The Gist: Megan Hustad on TED, and Tom Zoellner on dark tourism.

TED Talks: Like Preaching but With Those Stupid Wraparound Headsets

TED Talks: Like Preaching but With Those Stupid Wraparound Headsets

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April 6 2015 6:46 PM

TED Talks Shame the Devil

Author Megan Hustad found the crescendo of conviction at TED reminiscent of a tent revival sermon. It freaked her out.

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Today on The Gist, we explore a new form of dark tourism: ecotourism. Tom Zoellner’s Kindle single Come See the Mountain tells the story of his visit to the Potosi silver mine in Bolivia. Plus, Megan Hustad explains why TED talks remind her of the tent revival sermons of her youth. She’s the author of How to Be Useful and More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments. And to end the show, Mike can’t stop spieling about the New York Times’ coverage of the Chicago elections.


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