The Telltale Story of MSG
Is monosodium glutamate, often shunned over health concerns, unfairly maligned? We got the ABCs on MSG.
Work Harder, AmericaAdam Davidson explains what Jeb Bush doesn’t understand about the relationship between productivity and capitalism.
Step Inside the JuiceboxxxIn Part 2 of our series, The Gist’s favorite rapper describes what it’s like to be the subject of his friend’s new book.
Comedy Isn’t PrettyMike Schur of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation on the correlation between beauty and funny.
A Different StrokeThe guitarist now has short hair, a new album, and an overhauled perspective on being a rock star.
Let’s Grade a Deal (Iran Edition)Mike Pesca plays a game with the host of his favorite arms-control podcast.
Keep News WeirdHow can we ensure that news stories beginning with “A Florida man …” never go extinct?
Easy Listening Wasn’t Easy in 1975Elton John, Neil Sedaka, and KC and the Sunshine Band shared the spotlight with lesser gods during a tumultuous year for Billboard’s singles chart.
Nerds in the HoodThe Sundance breakout Dope is about Malcolm, a ’90s hip-hop obsessed geek living in an L.A. neighborhood called the Bottoms.
Awkward Silence Is Our PolioWhen Alexandra Petri decided to become a writer, she worried that she wasn’t interesting enough. Her solution? Craigslist.
Will Gay Marriage Upend Gay Culture?A historic decision from the Supreme Court means big changes for what it means to belong to the gay community.
1990: The Year Before Music Changed ForeverMike Pesca strikes a pose as we explore the many highs and unforgettable lows of the 1990 Billboard chart.
Why Humankind Needs KardashiansLike it or not, the influence of celebrity culture on our lives is profound, and possibly hardwired.
The Creator of Doc McStuffinsThe executive producer of the Peabody Award–winning children’s show shares a career arc that includes Israeli Sesame Street and Alaskan bar fights.
Overcoming the Intraoffice Cold ShoulderEmily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a woman who has tried just about everything to resolve a workplace tension.
First Taste of the JuiceboxxxOur two-part series about The Gist’s new favorite rapper begins with friendship, art, and a mind-blowing set.
American Exceptionalism Rah-RahEurasia Group president Ian Bremmer explains why America needs to commit to a coherent foreign policy strategy.
Smile If You’re a DemocratA new study finds that liberals are happier than conservatives. Is that BS?
The Art of PornGuest host Felix Salmon explores how the art world is blurring the lines between art, pornography, and the law.
Fear Your Shower, Not ISISEveryone with a TV show or presidential bid wants you to be afraid of ISIS. Stephen Walt explains why you should ignore them.
Telling Stories: Do It BetterMoth champ Matthew Dicks returns with more tips for storytellers and some tough-love advice for Steven Spielberg.
Poking Holes in AcupunctureAs Mike needles Maria Konnikova’s chi with questions, will her analysis remain on point?
The Following Story Is Based on Real PresidentsTo write about the leader of the free world, novelist Brad Meltzer says it helps to know a few commanders-in-chief (and their Secret Service agents).
Is the “Five-Second Rule” Baloney?Scientists have actually studied the commonly held belief that food on the floor is still edible as long as it is rescued quickly.
The Gist ListAn interview with Mike Pesca about the long, detailed, occasionally baffling iPhone note where he keeps all his ideas.
Four Essential LiesListen in as the Moth champ Matthew Dicks shares strategic lies commonly used by professional storytellers.
Why Dylann Roof Picked Those Two FlagsVexillologist Ted Kaye reminds us that flags inspire emotions, both positive and negative.