The Gist
The Gist

Son, Your Grandpa Is a Little Sketchy

Emily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a father considering introducing his toddler to a skeevy, narcissistic grandpa.

April 23 2015 6:31 PMWhat Makes a Story UnforgettableWe asked our listeners to help us find the greatest story ever told, so Matt Dicks can coach it into an even greater story.
April 21 2015 6:03 PMWe Dish on the KnishThe traditional Jewish soul food is filled with potatoes, onions, and for one author, family history.
April 17 2015 7:05 PMFrom The Daily Show to the PastBrian Unger explains how his career led him to a job as a park ranger, slash historian, slash tour guide, slash Travel Channel TV host.
April 15 2015 7:38 PMPutin Programs, You DecideHow the Russian leader maintains his popularity by keeping a finger on the balance of media.
April 13 2015 7:16 PMThomas Jefferson as TouchstoneAs democracy’s hero celebrates his 272nd birthday, a look at how the late president’s words continue to inspire, despite being misconstrued.
April 9 2015 6:22 PMRisk Lives Up to Its NameKevin Allison on the dark, kinky, and filthy storytelling podcast that’s too hot for public radio.
April 7 2015 7:53 PMThe Moment Has ArrivedFilmmaker Brian Koppelman’s podcast explores how people who accomplish amazing things use inflection points as fuel.
April 3 2015 2:33 PMTargeted by PutinOne investment fund manager tangled with the Russian leader and lived to tell the tale. His associates were not so lucky.
March 31 2015 7:03 PMWhat’s a Walking Bass Line?Chris Molanphy steps us through the low-end hooks that make songs like “Good Times” and “Billie Jean” so infectious.
March 27 2015 6:08 PMThe Pit Boss of House of CardsGuest Beau Willimon told Kevin Spacey that he wanted to create a character that would eclipse all the others. In Frank Underwood, they did.
March 25 2015 6:01 PMPractical YolksEggcellent news! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is about to drop a long-standing guideline on cholesterol.
March 23 2015 6:48 PMThe #NotAMovie Challenge BeginsTweet us an imaginary movie title, and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song. 
March 20 2015 7:32 PMScharpling and Wurster Do It BestTom Scharpling and Jon Wurster aren’t used to talking about what makes their imaginative radio comedy work, but we’ll make them try.
March 18 2015 6:08 PMPolitical KryptoniteAmong the flock of aspiring Republican presidential candidates, who will steal the most votes and money from Jeb Bush?
March 16 2015 6:30 PMA Matter of ChorusHow has an emphasis on branding changed the relationship between a song’s title and chorus?
April 22 2015 5:29 PMAre Probiotics Bunk?Maria Konnikova has the scoop on yogurt that promises clearer skin and slimmer waists. 
April 20 2015 7:20 PMBefore Bombs Fell Out of FavorAuthor Bryan Burrough on why the explosive tactics of the 1970s political underground are rarely used today.
April 16 2015 7:27 PM50-Year-Old HitsIn 1965 there were a ton of deserving No. 1 songs on the Billboard charts, and two silly novelty ones.
April 14 2015 8:36 PMAr U for Spelling Reform?Spelling in English is so difficult that it might be hindering literacy rates. Maybe it’s time for a change.
April 10 2015 8:48 PMVincent D’Onofrio on Introversion and ActingMike asks the accomplished character actor a question no one has ever asked him before.
April 8 2015 6:59 PMExpired ExschmiredHow seriously should we take the sell-by dates on our foods? Maria Konnikova will know.
April 6 2015 6:46 PMTED Talks Shame the DevilAuthor Megan Hustad found the crescendo of conviction at TED reminiscent of a tent revival sermon. It freaked her out.
April 1 2015 8:39 PMShakespeare Without the ScriptWherefore art thou a Chicago Improvised Shakespeare Company? A long running Chicago show mixes the bard with unscripted comedy.
March 30 2015 5:14 PMGunfight at the Walmart CorralShould shareholders have a say in the products a business sells? Why Trinity Church has called for a duel.
March 26 2015 7:11 PMImmigrants Don’t Steal JobsOne economist makes his case for immigration reform, which would make us all rich—and give South Dakota a football team.
March 24 2015 6:52 PMThe Wizard of OozeEverett Dirksen was a man of unbending principles, the first of which was to be flexible at all times.
March 23 2015 4:04 PMThe #NotAMovie ChallengeTo Cleaver by Half. Gerunding Gerald. The Girl With the Unfortunate Toes. Tweet us an imaginary movie title and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song. 
March 19 2015 6:56 PMPuppy LoveCan animals feel emotions? Maria Konnikova explains what recent studies reveal about animal feelings.
March 17 2015 7:07 PMMy Big Fat German DebtComparing Greek debt to the subprime mortgage crisis with Adam Davidson.
March 13 2015 7:20 PMTips for Your Office FridgeDan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast sizes up the Slate office fridge and offers tips for improving your communal kitchen.