The Gist on comedy with Mike Sacks, a peer-review scandal, and the downside of killing Hitler.

The Guy Who Went Back in Time to Kill Someone Called “Hitler”

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 10 2014 6:38 PM

This Guy Killed Hitler. All He Wants Is a Thank-You.

The Gist on the downside of time travel, and why this might be the golden age for comedy writing.

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Thanks to Dru Johnston, we have no idea who this man is.

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Listen to Episode 46 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on the show, writer Mike Sacks explains how it’s easier than ever to begin a career in comedy. In his book Poking a Dead Frog, Sacks asks comedians to explain their process without killing their humor. Plus, Dru Johnston reads his essay “I Think I Should Get More Credit for Killing Hitler” from the Occasional. And Ivan Oransky of MedPage Today and Retraction Watch unwraps the illicit world of peer-review fakery.

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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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