The Gist: Rae Wynn-Grant on bear news, and Will Oremus on net neutrality.

While the Internet Obsesses Over Llamas, The Gist Focuses on What’s Important—Bears

While the Internet Obsesses Over Llamas, The Gist Focuses on What’s Important—Bears

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 26 2015 7:31 PM

The Quiet Dignity of Bears

Do bears enter human communities because they’re being pushed out of their natural habitats, or because our garbage is tasty?

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Scratching, rubbing, biting, and napping.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo by MJ Boswell/Flickr.

Listen to Episode 203 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On the day when the Internet turns to llamas, we keep our focus on the important thing, the dangerous thing: bears. Today on The Gist, the latest bear news with wildlife biologist Rae Wynn-Grant from Columbia University. Plus, Slate’s Will Oremus answers exactly one question about net neutrality. We’ll hear your questions and learn about what the color of a bear’s fur has to do with its species. Send us your questions for a future segment using #bearnews. For the Spiel, Mike throws barbs at Iran.

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