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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.

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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.

    Origins of a 6’ 9” Candidate

    Origins of a 6’ 9” Candidate

    On the Gist, the QAnon Shaman’s lawyer.
    In the interview, John Fetterman, also known as Lieutenant Governor Stone Cold, talks to Mike about his potential Senate run. The Pennsylvania native talks about his origin story from son of teenagers to Harvard graduate, his thoughts on gun control and incarceration, and the woes of being six-foot-nine. (Not enough suits.)
    In Remembrances of Things Trump: so many Seans, so little time.
    In the spiel, supposed contradictions of pro-free speech.
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    Podcast production by Margaret Kelley, Cheyna Roth, and Jasmine Ellis.
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    • 38 min
    What You Might Have Missed

    What You Might Have Missed

    On the Gist, Republicans use their voices to complain about not having a voice.
    In the interview, Melissa Murray joins Mike to discuss what the articles of impeachment can teach us about constitutional law as we review the events of last week at the Capitol Building. Murray is a professor at NYU Law, co-host of Strict Scrutiny podcast, and a contributor on MSNBC.
    In Remembrances of Things Trump: Goofy, Sleepy, Crazy...no those aren’t Snow White’s friends. They are Trump’s favorite nicknames. 
    In the spiel, the Trump push for Lisa Montgomery’s execution in the final week of his tarnished presidency.
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    • 35 min
    His Time is Up

    His Time is Up

    On the Gist, the gavel was quick and sure during the impeachment hearing.
    In the interview, what risks lie ahead for 2021? Mike sits down with political scientist Ian Bremmer. They talk about what went wrong in 2020 (hint COVID-19 managed to make a lot of Bremmer’s predictions come true). And for 2021 - China, oil and Biden, oh my! Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a firm that helps investors and businesses understand the impact of politics on their investments.
    In Remembrances of Things Trump, Trump attacks a dead man because Trump has a problem with women. 
    In the spiel, bearing the stain of being impeached twice.
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    • 36 min
    We Are Who We Are

    We Are Who We Are

    On the Gist, this is actually who we are because we wouldn’t have let it happen.
    In the interview, Katie Meyer, political reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia joins Mike to talk about the Pennsylvania state legislature, and today’s federal ruling on the contested state senate race. 
    In Remembrances of Things Trump, back to the days when Trump was able to tweet, and retweet. 
    In the spiel, defining incitement.
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    • 39 min
    Militias in the Mitten State

    Militias in the Mitten State

    On the Gist, several Republicans predicted years ago Trump’s actions would lead to violence, but they’re sticking with him anyway. One of them is Ted Cruz.
    In Remembrances of Things Trump, Trump denounces a Swedish terrorism attack that never happened.
    In the interview, Mike is joined by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. They talk about insurrection at the Capitol building in D.C., and in Michigan, and how rallies and big talk got them there. Nessel also explains her decision to seek sanctions against attorneys who filed lawsuits claiming debunked election fraud in the state. 
    In the spiel, Trump may be off Twitter, but his supporters don’t have to go far to get their message out. It’s called podcasting. Ever heard of it?
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    • 34 min
    Abandon Ship

    Abandon Ship

    On the Gist, how do 39% of registered voters “approve” of Trump’s performance? 39%; really?
    In the interview, Mike is joined by Stan Barnes to talk all things Arizona. Arizona just gave its two Senate seats to Democrats in a shocking upset for the long-time red state. Barnes is a former Republican state senator turned party consultant for the Copper State. He talks to Mike about the impact of Wednesday’s Capitol chaos on the Republican party and how there’s no “putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.”
    And, today in Remembrances of Things Trump, the people who left the Trump administration before it became en vogue.
    In the spiel, a slew of resignations following the chaos.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

fpdins ,

Best podcast

Just sorry I haven’t reviewed this until now. Must listen to daily. Witty, smart, and well produced.

smartypantalones ,

Maddow & Barbáro? Too slow mo!

I’m telling you this guy Mike Pesca talks faster and smarter and more cleverly than almost anybody else talking politics today

Hammy like a happy drama star in high school on Red Bull maybe enunciates his rapid fire words a little TOO well ;) but thank you thank you thank you for not dumbing it down or slowing it down to accommodate the weakest link. Fearlessly literate, clever, more objective than most, I'm guessing. Good on ya, Pesca! Mister smarty pantalones

poli junky ,

Must listen

The Gist is my end of day must have. I love play on word phrases and puns. Mike never disappoints. His thoughtful analysis frequently gets me a new point of view. Thx for putting so much effort into each podcast

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