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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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Kamala Joins the Ticket

Kamala Joins the Ticket

2020-08-1231:521

On the Gist, the spotlight on Joe Biden’s running mate. In the interview, Mike talks with Lisi Raskin, a professor and the chair of the Sculpture Department at Rhode Island School of Design about the meaning of sculpture in light of the removal of confederate monuments and statues. Raskin is an artist whose large-scale abstract works are reminiscent of the environment of the Cold War. In the spiel, Trump on fall sports leagues. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wise to the Lies?

Wise to the Lies?

2020-08-1034:541

On the Gist, pronouncing names. In the interview, Mike is joined by Ed Yong of the Atlantic. As a science writer, not only did he warn of an epidemic in 2018, but he has been covering the coronavirus in a clear and vital way. In his latest piece, “Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die,” Yong articulates how this tragedy could have been prevented, and explains why America isn’t defeating the virus any time soon; it has defeated America. In the spiel, do Trump’s lies still work? Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, TikTok block. In the interview, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. of Princeton University joins Mike to talk about his newest book and its release in the context of the recent civil uprisings. Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own poses a fundamental argument around how getting it wrong culturally has hurt the fabric of our nation. Glaude helps make sense of where we are today, and explains that Baldwin understood our messy and uneven economic, social and political lives are simply a reflection of our individual selves. In the spiel, one third of Americans are wrong. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, New York’s elections are not unlike Georgia’s. In the interview, our resident vexillologist Ted Kaye is back to talk about the latest in flag news. He fills Mike in on what’s happening in Mississippi as they try to swiftly get a new flag design added to the ballot in November, and the recent proliferation of the ‘thin blue line’ American flag. Kaye’s book is Good Flag, Bad Flag. In the spiel, Trump’s mispronunciations. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, the Beirut blast. In the interview, we’ve got the second half of Jesse Eisenberg’s interview on his new Audible original, When You Finish Saving the World. He and Mike continue discussing the creative process and Jesse’s personal connection to the project, and the difficulty of creating things like future slang. In the spiel, Trump’s lies are pushing voters into the arms of Democrats. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, does Biden need a progressive VP? In the interview, Jesse Eisenberg is here for the first half of a two-part interview on his new Audible original, When You Finish Saving the World. Through a series of connected monologues, Eisenberg stitches together the portrait of a family and explores issues of issues of intimacy, growing up, and social change. He and Mike discuss his writing process and the origins of the project. In the spiel, teachers are inessential. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
America Has Failed

America Has Failed

2020-08-0332:00

On the Gist, staying hopeful, but realistic. In the interview, author, podcast host, and magazine editor Kurt Andersen joins Mike to talk about his new book, Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History. In it, Andersen explains how big business ran unchecked during the final decades of the 20th century allowing greed to ascend and the working person to feel powerless, all while unraveling the fabric of middle class normalcy.  In the spiel, Trump tapped Anthony Tata. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stuck in the Suburbs

Stuck in the Suburbs

2020-08-0129:21

On the Gist, NBA jerseys. In the interview, In the interview, filmmaker Mark Duplass is here to talk about his anthology series Room 104 currently airing on HBO. He and Mike discuss the use of rules in the creative process, why the series seems to defy genre, and the experience of growing up with your brother as your artistic partner. Room 104 airs on Friday nights on HBO. In the spiel, Trump misunderstands the suburbs. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Rep. John Lewis and his legacy. In the interview, Mike checks in with Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Jonathan Levinson. As a multimedia reporter and producer, Levinson has been on the ground nightly in Portland following the protests, getting tear gassed in the process. Levinson says that it’s more than just support for the BLM movement, its boiling frustration around governmental systemic failure. In the spiel, because of John Lewis, we have Barack Obama. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Unmasked and Unhinged

Unmasked and Unhinged

2020-07-2929:291

On the Gist, anti-maskers are getting the coronavirus. In the interview, Dr. Jennifer Mercieca is here to discuss her new book, Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump. She and Mike talk about the origins of Trump’s verbal tactics, and how he’s been able to manipulate information. They also touch on the variety of ways presidents appeal to the people, and Joe Biden’s best route forward in that regard. In the spiel, making a case for uppercase. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, gambling the nation’s health on professional sports. In the interview, Mike talks with Capt. Lawrence Hunter, a retired commanding officer from the Waterbury Police Department in Connecticut, about policing in America. Hunter spent the majority of his career in law enforcement as a high-ranking officer, and as an educator and instructor. In his retirement, he has launched his own series, Captain Hunter’s Podcast, which seeks to “bridge the gap between police and the communities they serve,” expanding his emphasis on education and encouraging a reckoning with racism. In the spiel, Bill Barr just lets the Democrats rant. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, the Republicans are misers. In the interview, Zephyr Teachout is here to discuss her new book Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ad, Big Tech, and Big Money. She and Mike discuss how monopolies have come to dominate so many of our industries, the work that needs to be done to break them up, and why it’s a multi-pronged solution. They also touch on Gov. Cuomo’s response to the pandemic and how her team might have been different if she’d won office.  In the spiel, baseball tried. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lone Star Lunacy

Lone Star Lunacy

2020-07-2441:393

On the Gist, losing all the stuff. In the interview, Mike heads to the Lone Star State to speak with Scott Braddock, editor and Texan political analyst at the Quorum Report. Braddock is also host of Texas Take, a podcast from the Houston Chronicle. They dissect Gov. Abbott’s coronavirus response, his backtracking, and why he paused the state’s reopening. And they get into how the state isn’t as securely Republican as many think it is. In the spiel, the Lobstar of the Antentwig. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Mask Monologues

