The Gist speaks with actor Nat Faxon, and Jordan Ellenberg on teaching the common core.

Why Is the Leading Man So Often the Boring Man?

Why Is the Leading Man So Often the Boring Man?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 21 2014 6:41 PM

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Nat Faxon eases into a leading role on the new FX show Married.

Listen to Episode 76 of Slate’s The Gist:


We bet you an Andrew Jackson that you’ll like our show on fractions and Faxon. First up, Nat Faxon, star of the FX show Married, explains why being leading man doesn’t have to mean being boring-man. Then, Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong, explains why the true common core for mathematics instruction is pizza. And in the Spiel, Mike defends the selfie from the scorn of a Christian minister.


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