The Gist: Vexillologist Ted Kaye explains the flags worn by Dylann Roof, and Richard Thaler on behavioral economics.

What Two Flags Can Tell Us About the Charleston Suspect

What Two Flags Can Tell Us About the Charleston Suspect

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 18 2015 7:43 PM

Why Dylann Roof Picked Those Two Flags

Vexillologist Ted Kaye reminds us that flags inspire emotions, both positive and negative.

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Let’s zoom in on these patches worn by the Charleston shooting suspect, Dylann Roof.

Photo via Dylann Roof/Facebook

Listen to Episode 280 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, a closer look at the apartheid-era South African and Rhodesian flags worn by the Charleston suspect, Dylann Roof, with vexillologist Ted Kaye. Plus, Richard Thaler offers common-sense ideas found in behavioral economics. He’s the author of Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. For the Spiel, an explanation of the Jexclamation point!

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