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The “March to Zero” Veers Off Course in Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback is trying to stamp out the state’s income tax. One journalist explores his family connection to the experiment.

Aug. 26 2015 7:06 PMRaising a Trans KidWe ask a doctor who treats transgender youth about how to parent through the transition.
Aug. 24 2015 7:25 PMMy Disease Became Your Fad DietSlate’s Laura Bennett talks about being gluten-free in the days before it caused waiters to roll their eyes.
Aug. 20 2015 7:50 PMA Horse Is a Horse, Unless It’s a NaziIntended as a gift for Hitler, a 10-foot-tall bronze horse now stands in the courtyard of an elite German boarding school.
Aug. 18 2015 7:46 PMThe Sons and Daughters Lost to ISISReporter Julia Ioffe shares what she learned from the mothers of radicalized converts killed after joining the terrorist organization.
Aug. 14 2015 6:57 PMWarning: This Episode Contains SingingMike Pesca has a song in his heart. We found a coach to help him find the key.
Aug. 12 2015 5:55 PMWhere to Find the Best StoriesMatthew Dicks shares a five-minute routine to make us all better storytellers and slow down the passage of time.
Aug. 10 2015 5:56 PMSummer BS EditionMaria Konnikova solves the mysteries of summer, including whether we need to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.
Aug. 7 2015 6:39 PMThat’s Just Sand in My Eye!Dominated by tributes hits “I’ll Be Missing You” and “Candle in the Wind,” 1997 was the year that Puffy and Elton moved us to tears.
Aug. 6 2015 4:11 PM“Dogs Are Never Going to Show Up Drunk”The 10,000th Slate Plus member is a sheep farmer from Alberta. We called him to chat.
Aug. 4 2015 7:32 PMBPA! BPS! Are They BS?The infamous “plastics” utterance from The Graduate sends Mike on a journey into the real meaning behind the term BPA-free.
July 31 2015 7:27 PMThe Man Behind Cabin Boy Sails OnComedy writer Adam Resnick on getting a Letterman internship, Death to Smoochy, and being your own worst enemy.
July 29 2015 6:49 PMBed Bugs Are Unvanquishable and It’s Our FaultThe amazing story of the underground pockets of DDT-resistant bed bugs that emerged after World War II to haunt our dreams.
July 27 2015 7:06 PMWork Harder, AmericaAdam Davidson explains what Jeb Bush doesn’t understand about the relationship between productivity and capitalism.
July 23 2015 7:54 PMStep 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.
July 21 2015 7:43 PMComedy Isn’t PrettyMike Schur of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation on the correlation between beauty and funny.
Aug. 25 2015 7:39 PMGarlic: The Secret to a Long Life With No FriendsSince 3000 B.C., garlic has been touted as a miracle food. At last, Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth.
Aug. 21 2015 8:01 PMRob Huebel and Paul Scheer Ride the Glass BusWhen making a comedy special, text Aziz and ask him to meet you at a taco stand. Then, shell out for a glass-encased motor coach.
Aug. 19 2015 6:52 PMWhen Comedy Podcasts Were Still in BetaJimmy Pardo of Never Not Funny explains how he fell into alt-comedy and pushed boundaries with one of the first great comedy podcasts.
Aug. 17 2015 6:55 PMSimon Rich, the Premise KeeperHis new book Spoiled Brats explores the worst of millennial culture, through a selfish, lazy character named Simon Rich.
Aug. 13 2015 6:16 PMHow Economists Define PovertyWhen it’s impossible to objectively measure poverty, how valuable are statics like “the poverty line”?
Aug. 11 2015 3:09 PMMike Pesca’s Origin Story, as Told by His ParentsOne December evening in 1971, our host was born in the front seat of a Plymouth Barracuda.
Aug. 10 2015 5:15 PM“We’ve Got to Go Diagonal!”How The Gist has taken over Mike Pesca’s dreams.
Aug. 6 2015 6:34 PMHow to Survive Mark SanfordPolitical speechwriter Barton Swaim reveals what it was like to work for the South Carolina Republican, hiking enthusiast, and serial mangler of rhetorical clichés.
Aug. 5 2015 8:56 PMDebt Ratings Are Like The EmmysFour years after a scary downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, The Gist turns to the The Sopranos to find out why an economic meltdown failed to materialize.
Aug. 3 2015 6:35 PMTrump’s Star Begins to DimThe Donald is polling well, but other numbers reveal he doesn’t have what it takes to win the primary.
July 30 2015 7:07 PMTed Cruz Hits the RoadPolitico’s Manu Raju explains why Ted Cruz freaked out about the highway funding bill.
July 28 2015 6:45 PMThe Telltale Story of MSGIs monosodium glutamate, often shunned over health concerns, unfairly maligned? We got the ABCs on MSG.
July 24 2015 6:57 PMOvercoming 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.
July 22 2015 9:35 PMFirst Taste of the JuiceboxxxOur two-part series about The Gist’s new favorite rapper begins with friendship, art, and a mind-blowing set.
July 20 2015 7:19 PMAmerican Exceptionalism Rah-RahEurasia Group president Ian Bremmer explains why America needs to commit to a coherent foreign policy strategy.