The Gist

The Schoolyard President

After his callow showing beside Vladimir Putin, president Trump’s excuses were crafted with all the skill of a fourth-grader.

President Trump talks about his meeting with Putin during a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday in Washington.

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Listen to Episode 1,036 of Slate’s The Gist:

Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed.

Listen to The Gist via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.

On The Gist, the crocodile massacre in Indonesia that got no attention.

Work-life balance gets a lot of lip service, but we rarely pull it off. Brigid Schulte, host of the Better Life Lab podcast, is looking for solutions in a world of late-night work emails, shaky job security, and Workaholics Anonymous meetings.

Better Life Lab is a partnership of Slate and New America.

In the Spiel, president Trump’s mea culpa was delivered with all the skill of a fourth-grader.

Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at

Join the discussion of this episode on Facebook.

Twitter: @slategist

Podcast production by Pierre Bienaimé and Daniel Schroeder.