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The Gist

Rank #118 in News & Politics category

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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.

iTunes Ratings

2178 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Great show...

By That Guy With Opinions - Dec 23 2018
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All good stuff 👍👍 P.S. “tenet,” not “tenant.”

Love it!

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

iTunes Ratings

2178 Ratings
Average Ratings
1766
194
71
66
81

Great show...

By That Guy With Opinions - Dec 23 2018
Read more

All good stuff 👍👍 P.S. “tenet,” not “tenant.”

Love it!

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

Cover image of The Gist

The Gist

Rank #118 in News & Politics category

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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.

Top Episodes

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Rank #1: Big Tent Primaries

Jan 26 2019
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On The Gist, pairing 2020 candidates with this or that Oscar-nominated film.In the interview, don’t take a shot every time Donna Brazile calls herself one of the Democratic Party’s “original gangsters.” But it’s true: she’s been at the heart of its workings for decades. In 2020, she plans on keeping out of the Democratic primaries, all while keeping up with the many rule changes they’ve adopted since 2016. Brazile is the co-author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.In the Spiel, an analysis of Trump’s shutdown backdown.

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Rank #2: 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.

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Rank #3: The Plain Prince

Apr 24 2018
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On Tuesday's Gist, Donald Trump’s win has inspired a whole bunch of down-ballot Republicans, and boy, are they lame.What is retroactive classification, and is it going to get former FBI Director James Comey in trouble? Bradley P. Moss specializes in litigation related to security clearance law. He explains why Comey may need to worry about prosecution for leaking government secrets. Moss is the deputy executive director of the James Madison Project to promote government accountability and reduction of secrecy.In the Spiel, is third-time dad Prince William ugly? We ask the question, for science!

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Rank #4: Halls of Fame Need Diversity, Too

Dec 12 2018
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On The Gist, it’s tough to find a host for the Oscars.In the interview, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame can quickly become incestuous, since past winners get to vote on future inductees. But this year’s 15 nominees break the mold of guitar-slinging dudes with long hair. Sure, Def Leppard is in the running, but so are LL Cool J, Janet Jackson, and Kraftwerk. Music critic Chris Molanphy himself has a vote, and tells us what his ballot looks like. Molanphy is the host of the Slate podcast Hit Parade and writes Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” column. In the Spiel, Andrew Sullivan’s new religions.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: SimpliSafe, protect your home today with twenty-four seven monitoring for just fifteen dollars a month, visit simplisafe.com/gist.Merrill Lynch. Get started today at ML.com/you.

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Rank #5: The Dismissal of Kamala Harris

Jan 24 2019
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On The Gist, you can’t give Ann Coulter a win.  Rick Pitino is a former American basketball coach who experienced a number of scandals in the past few years, leading him to leave America for the Greek Basket League. But how did a renowned basketball coach find himself coaching in Greece? Journalist Michael Sokolove is here with the story. Sokolove’s new book is The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball. In the Spiel, dismissing Kamala Harris.This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com.

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Rank #6: Digital Journalism, a Market Failure

Jan 25 2019
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On The Gist, Necco Wafers are out this Valentine’s Day, but don’t shed a tear. In the interview, some movies live for the twist. Steven Knight’s latest film, Serenity, is ostensibly about a sea captain’s Melvillian obsessions. Knight joins us to talk about how Matthew McConaughey gets it right, Saint Lucia, and writing screenplays in a detached state of mind (“It’s almost like accessing whatever the hell it is that creates dreams”). In the Spiel, journalists are losing their jobs. And there’s some BS out there about why that is.

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Rank #7: Ban the AR-15

Feb 17 2018
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On The Gist, the market for “how to survive a shooting spree” videos shows how far we’ve strayed in dealing with gun violence.   Interracial marriage on a national level has only been legal for 50 years, after the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. Anna Holmes and Lacey Schwartz are two of the minds behind The Loving Generation, a video series by Topic.com on identity and dynamics within multiracial families. In the Spiel, it’s a no-brainer: Ban civilian ownership of the AR-15, and fewer will die.

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Rank #8: Korematsu, Revisited?

Apr 26 2018
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On Wednesday’s Gist, you didn’t think Trump’s latest political nominee was scandal-free, did you?And as the Supreme Court weighs Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, one of its most notorious decisions still stands. Korematsu v. United States upheld America’s wartime internment of thousands of Japanese Americans, and it’s still cited as legal precedent today. Harvard Law School’s Martha Minow recently wrote about the decision and its relevance in 2018.In the Spiel, president Trump’s approval ratings are highest in West Virginia. Senate candidate (and former convict) Don Blankenship is rolling with it.

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Rank #9: Dumb About Deficits

Feb 10 2018
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On The Gist, it’s The $10,000 Pyramid with a budget deal twist. Is it possible we don’t know enough about national debt to call our politicians when they’re peddling nonsense? New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson addresses some common misconceptions and sums up the Republican tax cuts and spending bill this way: “Rich people are stealing the money.” In the Spiel, the Olympics are back, and the Russians got off easy.

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Rank #10: A Fuller Obituary for Barbara Bush

Apr 18 2018
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On today’s Gist, don’t all these senators know the depths of CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s patriotism?Plus, why are chemical weapons useful to Bashar al-Assad? “They’re really weapons of terror,” explains Aaron Stein, co-host of the Arms Control Wonk podcast. Stein is the author of Turkey’s New Foreign Policy.And filmmakers Tony Gilroy and Brad Anderson tell us what it was like filming their latest movie, Beirut, during a particularly long and hot Ramadan. In the Spiel, a few more words about the late Barbara Bush. 

