1,818 episodes

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 Gist Peach Fish Productions

    • News
    • 4.3 • 60 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.

    BEST OF THE GIST: The Case Against The Two-Party System

    BEST OF THE GIST: The Case Against The Two-Party System

    In this installment of Best Of The Gist, with recent gun reform regulations in our near past, the January 6th Hearings ongoing, and the ramifications of the overturn of Roe versus Wade yet to fully wash over us, we find ourselves yet again wondering about the future of our democracy. If only something could be done to lessen the chasm between the two parties…like maybe stop thinking about our politics as a binary equation? We thought it a good moment to listen back to Mike’s January 14, 2020 interview with Lee Drutman about his then-new book Breaking The Two Party Doom Loop: The Case For Multiparty Democracy In America. Then, we replay Thursday’s Spiel, in which Mike mulls over the Supreme Court’s aforementioned ruling on guns.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
    Email us at thegist@mikepesca.com
    To advertise on the show, visit: https://advertisecast.com/TheGist 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 28 min
    Roe's Shockingly Expected Demise

    Roe's Shockingly Expected Demise

    The Supreme Court says we have no right to our rights, and it leaves women to suffer. Mike looks at historic death rates from abortion and advances a constitutional argument to protect the youngest victims. We’re also joined by Ben Wittes, Editor In Chief of Lawfare to talk about the Senate’s Jan 6th hearings, discuss which version of stupid-versus-crazy best serves Trump as a legal defense, and what the costs of prosecution might be.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
    Email us at thegist@mikepesca.com
    To advertise on the show, visit: https://advertisecast.com/TheGist
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 32 min
    Tracy Flick Strikes Back

    Tracy Flick Strikes Back

    In his latest novel, Tracy Flick Can’t Win, author Tom Perrotta attempts to wrestle his iconic character (which Reece Witherspoon helped to brand in the 1998 film Election) away from the zeitgeist and return her to the fictional universe he created for her. Mike and Tom discuss how one does that exactly. Also, you may not be following the internet the way Donald Trump does. And in the Spiel, Mike mulls over the Supreme Court ruling on guns.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
    Email us at thegist@mikepesca.com
    To advertise on the show, visit: https://advertisecast.com/TheGist
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 32 min
    The Presidential Sofa Stuffed With $4 Million

    The Presidential Sofa Stuffed With $4 Million

    When $4 to $8 million was allegedly stolen from his ranch, which had been hidden inside a sofa, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was accused of covering up his status as crime victim. Mike attempts to track a tale that winds its way through Windhoek, a spy master, an antelope auction, and, possibly, a one-armed soccer star. Plus, Sunshine Hillygus, Professor of Political Science a Duke, talks about the wrong way we try to convince young people to vote. And a January 6th insurrectionist gets sentenced…after having been elected to office.

    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
    Email us at thegist@mikepesca.com
    To advertise on the show, visit: https://advertisecast.com/TheGist
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 34 min
    ALL The Colors Of The Rainbow (Except One)

    ALL The Colors Of The Rainbow (Except One)

    The Pride flag is synonymous with inclusion…unless, of course, you are the color indigo. Confused? That’s why we’ve convened another Vexillology Corner with Ted Kaye, secretary of the North American Vexillological Association and the author of Good Flag, Bad Flag. Plus, the Texas Senate committee on the Uvalde shooting convenes, as the US House of Representatives January 6th commission continues. And in the Spiel, a misleading CNN report purports to find massive racial disparities in hundreds of heat-related deaths, but the numbers just aren’t there.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
    Email us at thegist@mikepesca.com
    To advertise on the show, visit: https://advertisecast.com/TheGist
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 32 min
    Introducing History is US

    Introducing History is US

    Written and narrated by award-winning author and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, “History is US” is a 6-part audio documentary produced and developed by C13Originals that asks questions about who we are as a nation, and what race might reveal about our current crisis. Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us. There will always be something distinct about our present day, yet history haunts. “History is US” is a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham Studio.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

MBelderson ,

Highly entertaining & iconoclastic but sometimes a little wayward

Mike Pesca (and his production team) make sure this is not an echo chamber for the Left. A breath of fresh air. Not every show is stellar—a lot depends upon the quality of the guests—but some are worth six or seven stars (the Eddie Izzard episode, for example). That said, Eddie did gently correct Mike on, shall we say, some of the over-certainty of his style, but, in the world of journalism, he is hardly alone in being so. Some episodes are also hampered by MP’s tendency to sound a little like one of those guys who recite at high speed all the terms and conditions at the end of an ad. If you’re talking so fast that you sound garbled, perhaps it’s time to slow down a little and/or re-record after a little script editing. Or maybe that’s what the half-speed function on iTunes is for? I’d always wondered why it was there. Other times-like his recent spiel on single payer helthcare-Mike gets a little too carried away. The piece was so ridden with logical fallacies that it blew away what might have been a more reasoned argument.

Gar watering ,

Very glad this is back. Sane debate

Welcome return

jonodebshawshaw2 ,

Jono

Mr mike pesca and crew are like the steak...you know when you save the best for last (granted that’s 6 year old mentality)

Top Podcasts In News

Goalhanger Podcasts
The Times and Sunday Times
Tortoise Media
BBC Radio
BBC Radio 4
The New York Times

You Might Also Like

Slate Podcasts
Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal
Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt Welch
WNYC Studios
New York Times Opinion
Meghan Daum