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Slate's The Gist with Mike Pesca. A daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.

    A Start-Up Letdown

    A Start-Up Letdown

    On the Gist, today on Remembrances of Things Trump, we look back on Trump’s 2017 visit to the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. 
    In the interview, Mike talks with Reeves Weideman, contributing editor at New York magazine and author of Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork. Weideman explains the internal drama inside Neumann’s fast-scaling, overly hyped WeWork, an office space leasing company billed as an in-person social network, as well as the lessons entrepreneurs can learn from disruptors attempting to grow quickly and remain profitable. 
    In the spiel, the lobstar of the antentwig.
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    • 36 min
    Remember When

    Remember When

    On the Gist, remember when there was “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen,” and an attack on Syria.
    In the interview, Yuval Levin, author of A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream and American Enterprise Institute scholar talks to Mike about what conservatism looks like in a post-Trump world. As the Republican party grapples with their identity at the start of a new era, they may find themselves asking, “What do we have to offer? And what do we want in return?” Levin advises frank discussions amongst the party, purposeful policies, and consequential legislation. 
    In the spiel, playing Russian roulette for Thanksgiving 2020. 
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    • 37 min
    How To With John Wilson

    How To With John Wilson

    On the Gist, Michigan meets to certify the results of the 2020 election.
    In the interview, documentarian John Wilson talks to Mike about steering clear of staid tropes and taking on moments of serendipity for his new HBO docuseries. How To with John Wilson is a poetic and comedic look on life, art, and philosophy in and around New York City. How To, as Wilson describes, was his experimentation with realism. As writer, cameraman, producer and narrator, Wilson creates a weirdly and beautifully raw representation of the city on the brink of the pandemic. How To is executive-produced by Nathan Fielder and streams Fridays on HBO Max.
    In the spiel, long live the climate czar.
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    • 31 min
    Cover It Up!

    Cover It Up!

    On the Gist, the election cannot be reversed in Trump’s favor.
    In the interview, comedian, actor, author, and activist Sarah Silverman joins Mike to talk about career, her characters, and how she is still learning from some controversial missteps taken along the way. Silverman candidly discusses her views on why Americans are so politically divided and why she thinks we ought to work together towards implementing progressive legislation. Her newest project, a podcast where she responds no-holds-barred to listener voicemails, is called The Sarah Silverman Show.
    In the spiel, stopping disinformation at the source.
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    • 38 min
    No Redress for the Wicked

    No Redress for the Wicked

    On the Gist, Rudy Giuliani keeps trying.
    In the interview, Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith are here to talk about their new book After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency. Goldsmith, former White House counsel for the George W. Bush administration, and Bauer, former Obama counsel, discuss what work needs to be done to move past the Trump presidency. They share their differing views on the efficacy of prosecuting Trump’s actions in office after Biden steps into the role, and the two explain how this isn’t the first time the office of the presidency has needed to be repaired.
    In the spiel, Kyle Rittenhouse and the Proud Boys.
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    • 38 min
    Carried Away

    Carried Away

    On the Gist, how Governors Cuomo and Newsom are responding to the second wave.
    In the interview, it’s part two of Mike’s conversation with The Dispatch’s senior editor David French about his new book Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation. French discusses the principles of pluralism, how some choose to decry tribalism and then default to using pluralism as a tactic. French also details some examples of it actually working as well as when it has led to friction.
    In the spiel, performatively exercising your second amendment rights.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

nmallan ,

Home is a Construct

My husband and I have been “sharing” space with friends and family for 40 years and agree 1,000,000,000%! There are so many mutual benefits to it—love, support, fun, less financial pressure, less maintenance pressure on one person, environmentally friendly. The homelessness pressure in California has finally forced lawmakers into allowing ADU units to address the situation.

We also found that our four children got along better when they had to share bedrooms because they learned cooperation skills; when they had single bedrooms, they were much more territorial. Having a grandparent in the home also taught them empathy, patience, compassion.

There’s a lot we can learn from other countries and our own history and face the future fearlessly.

Marshee10012 ,

Love your passion, humor, perspective and your guests!

Well that about sums it up... keep it up Pesca... you’re a natural 🌺

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Plosives

Mike ***P***esca overENUNciates weird syllables and just ***b***lows u***p*** his ***p***LOsives INTO the microphone.

The content is fine I guess, but his voice is extremely grating and always has been. Sorry, but it’s an audio medium. If someone ever talked that weirdly in person you would slap them.

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