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    One Third of Americans Are Always Wrong

    One Third of Americans Are Always Wrong

    On the Gist, TikTok block.
    In the interview, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. of Princeton University joins Mike to talk about his newest book and its release in the context of the recent civil uprisings. Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own poses a fundamental argument around how getting it wrong culturally has hurt the fabric of our nation. Glaude helps make sense of where we are today, and explains that Baldwin understood our messy and uneven economic, social and political lives are simply a reflection of our individual selves.
    In the spiel, one third of Americans are wrong.
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    • 33 min
    The Evils of Election Incompetence

    The Evils of Election Incompetence

    On the Gist, New York’s elections are not unlike Georgia’s.
    In the interview, our resident vexillologist Ted Kaye is back to talk about the latest in flag news. He fills Mike in on what’s happening in Mississippi as they try to swiftly get a new flag design added to the ballot in November, and the recent proliferation of the ‘thin blue line’ American flag. Kaye’s book is Good Flag, Bad Flag.
    In the spiel, Trump’s mispronunciations.
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    • 28 min
    Trump’s Foundation Is Crumbling

    Trump’s Foundation Is Crumbling

    On the Gist, the Beirut blast.
    In the interview, we’ve got the second half of Jesse Eisenberg’s interview on his new Audible original, When You Finish Saving the World. He and Mike continue discussing the creative process and Jesse’s personal connection to the project, and the difficulty of creating things like future slang.
    In the spiel, Trump’s lies are pushing voters into the arms of Democrats.
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    • 29 min
    Teachers Are Not Essential

    Teachers Are Not Essential

    On the Gist, does Biden need a progressive VP?
    In the interview, Jesse Eisenberg is here for the first half of a two-part interview on his new Audible original, When You Finish Saving the World. Through a series of connected monologues, Eisenberg stitches together the portrait of a family and explores issues of issues of intimacy, growing up, and social change. He and Mike discuss his writing process and the origins of the project.
    In the spiel, teachers are inessential.
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    • 37 min
    America Has Failed

    America Has Failed

    On the Gist, staying hopeful, but realistic.
    In the interview, author, podcast host, and magazine editor Kurt Andersen joins Mike to talk about his new book, Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History. In it, Andersen explains how big business ran unchecked during the final decades of the 20th century allowing greed to ascend and the working person to feel powerless, all while unraveling the fabric of middle class normalcy. 
    In the spiel, Trump tapped Anthony Tata.
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    • 31 min
    Stuck in the Suburbs

    Stuck in the Suburbs

    On the Gist, NBA jerseys.
    In the interview, In the interview, filmmaker Mark Duplass is here to talk about his anthology series Room 104 currently airing on HBO. He and Mike discuss the use of rules in the creative process, why the series seems to defy genre, and the experience of growing up with your brother as your artistic partner. Room 104 airs on Friday nights on HBO.
    In the spiel, Trump misunderstands the suburbs.
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    • 28 min

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