The Gist: SPF with Maria Konnikova, and the happy birthday song.

Slather Your Feet With Sunscreen and Other Helpful Summer Tips From Science

Slather Your Feet With Sunscreen and Other Helpful Summer Tips From Science

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 10 2015 5:56 PM

Summer BS Edition

Maria Konnikova solves the mysteries of summer, including whether we need to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.

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On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker addresses the burning questions of the summer season, including the truth about SPF and the weirdness of ice cream headaches. Plus, filmmaker Jennifer Nelson explains how new research may finally restore “Happy Birthday to You” to the public domain. For the Spiel, what are Trump’s chances?

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