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Can Peeps Be Sticky Year-Round?

Devoted candy blogger Cybele May’s quest to find the perfect sweet.

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.
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.
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.
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!

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