The Gist: Graeme Wood on ISIS, and the lobstar of the antentwig.

Don’t Underestimate ISIS

Don’t Underestimate ISIS

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 23 2015 5:49 PM

ISIS’s Self-Destruct Button 

While denouncing ISIS, Western leaders are dismissing core principles that could help defeat the group.

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Is the ISIS ideology clear and constant?

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Today on The Gist, journalist Graeme Wood offers insight into the motivations of ISIS. He recently wrote “What ISIS Wants” for the Atlantic. For the Spiel, we name the lobstar of the antentwig for The Gist Episode 200.


We end this show with the latest Dial-a-Song debut from They Might Be Giants, a cover of Jonathan Richman’s song “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar.”

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