The Gist speaks with Dan Carlin from Hardcore History and comedian Gary Gulman.

When Is Retreating a Brilliant Strategy? Dan Carlin Explains.

When Is Retreating a Brilliant Strategy? Dan Carlin Explains.

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Sept. 8 2014 6:34 PM

Dan Carlin on the Art of the Retreat

The Gist speaks with Dan Carlin about the greatest retreats in military history (and why that’s not an oxymoron).

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Napoleon Crossing the Alps, by Jacques-Louis David in 1805.

Photo illustration by Slate. Painting by Jacques-Louis David.

Listen to Episode 87 of Slate’s The Gist:

Taking a note from Mike’s hairline (zing!), Slate is on retreat today. On The Gist, popular podcast host and historian Dan Carlin tells us about greatest retreats in history from Genghis Khan to Napoleon. Then we revisit a segment with comedian Gary Gulman about how even the smallest word choice matters when crafting a joke. For the Spiel, an early proto-spiel from 2008, first heard on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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