The Gist

Fear Your Shower, Not ISIS

Everyone with a TV show or presidential bid wants you to be afraid of ISIS. Stephen Walt explains why you should ignore them.

How much should an ordinary American worry about foreign dangers? Our guest says not as often as they worry about slipping in the shower.

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On The Gist, NPR’s Frannie Kelley explains why Tuesday has lost its significance for the music industry. That will all change this Friday. She hosts the Microphone Check podcast on NPR and edits Yours Truly. Plus, Stephen Walt from the Harvard Kennedy School expands on his essay “Chill Out, America in Foreign Policy. For the Spiel, Hillary Clinton is evading the question.

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