The Gist talks pop song lyrics with John Moe, and takes an anthropological look at negotiating in Pashtun society.

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The Gist dissects pop song lyrics with John Moe, and negotiates like a Pashtun.

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Listen to Episode 34 of Slate’s The Gist:

Today on The Gist, song lyrics made literal. Wits host John Moe has written a book of imagined pop culture correspondences called Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth. Plus, Mike speaks with RAND political scientist Jonah Blank for an anthropological look at negotiating in Afghanistan’s Pashtun society. For the Spiel, Mike debuts his new imaginary radio show “Least Qualified.”


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

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