The Physical Presence of Actor David Morse
How he assumed the character of Big Foster for a new TV drama about a family of outsiders in the hills of Appalachia.
Mike and Frank Take the StageLive recordings from the Story Collider’s storytelling event featuring our winning listener and your host!
He Watched Every Super BowlOur host owes Slate’s Justin Peters an apology (or possibly workman’s comp) after suggesting he watch all 49 Super Bowls in two months.
Are Lots of Little Babies Synesthetes?About 4 to 5 percent of the population experiences unique sensory connections. Where does that come from? Is it BS?
Obama Did What?The president has accomplished more domestically than Cash for Clunkers and gay marriage, but who will tell America?
The Creative Duo Behind BillionsWhy Brian Koppelman and David Levien have left feature films to make a new Showtime series about power and money.
Changing More Than a MayorRahm Emanuel isn’t going anywhere, so how do we make things better for the city of Chicago?
How to Spot a Con ArtistThe story behind history’s greatest con artists, including Ferdinand Waldo Demara, who pretended to be monks, surgeons, and prison wardens.
Sea Lion, Smell LionThe noisome byproduct of the large marine mammal in San Diego wafts into The Spiel.
The Heavily Guarded Facebook AlgorithmThe messy business of trying to anticipate what you’ll find interesting online.
Near-Death Winter Tales With Matthew Dicks The 20-time Moth StorySlam champion explains how to craft small moments inside of larger stories to captivate listeners.
Eight New Billboard HitsChris Molanphy explains the puzzling Canadian pop chart dominance, and other pop music trends of 2015.
Should We Fear Domestic Terrorism?The HBO documentary Homegrown explores the impact of our counterterrorism state.
Why We Still Care About O.J.Can the new TV series tell a larger story about race and justice in America?
What’s a Vote Worth?In 2016, we’re estimated to spend $5 billion on the election. That’s about $15 per American.
Seeing Yourself in SpotlightHow Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo closely studied our guests for the film Spotlight, now nominated for Best Picture.
Jesse Eisenberg, Part 2Turns out the playwright and author has the same name has that famous actor guy.
Did Track Palin Get Off Easy?When a man strikes a woman with a fist in most jurisdictions, would this typically lead to a misdemeanor?
Eat More Pterodactyl?Our host and Fred Flintstone both work for Slate, but who has the healthier habits? Maria Konnikova explains the “Paleo” diet.
The Former Poet Laureate to Kim Jong-ilWhen he first met the dear leader, our guest was surprised to see him crying to folk songs, stroking a Maltese puppy, and wearing high heels.
Here Are Your Winning Powerball NumbersThe Gist identifies the best numbers for your Powerball ticket. You’re welcome.
Where Genius Is BornEric Weiner explains why you never hear about great geniuses coming out of Las Vegas.
Exercise Fad B.S.The Gist throws a couple kettle bells around to determine the ultimate perfect exercises for 2016.
Terrorists or Nudniks?In the Spiel, The Gist ponders how we should describe the armed anti-government protesters in Oregon.
Cocktails, Stories, and Science! Come to our preshow happy hour with Mike Pesca and the rest of the Story Collider storytellers.