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April 27 2016 6:51 PMThe National Emergency We Call Donald TrumpSlate’s Jacob Weisberg joins us to share favorite moments from the first month of Trumpcast. 
April 25 2016 6:59 PMBathroom President Ted CruzToday’s the day for making accords with the Texas senator, and we’re prepared to offer him his own kingdom.
April 21 2016 7:17 PMThe Energy Crisis and the End of American LiberalismWhat the energy crisis in the ’70s taught Americans about government.
April 19 2016 7:19 PMGet a Life ... CoachThese days even life coaches have life coaches, but are they effective?
April 15 2016 6:35 PMBillboard Hits From 1986Back when our host was 14 years old, the hit songs were all big hair diva pop, big hair metal, and some guy named Falco.
April 13 2016 8:14 PMAn Interesting and Beautiful DayDavid Plotz from Atlas Obscura shares ideas for creating and finding your own microadventures this weekend.
April 11 2016 5:45 PMNature’s PhantomIt’s time you knew the truth about the fierce demon of the North, the wolverine.
April 7 2016 6:53 PMIf I Were HillaryMike imagines what his life would look like if he were the leading Democratic nominee.
April 5 2016 5:46 PMIs Modern Hypnotic Suggestion Effective?You’re getting very sleepy … now go download every episode of The Gist ever made …
April 1 2016 5:43 PMThe Hamilton RuleZoe Chace speaks with Republicans who despise Hillary Clinton but plan to vote for her because of Alexander Hamilton.
March 30 2016 7:31 PMThe Winter BluesClimb under a therapy light and pop some vitamin D as Maria Konnikova renders her verdict on seasonal affective disorder. 
March 28 2016 6:34 PMRadovan Karadzic Got 40 Years for the Srebrenica GenocideAfter hiding in plain sight for years, this Bosnian War criminal’s sentence has made him a symbol for anti-Serb conspiracy theories.
March 24 2016 3:44 PMCrazy FunnyIt’s official. All comedians but Seinfeld are insane. (And maybe Seinfeld.)
March 21 2016 7:58 PMWhen Words Change World EventsUse your words, but don’t forget to use spell-check, too.
March 17 2016 7:25 PMA Triumph of Small TalkSlate’s Ruth Graham demonstrates a crucial social lubricant while telling us about the weather.
April 26 2016 5:19 PMThe So-Called “So-Called Acela” PrimaryIn the Spiel, the two men who mangled their already impossible chances of pulling off a victory.
April 22 2016 7:03 PMPurplenessHow Prince defined the sound of the ’80s, even when his name wasn’t on the records.
April 20 2016 7:39 PMDid Bernie Pull Hillary to the Left?Slate’s Jamelle Bouie explains what the Democratic primary tells us about how the party as a whole has shifted.
April 18 2016 6:35 PMBill Clinton’s Advance Man Tells AllWhen you look at a presidential campaign as theater, every hat and private plane becomes part of the set.
April 14 2016 6:50 PMHurry Up and FastIs spending a day without food the ultimate weight-loss trick? Or outright dangerous?
April 12 2016 7:54 PMPinocchio’s Got a GunBernie and Hillary are exchanging shots over gun control. Who should we believe?
April 8 2016 6:56 PMHow Twisted Sister Became Twisted SisterWhat the cross-dressing glam band learned from a decade spent clawing its way out of Long Island.
April 6 2016 6:43 PMBurning Down Bernie’s MomentumIs it momentum or just primary results from a certain collection of states with very few black people?
April 4 2016 7:20 PMJon Ronson, Imam of ShameWhen the Internet gangs up to publicly shame an individual, what’s that really about?
March 31 2016 7:55 PMAbolitionist Heroes Lost to HistoryWe discuss American abolitionism as an activist social movement with historian Manisha Sinha.
March 29 2016 9:02 PMThe Huge Lingering WhySan Bernardino investigators know the who, what, and where, but will the culprit’s iPhone tell us why?
March 25 2016 7:15 PMThe Height of Clinton-Era Pop MusicRemembering Billboard hits from 1999, when MTV’s Total Request Live was huge, and our biggest pop stars were teenagers.
March 22 2016 7:17 PM1,145 Police KillingsWe have terrible statistics from the Justice Department about police killings in America, so a team of Guardian journalists started their own count. 
March 18 2016 7:15 PMThe Secret Genius of the T-Shirt CannonWe tear apart and affirm some of the most notorious myths about the power of sports over our brains.
March 16 2016 7:19 PMAre the Dangers of GMOs BS? Maria Konnikova explains the real effects of genetically modified Frankenfood on humanity.