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Nuclear Weapons Require Delicacy From a President Who Has None

Nuclear Weapons Require Delicacy From a President Who Has None

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 16 2018 10:04 PM

Nukes and Crannies

President Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?

An undated, unverified picture released by North Korea official Korean Central News Agency on Sept. 16 shows a launching drill at an undisclosed location.

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Listen to Episode 909 of Slate’s The Gist:


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In the interview, more on fire and fury—nuclear fire, rhetorical fury, and the consequences of both. Jeffrey Lewis and Aaron Stein, hosts of Arms Control Wonk, assess the Trump administration’s tough talk on North Korea and the danger of a South Korea that decides to take matters into its own hands.

In the Spiel, Aziz Ansari isn’t blameless, but he doesn’t deserve a total destruction of his career, either.

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