The Gist
The Gist

Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald

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Oct. 19 2017 6:49 PMFlags Tell FibsWhy flags make good symbols but bad historical records.
Oct. 18 2017 9:11 AMThe Stupid Genius of Dexter GuffBecause the thought-leader/life-hacker/productivity-optimizer trope was ripe for parody.
Oct. 14 2017 12:26 AMWhy Now With the Weinstein Stories?Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual harassment was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret. What allowed two news giants to put it in print within days of one another?
Oct. 11 2017 6:06 PMOklahoma Is Not OKLow tax rates, failing public services, and a governor who thinks prayer will fix the budget deficit. Why can’t Oklahoma get it together?
Oct. 6 2017 8:00 PMMasha Gessen, Putin WhispererThe U.S. has liberalized over time. Why hasn’t Russia?
Oct. 4 2017 7:59 PMYou Poor SeoulA retired military man explains why any show of force against North Korea will hurt our allies in the south.
Oct. 2 2017 7:33 PMThe Rage Was Already ThereAuthor Masha Gessen on what we get wrong when we try to explain the psychology of mass shooters.
Sept. 28 2017 8:48 PMRecentering American PoliticsCan the left and right ever agree?
Sept. 26 2017 7:22 PMMark Lilla’s Advice for LiberalsThe author of one of the most polarizing columns of the past year thinks you may have misunderstood his argument.
Sept. 22 2017 8:08 PM2007 Defined the Next Decade in PopHip-hop and R&B dominated the charts, but digital sales are what mattered.
Sept. 20 2017 6:38 PMCredit Where Credit Is DueThe credit reporting bureaus don’t care about you. Why should they?
Sept. 18 2017 8:19 PMWas Booger Really a Nerd?Actor Curtis Armstrong on the deeper message within Revenge of the Nerds.
Sept. 14 2017 9:49 PMWhich Type Are You?Author Gretchen Rubin sorts people into four major personality types: Rebel, Obliger, Questioner, and Upholder.
Sept. 12 2017 8:27 PMThe Hygiene HypothesisShould you let your kids eat dirt?
Sept. 8 2017 5:48 PMPatricia Williams Isn’t JokingThe comedian known as Ms. Pat started doing standup 15 years ago. Her caseworker got her into it.
Oct. 18 2017 7:38 PMFalling for the Gambler’s FallacyHow long-term probability misleads our short-term observations.
Oct. 16 2017 10:34 PMSarah Kliff ­­­­­­­­­on the Big QuestionsIs Obamacare bending the cost curve? Would its demise cause more people to die? Sarah Kliff from Vox weighs in.
Oct. 12 2017 7:37 PMThe Shia LaBeouf of IslamAymann Ismail’s video series takes a look at what it’s like being Muslim in America.
Oct. 10 2017 7:53 PMMade-Up CabaretActor Jason Kravits sings from a lesser-known American songbook—the one he creates, on the spot.
Oct. 5 2017 9:45 PMFacebook’s Data MonopolyHow big tech killed innovation and acquired too much information on us.
Oct. 3 2017 6:22 PMThe Presidency is ImpossibleHow the world changed the presidency and doomed the office to failure.
Sept. 29 2017 7:39 PMKurt Andersen’s History of American WackadoodlesHave we always been this disconnected from reality? Very possibly, yes.
Sept. 27 2017 7:44 PMIt’s Time to Rethink Puerto RicoBeing a territory helped Puerto Rico. Just not enough.
Sept. 25 2017 7:36 PMDavid Litt is D.C. FunnyA former Obama speechwriter on why a president needs to get the joke.
Sept. 21 2017 7:17 PMDylan Moran Will Say It to Your FaceIf you’ve gone through the trouble to craft a perfect joke about American girth, why dial it back for an American audience?
Sept. 19 2017 7:22 PMThe Frat Doesn’t Have Your BackFraternities protect themselves, but not their members.
Sept. 15 2017 7:42 PMTed Leo’s Hanged-Man WisdomThe musician’s latest album offers a serenity prayer for political obsessives.
Sept. 13 2017 7:36 PMChris Gethard Wrestles With ComedyHow WWE tropes inform The Chris Gethard Show.
Sept. 11 2017 7:32 PMNnamdi Asomugha’s Drama SchoolThe former NFL cornerback says football prepared him to be an actor.
Sept. 7 2017 4:59 PMThree Cheers for HoustonNatural disaster experts are marveling at the low death toll in southeast Texas. What accounts for it?