The Gist on advertising fast food to kids, and Mike Pesca visits the New Haven ideas festival.

The Sinister Business of Advertising to Kids

The Sinister Business of Advertising to Kids

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 20 2014 5:20 PM

The Sinister Business of Advertising to Kids

The Gist explores how McDonald’s and other companies market to children, and America’s evolving feelings about soccer.

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The terrifying face of McDonald’s new happy meal.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Image by McDonalds.

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Today’s The Gist is a special New Haven hotel room dispatch. Mike shares an excerpt from the New Haven ideas festival event “Thinking About Sports.” He was a panelist there alongside legendary sportswriter and NPR commentator Frank Deford, poet Elizabeth Alexander, and author Nicholas Dawidoff. Also in today’s show, we ask Dartmouth professor of pediatrics James D. Sargent about McDonald’s new happy meal branding, and how other countries limit marketing to young children. In today’s Spiel, some ideas about ideas festivals.


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