When American Men Were Executed for Bestiality

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 6 2014 5:40 PM

Russian Reality, Colonial Bestiality

The Gist with Mike Pesca on the men who were executed for “crimes against nature.”

Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on April 24, 2014.

Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/AFP/Getty Images

Listen to Episode 2 of Slate’s The Gist:


On today’s episode, Mike Pesca talks with Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, about Vladimir Putin’s recent moves to crack down on free speech in Russia. Then, Mike talks with the author of the book Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic. And by “crimes against nature,” yes, he means interspecies coupling. Then, today's Spiel considers Vladimir Putin’s big appetite for little countries near his own and why tiny Moldova should be worried.


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



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