Zen and Beef Jerky at the World Series of Poker

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June 9 2014 6:23 PM

Zen and Beef Jerky at the World Series of Poker

The Gist talks with Colson Whitehead about poker and former Taliban captive David Rohde on Bowe Bergdahl.

Colson Whitehead

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy of Colson Whitehead.

Listen to Episode 25 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, reporter and former Afghan Taliban captive David Rohde shares his insights into the Bowe Bergdahl transfer. Then Mike and author Colson Whitehead discuss how to find Zen and excellent jerky at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Whitehead represents the “Republic of Anhedonia” in his new book The Noble Hustle. For the Spiel, Mike’s dispatch from the barbecue queue.


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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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