The Gist: Charles Mingus guide to toilet training cats, and Billboard chats.

Charles Mingus Wanted to Toilet Train Your Cat 

Charles Mingus Wanted to Toilet Train Your Cat 

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 1 2014 7:03 PM

The Mingus Method for Toilet Training Cats

A jazz legend's incredibly detailed step-by-step guide for moving your cat from litter to porcelain is probably the craziest merch table item ever… but does it work?

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There are a shocking number of photos of cats using the toilet online.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo by Gordon Flood/Flickr.

Listen to Episode 146 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Starting Wednesday, Billboard will change the way it measures success on the album chart. Today on The Gist, Chris Molanphy explains how the new system reflects our listening habits—and the evolution of the album inside the music business. Plus, reporter Jody Avirgan gives us the backstory on his recent Studio 360 piece about one of the strangest works ever composed by jazz giant Charles Mingus: a toilet-training guide. For cats. For the Spiel, do we need a perfect expression of popular sentiment? Mike ponders galvanizing anecdotes in the wake of Ferguson.

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Bonus Video:

Reg E. Cathey reads The Charles Mingus CAT-alog for Toilet Training Your Cat for Studio 360.

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