The Gist: Zoe Cormier on sex, drugs, and music, and Baltimore riots.

Let’s Talk About Duck Vaginas

Let’s Talk About Duck Vaginas

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 28 2015 7:02 PM

Let’s Talk About Duck Vaginas

These biologically unrivaled lady bits are the product of a genital arms race across evolution.

Could you please not?

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Listen to Episode 245 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, author Zoe Cormier explores the science behind the trinity of human pleasures. She’s the author of Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science. For the Spiel, Mike discusses how we discuss the Baltimore riots.


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