The Gist
The Gist

A Bet Against Reality

None of the conventions of politics stuck to President Donald Trump during his campaign. Will that change now that he’s in office?

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.
Dec. 22 2016 6:06 PMWhen There Was No Ducking DiscoListening back to Billboard hits of 1976, the year that gave us “Disco Duck.”
Dec. 20 2016 6:39 PMWe’re Going Into LaborJournalist Steven Greenhouse says union membership has plummeted in the past 50 years, and Democrats haven’t done enough to fight Republican-backed anti-labor measures.
Dec. 19 2016 6:46 PMThank God for HedonistsWork hard, play harder, build a global economy? Author Steven Johnson says frivolity, not necessity, is the mother of invention.
Dec. 15 2016 6:47 PMDo Strict Voter Laws Make a Difference?  Voting law expert Rick Hasen on the many ways Republican states try to suppress turnout.
Dec. 13 2016 6:42 PMVladimir Putin Plays the Long GameObama’s second ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, on the Rex Tillerson nomination and how the U.S. should approach Russia post-hacking.
Dec. 9 2016 4:45 PMDon’t Tell Kyle Kinane What to DoThe comedian from Netflix’s Love is still fuming about all those “I voted” stickers.  
Dec. 7 2016 6:07 PMBoeing, Get Off My Plane!Is $4 billion a lot for Air Force One? Or is Trump looking for savings in all the wrong places?
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?
Dec. 28 2016 4:52 PMThe Home Movie That Changed AmericaAbraham Zapruder captured a presidential assassination by accident. Now his granddaughter wrestles with his legacy.
Dec. 22 2016 11:58 AMThe Year of Bill CampThe actor who brought us the “subtle beast” in HBO’s The Night Of imagines the Salem witch trials with a Long Island accent.
Dec. 20 2016 12:55 PMWho in History Came Closest to Winning the Heisman and a Nobel?The Gist’s Mike Pesca has got a few ideas.
Dec. 16 2016 6:58 PMOur Inflamer in ChiefSparks of international conflict are snuffed out around the world before we ever hear about it. How could that change under the Trump administration?  
Dec. 14 2016 5:49 PMWe Could Use Jon Stewart Right NowChris Smith is the compiler of new oral history The Daily Show (The Book), which focuses on Stewart’s cultural legacy.
Dec. 12 2016 5:55 PMLet’s Talk About RexHouston Chronicle energy reporter James Osborne on Trump’s prospective left-field pick for secretary of state.
Dec. 8 2016 6:24 PMGetting Held Back in Racial Justice ClassWhat did the Black Lives Matter movement accomplish? Writer Jeff Chang reflects on a complicated year.  
Dec. 6 2016 7:27 PMIt’s Much Bigger Than O.J.Ezra Edelman, director of the ESPN doc O.J.: Made in America, on how his film addresses race, class, the Los Angeles Police Department and celebrity culture.