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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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    • 4.5 • 27 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.

    Not a Fan of Fani

    Not a Fan of Fani

    Andrew Fleischman is an Atlanta-based litigator, and he joins us to discuss the Fani Willis Trial and which way he thinks Judge McAfee will lean in his decision. Plus, in China monkeys are hard to come by, which is something South African wish they could say about ships filled with cattle wallowing in their own feces. And was 2023 the year of the woman in Hollywood? Mike Spiels an answer.

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    • 44 min
    Meet Your Raconteur Guide

    Meet Your Raconteur Guide

    Even after Tucker Carlson issued his double coupon day dasvidaniya, the ghost of Navalny trails him. Plus, Putin arrests a U.S. ballerina for donating $51 to Ukraine. And we speak with Charles Duhigg, author of Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection.

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    • 38 min
    Your Enemy's Victory Speech

    Your Enemy's Victory Speech

    William Ury, author of Possible: How We Survive (and Thrive) in an Age of Conflict has worked on peace negotiations in Norther Ireland, South Africa, and Colombia joins us to share some lessons and tactics. One is to imagine your loathed rival delivering a speech to their public. What would he say. If it's Kim Jong Un, would he shout-out Dennis Rodman? Plus, Nikki Haley takes the low road, too. And Donald Trump pays the piper, but the piper only requires 5% down.

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    • 38 min
    BEST OF THE GIST - Presidents Day

    BEST OF THE GIST - Presidents Day

    We are off on this Holiday, but we wanted to share two interviews from the archive. One is from 2019 with founding CEO of C-SPAN Brian Lamb and Co-CEO Susan Swain are here to discuss their new book The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America’s Best—and Worst—Chief Executives. Also from 2018 is Kate and J.D. Dobson are out with a book that considers Ulysses S. Grant’s quiet charisma, Franklin Pierce’s youthful charm, and the distinguished eyebrows of a certain Warren G. Harding. The Dobsons are the authors of Hottest Heads of State, Volume 1: The American Presidents.
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    • 33 min
    BEST OF THE GIST: Tunnel Edition

    BEST OF THE GIST: Tunnel Edition

    In this installment of Best Of The Gist, we listen back to Mike’s December 6, 2023 interview with Aric Toler about the storied Hamas tunnel network, which, depending on where you get your news, is either a "vast labyrinth" or a 160-yard tunnel with little room for a command center capable of orchestrating the October 7th attack. Aric Toler is a reporter on the Visual Investigations team at The New York Times, where he combines traditional reporting techniques with "open-source" reporting practices, and he recently contributed to a Times investigation about the tunnels. Then we rewind to this past Tuesday so Mike can again ask the question, “Would a ‘Winter Wonderland’ occur to any songwriter today?” 
     
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    • 50 min
    Trump Liable, Willis Excitable, Guatemalan Democracy Viable

    Trump Liable, Willis Excitable, Guatemalan Democracy Viable

    Donald Trump is ordered to pay over $350 million ... bad judgement for him there.  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis hits back hard at defense attorneys seeking to toss her off the Georgia racketeering case. And we speak with Quico Toro, a Contributing Editor at Persuasion, who tells us the story of Guatemala, where a duly elected president actually got to assume office. He calls it "January 6th in reverse."

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

wysurfin ,

Coffee on Screen :)

One of the few shows that walk barefoot on the hot coals of current topics. Then I was hit with a Latin translation that caused me to shower my laptop in the physical manifestation of a belly laugh

Tdddeingee ,

Clever, Sharp,Insightful

Mike Pesca invites great guests and asks very thoughtful questions. His skills as a critical thinker and entertaining orator make almost every episode well worth the time.

voltroner ,

Big Intellect, frivolous arguments

Yay. He’s back.
Was it the pandemic? Being cancelled? Or is Mike just letting his contrarian disposition let loose now that he’s on his own? Whatever it is, something has caused Mike to drift off course from a show that used to be extremely insightfully and informative. Nowadays Mike is fighting the fights no one asked for.

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