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For thirty minutes each day, Pesca challenges himself and his audience, in a responsibly provocative style, and gets beyond the rigidity and dogma. The Gist is surprising, reasonable, and willing to critique the left, the right, either party, or any idea.

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    • 4.6 • 69 Ratings

For thirty minutes each day, Pesca challenges himself and his audience, in a responsibly provocative style, and gets beyond the rigidity and dogma. The Gist is surprising, reasonable, and willing to critique the left, the right, either party, or any idea.

    The Slightly Less Than Beautiful Game

    The Slightly Less Than Beautiful Game

    This past Saturday, the U.S. Men’s national soccer team once again crashed out of the World Cup in the Round of 16, beaten handily by The Netherlands 3-1. You’ve got to wonder, with such a love of sport, with such a tremendous potential pool of talent, and with a proven track record in world soccer (our women have won four world cups), why can’t America field a winning men’s soccer team? For that answer, we turned to George Dohrmann, a Pulitzer prize winner and author most recently of Switching Fields: Inside the Fight to Remake Men’s Soccer in the United States. Also, are penalty shoot outs really the best way to decide matches? And Union Joe saves the day.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 34 min
    Herschel Shocked

    Herschel Shocked

    With the Senate contest between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock coming to a vote, Bill Nigut, host of Georgia Political Rewind joins us once more to preview tomorrow’s contest. And how public health officials joined meter maids and baseball umpires as hateable officials. Plus, brawls and coups in Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Burkina Faso, as we air the latest edition of “Sahel: Do Tell,” our irregular compendium of Africa updates.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 29 min
    BEST OF THE GIST: Talking About Guns Edition

    BEST OF THE GIST: Talking About Guns Edition

    In this installment of Best Of The Gist, we listen to the first 20 minutes or so of the most recent episode of our sister podcast, Not Even Mad. In it, Mike, Jamie Kirchick, and Virginia Heffernan discuss the narratives created around mass shootings. Then we dig into The Gist archives and listen back to Mike’s April 2018 interview with National Review editor Charles C. W. Cooke on why he thinks repealing the Second Amendment would be a losing proposition for gun control advocates.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 45 min
    Covid Clemency

    Covid Clemency

    Emily Oster is a Harvard-educated professor of economics at Brown University, and, despite her lofty credentials, her research has focused on very human problems, like whether knowing you have a short time to live affects your desire to invest in education and job training. She joins us to discuss her recent feature in The Atlantic titled “Let’s Declare A Pandemic Amnesty.” Also, a prediction for Saturday’s World Cup match between the United States and the Netherlands. SPOILER ALERT: The winner will be the team with the most synchronicity. And no, Sting is not playing. Finally, get out your Lobstar bibs ... it’s an Antwentig!
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
    Guest appearance by Michelle Pesca, COO
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    • 43 min
    Party Pooper

    Party Pooper

    Joe Lieberman has been in politics for most of his adult life. First as a Connecticut State Senator, then as the state’s Attorney General, and finally, as a U.S. Senator for 24 years. A self-proclaimed “centrist,” over the course of his career, he saw the middle of the political spectrum transformed from a place everyone was trying to meet into a place no one would be seen dead. But for Lieberman, the ability to eschew party dogma was a source of power, a journey he documents in his 2021 book, The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work, And How We Could Make It Work Again. He joins Mike for an extended interview on today’s show.
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    • 44 min
    Liberal But Licentious Lion

    Liberal But Licentious Lion

    Ted Kennedy: A Life is the sweeping new biography of the Massachusetts Senator whose importance was often overwhelmed by his notoriety. Author John Farrell joins us to analyze the life of The Lion of the Senate. In the Spiel, a contemplation of the murders we attend to and those which pass by without notice. Plus, Stewart Rhodes is found guilty.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Horsedrawn Boy ,

I like Mike

I’ve been listening to The Gist for years, ever since I heard a segment on This American Life where Mike was doing his bit called Talkshow Karaoke. I was hooked.

The Gist is all about how to better think about the things going on in your life and in the world at large.

Politics, culture, music, flags - The Gist has it all. Mike’s back and there is much rejoicing.

(Now, if only there was some sort of subscription service to stop the ads…)

Hopeless product ,

Another Aussie fan here

Where’s Mike? Come back Mike!!!!! We love you. Nothing can replace you ❤️❤️❤️
Totally agree with Westmore that 2021 was all the more depressing due to lack of The Gist. Welcome back Mike! Things are lookin up ⬆️ for 2022 😃🙏🏼💪🏻

SK Westmore ,

“Season 2” has started very strong

One of the reasons 2021 was so much more challenging than 2020 was the absence of Mike Pesca’s daily Gist podcast. So good to have it back in the feed. I would say “light at the end of the tunnel” but I kinda think Mike would treat that as a mandate to illuminate an oncoming train.

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