The Gist: Matt Dicks on storytelling, and Farah Pandith on counter-narratives.

Tell Us About Five Seconds of Your Life

Tell Us About Five Seconds of Your Life

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 23 2015 8:45 PM

The Five-Second Story

Your greatest story probably comes from a tiny sliver of your life. Tell us about it for The Gist’s new storytelling project.

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Storyteller Matt Dicks onstage, finger ready.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy of Matt Dicks.

Listen to Episode 180 of Slate’s The Gist:

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How exactly should the United States go about countering the jihadi narrative? Today on The Gist, we’re joined by Farah Pandith, the first-ever special representative to Muslim communities for the United States. She says the solution needs to come from civil society and the private sector, not from government alone.

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Plus, storyteller Matt Dicks tells us about five seconds from his life. He’s going to help us train a master storyteller here on The Gist. Want to pitch your tale? Tell us your name, a little bit about you, and brief version of your story. Call 304-607-GIST (4478) with your minute-long pitch.

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