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Rank #1: Big Tent Primaries

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On The Gist, pairing 2020 candidates with this or that Oscar-nominated film.In the interview, don’t take a shot every time Donna Brazile calls herself one of the Democratic Party’s “original gangsters.” But it’s true: she’s been at the heart of its workings for decades. In 2020, she plans on keeping out of the Democratic primaries, all while keeping up with the many rule changes they’ve adopted since 2016. Brazile is the co-author of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.In the Spiel, an analysis of Trump’s shutdown backdown.

Jan 26 2019
33 mins
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Rank #2: Sweep the Left

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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.

Aug 23 2018
24 mins
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Rank #3: The Plain Prince

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On Tuesday's Gist, Donald Trump’s win has inspired a whole bunch of down-ballot Republicans, and boy, are they lame.What is retroactive classification, and is it going to get former FBI Director James Comey in trouble? Bradley P. Moss specializes in litigation related to security clearance law. He explains why Comey may need to worry about prosecution for leaking government secrets. Moss is the deputy executive director of the James Madison Project to promote government accountability and reduction of secrecy.In the Spiel, is third-time dad Prince William ugly? We ask the question, for science!

Apr 24 2018
36 mins
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Rank #4: Halls of Fame Need Diversity, Too

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On The Gist, it’s tough to find a host for the Oscars.In the interview, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame can quickly become incestuous, since past winners get to vote on future inductees. But this year’s 15 nominees break the mold of guitar-slinging dudes with long hair. Sure, Def Leppard is in the running, but so are LL Cool J, Janet Jackson, and Kraftwerk. Music critic Chris Molanphy himself has a vote, and tells us what his ballot looks like. Molanphy is the host of the Slate podcast Hit Parade and writes Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” column. In the Spiel, Andrew Sullivan’s new religions.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: SimpliSafe, protect your home today with twenty-four seven monitoring for just fifteen dollars a month, visit simplisafe.com/gist.Merrill Lynch. Get started today at ML.com/you.

Dec 12 2018
39 mins
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Rank #5: The Dismissal of Kamala Harris

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On The Gist, you can’t give Ann Coulter a win.  Rick Pitino is a former American basketball coach who experienced a number of scandals in the past few years, leading him to leave America for the Greek Basket League. But how did a renowned basketball coach find himself coaching in Greece? Journalist Michael Sokolove is here with the story. Sokolove’s new book is The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball. In the Spiel, dismissing Kamala Harris.This episode is brought to you by Slack, the collaboration hub for work. Learn more at Slack.com.

Jan 24 2019
25 mins
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Rank #6: Digital Journalism, a Market Failure

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On The Gist, Necco Wafers are out this Valentine’s Day, but don’t shed a tear. In the interview, some movies live for the twist. Steven Knight’s latest film, Serenity, is ostensibly about a sea captain’s Melvillian obsessions. Knight joins us to talk about how Matthew McConaughey gets it right, Saint Lucia, and writing screenplays in a detached state of mind (“It’s almost like accessing whatever the hell it is that creates dreams”). In the Spiel, journalists are losing their jobs. And there’s some BS out there about why that is.

Jan 25 2019
31 mins
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Rank #7: Ban the AR-15

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On The Gist, the market for “how to survive a shooting spree” videos shows how far we’ve strayed in dealing with gun violence.   Interracial marriage on a national level has only been legal for 50 years, after the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. Anna Holmes and Lacey Schwartz are two of the minds behind The Loving Generation, a video series by Topic.com on identity and dynamics within multiracial families. In the Spiel, it’s a no-brainer: Ban civilian ownership of the AR-15, and fewer will die.

Feb 17 2018
29 mins
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Rank #8: Korematsu, Revisited?

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On Wednesday’s Gist, you didn’t think Trump’s latest political nominee was scandal-free, did you?And as the Supreme Court weighs Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, one of its most notorious decisions still stands. Korematsu v. United States upheld America’s wartime internment of thousands of Japanese Americans, and it’s still cited as legal precedent today. Harvard Law School’s Martha Minow recently wrote about the decision and its relevance in 2018.In the Spiel, president Trump’s approval ratings are highest in West Virginia. Senate candidate (and former convict) Don Blankenship is rolling with it.

Apr 26 2018
27 mins
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Rank #9: Dumb About Deficits

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On The Gist, it’s The $10,000 Pyramid with a budget deal twist. Is it possible we don’t know enough about national debt to call our politicians when they’re peddling nonsense? New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson addresses some common misconceptions and sums up the Republican tax cuts and spending bill this way: “Rich people are stealing the money.” In the Spiel, the Olympics are back, and the Russians got off easy.

Feb 10 2018
27 mins
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Rank #10: A Fuller Obituary for Barbara Bush

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On today’s Gist, don’t all these senators know the depths of CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s patriotism?Plus, why are chemical weapons useful to Bashar al-Assad? “They’re really weapons of terror,” explains Aaron Stein, co-host of the Arms Control Wonk podcast. Stein is the author of Turkey’s New Foreign Policy.And filmmakers Tony Gilroy and Brad Anderson tell us what it was like filming their latest movie, Beirut, during a particularly long and hot Ramadan. In the Spiel, a few more words about the late Barbara Bush. 

Apr 18 2018
30 mins
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