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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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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.

    BEST OF THE GIST: Is SCOTUS Legit?

    BEST OF THE GIST: Is SCOTUS Legit?

    On this week’s installment of Best Of The Gist, we listen back to a chunk of Mike’s September 2020 interview with Jonathan V. Last, editor of The Bulwark. Last explains that although remaining optimistic with regards to the legitimacy of the SCOTUS, he is ultimately losing faith that some voters care not for a system of governance that is capable of functioning competently. Then, we listen to Mike’s Monday Spiel on a similar theme.

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    • 26 min
    Big Lies Never Seem To Die

    Big Lies Never Seem To Die

    The 1954 film Salt Of The Earth was made under enormous strain. The production crew had been blacklisted; the cast was half professionals, half laborers; and J. Edgar Hoover's FBI was interfering with this supposed piece of communist propaganda. Writer and creator John Mankiewicz, along with director Aaron Lipstadt, discuss The Big Lie, their Audible Original story (via Fresh Produce Media) of the making of the film. Plus, no one much likes fact-checking Biden, and a USB stick lost in Japan leads to a reflection on the news—or maybe the world—adopting a tragic frame.

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    • 41 min
    General Optimism

    General Optimism

    When it comes to Ukraine, former U.S. Army Lieutenant General Ben Hodges is more hopeful than much of the military establishment. The former Commanding General of the United States Army in Europe makes his case. Also on the show, the Supreme Court's makes for confusing case law...sometimes they're textualists, sometimes they find different justifications to suit their actual doctrinal goals. And in the Spiel, President Biden thinks the U.S. is experiencing comparatively low inflation, even though the facts say otherwise.
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    • 32 min
    Treating Cassidy Bombastically

    Treating Cassidy Bombastically

    Does Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony change everything, clarify vividly, or demand corroboration urgently? Possibly, definitely and not necessarily says Quinta Jurecic, Senior Editor at Lawfare. Plus, Mike analyzes the idea of an "Inverse-OPEC" not to be confused with the Upside Down NATO, and the Double Reverse Unesco.
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    • 31 min
    The Heinz Hits The Fan

    The Heinz Hits The Fan

    Cassidy Hutchinson, former Mark Meadows aid testifies before the committee that Donald Trump...did a lot. A Very lot. Plus, Princeton Professor of Sociology Patrick Sharkey and author of the 2018 book Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence, talks about if we are indeed experiencing that next war. Plus, the left critique of Democratic leaders not doing enough to fight for abortion rights.
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    • 34 min
    Is SCOTUS Illegitimacy Talk Legit?

    Is SCOTUS Illegitimacy Talk Legit?

    After Dobbs, the Supreme Court can lay claim to a lot of pejorative: “extreme,” “unsafe,” “unfair,” “unkind” …but what about “illegitimate?” Also, how Chief Justice Roberts’ lonely status is entirely unsurprising. Plus Mike interviews Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business about the massive Netflix sell off, and how it changes what we, and Wall Street, thought about streaming.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

Tzadeck ,

Can’t go wrong.

The best daily podcast in any category, I think.

Lsytcl ,

Often complex for complexity’s sake

Often needlessly complex. This can hide sloppy logic.

An example of how Mike might phrase this, “His rider works overtime justifying where his elephant goes.”

Chaotik_lord ,

When did this happen?!

I had no idea that Mike had restarted the podcast. I last heard he was taking a break on the Slate feed, and I kept trying to see where it went and why it never came back. Out of all the reasons I was a Slate Plus subscriber (The Gist, T-cast, Lexicon Valley, Amicus), I have been paying $8/mo just for Mark Joseph Stern, since somehow Slate disappeared two of those. Glad to find at least The Gist is back on a new platform…I wonder how behind I am. Mad that Slate said nothing when it ended. Did they get rid of Mike? I want to know. I could use that monthly fee on stuff I like, enjoy, and respect.

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