Quiz: Why Are Online Quizzes All the Rage?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 7 2014 5:15 PM

Take This Quiz: What Kind of Political Scandal Are You?

The Gist with Mike Pesca on the rise of online quizzes.

Monica Lewinsky.
Is it time for Americans to give Monica Lewinsky a break?

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Listen to Episode 3 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On today’s episode, Mike Pesca talks with Mark Leibovich, author of This Town, about his New York Times Magazine piece on politicians leaving Congress for on-air punditry and what yesterday’s primaries tell us about the strength of the Tea Party. He then talks with science journalist Maria Konnikova about what online quizzes, and our interest in taking them, really tell us. Maria is the author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. And today's Spiel centers on Monica Lewinsky’s new attempt to rehabilitate her reputation, and whether it’s time for Americans to give her a break.

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