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The Gist

Listening to Inanimate Objects

Podcaster Ian Chillag explores the secret lives of everyday objects we never think much about.

Aug. 16 2018 8:23 PMGoodbye to the Queen of SoulAretha Franklin’s talents went well beyond her golden voice.
Aug. 14 2018 8:54 PMDemocracy Needs a RebootJason Kander is a rising star in the Democratic Party, and he wants to take it back to square one (in a good way).
Aug. 10 2018 7:58 PMVenturing Into ObscurityThe Venture Bros. is the best kind of show that doesn’t care about alienating viewers.
Aug. 8 2018 8:54 PMRegulate MeThe 2008 financial crisis continues to linger.
Aug. 6 2018 8:56 PMThe Smart DrugOne pill helps you focus. Another pill keeps you awake. Neither will make you smarter.
Aug. 2 2018 7:45 PMMy Life as a SitcomIf Guy Branum could choose, he’d live in a sitcom.
July 31 2018 8:09 PMCourting PoliticsThe Supreme Court today is seen as a critical asset for liberals and conservatives to fight over. Was that always so?
July 27 2018 9:00 PMThe Pushback ArtistHow can we recognize our own blind spots about sexism and privilege?
July 25 2018 9:38 PMLights, Camera, SexismThe 24-hour news cycle born in the 1990s was especially unkind to women.
July 23 2018 8:07 PMWhen Death Row StallsNevada’s first execution since 2006 was stopped just hours before it was scheduled—even as a convicted killer welcomed it.
July 19 2018 8:22 PMDemocracy Dies in Dark MoneyHow Montana—and America—got warped by anonymous campaign funds and baseless attack ads.
July 17 2018 9:10 PMThe Schoolyard PresidentAfter his callow showing beside Vladimir Putin, president Trump’s excuses were crafted with all the skill of a fourth-grader.
July 13 2018 8:05 PMPardon the ArsonDwight and Steven Hammond aren’t heroes standing against big government. They’re outright criminals.
July 11 2018 7:31 PMGridiron ManJim Brown was nearly impossible to tackle on the football field. And in public life, he still is.
July 9 2018 8:10 PMThe Hole PictureThe ongoing rescue of the Thai boys trapped in a cave is the latest in a long line of similar stories.
Aug. 15 2018 7:26 PMThe Heart of Reality TelevisionIt isn’t all competition and cat fights. Born This Way follows the lives of a few charming individuals with Down syndrome.
Aug. 13 2018 8:32 PMTrump’s Pyrite TouchA GOP Never-Trumper on how the president gets nothing right.
Aug. 9 2018 8:58 PMOn Bended KneeBeing a sports star means your activism has a platform, but it doesn’t bode well for your career.
Aug. 7 2018 9:03 PMThe Egyptian SeesawHow the country went through a coup and the Arab Spring, and where they’re headed next.
Aug. 3 2018 7:59 PMWhere Is Space?Jeffrey Lewis guest hosts and tries to find the line where space starts.
Aug. 1 2018 8:31 PMQuarter for CarterPresident Jimmy Carter accepted an investigation into his White House team with grace. Think Trump would do the same?
July 30 2018 10:07 PMThey’re More Bad Than We Are GoodVoters might feel just OK about their own party. But when it comes to the other one, emotions run high.   
July 26 2018 8:24 PMThe Real Deep StatePakistan’s “deep state” helped Imran Khan claim electoral victory. Can he confront it, for the country’s sake?
July 24 2018 9:32 PMThe BS! It’s Everywhere!  President Trump lies even when it’s not in his interest.
July 20 2018 6:52 PMBobcat RevivalTen years after rejecting his old comedy routine, Bobcat Goldthwait has found his place—behind the camera.
July 18 2018 8:50 PMA Piece of PaiWhy is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blocking Sinclair?
July 16 2018 7:17 PMAre You Being Servered?Trump tries to deflect questions about Russian election interference by bringing up the servers again.
July 12 2018 10:39 PMA Cancer on the CourtDark money helped Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch get his spot on the Supreme Court. It could help Brett Kavanaugh too.
July 10 2018 8:53 PMDon’t Forget About SexHow the conversations around #MeToo have avoided the sexual motivations of guilty men.
July 6 2018 8:27 PMJust Use My Data, PeopleAdvertisers should target us more effectively.

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