The Gist: storytelling with Matt Dicks and climate of racism in Charleston.

The Four Lies in Every Storyteller’s Toolkit

The Four Lies in Every Storyteller’s Toolkit

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 22 2015 5:38 PM

Four Essential Lies

Listen in as the Moth champ Matthew Dicks shares strategic lies commonly used by professional storytellers.

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Storyteller Matt Dicks on stage, finger ready.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Matt Dicks.

Listen to Episode 282 of Slate’s The Gist:


On this weekend’s Meet the Press, Mike Huckabee asked, “Is South Carolina a racist state because of the flag that flies on their Capitol grounds?” On The Gist, Mike Pesca answers, “No, the flag flies over the Capitol because it’s a racist state.”


Also on the show, professional storyteller Matthew Dicks is here for another lesson with our winning listener, Frank Kennedy. This class focuses on the four lies you’re encouraged to tell when framing your own story.

For the Spiel, some non-obvious points about the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.