The Gist: Meghan Daum on essay craft, and Maria Konnikova on food sensitivity.

Writer Meghan Daum Almost Died and Learned Nothing From the Experience

Writer Meghan Daum Almost Died and Learned Nothing From the Experience

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 2 2014 7:49 PM

Learning Little From the Near-Death Experience

We asked Meghan Daum for grand conclusions she learned from a near-death experience. Instead, she taught us something about the craft of writing.

Meghan Daum
Our guest Meghan Daum.

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Pop-up ads keep telling Mike to test his food sensitivity. Is that bulls--t? Today on The Gist, we ask Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker about the differences between food allergies and intolerance. Plus, Meghan Daum discusses the craft of essay writing, and the near-death experience that taught her nothing. She’s the author of The Unspeakable. For the Spiel, the importance of the galvanizing anecdote in the University of Virginia rape case.

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