The Gist: Untranslatable with Emily Apter, and Guantanamo with Cliff Sloan.

Translating the Untranslatable

Translating the Untranslatable

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 30 2014 7:17 PM

Give Me Liberty or Give Me … Liberté

Comparing the French and Anglo notions of liberty, and other untranslatable ideas.

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How do words shape our mental processes?

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A week ago, Obama told CNN he’s doing everything he can to shutter the Guantánamo Bay prison. On The Gist, we speak with Clifford Sloan about his work as the special envoy for Guantánamo closure at the U.S. State Department. His recent departure was called “another blow to President Obama’s efforts” in the New York Times. He’s also a former publisher for Slate.


Plus, we get lost in translation with Emily Apter, an editor of the Dictionary of Untranslatables.

For the Spiel, the most off-putting boring news stories of 2014.

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