The Gist: Laura Bennett on David Letterman and late night television.

It’s Letterman’s World. We Just Critique It.

It’s Letterman’s World. We Just Critique It.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 15 2015 7:31 PM

It’s Letterman’s World. We Just Critique It.

What will it mean for Dave to sign off for good after a 33-year run?

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David Letterman will walk off the late-night stage on Wednesday after 33 years.

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Listen to Episode 258 of Slate’s The Gist:

Today on The Gist, Mike Pesca and Slate senior editor Laura Bennett reflect on the unique career of David Letterman and the new breed of late-night hosts. His last show will be on Wednesday, and Slate’s Last Laugh features include many looks at the end of an era in late-night TV.


For the Spiel, lots of death. Sorry. But, the middle part has fun, great blues names!

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