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Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca. A daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.

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Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca. A daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.

    Kamala Joins the Ticket

    Kamala Joins the Ticket

    On the Gist, the spotlight on Joe Biden’s running mate.
    In the interview, Mike talks with Lisi Raskin, a professor and the chair of the Sculpture Department at Rhode Island School of Design about the meaning of sculpture in light of the removal of confederate monuments and statues. Raskin is an artist whose large-scale abstract works are reminiscent of the environment of the Cold War.
    In the spiel, Trump on fall sports leagues.
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    • 32 min
    Wise to the Lies?

    Wise to the Lies?

    On the Gist, pronouncing names.
    In the interview, Mike is joined by Ed Yong of the Atlantic. As a science writer, not only did he warn of an epidemic in 2018, but he has been covering the coronavirus in a clear and vital way. In his latest piece, “Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die,” Yong articulates how this tragedy could have been prevented, and explains why America isn’t defeating the virus any time soon; it has defeated America.
    In the spiel, do Trump’s lies still work?
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    • 35 min
    One Third of Americans Are Always Wrong

    One Third of Americans Are Always Wrong

    On the Gist, TikTok block.
    In the interview, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. of Princeton University joins Mike to talk about his newest book and its release in the context of the recent civil uprisings. Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own poses a fundamental argument around how getting it wrong culturally has hurt the fabric of our nation. Glaude helps make sense of where we are today, and explains that Baldwin understood our messy and uneven economic, social and political lives are simply a reflection of our individual selves.
    In the spiel, one third of Americans are wrong.
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    • 33 min
    The Evils of Election Incompetence

    The Evils of Election Incompetence

    On the Gist, New York’s elections are not unlike Georgia’s.
    In the interview, our resident vexillologist Ted Kaye is back to talk about the latest in flag news. He fills Mike in on what’s happening in Mississippi as they try to swiftly get a new flag design added to the ballot in November, and the recent proliferation of the ‘thin blue line’ American flag. Kaye’s book is Good Flag, Bad Flag.
    In the spiel, Trump’s mispronunciations.
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    • 28 min
    Trump’s Foundation Is Crumbling

    Trump’s Foundation Is Crumbling

    On the Gist, the Beirut blast.
    In the interview, we’ve got the second half of Jesse Eisenberg’s interview on his new Audible original, When You Finish Saving the World. He and Mike continue discussing the creative process and Jesse’s personal connection to the project, and the difficulty of creating things like future slang.
    In the spiel, Trump’s lies are pushing voters into the arms of Democrats.
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    • 29 min
    Teachers Are Not Essential

    Teachers Are Not Essential

    On the Gist, does Biden need a progressive VP?
    In the interview, Jesse Eisenberg is here for the first half of a two-part interview on his new Audible original, When You Finish Saving the World. Through a series of connected monologues, Eisenberg stitches together the portrait of a family and explores issues of issues of intimacy, growing up, and social change. He and Mike discuss his writing process and the origins of the project.
    In the spiel, teachers are inessential.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

veblen canuck ,

Best mix of smart and funny in podland

Mike Pesca is both the smartest AND the funniest host in the world of podcasts. He is well versed in the topics and has a lightning wit. Yes he leans to the left ( by that I mean he astutely points out the hypocrisy and idiocy of the current administration) but he does not fail to shine a light when the Dems go astray. My almost daily addiction. Thanks Mike Pesca.

VikenMekhtarian ,

One of the Best

Probably one of the most topical and thoughtful deeply introspective and historically based. And I love, love, love his use of puns and wordplay in everything from the Spiel to his credits. So much fun to listen to. AND he is a sports junkie, I don’t get that

tom rad ,

Obnoxious

Pesca is one of the most irritating personalities in US media. He's that jock in your high school who realizes if he exasperatedly yells centrist politics at people instead of insults, he gets more reactions. You can hear the laboured throaty exhaustion in every syllable of his delivery.

Braindead takes and horrible voice.

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