The Gist
The Gist

Facing the News Like a Poker Champ

Guest host Maria Konnikova speaks with Annie Duke about how champion card players stay calm during hard times

Feb. 17 2017 6:05 PMAndy Zaltzman Is Back at Exactly the Right TimeThe British satirist reboots his influential comedy show The Bugle, just in time for Brexit and a Trump White House.
Feb. 15 2017 7:10 PMA Late Show for Grown-UpsChris Licht is helping to turn The Late Show With Stephen Colbert into the heir-apparent of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show
Feb. 13 2017 7:00 PMDavid Frum Beseeches You to FocusThe Atlantic’s David Frum says Never Trumpers can’t afford to splinter apart now.
Feb. 9 2017 7:06 PMElvis Costello’s High-Fidelity LifeIn his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the English legend reflects on his place in music history. 
Feb. 7 2017 6:24 PMAn Obamacare Architect Speaks OutFormer HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Affordable Care Act and the right-ward tumble of politics in Kansas.
Feb. 3 2017 7:19 PMHe Left the Hold Steady for MongoliaJourneyman musician Franz Nicolay had done the big-band thing. He wanted to go solo. And he wanted to see Ulaanbaatar.
Feb. 1 2017 6:21 PMInside the Biggest Pyramid Scheme EverJournalist Steve Fishman on interviewing Bernie Madoff.
Jan. 30 2017 6:56 PMUp in the AirImmigration lawyers are struggling to interpret the Trump White House’s travel ban. They’re flying blind.
Jan. 26 2017 6:51 PMDeregulation NationFighting red tape is a winning political strategy for Republicans. How did that happen? Author Jacob Hacker explains.
Jan. 24 2017 7:24 PMThe Problem With Tracking HateHate crimes are among the most undercounted offenses in the U.S. The Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to firm up a shoddy data set.
Jan. 20 2017 8:15 PMA Bet Against RealityNone of the conventions of politics stuck to President Donald Trump during his campaign. Will that change now that he’s in office?
Jan. 18 2017 7:26 PMTrial by Firing LineHow conservative champion William F. Buckley Jr. argued with his friends, how he argued with his foes, and why he thought there should be no argument about Donald Trump.
Jan. 13 2017 7:01 PMJamelle Bouie on the Trump CabinetSlate’s chief political correspondent on Trump’s picks, from the mildly acceptable to the downright disturbing.
Jan. 11 2017 6:42 PMTwenty-Four Grueling Hours in TrumplandSlate’s Fred Kaplan on Rex Tillerson’s hearing and the unverified dossier connecting Trump and Russia.
Jan. 10 2017 8:38 PMHow the Onion Remade Joe BidenHead writer Chad Nackers on how his satirical site turned the veep into a Trans Am–loving metal head.
Feb. 16 2017 6:09 PMWould a Narcissist Do This?The good news is the president doesn’t have narcissistic personality disorder. The bad news is he seems to be inured to distress.
Feb. 14 2017 7:14 PMJohn Darnielle Talks About Words and SnakesThe Mountain Goats’ lead singer on his horror novel, Universal Harvester, and accidental creative inspiration.
Feb. 10 2017 6:34 PMOh, How This Feels Like MoscowThe Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe and BuzzFeed’s Miriam Elder pour out the contents of their reporters’ notebooks from Russia.
Feb. 8 2017 6:59 PMPlus Jamais Le Fake NewsSlate’s Will Oremus on how Facebook is tackling fake news ahead of the European elections.
Feb. 6 2017 6:16 PMThe Business of Corporate ProtestAdi Ignatius, editor of the Harvard Business Review, on how different business leaders are responding to the Trump presidency.
Feb. 2 2017 6:02 PMThe Case of the Frozen TruckerEmily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine breaks down the decisions and philosophy of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Jan. 31 2017 7:59 PMThe New Queens of SatireThe founders of Reductress imagine their latest project as a feminist’s how-to manual—written by the most ignorant feminists ever.
Jan. 27 2017 5:53 PMYeah, We’re Scared TooGeorge W. Bush appointee Eliot Cohen told other conservatives to work with Trump’s State Department. One conversation changed his mind.
Jan. 25 2017 6:37 PMDon’t Mind Us, We’re Just CollapsingThere’s never been a greater time to be alive. Does that mean we’re overdue for a downturn?
Jan. 23 2017 6:12 PMThe Truth About Vitamin CThe New Yorker’s Maria Konnikova returns to discuss a vexing health question: How much vitamin C is actually good for you?
Jan. 19 2017 6:59 PMThe 12-Step Program of Highly Effective PeopleHow comedian Nick Thune survived Alcoholics Anonymous, black-market therapy, and Seattle.
Jan. 18 2017 11:03 AMCan the Democrats Obstruct Everything for Four Years?The Atlantic’s Norm Ornstein on the best way forward for congressional Democrats facing Trump.
Jan. 12 2017 7:05 PMHow Should We Talk About Whiteness?  Professor Marc Lamont Hill on how to have a real conversation about identity politics in the Trump era.
Jan. 11 2017 3:12 PMWould the Onion’s “Diamond” Joe Biden Support Trump?Head writer Chad Nackers on the veep’s alter ego and how to satirize the Trump administration.
Jan. 9 2017 7:11 PMThe Secret to Meaningful WorkBehavioral economist Dan Ariely mines his research for lessons on happiness, employment, and the folly of common sense.