The Gist: Rick Bragg on Jerry Lee Lewis, Mike Pesca on the Gruber gaffe.

Jerry Lee Lewis Makes Us All Look Like Posers

Jerry Lee Lewis Makes Us All Look Like Posers

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 9 2014 7:57 PM

Goodness Gracious: Great Bio of Fire

Journalist Rick Bragg went deep with Jerry Lee Lewis—and lived to tell the Killer’s story.

Jerry Lee Lewis publicity photo from the 1950s.
Jerry Lee Lewis publicity photo from the 1950s.

Photo illustration by Slate. Public domain photo by Maurice Seymour, Chicago.

Listen to Episode 152 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, Mike comes out with his prediction for Time’s person of the year. Plus, Rick Bragg brings the greatest rock pianist of all time to life in his new biography Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story. As Bragg tells us, “When you talk about Jerry Lee Lewis getting old, you’re talking about a wolf with its foot in a trap.” For the Spiel, we’re going Gruber.

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