Telling Stories: Do It Better
Moth champ Matthew Dicks returns with more tips for storytellers and some tough-love advice for Steven Spielberg.
Awkward Silence Is Our PolioWhen Alexandra Petri decided to become a writer, she worried that she wasn’t interesting enough. Her solution? Craigslist.
Will Gay Marriage Upend Gay Culture?A historic decision from the Supreme Court means big changes for what it means to belong to the gay community.
1990: The Year Before Music Changed ForeverMike Pesca strikes a pose as we explore the many highs and unforgettable lows of the 1990 Billboard chart.
Why Humankind Needs KardashiansLike it or not, the influence of celebrity culture on our lives is profound, and possibly hardwired.
The Creator of Doc McStuffinsThe executive producer of the Peabody Award–winning children’s show shares a career arc that includes Israeli Sesame Street and Alaskan bar fights.
Loony Trial BalloonsGoogle’s experiment in balloon-powered Internet is a moonshot among moonshots, but somehow it’s staying afloat.
Tour Guide for The Memory PalaceNate DiMeo left NPR to create a podcast fueled by deep history, captivating stories, and hypnotic music beds.
Grasping for the Ferguson EffectMike Pesca debates guest Heather Mac Donald about drawing a link between a spike in inner-city crime to civil unrest in Missouri.
The Best Defense Is a Good ... KidMike Pesca examines how athletes position their own children to deflect the press.
Mac McCaughan: SolochunkThe Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder performs live in Slate studios under his own name.
What a Cherokee Chief Can Tell Us About Andrew JacksonNPR host Steve Inskeep examines the complicated story of America’s seventh president through a new lens.
Talking About Talking About RaceHow can we have better conversations about race? Author Baratunde Thurston offers some rules of thumb.
Poking Holes in AcupunctureAs Mike needles Maria Konnikova’s chi with questions, will her analysis remain on point?
The Following Story Is Based on Real PresidentsTo write about the leader of the free world, novelist Brad Meltzer says it helps to know a few commanders-in-chief (and their Secret Service agents).
Is the “Five-Second Rule” Baloney?Scientists have actually studied the commonly held belief that food on the floor is still edible as long as it is rescued quickly.
The Gist ListAn interview with Mike Pesca about the long, detailed, occasionally baffling iPhone note where he keeps all his ideas.
Four Essential LiesListen in as the Moth champ Matthew Dicks shares strategic lies commonly used by professional storytellers.
Why Dylann Roof Picked Those Two FlagsVexillologist Ted Kaye reminds us that flags inspire emotions, both positive and negative.
Deep Dive Into a Defining InstitutionThere’s a lot more to the history of slavery than cotton fields in the South between 1840 and 1860.
My Friend Became a Staunch Anti-Vaxxer. Now What?Dear Prudence reminds us that ending a friendship can be hard, but getting the measles is worse.
Sleeping: You’re Doing It WrongHigh-achievers love to boast about how little sleep they need. Is that BS?
Sharon Van Etten, Banter MentorWe assign the acclaimed singer-songwriter to help an up-and-coming artist who’s concerned about his awkward stage banter.
His Dunkological Clock Was TickingMike Pesca and Asher Price head to New York’s West 4th Street Courts to discuss slam-dunking in your 30s.
Nothing Up Their Sleeves?A look at the benefits offered, if any, from compression sleeves worn by LeBron James, alpine skiers, and ailing senior citizens.
Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road StoryWith the so-called Dread Pirate Roberts sentenced to life in prison for operating a shadowy marketplace in the “dark net,” The Gist hears about a new documentary directed by actor Alex Winter.