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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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    • 4.6 • 3.4K 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.

    Twitchy Monkey Forbearing Dragon

    Twitchy Monkey Forbearing Dragon

    China thinks in centuries but strikes quickly. China is patient, but impetuous. Is China all these things, or is our shorthand more malleable than diagnostic? And we are joined once more by Jason Kander author of "Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD”. Plus, America plunged into day 3 of the cardboard box crisis that can undue civilization.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara and Ian Scotto
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    • 35 min
    Politics and PTSD

    Politics and PTSD

    Jason Kander was a Democrat-on-the-rise, who was silently struggling with demons. He tells the story of casting aside politics for his own mental survival in “Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD” Plus, our habit of publicly predicting death and civil war after every right-wing paroxysm doesn't serve anyone well, and Domino's somehow fails to take hold in the birthplace of pizza.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara and Ian Scotto
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    • 36 min
    Burned Again and Again

    Burned Again and Again

    Tomorrow President Biden Signs the Pact Act into law, dedicating funds and expanding VA health care to veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. Jason Piccolo, Host of the Protectors Podcast, served in Iraq and has the lungs to show for it. Plus, what the raid on Mar-a-Lago means, and Ben and Jerry's won't have a chance to personally market their Netanyhagoo crunch or their Wailing Wall Swirl in Israel.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 31 min
    Path Lit By Lightning

    Path Lit By Lightning

    Jim Thorpe was the AP's greatest Athlete of the first half of the 20th century and has a strong claim to the title Greatest of All Time. But his story, as opposed to his myth, is largely untold, until now. David Maraniss’ joins to discuss his new book is Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe. Plus, Joe Biden shouldn't get much credit for Joe Manchin's turnaround, but he shouldn't have gotten the blame either. Plus, a mini-boycott of Trump Toilet Talk.
    Produced by Joel Patterson, Corey Wara, and Ian Scotto
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    • 33 min
    BEST OF THE GIST: Unintended Consequences

    BEST OF THE GIST: Unintended Consequences

    In this installment of Best Of The Gist, we listen back to Monday’s Spiel about “unintended consequences,” as they relate to the Dobbs decision. And that inspired us to dig up Mike’s 2017 interview with Kurt Andersen about his book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, in which, Andersen bemoans a system on the brink.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 31 min
    Podcast For Sale!

    Podcast For Sale!

    A Bloomberg investigation shows that some podcasters are selling guest slots for up to $50,000. We’ll open the Gist’s ledger to see who the highest- and lowest-paid guests have been. And we’re joined once more by Rafael A. Mangual, author of Criminal (In)Justice: What the Push for Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong and Who It Hurts Most. Plus, Monkey Pox messaging isn’t exactly accurate, but at least it’s not mean.
    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Minamator ,

Great daily podcast

I did t listen to The Gist until after his departure from Slate, and heard about the controversy after the fact. I thought I’d give it a listen after hearing about him on another podcast and I don’t think I’ve skipped a day since I started listening in January. Mike is witty, intelligent, well versed and experienced. He is a much needed level headed voice in a sea of hysterics.

Jung MC ,

Unapologetic ablist

Mr. Pesca has a long history of conflating blindness with stupidity, ignorance, or foolishness. When he has been called out on this, he publicly digs in and mocks those who criticize him. His willingness to openly mock the disabled community for standing up for themselves is reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh. And this coming from a person who claims not to use mockery as a rhetorical device. I guess it doesn’t count when it applies to the disabled?

Bbrown718 ,

I love this show

I never an episode.

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