The Gist uses epistemology to understand privacy, and the worst poker beat ever.
What Poker Has to Teach Us About Missile Defense Systems
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 31 2014 7:16 PM

What Poker Has to Teach Us About Missile Defense Systems

The Gist explores the odds of freakishly bad results on airplanes and poker tables.

Conner Drinan loses $1 million at the World Series of Poker.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Image courtesy ESPN.

Listen to Episode 61 of Slate’s The Gist:


When is it best to know when our privacy has been violated? Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA passes around nude photographs. A doctor in Maryland may have photographed thousands of women during their gynecological exams. Aaron Zimmerman from UC–Santa Barbara brings an epistemological approach to the question, “Can you be a victim without knowing you’re a victim?” For the Spiel, what a bad beat at the World Series of Poker reminds us about how we make decisions.


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

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