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The Parents of Jordan Davis

Seeking justice for their son politicized Ron Davis and Lucia McBath and made them the subjects of a new HBO documentary.

Nov. 24 2015 6:38 PMThe Current Standing of Standing DesksYou come into someone’s office. They offer you a seat. Is it appropriate to reply, “Are you trying to kill me?”
Nov. 20 2015 7:35 PMPlaywright David HareHe’s written roles performed by Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Meryl Streep. We’ll hear the story of his formation as a writer and artist.
Nov. 18 2015 6:51 PMOnly 10 Percent of Our Brains?Maria Konnikova makes the other 90 percent of our noggins ache with confusion.
Nov. 16 2015 6:03 PMWas Paris a Tactical Mistake?Our guest suggests ISIS might have sacrificed its dream of the caliphate in order to attack Paris.
Nov. 12 2015 7:40 PMSubtlety Sucks!Our guest is tired of art that privileges subtlety over directness. We’ll hear out the finest nuances of his argument.
Nov. 10 2015 7:29 PMThe Great CompromiserHenry Clay’s appellation would be a damning nickname for any politician today.
Nov. 6 2015 7:14 PMChaka Khan vs. Deep Purple vs. The SmithsThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the only time we’ll ever have to compare the merits of Steve Miller and Janet Jackson. No contest, right?
Nov. 4 2015 8:43 PMBacon Makes Everything Better, Except Your ColonThe World Heath Organization recently declared that processed meats cause cancer. Is that B.S.? We get to the meat of the matter.
Nov. 2 2015 7:59 PMEnding Mass Incarceration Is Not That EasyDo high incarceration rates lead to lower crime rates? Our two-part series about America’s prison problem.
Oct. 29 2015 7:11 PMAn Unforgettable Technique for Telling Riveting StoriesMoth champion Matthew Dicks demonstrates how to craft a “driveway moment” in your storytelling.
Oct. 27 2015 7:24 PMUnnatural … Pauses in “NPR Voice”For the … Spiel, a close look at how broadcasters use pauses to sound natural but often accomplish the exact opposite.
Oct. 23 2015 6:56 PMMeryl Streep and BarbecueThere are few things that unite the affections of bipartisan America. In 1824, the French aristocrat Marquis de Lafayette was on that list.
Oct. 21 2015 6:56 PMPadding Your Résumé for PresidentGovernors are always talking about the economic wonderlands they’ve created in their states, but does that translate to a national economy?
Oct. 19 2015 7:54 PMGiving the Freedom Caucus Its DueConservative thinker Reihan Salam points out how Freedom Caucus Republicans are better serving their constituents on this one major issue.
Oct. 15 2015 6:52 PMMunitions and MenstruationThe Gist’s new favorite way to measure an average woman’s lifetime tampon use—three empire state buildings.
Nov. 23 2015 7:28 PMFrom Carson’s Couch to Nixon’s Enemies ListDavid Steinberg’s satirical comedy got him on the Tonight Show more than 100 times and led Nixon to hire professional hecklers. 
Nov. 19 2015 6:25 PMPsychic Spies and the CIAWhy the government spent millions researching remote viewing, but finally abandoned the project in the 1990s.
Nov. 17 2015 7:28 PM150 Foiled Terrorism PlotsSince 9/11, U.S. law enforcement efforts have successfully deterred another major terror attack. How long can that last? 
Nov. 13 2015 7:19 PMA Devastating Film About Facing AdulthoodJames White is a somber, well-acted indie film about life and death, influenced by the third season of Law and Order.
Nov. 11 2015 7:11 PMIs 35 the Ovum/Under?When should fertility panic set in? Maria Konnikova lays out the risks and debunks the myths. 
Nov. 9 2015 8:43 PMWhy Trump Wasn’t Funny on SNLToday’s Spiel attempts to bring meaning to the shambles that was Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live.
Nov. 5 2015 7:18 PMThe Doctor Is in TuneMike Pesca reveals never-before heard extended rap lyrics from Ben Carson’s new campaign ad.
Nov. 3 2015 6:18 PMPrisoner Rehabilitation Is Not That EasyAmericans consistently say in surveys that they favor prisoner rehabilitation. Why won’t more politicians embrace it?
Oct. 30 2015 7:36 PMPlayed by Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark RuffaloThese three actors closely studied our guests for the film Spotlight, now gaining lots of Oscars buzz.
Oct. 28 2015 9:05 PMIs Salt Still Bad for You?A secret killer or the Western diet's scapegoat? Maria Konnikova assaults us with wisdom.
Oct. 26 2015 7:57 PMWhy Jeff Bezos Went From No. 1 to No. 87Why the editors at Harvard Business Review decided to evaluate today’s top leaders on more than their share price and total market capitalization.
Oct. 22 2015 11:32 PMLess of a Hearing, More of a TalkingWhat the Gist found when timing out all the “questions” asked during the Benghazi hearings.
Oct. 20 2015 7:31 PMThey Finally WonA new podcast tells the story of the Columbia University football team’s 24-game losing streak, and how a new coach is helping players rediscover their love for the game.
Oct. 16 2015 6:50 PM1971: When the ’70s Started Sounding Like the ’70sChris Molanphy shares the hits of 1971, including proto-disco, funk, teen idols, and some great singer-songwriters.
Oct. 14 2015 6:31 PMThe Clinton CadenceA certain something Hillary Clinton has mastered in her past 40 years of public speaking.