The Gist

Leave George Washington’s Thighs Alone

There’s more to the founding father than just his body


Episode Notes

On the Gist, Russia is at it again.

In the interview, Mike chats with historian Alexis Coe, author of the new book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. They discuss the founding father’s height, dentures, and that awkward obsession male historians have with the man’s thighs.

In the spiel, a lobstar of the antentwig.

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  • Mike Pesca hosted Slate’s daily podcast The Gist from 2014 - 2021.