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Leave George Washington’s Thighs Alone

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

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  • Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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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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