Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca. A daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.
She was fierce and loyal but also kind of mean.
Apr 18, 2018
The cover-up is worse than the crime when you put Michael Cohen in charge of the cover-up.
Apr 17, 2018
In defense of the former FBI director.
Apr 16, 2018
Russia's denialism over Syrian war crimes is unscientific nonsense.
Democracy hijacked, data leaked, brains rewired—we'd be stupid not to rein in Facebook and its peers.
Answering to Congress isn't a good look for any CEO, but Facebook is politically important to the very people who will be asking the questions.
Does New York's governor know what puns are?
The Atlantic's hired-then-fired conservative writer fancies himself a provocateur. He provoked his way out of a job.
We're lucky the YouTube shooter didn't have an AR-15.
David Shulkin got high marks from most fair-minded government watchdogs. Maybe that's why he was fired.
Repealing gun rights isn't just a losing argument, it's a doomed strategy.
Comedian Aparna Nancherla goes for wordplay, even if it gets a groan.
Magazines and newspapers are going to hire conservative columnists. That's not a problem.
If Trump wants to persuade North Koreans to abandon their nukes, he has to think like they do.
The Kushners' deal-making is under investigation, but that's not drawing eyeballs like Stormy Daniels is.
Hildebrand Gurlitt's looted collection is open to the public, and museums are downplaying its sketchy history.
The showrunners behind The Americans on what makes their Soviet protagonists deep, flawed, and heroic.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on dog whistles, Confederate monuments, and besting the likes of David Duke.
Even if the courts let Stormy Daniels speak out, what could she say about Trump that we don't already know?
Cass Sunstein had big thinkers write about the question, and they weren't all optimistic.
How concerned should we be about receipt paper? Maria Konnikova helps us investigate.
Closing out the decade, 1969 sent the sound of flower power and psychedelic pop to the top of the charts.
We're talking looks, physique, and charisma.
How Rex Tillerson botched the one thing he could have done to improve the State Department and please Trump.
Why do we know so much about Colombia's narcos and so little about the people who risked everything to fight them?
We dip into the archives for our interview with Bryan Fogel about his documentary, Icarus. The film just won an Academy Award.
And we should be worried that president Trump will have a seat and be himself.
Kellyanne Conway's violation of the Hatch Act isn't calamitous, but it's one of countless trespasses by the Trump team.
New York State (and NYC) are shining models of how to cut gun violence.
How did a small, family run bank in New York wind up in court after the 2008 financial crisis? An Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story.
His "dining set" fiasco is small potatoes compared to the ongoing disaster that is the Trump administration.
In 2016, Trump insisted he wasn't trying to get a top security clearance for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. See? Now it's finally true.
Trump's concessions on immigration didn't last a week. Will White House staff swoop in to revise his comments on guns, too?
The NRA's spokeswoman is a capable spin doctor. But she can't live up to her own media criticism.
Today, in "Congressional Candidates Who Cannot Possibly Win."
Why is a lioness of the Senate being spurned by the California Democratic Party?
Arming educators is a recipe for disaster. It's also an utterly unserious proposal.
Can the companies who build our smartphones and run our social networks be regulated? Or will they have to regulate themselves?
War, murder, poverty, and disease: They're all trending downward here on planet Earth.
Once bankrupt, Stockton, California, will soon test the effects of universal basic income.
It's a no-brainer: Taking the mass killer's weapon of choice off store shelves would save lives.
What the Quinn Norton fracas and the latest Twix bar marketing campaign have in common.
Are we hiking the defense budget mostly out of habit?
The White House's fiscal 2019 budget would cut food stamp funding, and tell its recipients what to eat.
This is the Trump administration at rest. Chaos is its equilibrium.
Adam Davidson tries to heal our debt of understanding.
Slate's Joshua Keating says our focus on Iran kept us from putting out fires across the Middle East.
Steve Coll paints a bleak picture of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan. Pakistan has a lot to do with it.
Ian Bremmer says the “America First” doctrine could work, if it were implemented like a long-term strategy—but that’s not happening.
