The Gist: Mark Leibovich on presidential baldness, and Maria Konnikova on stress.

Is America Ready for a Bald President?

Is America Ready for a Bald President?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 30 2015 2:22 AM

The Bald Truth About Presidential Candidates

Why having a high forehead might disqualify you for the nation’s highest office. 

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Wait, how did Scott Walker get that bald spot?

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Today on The Gist, Mark Leibovich from the New York Times discusses why Americans seem to dislike bald presidential candidates, yet love bald eagles. He’s the author of Citizens of the Green Room, and a new host of the Panoply program Podcast for America. (He is also bald.) Plus, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker explains the fine line between good stress and bad stress. For the Spiel, remembering Jack Ely and his mumbly “Louie Louie.”


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