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The Gist

By Slate

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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.

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2115 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Love it!

By Ben Rock - Nov 02 2018
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I look forward to this podcast every day.

It’s Awesome

By JohnMillholland - Aug 11 2018
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Love Mike Pesca - funny guy - love his style.

iTunes Ratings

2115 Ratings
Average Ratings
1720
185
68
62
80

Love it!

By Ben Rock - Nov 02 2018
Read more

I look forward to this podcast every day.

It’s Awesome

By JohnMillholland - Aug 11 2018
Read more

Love Mike Pesca - funny guy - love his style.

Top 10 Episode of The Gist

Rank #1: Polarization Nation

Jun 19 2018
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On The Gist, the inaugural edition of “whoah there, girl!”Political parties are like people: They grow and change, their values shift, and sometimes they become downright belligerent. Lilliana Mason says America’s two political parties are in the middle of a shift, and it won’t be over anytime soon: “What happened to conservative southern Democrats after the Civil Rights Act passed? They didn’t like it. … It took an entire generation for conservative Southern Democrats to become Republicans.” Mason is the author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity.In the Spiel, “angel moms” deserve sympathy, but they’re being used. 

Rank #2: Prison Guard Confidential

Oct 20 2018
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On The Gist, Europeans are fighting over daylight saving time, which is way better than having a World War.Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer has been on both sides of a prison’s bars. After spending two years as a political prisoner in Iran, he returned to the U.S. and got a job as a private prison guard. His real aim, of course, was to report on why the American prison system—private and public—is broken. Bauer’s new book is American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment.In the Spiel, a debate roundup ahead of the midterms.This episode is brought to you by Exchanges, a podcast from Goldman Sachs. Listen today wherever you get your podcasts.

Rank #3: Quitters Can’t Be Leaders

Jun 20 2018
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On The Gist, how President Trump made not breaking up families look like his idea. Why are the U.S.’s political parties weak? Is the “job guarantee” policy smart? Do voters perceive the economy accurately? Dan Pfeiffer has all the answers. He’s a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and part of the Pod Save America posse. Pfeiffer’s new book is Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump.In the Spiel, the United States shouldn’t be leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council. It should work to make it better.

Rank #4: Sweep the Left

Aug 23 2018
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On The Gist, nobody move or the economy gets it, Trump says. The guys behind the left’s most irreverent podcast (Chapo Trap House) want the Democratic Party to forget about Robert Mueller and set their sights on 2020. But in the short term? They’re rooting for a blue wave. Alongside Felix Biederman and Brendan James, Thursday’s guests Matt Christman, Will Menaker, and Virgil Texas are co-authors of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason.In the Spiel, when you hear “everyone does it” down in Washington, you know something’s amiss.

Rank #5: Cup of Corruption

Jun 13 2018
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On The Gist, some fun facts about U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart.In 2010, a certain Christopher Steele was hired to look into Russia’s bid to host the World Cup in 2018. What he found ultimately led to a U.S. investigation into FIFA’s thoroughgoing sleaziness. There are, around the world, multiple criminal probes around FIFA, and BuzzFeed’s Ken Bensinger says “more shoes will fall.” Bensinger is the author of Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal.In the Spiel, Macedonians, Greeks, and irredentism. 

Rank #6: Land of (Only Some) Opportunity

Oct 18 2018
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On The Gist, Democrats might actually be winning. Supporters of open immigration policy—and immigrants themselves—often have a rosy view of what awaits them in the United States. National Review executive editor (and Slate alumnus) Reihan Salam says high costs of living can put immigrants in debt rather than on a path to the middle class. “When we’re totally sentimental about this, we miss some of those struggles, and those struggles are inconvenient. People don’t want to hear about them.” Salam’s book is Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders. In the Spiel, Omarosa again.

Rank #7: Summit Skeptical

Jun 12 2018
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On The Gist, a brief review of President Trump’s roster of losers (and winners). Clint Watts is a man of many strengths. He’s a former FBI agent and a cybersecurity expert. He can break down information warfare to bleary-eyed U.S. senators. He’s been known to track al-Shabaab adherents on Twitter. Watts returns to The Gist to explain how the U.S. government underestimated Russia, and how he himself fell for fake news when trying to protect his daughter. Watts’ new book is Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News.In the Spiel, the folly of Donald Trump’s new friendship with Kim Jong-un.

Rank #8: Folks, We’re Talking About the C-Word

Jun 01 2018
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On The Gist, Samantha Bee said it first, so let us meditate on the C-word.In defense of Googling your own name: Kirsten Pflomm is a white woman from Connecticut who did an online search 15 years ago and discovered she was the descendant of Iceland’s famous first black citizen, Hans Jonathan, who escaped slavery and became a war hero.In the Spiel, the Nobel Peace Prize? All President Trump wants are apologies and thank-you’s.

Rank #9: James Clapper: Yeah, Russia Swung the Election

Jun 06 2018
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On The Gist, IHOP is changing its name to IHOb. And Mike is here to make fun of that.James Clapper was a senior intelligence adviser for both Republican and Democratic administrations. He was also part of the team that informed President-elect Donald Trump of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, as a private citizen, Clapper says he believes Russia actually swung the vote. “That’s why you write books,” says Clapper. “Because you can express your opinions freely. And I did.” His latest is Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence.In the Spiel, our expectations of a first lady are sexist and constricting. Cut Melania Trump some slack for not fitting into them.

Rank #10: When Border Policy Crosses the Line

Jun 15 2018
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On The Gist, McClatchy White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez explains the ramifications of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy to prosecute migrants who cross the border illegally. One early consequence: The U.S. government needs more places to detain children separated from their parents. In the Spiel, the nasty things celebrities say—and their supposedly enormous power to get people to vote stupidly.