The Gist on what Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 means for Vladimir Putin, and how satellites are improving our penguin count.

Does Putin Know When to Fold ’Em?

Does Putin Know When to Fold ’Em?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 18 2014 5:37 PM

Does Putin Know When to Fold ’Em?

The Gist explores whether the Russian leader might change course on a losing strategy.

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Does Putin know when to fold ’em?

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Listen to Episode 52 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, Slate’s Anne Applebaum shares insights into Vladimir Putin’s next move. How might the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 affect what Applebaum believes is Putin’s failing strategy in Ukraine? Then, count penguin poo with researcher Michelle LaRue from the University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center. She’s using satellite imagery to get a better count on penguin populations. In today’s Spiel, the MH17 story is all about the telling detail.

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