black on the AirThe comedian talks about his new podcast and why satire can’t change minds.
June 7 2017 6:11 PMWhat We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Part IHint: It’s not about the feds, it’s about local prosecutors.
June 5 2017 6:27 PMO Great Confessor GoogleSeth Stephens-Davidowitz combs internet search data to uncover secrets that elude pollsters.
June 1 2017 6:07 PMThe Path of Most ResistanceNew Republic editor Jeet Heer on how the election of Donald Trump has remade the Democratic Party.
May 30 2017 5:36 PMDonald Trump, Body SnatcherWhy is it so hard to talk about Trump without sounding like warmed-over commentary on CNN?
May 25 2017 7:05 PMBen Wittes Digs OutThe editor of Lawfare returns to wade through the past two weeks’ worth of ENSH (errant national security horses--t).
May 23 2017 8:09 PMTom Ricks: “It’s Shakespearean”A longtime defense policy reporter on the tragedy unfolding in the Trump White House. 
May 19 2017 7:28 PMCan We Really Fix College Sports?Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight. 
June 26 2017 7:14 PMThe Rise and Reign of Unruly WomenIn her new book, author Anne Helen Petersen on how our culture treats women defying norms.
June 23 2017 10:25 AMHow to Persuade Trump’s Most Loyal SupportersMake a moral argument, but choose the right morals.
June 21 2017 7:31 PMThe Musings of Wallace ShawnThe playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.
June 19 2017 7:41 PMLies vs. BSA handy guide to parsing the president’s tweets.
June 15 2017 6:45 PMThe Delicate Art of Political PersuasionRobb Willer on how to reframe debates in a way the “other side” will understand.
June 13 2017 6:46 PMAwk-ward!Why does awkwardness make us so uncomfortable?
June 12 2017 7:35 PMAutocrats Can’t Take a JokeComedian Bassem Youssef satirized two Egyptian presidents. They were not amused.
June 8 2017 7:01 PMWhat 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?
June 6 2017 7:51 PMWhy So Morose About Lactose?Our resident debunker, Maria Konnikova, on the truth and the fiction about nondairy milks.
June 2 2017 8:32 PMYou Can’t Say That, Mr. SenatorGuest host Zoe Chace talks to Al Franken about jokes you can’t say out loud in Washington.
May 31 2017 7:25 PMA Playwright in the Rust BeltLynn Nottage on her Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway show Sweat.
May 27 2017 9:29 AMThe Colony and the Nation MSNBC host Chris Hayes on how the law-and-order policies of Richard Nixon have created a bifurcated America.
May 24 2017 6:40 PMEveryone Looks Presidential on Air Force OneJosh King on why Donald Trump is looking kind of respectable during his first foreign trip.
May 22 2017 6:44 PMJon Glaser Is ConflictedThe star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.
May 18 2017 6:51 PMRoger Ailes Created This MessIsaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.