The Gist

We Work Hard for Less Money

In terms of “real wages,” we make less than our grandparents did. At least we have air conditioning.

Oct. 21 2014 6:46 PMSoup Was Once HilariousAnd so were deliverymen, husbands doing the dishes, and corned beef hash.
Oct. 17 2014 6:45 PMNorman Lear, Thanks for TVHe pioneered TV escapism that’s more about family than nice apartments.
Oct. 16 2014 1:30 PMCan You Play Electric Guitar in the Tundra?Bryan Adams’ strange grudge against electricity.
Oct. 14 2014 7:30 PMWorking On Our Night MovesBob Seger’s YouTube comments tell a story of sex, nostalgia, and mortality.
Oct. 10 2014 7:38 PMMy 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.
Oct. 9 2014 7:04 PMRogue Taxidermy, Art for Awful DreamsAn ancient practice gets an artisanal makeover.
Oct. 7 2014 6:19 PMWhat Is R-Nought, and How Is It Helping to Fight Ebola?Epidemiologists combating the deadly virus rely on a mathematical model to predict its spread.
Oct. 3 2014 6:21 PMStop Freaking Out About Your KidsHow evangelical-parenting Nazis are sucking all the fun out of raising children.  
Oct. 1 2014 7:09 PMCan Peeps Be Sticky Year-Round?Devoted candy blogger Cybele May’s quest to find the perfect sweet.
Sept. 29 2014 7:46 PMLouisiana Isn’t Boot-Shaped AnymoreThe Gist on how erosion is literally changing the map of the Pelican State.
Sept. 25 2014 10:19 PMNot Fade AwayThe once-ubiquitous pop song fade-out appears to be dying. The Gist asks why.
Sept. 23 2014 7:24 PMA Good Analogy Is Like Mike PescaIt tells you what you need to know and helps to clarify complicated issues.
Sept. 19 2014 6:18 PMMusician RebornXavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito, shares his journey from 1980s Oakland gutters to black roots music.
Sept. 17 2014 6:16 PMComedian Jen Kirkman Doesn’t Want Kids. Cue Outrage.The hypothetical next generation would like to thank this talented stand-up for not procreating.
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.
Oct. 20 2014 6:47 PMThe Serial Podcast Ending Is TBDPlease don’t let this investigative series turn out to be contemplation about the nature of truth. 
Oct. 16 2014 7:51 PMThanks Bro, Now Get the Hell Out of FeminismSlate’s Amanda Hess explains why male allies are sometimes important, and sometimes the worst.
Oct. 15 2014 6:45 PMThe Eight-Glasses-of-Water-a-Day MythMaria Konnikova explains why there’s a drought of studies about the optimal level of hydration.
Oct. 13 2014 6:53 PMGeorge Carlin Gets His WayWhy the legendary comedian deserves to have a f--king street named in his honor.
Oct. 10 2014 9:36 AMI Have the Documents!Local news anchors offer indisputable proof they’ve read the official report.
Oct. 8 2014 5:46 PMBedbugs: Disgusting Nuisance, Great MusicalBedbugs!!! the musical grows in popularity, while bedbugs the pests have grown in population.
Oct. 6 2014 5:29 PMQatar: Friend or Frenemy?Our largest Middle East military base is there, but what is the U.S. getting in exchange?
Oct. 2 2014 6:38 PMThe Cosby ShowdownCan we tell his story without discussing sexual assault allegations?
Sept. 30 2014 6:38 PMTrue Tales of Andy Warhol’s Sex CouchSixties art house erotica was provocative, but was it a turn on?
Sept. 26 2014 7:29 PMHas Cheating Cured Him of Cheating?Dear Prudence admirably resists the urge to say “I told you so!” with a past letter writer.
Sept. 24 2014 5:54 PMWhy Economists Don’t Have Many FriendsAdam Davidson makes the abstract intellectual argument about government spending that no one wants to hear.
Sept. 22 2014 8:06 PMWanted: More Good Words for Bad SmellsFood linguist Dan Jurafsky explains why we need words for the urine smell of stairwells, a whiff of rancid oil, and the bloody scent of fish.
Sept. 18 2014 8:03 PMFormer Police Drummer Stewart Copeland Scores Big With Ben-HurThe (second) highest-grossing silent film of all time gets a new sound.
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.