The Gist: holiday myths with Maria Konnikova, and reporting the San Bernardino shooting.

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A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 2 2015 8:23 PM

Unwrapping Holiday BS

Maria Konnikova joins us for our favorite reindeer game.

Advice as we steer through this holiday season.

Photo by Dustin Gaffke/Flickr

Listen to Episode 389 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker rounds up the holiday season’s most tedious myths for a game we call “Is That Bulls--t?” Her new book, The Confidence Game, is now available for preorder. For the Spiel, all the things we don’t know but tend to report in wake of another mass shooting.

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