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The Gist Live: Craig Finn From the Hold Steady

Our surprise musical guest explains why he incorporates the literary technique polysyndeton in his songwriting. 

Oct. 7 2015 11:49 AMThe Gist Live: Making Interest Rates InterestingReporters Adam Davidson and Zoe Chace attempt to explain the essential mystery at the heart of our economy—what Janet Yellen is thinking.
Oct. 5 2015 7:48 PMO Say Can You Shut The Hell UpOur national anthem started as a posh English drinking song to show off your octave-and-a-half range.
Oct. 1 2015 6:08 PMField of ScreensBored sorority girls at a baseball game inspire Mike to journey into the corn to find the true meaning of baseball viewing. 
Sept. 29 2015 12:27 PMPencil Shavings for Mr. PescaThe pencil story is family legend. Now you’re in on it, too.
Sept. 25 2015 7:03 PMAlison Brie Sex Scene TherapyThe real reason Leslye Headland wrote and directed Sleeping With Other People? She was getting over a breakup.
Sept. 23 2015 7:26 PMExcluding Black JurorsA jury of whose peers? Dax-Devlon Ross returns to explore an issue of prosecutor digression.
Sept. 21 2015 6:26 PMGraduate, Work, Marry, ProcreateFollow these steps in exactly this order, and economists say you’ve found the way out of poverty. Is it that easy?
Sept. 17 2015 5:40 PMIs Anger Curable?Maria Konnikova explains how we treat anger issues without the help of Jack Nicholson in Anger Management.
Sept. 15 2015 6:58 PMWhat Michael Did on His Summer VacationOur host shares what he recorded with the microphone he doesn’t know how to put down, from a friend’s wedding to travel ado.
Sept. 11 2015 10:58 PMDog ShowA guide for seeing your neighborhood from a dog’s perspective.
Sept. 1 2015 7:15 PMBobcat Goldthwait Stands Up for a Fellow ComicAfter a divorce and the death of his best friend Robin Williams, Bobcat emerged with a documentary that few expected.
Aug. 28 2015 8:15 PMThe Year Disco Became a Dirty WordIf you listen very, very closely to Billboard hits from 1980, you can actually hear the slow death of a ’70s zeitgeist.
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.
Oct. 6 2015 4:18 PMThe Gist Live: Samantha BeeThe former Daily Show correspondent takes a seat at the Bell House to discuss her forthcoming TBS late-night comedy show Full Frontal.
Oct. 2 2015 5:44 PMCampus Assault Surveys Say Too LittleIf campuses truly believed 30 percent of their female students are being sexually assaulted, they’d put in emergency measures now.
Sept. 30 2015 6:10 PMCred and GingerMaria Konnikova assesses the credibility of ginger’s health benefits. Are they B.S.?
Sept. 28 2015 6:59 PMEverybody Loves EatingAfter making Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal decided to try out Anthony Bourdain’s job.
Sept. 24 2015 6:33 PMAre There Any Real Catholics in Congress?If Trump is calling Jeb Bush low energy, then the pope would be lucky to come in third in Iowa after that speech.
Sept. 22 2015 6:24 PMIt’s a Copper Sock MiracleAre the amazing antimicrobial properties of copper BS? Maria Konnikova vets the research. Mike Pesca vets the socks.
Sept. 18 2015 6:47 PMThat Groovy Summer of LoveDon’t question why Ruby Tuesday needs to be free, but do question all the baroque flute-like sounds in the Billboard hits of 1967.
Sept. 16 2015 7:44 PMThe Canadian Accent Is Changing, Eh?In these days of political correctness there’s one thing you can get away with—making fun of the Canadian accent.
Sept. 14 2015 6:07 PMSerial for the Truly ObsessedThe Undisclosed podcast speaks to investigation nerds, unafraid of complex legal arguments and graphic autopsy details.
Sept. 9 2015 9:06 PMYes! Oh God!! Yesss!!!Why is Cosmo our main source of information about the female orgasm? Maria Konnikova sorts through a dearth of research.
Aug. 31 2015 7:34 PMDon’t Say CheeseLifelong punk rocker Colin Atrophy Hagendorf tells us about his quixotic quest to sample a slice from every pizza place in Manhattan.
Aug. 27 2015 6:44 PMThe “March to Zero” Veers Off Course in KansasGov. Sam Brownback is trying to stamp out the state’s income tax. One journalist explores his family connection to the experiment.
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.