The Mask Monologues

2020-07-2333:03

On the Gist, Trump’s mind. In a break from our normal format, Virginia Heffernan of Trumpcast is here with Mike to analyze the most aggressive anti-mask rants out there. From across the nation, people who suffer from a touch of the QAnon are unleashing their unsound mask fears on us all, blaming anything from the Deep State to 5G. We’re going to figure out what makes for the most entertaining version of these conspiracy theorists, and what, if anything, we should take seriously. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Life of Kanye. In the interview, Princeton History and Public Affairs Professor Julian Zelizer joins Mike to discuss his latest book on former speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich. With the help of Gingrich’s own congressional documents, Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party explains the ways Newt seized an opportunity to use C-Span cameras and modern technology to his advantage, how he gave rise to partisanship, and his plans to conquer Congress through his appetite for disruption. In the spiel, Republicans embarrassing themselves. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Portland Is in Peril

Portland Is in Peril

2020-07-2233:04

On the Gist, Trump attempts to convince the MAGA nation to wear masks. In the interview, journalist Anne Applebaum is here to talk about her new book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. She and Mike discuss how democracies can give way to authoritarian leaders, the delicacy of political systems, and how essential our institutions are for protecting a functioning government. In the spiel, what’s happening in Portland, Oregon. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One-Trick POTUS

One-Trick POTUS

2020-07-2035:292

On the Gist, John Kasich at the Democratic National Convention. In the interview, legal professor and modern Chinese law research scholar Neysun Mahboubi joins Mike to discuss the uprisings in Hong Kong and the extradition bill which would have undone Hong Kong’s independence from mainland China. Mahboubi explains the clashes between protesters and counter-protesters which began nearly a year ago, how the Chinese government has used the Covid-19 crisis as a moment to more aggressively assert control over citizens of Hong Kong, and what U.S. involvement could mean. Professor Mahboubi is the host of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China’s flagship podcast. In the spiel, without a microphone Trump can’t shout down facts. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, we’ve got something a little different. In this episode, Mike has brought together the New Republic’s Osita Nwenavu, and Yascha Mounk, a contributor to the Atlantic and the founder of Persuasion, to debate the state of public discourse. They discuss the complexities of platform regulation, whether or not the concerns rise to a level of social contagion, and how social media factors into the reactions on all sides. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On the Gist, Trump is lost in the numbers. In the interview, former mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges joins Mike to talk about her most recent op-ed in the New York Times, “As Mayor of Minneapolis, I Saw How White Liberals Block Change.” In it, Hodges challenges white liberals to confront the status quo of comfort and move the horizon of racial disparity that breeds police brutality. In the spiel, is the scientific method white? The Smithsonian seems to think so Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Softball Stupidity

Softball Stupidity

2020-07-1633:16

On the Gist, Trump is full of beans. In the second half of a two-part interview, novelist Curtis Sittenfeld is continues talking her new novel Rodham. She and Mike discuss the critiques of Hillary within the book, the final choices in the book, and how it might relate to modern superhero stories. In the spiel, the need for tough follow-ups with Trump. Email us at thegist@slate.com Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (33)

Tatyana Noyb

Hilarious! Good posture lol

Jul 16th
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Tatyana Noyb

You are right about one thing, Mike. Activists are not listening to you.

Jul 8th
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Tatyana Noyb

Lame!

Jun 23rd
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Tatyana Noyb

Lame

Jun 23rd
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Tatyana Noyb

Good job, Mike. I'm afraid I'll have to quote you tomorrow. :) Good guest.

Jun 12th
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Tatyana Noyb

The fear of guns by police is the reason? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

The fear of guns by police is the reason? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutality? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutally? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

More bs, peska. Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutally? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white purple fear of black people propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

More bs, peska. Not going beyond first 3 min. The fear of guns by police is the reason for their brutally? Where did u hear that, in the "magazine for white persons fear of black persons propaganda"? Clearly you must think your audience complete fools. The reason isn't racism, the reason is gun ownership? Do you laugh at yourself when you see yourself in the mirror?

Jun 2nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Serious journalism eh. Those of us paying MINIMAL attention can catch YOU lying. The Intercepted never criticized Bernie? Eat this. Episode 140. 1.22.20. Bernies policies of the now, however, could have saved thousands of lives. Who have YOU saved today?

May 23rd
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Tatyana Noyb

My goodness, are you OK? please check for fever :) FINALLY the right guest. Congratulations!

May 19th
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Tatyana Noyb

The shpiel honestly made me ill. What IF, Pesca, he also didn't think it was wrong to penetrate someone with his fingers? That it was an act of care? Get the f out, along with most other men. The F.

May 7th
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Tatyana Noyb

You must not be in NY to state nobody died of lack of ventilators. Watch a 5 min documentary from the Intercept released yesterday. How do you sound so confident with such shallow info...more bs peddling. Again.

Apr 22nd
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Tatyana Noyb

Ok, mister propaganda blame. So I got it, you think it's NOT what mnuchin said people aren't expected to live on 1200 for 10 weeks you think. But you aren't gonna bother to offer what he did mean? Get the fuck out, mister white privilege. You so are.

Apr 17th
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Tatyana Noyb

Well. Mike is funny. Mike IS privileged. Mike wants to pedal around msm bs about biden and his great message (Mike must have missed Joe on video lol). We need exactly that 'revolution' also known as political change to help the working people, but privilege is blinding.

Mar 26th
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Tatyana Noyb

Omg. Ok yeah u may be funny but you are an utter asshole. Fuck this show, own in stocks much? Bastard.

Mar 13th
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Scott Gilbert

misleading episode title...

Sep 30th
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