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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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    • 4.3 • 63 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: SCOTUS Gone Wild Edition

    BEST OF THE GIST: SCOTUS Gone Wild Edition

    In this installment of Best Of The Gist, a recent and a slightly less recent segment about the Supreme Court and their ethics … or lack thereof. From this past week, Mrs. Alito spits fire, and … uh … spit. And from April 2023, Clarence Thomas and his … uh … benefactor. 
     
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara 
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    • 22 min
    Strom Thurmond Cost Him An Apartment From The Grave

    Strom Thurmond Cost Him An Apartment From The Grave

    Yusuf Dahl is founder of the Real Estate Lab in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lafayette College. He was also sentenced to ten years for dealing drugs at the age of eighteen.  To this day, he can still be legally discriminated against in the housing market, which he recently discovered when attempting to rent a home. We speak about his fight to overturn this measure. Plus, 25 years ago the Santana song "Smooth" went to #1. Would you believe It was the last Billboard #1 single to feature a guitar solo?

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    • 42 min
    Gaza And Other Sieges

    Gaza And Other Sieges

    The war in Gaza is a type of siege warfare, which is a topic that's been extensively studied by Amos C. Fox. Fox is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who hosts the Revolution in Military Affairs podcast as well as the War On The Rocks podcast. Plus, even the slight discrepancy in numbers in Elon Musk's pay package is so enormous as to confound and dazzle.

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    • 47 min
    Flooding the Dumb Zone

    Flooding the Dumb Zone

    Dallas sports talk hosts Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp left their station and started a podcast, The Dumb Zone, and, in doing so, they became something of a test case (or maybe "poster guys") for the new Federal Trade Commission rule banning noncompete clauses. The fight for sports talk freedom and Luca Donic discussions ensue. Plus, Joey Chestnut shut up and shut out of Nathan's. And what New York's last minute fold on congestion pricing says about toughness.

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    • 40 min
    Mrs. Alito's Secret Vergogna

    Mrs. Alito's Secret Vergogna

    A political operative secretly recorded conversations with Justice Samuel Alito, wherein he said nothing much different than he's said before ... or that any reasonable person would say. His wife seems angry, though. Plus, Eric Weiner chats about his latest book, this one about Ben Franklin, Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life. And also on the show, will voters pick the father of the felon or the felon, and can they possibly understand the difference?

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    • 41 min
    We Just Haven't Been Flapping Them Hard Enough

    We Just Haven't Been Flapping Them Hard Enough

    We looked at the title of Lawrence Wood's new book, Your Caption Has Been Selected: More Than Anyone Could Possibly Want to Know About The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, and we decided the subtitle was not to be taken literally. Mr. Wood hereby submits to further caption contest questioning. Plus, Doug Burgam on the VP short list (and the bank statement long list). And the rescue of four Israeli hostages sets off recrimination over the cost in enemy and civilian lives. 
     
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara 
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 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)

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