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June 12 2014 6:45 PM

Polls Say the Darndest Things

The Gist surveys peculiar polls from around the world and hears how Iran might become an unlikely U.S. ally in Iraq.

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If we told you today’s Spiel was about polls, would you be very satisfied, mostly satisfied, or unsure?

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Listen to Episode 27 of Slate’s the Gist:

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Forces for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have taken control of significant parts of Iraq. Mike speaks with Slate’s Fred Kaplan about who’s to blame (hint: not Obama). We’ll explore how unlikely political coalitions could unite to avoid pure chaos in the Middle East. For the Spiel, Mike shows that poll results are in the eye of the beholder.

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

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