The Gist: Daniel Engber on weird news aggregators, and the Iran deal.

What Does the Internet Mean for the Future of Weird News?  

What Does the Internet Mean for the Future of Weird News?  

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 13 2015 7:34 PM

Keep News Weird

How can we ensure that news stories beginning with “A Florida man …” never go extinct?

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Strange but true.

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Listen to Episode 296 of Slate’s The Gist:

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In the age of the vast and insatiable Internet, where zany headlines are compiled by the hive-mind, is it possible that the very notion of weird has been diluted? On The Gist, Slate contributing editor Dan Engber explores changing standards for the strange and bizarre. He recently wrote about this for Pacific Standard in a piece called "Who, What, Where, When, Weird.” For the Spiel, why Iran is the perfect country for an arms control treaty.

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