Listen to Episode 75 of Slate’s The Gist:
In preparation for Lebowski Fest, writer Alex Belth shares his story about working with the Coen brothers as a personal assistant. His Kindle single is The Dudes Abide. Then, Georgetown professor Bruce Hoffman explains how the beheading of James Foley signals a change in strategy for ISIS. For the Spiel, why Times Square needs to be swept clean of costumed creeps.
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