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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.

    Kobe Bryant, Transcendent Athlete

    Kobe Bryant, Transcendent Athlete

    On the Gist, the likely acquittal of Trump.
    In the interview, we're back with political reporter and host of Stranglehold, Lauren Chooljian. We discuss how the New Hampshire primaries are likely to shake out, which candidates will remain after many of them have strategically camped out in the state, and the difference between the polls and the actual feelings of New Hampshire voters.
    In the spiel, the artistry and athleticism of Kobe Bryant.
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    • 31 Min.
    The Hits of 1983

    The Hits of 1983

    On the Gist, Wells Fargo strikes again.
    In the interview, Chris Molanphy is back to talk Mike through the hits of 1983. Enjoying vegemite sandwiches, the rains in Africa, and a bunch of sweet dreams, they indulge in the pop mainstays that continue to persist on the radio and at the karaoke bar. Molanphy is the host of Hit Parade and writes the “Why Is This Song No. 1?” column for Slate.
    In the spiel, too many thoughts.
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    • 34 Min.
    The Monstrous Monotony of Mitch McConnell

    The Monstrous Monotony of Mitch McConnell

    On the Gist, the how the senators are occupying themselves.
    In the interview, writer Will Self is here to talk with Mike about his new memoir Will. They discuss addiction, how Will accesses memory, and the difficulty of his name.
    In the spiel, Mitch’s monotone.
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    • 31 Min.
    A Bunch of Dopes and Babies

    A Bunch of Dopes and Babies

    On the Gist, revisiting the travel ban.
    In the interview, we talk with Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes, the editors of Lawfare, about their new book, Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office. They discuss the precedents that Trump has broken as POTUS and paint a stark picture of the future of the executive office if he is re-elected.
    In the spiel, “a bunch of dopes and babies.”
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    • 32 Min.
    Was Killing Soleimani Worth It?

    Was Killing Soleimani Worth It?

    On the Gist, the New York Times endorsement.
    In the interview, senior fellow and director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Matthew Levitt is here to talk about the killing of Qasem Soleimani. What calculus went into the decision, whether it was worth it, and what this means for the future of the US and Iran.
    In the spiel, the beginning of the Senate impeachment trial.
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    • 30 Min.
    Journalists Aren’t Activists

    Journalists Aren’t Activists

    On the Gist, Joe Biden and the New York Times.
    In the interview, Maria Konnikova is back for another episode of “Is That B******t?” This time she and Mike tackle whether or not we’re currently experiencing the latest mass extinction event. We may not have noticed, but the insects certainly have.
    In the spiel, the difference between journalism and activism.
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    • 30 Min.

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