The Gist: Menstrual cups with Laura Anderson, and munitions news with Rebecca Grant.

Do You Need a “Smart” Menstrual Cup? Wait, What’s a Menstrual Cup?

Do You Need a “Smart” Menstrual Cup? Wait, What’s a Menstrual Cup?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 15 2015 6:52 PM

Munitions and Menstruation

The Gist’s new favorite way to measure an average woman’s lifetime tampon use—three empire state buildings.

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Are menstrual cups the next big thing for period technology? Do we need an app to track that?

Photo by Michelle Tribe/Flickr

Listen to Episode 357 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Immediately upon learning that there’s such a thing as a menstrual cup, Mike Pesca had to ask Slate’s L.V. Anderson to explain. Learn why the DivaCup and Keeper Cup are growing in popularity, and why a new Kickstarter campaign for the Looncup might not make it out of the prototyping stage. Plus, the return of Munitions News. Dr. Rebecca Grant of Iris Research joins us for a round-up of rounds. For The Spiel, what it really means to flip one’s baseball bat.

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