The Gist: Max Abrahms on terrorism and Mario Schlosser on new health care companies.

Morality Aside, Is Terrorism a Rational Tactic for Many Insurgents Throughout the World?

Morality Aside, Is Terrorism a Rational Tactic for Many Insurgents Throughout the World?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 12 2015 6:56 PM

Beyond Death Cults and Nihilism

Is terrorism ever death for death’s sake? Should we understand terror groups like Boko Haram as death cults or rational actors?

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The Boko Haram flag. How strategic are these folks as a terrorist group?

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo by STEPHANE YAS/AFP/Getty Images

Listen to Episode 194 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, Max Abrahms from Northeastern University examines the motives of terror groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. Plus, we speak to Mario Schlosser, CEO of health firm Oscar, about how the Affordable Care Act has birthed a new kind of health care company. (Don’t forget the health care enrollment deadline is Feb. 15.) For the Spiel, a fantastic performance taped in Gist studios, with Xavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito. He just won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, and here’s where you can find his EP.

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