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    Making Chemicals Partisan

    Making Chemicals Partisan

    On the Gist, Peter Navarro and partisan chemical compounds.
    In the interview, Mike talks with Charlotte Alter. national correspondent at Time covering the 2020 elections, about her new book, The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How A Generation of Leaders Will Transform America. They discuss her deeply reported analysis of the 2016 elections, the youth vote, and why political experiences when young have a lifelong impact on a person’s politics.
    In the spiel, tigers and other post-coronavirus problems.
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    • 33 min
    Miami and Mayor Suarez’s Plasma

    Miami and Mayor Suarez’s Plasma

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    On the Gist, Trump and Pence can’t be honest with the public.
    In the interview, Miami Mayor Frances Suarez has fully recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, and now is donating his plasma for use in an experimental treatment. He talks with Mike about his experience, what Miami’s reaction to the pandemic has been, and what he’s doing to push other parts of the government to take it seriously.
    In the spiel, healing and physical proximity.
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    Republicans in Christian Clothing

    Republicans in Christian Clothing

    On the Gist, nobody does it better.
    In the interview, Mike talks with Katherine Stewart about her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. They discuss how the political ideology from the right wing cloaks itself in religious rhetoric, who in the Trump cabinet is part of movement, and how it inhibits the administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
    In the spiel, maybe Loeffler and Burr aren’t guilty of insider trading.
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    You Can’t Just Cancel Rent

    You Can’t Just Cancel Rent

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    On the Gist, Florida’s finally doing the right thing.
    In the interview, Jamil Zaki is here to talk with Mike about kindness during the COVID-19 crisis. He and Mike discuss studies on reactions to crises, how this time will bring us together, and what we need to do to embrace more empathy. Zaki’s latest book is The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World.
    In the spiel, you can’t cancel rent.
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    Are the Extroverts OK?

    Are the Extroverts OK?

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    On the Gist, let the experts speak.
    In the interview, Mike speaks with three self-identified extroverts about what it’s like to live in isolation. Amanda Mull of the Atlantic, author Stephen Witt, and host of the Unorthodox podcast Mark Oppenheimer, join Mike to talk about how stifling it can be to remain indoors, how they’re coping, and what they plan to do once it’s all over.
    In the spiel, the Cuomo brotherhood.

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    Improvising the Presidency

    Improvising the Presidency

    On the Gist, Trump steering away from the rocks for once.
    In the interview, Mike talks with John Dickerson of CBS News about what it takes to be a good American leader. They discuss how Trump’s personal habits have led him to be unprepared for the coronavirus crisis, why Americans are addicted to the presidency, and what might happen to the concept of American leadership if he gets a second term in office. Dickerson’s upcoming books is The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.
    In the spiel, FDR’s fireside chats.
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Customer Reviews

seth105555 ,

Short-Term, Negative

I was a daily listener to this podcast but not anymore. The episode titled "Isolation in the Nation" published on March 26 was so depressing based on the all the negative material said. There were some statistics mentioned but all in a negative perspective. Words like "staggering number", "more are coming" and "they're all gone" paint the jobs picture in a very negative light. There was no mention of the reason behind the unemployment claims and no silver lining. Words like work from home, temporary, hope, have faith, help is on the way, more unemployment benefits, we're in this together, stay safe were not expressed and that omission puts every listener in a negative mindset.

Orin M ,

Strong well reasoned takes

Mike has the goods. I don’t always agree but I always understand his takes. Keep it up! (And no, it’s not left wing or whatevs, it’s based on ya know, reality)

matt7777770 ,

Stable genius

The Gist is the only daily I can listen to daily. Mike is a word-a-day calendar in my ear. I don’t always agree with his point of view, but he always presents a compelling, and often funny, argument.

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