The Gist: Emily Parker on Cuba and Maria Konnikova on eyewitness testimony.

Why Is Eyewitness Testimony Both Unreliable and Highly Persuasive?

Why Is Eyewitness Testimony Both Unreliable and Highly Persuasive?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 23 2014 6:09 PM

Do You Recall the Most Famous Reindeer of All?

How sure can you be that that Rudolph’s nose glowed? Was it actually red? Maria Konnikova offers insight into our fungible memories.

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Can we be sure what Santa saw on that foggy Christmas Eve? It was foggy, and he does wear spectacles.

Photo illustration by Slate. Still from Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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How open are Cubans to the idea of democracy? Today on The Gist, Emily Parker weighs the chances of a less repressive government in Cuba. She’s the author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground. Plus, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker how much we can trust eyewitness testimony. For the Spiel, a Christmas miracle in Oklahoma.

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