Why Most Guerrilla Groups Don’t Belong on the Terrorism Watch List

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 14 2014 6:01 PM

Should the Wildlings Be on the Terrorism Watch List?

The Gist with Mike Pesca on Boko Haram and Game of Thrones.

Jack Gleeson and Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones.
Jack Gleeson and Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones.

Photo-illustration by Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo. Photo courtesy of Helen Sloan/HBO.

Listen to Episode 8 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on the show, who belongs on the terrorism watch list? Georgetown University professor Daniel Byman explains what’s involved in classifying guerrilla groups like Boko Haram as counterterrorist threats. Plus, Slate’s Willa Paskin on depictions of sex and violence in HBO’s Game of Thrones. For the Spiel, Mike decries the outmoded proof of identity that harkens back to the Middle Ages and affects who represents us in Congress.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.


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