The TV writer's food obsession started with chopped-up garlic.
Both cities have a reputation for being obnoxious. But which is worse?
Without Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, there would be little welfare state for the GOP to undercut in the first place.
The Trump White House nixed a well-qualified candidate who discouraged a preventive military strike against North Korea.
Author Amy Goldstein went to Janesville, Wisconsin, to see how people coped when their local economy vanished. In short: It’s really hard.
The NBA great sees #BlackLivesMatter as a continuation of the civil rights era that shaped his youth.
Carrie Brownstein's series mocks the region she's from just gently enough.
Reporter David Cay Johnston gave the public the first look at Donald Trump’s taxes. He thinks Robert Mueller will show us more.
A mathematical computation about the midterms that's, in the words of our expert, "sort of hideously irrelevant."
Dan Pashman hosts a food podcast—and dinner parties. In both capacities, he’s big on monosodium glutamate.
Conservative Democratic voters are to blame for Chuck Schumer's move on DACA.
The hosts of Slate’s Trumpcast dish on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s first year in office.
Relive the “fake news” media’s greatest mistreatment of the guy who’s just trying to “Make America Great Again.”
The continuing resolution is the worst thing in politics.
President Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?
We’re still learning about how the mind of an adolescent is only half-baked.
Grill him for his deeds, not his ditzy moments.
Books that promise “a new you” often don’t cure us, but they sure can expose our greatest anxieties.
Rwanda’s radio programming fueled the country’s infamous genocide in 1994. Could it also help it heal?
NPR’s media correspondent says Michael Wolff’s new book is kicking off a more honest conversation on the president’s fitness to hold office.
Jen Welter grew up without female role models in the NFL. Then she joined the Arizona Cardinals.
If Democrats want to win back the blue-collar vote, they may need a bigger tent.
Police killed more than 1,100 people last year. And yes, there’s a racial disparity.
Slate podcasters Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons on how Watergate fever compares to today’s investigations into Russia and the 2016 election.
Some comedians have a “kill or be killed” relationship with their audiences. Anjelah Johnson just gives them what they want.
But being aware of that can help you spend it more wisely (or better yet, save it).
The chain’s evangelical founders are spending millions on putting the Bible at the center of American life.
Ken Stern thinks we should quit it with the name-calling.
Why Trump’s economic predictions don’t pass the smell test.
Is it possible that Republicans were damned whether or not they passed their tax bill?
Michael Barbaro and Theo Balcomb share their secrets.
Maria Konnikova tells us about the foods that can dramatically change your skin’s hue ... and when to see a doctor about it.
The comedian’s latest roast takes the conversation around immigration down to the U.S.-Mexico border.
How Chris Hurst became one of Virginia’s newest state representatives, with some indirect help from a petting zoo.
The Alabama election, as much of an upset as it was, restored a sense of normalcy in politics.
Don’t blame a Roy Moore win on low black turnout.
The downside of progress is that someone has to lose. Where does all that energy go? In Alabama, a lot of it is going to Roy Moore.
Our man in Birmingham explains how Roy Moore went from political pariah to anti-establishment champion.
Dahlia Lithwick says Democrats are stuck in a downward spiral of doing the honorable thing and hoping Republicans will meet them halfway.
Senate Democrats are clambering up to secure the moral high ground.
They couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. But did they really put a thumb on the scales of the election?
The Obama presidency, distilled into 5 pounds’ worth of pictures.
And he doesn’t like guardrails on comedy.
It’s a popular game of chance in Korea. It’s also a metaphor for the Korean Japanese experience in Min Jin Lee’s swoonworthy novel.
The on-again, off-again friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
Is the top 20 percent of the country hogging opportunities that would otherwise go to the middle class?
Elliott Abrams wants U.S. support for democracy in the Arab world.
Turns out demons are ripe for comedy.
How a Minnesota senator’s campaign for president set the precedent for Bernie Sanders’ run.
Robert Mugabe can still slow down the coup against him.
Comedian, voice actor, and lifelong hoarder of tiny soaps.