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Comedian Jen Kirkman Doesn’t Want Kids. Cue Outrage.

The hypothetical next generation would like to thank this talented stand-up for not procreating.

Sept. 16 2014 6:44 PMKen Follett’s Case for Long NovelsWhy the experience of a novel can hold your attention better than the most viral YouTube video.
Sept. 12 2014 6:20 PMWhy Do I Keep Accidentally Dating Swingers?Emily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence explains what to do when the common denominator is you.
Sept. 10 2014 6:14 PMThe Problem of Dual Arrests in Domestic ViolenceThe Gist explores what the Ray Rice case tells us about prosecuting domestic violence.
Sept. 8 2014 6:34 PMDan Carlin on the Art of the RetreatThe Gist speaks with Dan Carlin about the greatest retreats in military history (and why that’s not an oxymoron).
Sept. 4 2014 8:08 PMA Brilliant Cellist Embraces the Devil’s MusicThe Gist speaks with cellist Maya Beiser about rocking out classically.
Sept. 2 2014 7:32 PMCan Naps Make You Feel Worse?The Gist speaks with Maria Konnikova about when power napping works against us.
Aug. 28 2014 7:08 PMGilbert Gottfried Speaks for the BirdsThe Gist asks the comedian about the old showbiz world that drew him to comedy.
Aug. 26 2014 7:13 PMPuppies Don’t Win PulitzersThe Gist speaks with the Center for Public Integrity about recent investigations you might have missed.
Aug. 22 2014 6:55 PMThe Proud Mom of 23 Could-Be KidsThe Gist learns the advantages of frozen families over room-temperature children.
Aug. 20 2014 6:00 PMDude, on the Set of the Big LebowskiThe Gist learns the story behind the making of the Dude.
Aug. 18 2014 6:23 PMA Panda, a President, Woody Guthrie, and a Flag Walk Into a Bar …Slate editors and special guest Brooke Gladstone face off in a heated debate over American icons.
Aug. 15 2014 8:47 PMIs That Ferguson or Selma?The Gist explores how Ferguson, Missouri, stands as a stark example of racial disparities in America.
Aug. 13 2014 6:10 PMCopy CreeperThe Gist and Dear Prudence follow up with a copy-shop employee who spotted a chilling letter.
Aug. 11 2014 7:25 PMThe Vin Scully of Horseracing RetiresFamed track announcer Tom Durkin opens up his secret book of tricks for The Gist.
Aug. 7 2014 5:17 PMElizabeth Gilbert’s Secret to Never Being BoringThe Gist learns it has nothing to do with eating, praying, or loving.
Sept. 15 2014 6:52 PMStorm Large Owns Her Sexuality The Pink Martini singer doesn’t care if you’re offended by her changing hair color or fake boobs.
Sept. 11 2014 6:06 PMDid You See Obama Pull a John Wayne Last Night?The Gist learns how the White House stages an effective presidential speech, visually.
Sept. 9 2014 4:38 PMReductio Ad HitlerumFinally! The Gist collects our best Hitler material in one special episode.
Sept. 5 2014 7:41 PMStop Calling Teaching a Calling. It's a Profession.The Gist explores the legacy of an education system with a circa 1820 one-room schoolhouse model.
Sept. 3 2014 6:25 PMThe Almost Mystical Yet Totally Routine Process of ReadingThe Gist explores the mystery of the mind's eye.
Aug. 29 2014 8:51 PMThe Thing I Need to Do Before “I Do”The Gist and Emily Yoffe follow up with Dear Prudence writer “Young and Restless” from five years ago.
Aug. 27 2014 6:18 PMHappy People Falling in Love Makes for a Boring StoryThe Gist learns how Anya Ulinich’s new graphic novel is both graphic (sexually) and novel (inventive).
Aug. 25 2014 7:10 PMThe Bomb Makers’ Bomb MakerThe Gist learns what happened when a Nevada casino discovered a ransom note, and gigantic bomb, on its second floor.
Aug. 21 2014 6:41 PMIs Infidelity Still a Third Rail for TV?The star of the FX show Married stays likable despite extramarital opportunities.
Aug. 19 2014 7:33 PMIt’s 2014. Let’s Discuss Polling About Hillary Clinton in 2016!
Aug. 16 2014 4:01 PMIra Glass Features Slate’s Mike Pesca on This American Life
Aug. 14 2014 7:18 PMIn Ukraine, Even the Flags Are ClashingThe Gist explores when a flag becomes a political message in this vexillology corner.
Aug. 12 2014 7:13 PMThe Pursuit of Happiness StudiesThe Gist wonders if we can truly study national differences in attitudes toward happiness.
Aug. 8 2014 6:24 PMCrazy FunnyIt’s official. All comedians but Seinfeld are insane. (And maybe Seinfeld.)
Aug. 6 2014 4:54 PMCome TogetherThe Gist explores the alchemy of creative pairs, from Lennon and McCartney to Brooks and Reiner.