The Gist: Maria Konnikova on MSG, and Obama’s third term as president.

That Tomato Is Full of MSG!

That Tomato Is Full of MSG!

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 28 2015 6:45 PM

The Telltale Story of MSG

Is monosodium glutamate, often shunned over health concerns, unfairly maligned? We got the ABCs on MSG.

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Does this have MSG? ’Cause The Gist loves food with MSG.

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Listen to Episode 307 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On The Gist, a clear explanation of the many dangers of monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the research for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, how could the president say that while outside of America?

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