Do You Rely on GPS? Thank Chuck E. Cheese and William F. Buckley.
In Pinpoint, Greg Milner chronicles how a conservative pundit, the military, and a pizza impresario made GPS ubiquitous.
A Sympathetic Serial ImposterJoshua Marston’s new film, Complete Unknown, depicts a woman who can’t stop changing her identity.
The ’80s Really Were the BestHadley Freeman wondered why the movies of her 1980s childhood seemed so special. So she went back and asked actors and directors.
Why We’ve Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombA painter, a Vietnam vet, and a nun walk into a nuclear storage facility. So begins Dan Zak’s fascination with the Pandora’s box of weaponry.
Brazil’s Redeemer Has Subpoena PowerSlate’s Franklin Foer says there’s reason for optimism in Brazil, despite rampant corruption and chaos.
Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Followed the Fear HereThe creators of the film Don’t Think Twice have some very earnest observations about improv comedy and pursuing your dreams.
John Dickerson Has a Follow-Up. He’s Willing to Ask It Seven Times.The moderator of Face the Nation on CBS has two competing theories about the 2016 presidential election.
Playing the Spanish CardUPenn professor Nelson Flores says, anecdotally, Tim Kaine’s Spanish skills seem to be the biggest hit among white liberals, not Latino voters.
If It Feeds, It LeadsFacebook’s News Feed is the world’s most powerful purveyor of news. But how it assembles each person’s top stories remains a mystery.
Jessi Klein Says Women Are DogsThe head writer for Inside Amy Schumer sorts women into two groups: poodles and wolves. She’s a wolf.
The Little-Known Story of Sabotage in New York HarborJuly 30 marks the centenary of a major terrorist attack on the United States. Never heard of it?
Celebrating the Nerd MentalityThe hosts of the Nerdette podcast bring their safe space to The Gist for a round of nerd confessions.
Optimum OpticsKeep an eye out for the subtle stage-managing of the presidential nominating conventions.
P.C. Policing the BorderHaving a progressive fan base is equal parts exhilarating and maddening for comedian Hari Kondabolu.
Cutting ClassIn White Trash, author Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class identities and our efforts to appropriate or shed them.
There’s a Viking on the DeltaThe lead singer of the Icelandic band Kaleo found his inspiration in the blues music of the Deep South.
W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu Want Equal TimeThe hosts of Politically Re-Active tend to agree on the issues that fascinate them. But they each want to say their piece.
Women’s Gymnastics Gets the Hard-Boiled TreatmentIntense women, high stakes, and restrained rivalry: The world of women’s gymnastics is a perfect suspense novel setting.
The Résumé Says “Loafer,” but the Loafers Scream “Executive”Maria Konnikova digs into the psychological link between your clothes and your performance.
Should You Have Your Silver Medal Bronzed?Mike bites down on a happiness study of bronze and silver medalists. Oh, does it bend.
Republicans Are Using Leeches to Cure CancerStuart Stevens says the GOP’s presidential nominee could make Republicans uncompetitive in elections for a generation.
History’s First Benedict ArnoldWho was the original Benedict Arnold? Why, it’s Benedict Arnold—as you’ll find out from spy novelist and history fanatic Brad Meltzer.
Diary of a Soon-to-Be-Freed DetaineeGuantánamo inmate Mohamedou Slahi has been cleared for release. Here’s The Gist’s never-aired 2015 interview with Larry Siems, who edited Slahi’s writings.
It Takes Great Presidents to Make America GreatAnd only Clinton talks like she would be a great president.
Finally, a Pro-Kidnapping FilmOrange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder says her new film, Tallulah, stemmed from her experience as a nanny for wealthy moms.
Your Dog Smells My Dog?Does a dog go crazy on you because he’s picking up the whiff of another canine? Maria Konnikova has the answers.
To Catch a CartelThe Infiltrator is Hollywood’s treatment of the customs agent who burrowed deep inside Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering operation.