The Gist asks Jamelle Bouie about Ferguson, and Megan Abbott’s new novel The Fever.

Will Ferguson Become a Catalyst for National Change?

Will Ferguson Become a Catalyst for National Change?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 15 2014 8:47 PM

Is That Ferguson or Selma?

The Gist explores how Ferguson, Missouri, stands as a stark example of racial disparities in America.

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Demetrus Washington protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown, Aug. 14, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty.

Listen to Episode 72 of Slate’s The Gist:

The visuals coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, evoke memories of a much uglier time in our history. On the Gist, Slate’s Jamelle Bouie shares observations from his recent visit to the protests. Plus, author Megan Abbot explains why high school mass hysteria was the perfect subject for her new novel The Fever. For the Spiel, it’s time to elect a new Lobstar of the antentwig.


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