The Gist: The Play Pool (No Water), and Norman Ornstein on independents.

Divided Government Can’t Untangle Washington Gridlock, but Maybe Independents Can

Divided Government Can’t Untangle Washington Gridlock, but Maybe Independents Can

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 29 2014 6:21 PM

If Washington Hips to Indie Rock

Independents could thaw the two-party freeze in Washington.

Listen to Episode 125 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist: Divided government is supposed to foster compromise. Instead, Washington is mired in the mud. Norm Ornstein of the Atlantic talks about the potential of independents to swing the balance of power in the Senate. Plus, New York’s Barrow Street Theater is mounting English playwright Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (No Water). Director Ianthe Demos and performer Nick Flint explain how they staged a play without stage directions. For the Spiel, uncles woo nieces, energy drinks woo attorneys general, and Lexus tries to woo our host.

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