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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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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.

    11 Days Of The Mooch

    11 Days Of The Mooch

    Anthony Scaramucci accumulated insights, enemies, and regrets during his short tenure in the White House. That’s all okay, and it’s what life his all about, he says. He is now talking to political, economic, and cultural authors and thinkers on his podcast Open Book. And in the U.S., politicians call Biden “weak” and Xi “wise” over Ballooonghazi, but in China they call Xi “dysfunctional” and question his leadership. Plus, San Francisco sex workers are clogging up the streets.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 38 min
    What’s Preventing Inventing From Ascending

    What’s Preventing Inventing From Ascending

    Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic and host of the Plain English podcast, says Americans are wonderful at invention but frustratingly bad at implementation. Plus, all the excitement over the spy balloon, and all the un-excitement over a presidential rematch.
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    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 34 min
    BEST OF THE GIST: Policing The Police Edition

    BEST OF THE GIST: Policing The Police Edition

    In this installment of Best Of The Gist, after a week of pondering how to fix the broken state of policing in the United States, we listen back to Mike’s September 2020 interview with Dr. Rashawn Ray, a sociologist studying methods of measuring implicit bias using virtual simulations of police officer decision-making at the Lab for Applied Social Science Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. He and his team are encouraged that by researching and educating law enforcement with real life social interaction training, they might be able to incite change in outcomes between officers and civilians. (This was originally run as a two-part interview in back-to-back episodes.)
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 37 min
    Steve Mulroy On Prosecuting Cops Who Kill

    Steve Mulroy On Prosecuting Cops Who Kill

    Steve Mulroy is the District Attorney of Shelby County, Tennessee, which includes Memphis. Mulroy has been in office for a little over a year and was elected to bring down violent crime, while simultaneously ending the distrust the community has for the police. That’s a tall order. In this extended interview, we ask him if prosecuting the five officers involved in the death of Tyre Nichols will advance that goal? Also, we discuss what lessons he draws from the failures and successes of other progressive prosecutors, and why he thinks Memphis will avoid the fate of Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities that succumbed to the pattern of police abuse leading to a pull-back in policing which lead to a rise in murders.
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    • 34 min
    Caucus? They Don’t Even Like Us

    Caucus? They Don’t Even Like Us

    As the Democrats debate the presidential primary calendar, we’re joined by Josh Putnam, a political scientist specializing in delegate selection rules, presidential campaigns, and elections. Plus, Biden gets the gift of criticism from Europe. And the short-sellers who exploded an Indian corporate giant.
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    • 33 min
    Radioactive Needle In Antipodal Haystack

    Radioactive Needle In Antipodal Haystack

    Slip another gamma-ray-emitting capsule on the barbie, as we travel to the Australian Outback to locate a pulsing radioactive fleck of metal. Plus, Michael Imperioli remembers his time with his Sopranos co-star, James Gandolfini. And we mark the day objectivity died.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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174 Ratings

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Mine is GREAT

So happy that this show is back on!!

CurtBrass ,

Mike’s implicit bias against police is showing…

Re. February 4, 2023 episode, interview from August 2020 with Dr. Ray. Mike and Dr. Ray reference the Jacob Blake shooting a few times, and Mike asks if there is any way to see it other than as an unjustified shooting. Dr. Ray says that, “the simple answer is no.”
Dr. Ray is simply wrong, based on what we know now, and his (and Mike’s) implicit bias against police led them to the assumption that the police officers actions were unlawful. Blake was in violation of a court order, had assaulted his girlfriend, stolen her car and was abducting her kids (they were also his kids, but he had a no contact order because of a history of domestic violence). Blake fought with police, resisted arrest, was trying to flee with the kids, had a knife in his hand and was turning towards the police officer. It was justified shooting to stop the threat Blake posed.
I was hoping that Mike would add a note at the end explaining that he and Dr. Ray made their comments based on the limited information they had available to them at the time. He could have used it as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of having as much relevant information as possible when making decisions about complex situations. But, alas, Mike would rather leave listeners with the impression that the Blake shooting was just another example of unjustified police brutality against black people. Shameful.

Jdjej sje ,

Chris Hanson? Really?

I typically enjoy the show, but Mike lobbed some soft balls at that douche Chris Hanson. Obviously the guys Hanson deals with are creepy as hell, but to not even raise the question of entrapment or ethics whatsoever? Come on! To not mention the DA that blew his brains out? Sheesh! That interview was ludicrously trite. Come on, Mike!

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