The Gist discusses Bedbugs the musical and the science.

Bedbugs: Disgusting Nuisance, Great Musical

Bedbugs: Disgusting Nuisance, Great Musical

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 8 2014 5:46 PM

Bedbugs: Disgusting Nuisance, Great Musical

Bedbugs!!! the musical grows in popularity, while bedbugs the pests have grown in population.

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The musical Bedbugs!!! earns its exclamation points.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo by Rex Bonomelli.

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Today on The Gist, is it too soon for Ebola jokes? Slate’s Josh Levin explains why the Jaguar mascot Jaxson De Ville’s joke didn’t land. Then, how the musical Bedbugs!!! earns its exclamation points. We’ll speak with creators Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter about the show, and Brooke Borel chimes in about the bedbug science. Her forthcoming book Infested arrives next spring. For The Spiel, why political party matters in statewide races in Texas.

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