The Gist: Jeff Ross roasts prisoners, and Maria Konnikova on the scientific merits of acupuncture.

Poking Holes in Acupuncture With Maria Konnikova

Poking Holes in Acupuncture With Maria Konnikova

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 1 2015 7:40 PM

Poking Holes in Acupuncture

As Mike needles Maria Konnikova’s chi with questions, will her analysis remain on point?

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Acupuncture or scamupuncture?

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Listen to Episode 289 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, Jeff Ross’ harsh comedic roasts have finally landed him in prison. We’ll speak to the roastmaster general about his new special Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live At Brazos County Jail. Then, Mike asks Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker to poke and prod research into the benefits of acupuncture. For the Spiel, Mike dives into a 1984 lecture at Harvard by John Rawls.

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