The Gist: Dan Pashman on trong utensils and Scottish politics.

Will Trongs Be the Next Great Utensil?

Will Trongs Be the Next Great Utensil?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 27 2015 8:56 PM

Spooning With Dan Pashman

A serious investigation into utensil design with the host of The Sporkful podcast.

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Mike Pesca uses his cool new trongs to eat a chicken wing.

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Today on The Gist, John Curtice from the What Scotland Thinks blog explains why Scottish nationalist politics are generally trending left, while much of Europe’s nationalist movements shift right. Plus, Dan Pashman from The Sporkful vets Mike’s soupspoon theories and brings along his trongs.* For the Spiel, exploring why we talk about certain victims of the Nepalese earthquake and not others.


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*Correction, April 27, 2015: This post originally misstated the name of the utensil Mike tested out. They’re called trongs, not throngs.

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