The Gist: Maria Konnikova on the science of political personality studies, and Rachel Campos-Duffy comedy.

This Study Will Put a Smile on Your Face If You’re a Liberal

This Study Will Put a Smile on Your Face If You’re a Liberal

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 14 2015 8:00 PM

Smile If You’re a Democrat

A new study finds that liberals are happier than conservatives. Is that BS?

What can scientists learn from the smiling faces of our politicians?

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Listen to Episode 297 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, a wave of Trump talk crashed down on the weekend news shows. We have the highlights. Plus, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to examine the scientific merits of political personality studies in a series we call “Is That Bulls--t?” She’s the author of The Confidence Game. For the Spiel, Mike attempts to outdo the comedy stylings of Rachel Campos-Duffy.

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