The Gist: Maria Konnikova on expiration dates, and Jonah Blank on Maldive Islands.

How Seriously Should We Take the Sell-By Dates on Our Foods? 

How Seriously Should We Take the Sell-By Dates on Our Foods? 

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 8 2015 6:59 PM

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How seriously should we take the sell-by dates on our foods? Maria Konnikova will know.

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For a tourist’s paradise, the Maldive Islands is wading into some deep political waters. Today on The Gist Jonah Blank from the RAND Corporation explains the outlook for democracy in the Maldives. Then, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker about the importance of expiration dates on food and medication, the latest in a series we call “Is That Bulls--t?” For the Spiel, we remember the man who filled Lake Michigan with hot chocolate.


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