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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.

    Leave George Washington’s Thighs Alone

    Leave George Washington’s Thighs Alone

    On the Gist, Russia is at it again.
    In the interview, Mike chats with historian Alexis Coe, author of the new book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. They discuss the founding-father's height, dentures and that awkward obsession male historians have about the man's thighs.
    In the spiel, a lobstar of the antentwig.
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    • 31 min
    Bloomberg’s Defenseless Debate

    Bloomberg’s Defenseless Debate

    On the Gist, stop the racism.
    In the interview, Mike talks about the democrats with director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver Seth Masket. They discuss the way the debate went, and what could happen at the convention with all the delegates so spread out.
    In the spiel, what Bloomberg could’ve said. 
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    • 31 min
    Ye Olde Bloomberg Soundbite Shoppe

    Ye Olde Bloomberg Soundbite Shoppe

    On the Gist, birtherism and deatherism.
    In the interview, Mike chats with Daily Beast reporters, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsang about their new book, Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington. They discuss how they used their so-called "omni-shambles beat" to write the book and why there is nothing tempered about Trump's administration.
    In the spiel, visiting Ye Olde Bloomberg Soundbite Shoppe.
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    • 31 min
    Pardon the Crime

    Pardon the Crime

    On the Gist, critiquing Bloomberg critiques.
    In the interview, we’ve got the second part of our conversation with journalist Andrea Bernstein on her new book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. She and Mike went deep on Trump the first part, and now they’re digging into Michael Cohen and the Kushners.
    In the spiel, Trump’s pardons.
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    • 32 min
    Why Iran-Contra Hardly Rings a Bell

    Why Iran-Contra Hardly Rings a Bell

    On the Gist, the Houston Astros cheating scandal is like the US Democracy.
    Mike and former host of Slow Burn, and current host of Luminary Podcast network's Fiasco, Leon Neyfakh get into the details of the Iran-Contra Affair. They discuss the key players in the saga, why this story was such a fiasco and the new Slow Burn TV-show.
    In the spiel, let's just go with Caucus debacle avoidance.
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    • 29 min
    Unpacking the Buttigieg CIA Conspiracy

    Unpacking the Buttigieg CIA Conspiracy

    On the Gist, what Bloomberg said about redlining.
    In the interview, Mike talks to former host of Slow Burn and current host of Luminary Podcast network's Fiasco, Leon Neyfakh. In the first part of their conversation, they talk about what the Iran-Contra Affair was and who the key players were.
    In the spiel, the Pete Buttigieg CIA conspiracy theory from Chapo Trap House.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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Enjoy Mike Pesca!

Enjoying Mike Pesca and the Gist is like enjoying a really cold bottle of coca cola on a warm summers day. It explodes with commentary, analysis, interesting guests and that whole “Pescean” take of the world and the things that are in it. And then - as soon as it started, its over again - and you need to fight through a whole day for the next doze. Mike Pesca was born to do radio in this format - he fills it from wall to wall - and he creates an addiction; - so be warned! Highly recommended!

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