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.
War, murder, poverty, and disease: They're all trending downward here on planet Earth.
Feb 21, 2018
Once bankrupt, Stockton, California, will soon test the effects of universal basic income.
Feb 20, 2018
It's a no-brainer: Taking the mass killer's weapon of choice off store shelves would save lives.
Feb 16, 2018
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.
Elizebeth Smith’s code-breaking genius helped America win two world wars, but the FBI took all the credit.
There have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen?
Adam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser
Private prisons were billed as a way to bring innovation to incarceration, housing more prisoners for less money. They’ve failed.
Loudon Wainwright III reflects on his uneasy relationship with his father, now that he can “appreciate the difficulty of the job.”
As president, George H.W. Bush was tight-lipped, decorous, and self-abnegating—loath even to use the word 'I.'
If Tuesday’s election results were a canary in a coal mine, it’s a really expansive mine and a somewhat unreliable canary.
A black former Navy commander considers peaceful protest in the age of Trump.
How do you curate a quagmire?
What’s around the corner from this moment of reckoning?
His views on New York sports teams, the sexual prowess of various athletes, and the basketball skills of Justin Bieber.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir explains what Iceland’s Pirate Party is all about. PROMO: What Can We Learn From Iceland’s Pirate Party?
It doesn’t take much to see the racial stereotypes in Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works. Does that mean we shouldn’t read them to kids?
How fear and adrenaline can wreck our health.
The New Jersey senator says that if you’re not trying to make it legal, you’re part of the problem.
These two women hate how we talk about sex.
The oppo research that brought us the “pee tape” was sleazy, but don’t equate it with collusion with a hostile power.
Why the head of Amazon isn’t No. 1 among the world’s CEOs.
What if you got to read your own obituary? That’s kind of what Audible’s Mortal City is going for.
How bad does a beef have to be for a comedian to refuse to go on WTF With Marc Maron?
Why flags make good symbols but bad historical records.
How long-term probability misleads our short-term observations.
Because the thought-leader/life-hacker/productivity-optimizer trope was ripe for parody.
Is Obamacare bending the cost curve? Would its demise cause more people to die? Sarah Kliff from Vox weighs in.
Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual harassment was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret. What allowed two news giants to put it in print within days of one another?
Aymann Ismail’s video series takes a look at what it’s like being Muslim in America.
Low tax rates, failing public services, and a governor who thinks prayer will fix the budget deficit. Why can’t Oklahoma get it together?
Actor Jason Kravits sings from a lesser-known American songbook—the one he creates, on the spot.
The U.S. has liberalized over time. Why hasn’t Russia?
How big tech killed innovation and acquired too much information on us.
A retired military man explains why any show of force against North Korea will hurt our allies in the south.
How the world changed the presidency and doomed the office to failure.
Author Masha Gessen on what we get wrong when we try to explain the psychology of mass shooters.
Can the left and right ever agree?
Being a territory helped Puerto Rico. Just not enough.
The author of one of the most polarizing columns of the past year thinks you may have misunderstood his argument.
A former Obama speechwriter on why a president needs to get the joke.
In 2007, hip-hop and R&B dominated the charts, but digital sales are what mattered.