Is Extreme Ideology a Cause or a Symptom of Mass Shootings?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 10 2014 5:58 PM

A Mass of Mass Shootings

The Gist on the latest wave of gun violence, and an uplifting interview with a very young novelist.

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Why are some mass shooters so drawn to extreme ideologies?

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Listen to Episode 25 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, criminologist and homicide researcher Adam Lankford explains why some mass shooters seem so drawn to extreme ideologies. Then we speak with 11-year-old author Audrey Hinsdale about how her debut novel The Trigger is a metaphor for growing up. For the Spiel, Mike weighs the cultural impact of driverless cars.

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