On The Gist, Mike shares an important lesson about Connecticut he discovered as a guest on the Colin McEnroe Show today. Then, Slate’s Leon Neyfakh tells the story of how his early friendship with the rapper Juiceboxxx led to a new book about the life of an artist. That book is called The Next Next Level. Here’s our Spotify starter kit for becoming a Juiceboxxx fan, including songs featured on today’s show. For the Spiel, how we should label the killings in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Today’s sponsor: Stamps.com, where you can buy and print official U.S. postage right from your desk using your own computer and printer. Use the promo code THEGIST to get a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/gistplus.

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