Ken Follett’s Case for Long Novels
Why the experience of a novel can hold your attention better than the most viral YouTube video.
Storm Large Owns Her Sexuality The Pink Martini singer doesn’t care if you’re offended by her changing hair color or fake boobs.
Did You See Obama Pull a John Wayne Last Night?The Gist learns how the White House stages an effective presidential speech, visually.
Stop 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.
The Almost Mystical Yet Totally Routine Process of ReadingThe Gist explores the mystery of the mind's eye.
The 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.
Happy 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).
The Bomb Makers’ Bomb MakerThe Gist learns what happened when a Nevada casino discovered a ransom note, and gigantic bomb, on its second floor.
Is Infidelity Still a Third Rail for TV?The star of the FX show Married stays likable despite extramarital opportunities.
In Ukraine, Even the Flags Are ClashingThe Gist explores when a flag becomes a political message in this vexillology corner.
The Pursuit of Happiness StudiesThe Gist wonders if we can truly study national differences in attitudes toward happiness.
Why Do I Keep Accidentally Dating Swingers?Emily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence explains what to do when the common denominator is you.
The Problem of Dual Arrests in Domestic ViolenceThe Gist explores what the Ray Rice case tells us about prosecuting domestic violence.
Dan 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).
A Brilliant Cellist Embraces the Devil’s MusicThe Gist speaks with cellist Maya Beiser about rocking out classically.
Can Naps Make You Feel Worse?The Gist speaks with Maria Konnikova about when power napping works against us.
Gilbert Gottfried Speaks for the BirdsThe Gist asks the comedian about the old showbiz world that drew him to comedy.
Puppies Don’t Win PulitzersThe Gist speaks with the Center for Public Integrity about recent investigations you might have missed.
The Proud Mom of 23 Could-Be KidsThe Gist learns the advantages of frozen families over room-temperature children.
A 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.
Is That Ferguson or Selma?The Gist explores how Ferguson, Missouri, stands as a stark example of racial disparities in America.
Copy CreeperThe Gist and Dear Prudence follow up with a copy-shop employee who spotted a chilling letter.
The Vin Scully of Horseracing RetiresFamed track announcer Tom Durkin opens up his secret book of tricks for The Gist.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Secret to Never Being BoringThe Gist learns it has nothing to do with eating, praying, or loving.