The Gist: Alex Winter on the deep web and Silk Road trial.

Actor Alex Winter Traces Ross Ulbricht's Silk Road

Actor Alex Winter Traces Ross Ulbricht's Silk Road

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 29 2015 5:58 PM

Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road Story

With the so-called Dread Pirate Roberts sentenced to life in prison for operating a shadowy marketplace in the “dark net,” The Gist hears about a new documentary directed by actor Alex Winter.

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Alex Winter's latest film on The Gist.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Epix/Deep Web.

Listen to Episode 267 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Alex Winter went from co-starring with Keanu Reeves in the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure franchise to creating tech-centric documentaries. Today, Winter talks about directing Deep Web, about the online black market Silk Road and its founder Ross Ulbricht, who was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. The show premieres on Epix this weekend.

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Also, Slate’s Joel Meyer joins us to answer one question, and one question only, about Minneapolis. For the Spiel, should we give so much credit to the sage grouse?

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