The Gist speaks with food linguist Dan Jurafsky and war correspondents Tom Peter and Carmen Gentile.

 Is “Tomato Ketchup” Redundant? A Food Linguist Explains.

 Is “Tomato Ketchup” Redundant? A Food Linguist Explains.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 22 2014 8:06 PM

Wanted: More Good Words for Bad Smells

Food linguist Dan Jurafsky explains why we need words for the urine smell of stairwells, a whiff of rancid oil, and the bloody scent of fish.

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Is “Tomato Ketchup” redundant?

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In a recent article for the New Republic, Tom A. Peter explains why he considers war reporting no longer worth the risk. On The Gist, we ask him and his war correspondent peer Carmen Gentile to discuss how they decide when it’s worth risking everything for today’s news consumer. Plus, we explore The Language of Food with Dan Jurafsky. For the Spiel, Mike’s hacked the news with a little boy-yoy-yoing.


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