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The Gist

For thirty minutes each day, Pesca challenges himself and his audience, in a responsibly provocative style, and gets beyond the rigidity and dogma. The Gist is surprising, reasonable, and willing to critique the left, the right, either party, or any idea.

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Recent Episodes of The Gist


BEST OF THE GIST: The Good Fight Edition

BEST OF THE GIST: The Good Fight Edition

This week, we dedicate our weekend Best Of show to an interview Mike did on Yascha Mounk’s podcast, The Good Fight. Mike is the guest in this wide-ranging conversation about media and society, and Yascha’s voice is very calming. Enjoy. 

 

Thanks to Yascha, Brendan, and Jack at The Good Fight for letting us use their episode. 

 

Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara 

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Episode 13 July 2024 1h, 14m and 50s


Water War

Water War

Gabriela Cowperthwaite and investigative reporter Nate Halverson join Mike to talk about their film about the international militias and governments waging a war for water, The Grab. Plus, Biden passes his presser, judging on the curve of his capabilities. Also, when Broadway brilliance becomes basic.


Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara

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Episode 12 July 2024 37m and 22s


France vs USA When "Democracy Is At Stake"

France vs USA When "Democracy Is At Stake"

In the United States, we're told that democracy is "on the ballot." But how do the very people making those claims enjoin the battle to save it? In France, they pulled back from a far right victory. We're joined by Yascha Mounk, the Editor in Chief of Persuasion, a Johns Hopkins Professor, and author of, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure.


Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara

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Episode 11 July 2024 37m and 58s


Elon Musk: Space Innovator or Inefficient Colonel Sanders?

Elon Musk: Space Innovator or Inefficient Colonel Sanders?

A New York Times front page investigation tallies up all the bird nests (nine total) and other flora, fauna, and civil war battlefields "discommoded" by launches of SpaceX rockets. We contemplate the price of progress vs. the piping plover. Plus, getting French elections shamelessly wrong, and a three-way 1950's Meet The Press-style conversion between Mike, journalist Eric Zorn of The Picayune Sentinel, and Tom Chittum, Senior Vice President of ShotSpotter, the audio detection technology that's been criticized for not providing police accurate enough information.


Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara

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Episode 10 July 2024 47m and 32s


Facing Faceblindness

Facing Faceblindness

Sadie Dingfelder (or at least someone of her general shape wearing the same outfit) is back to talk more about her research and her new book, Do I Know You?: A Faceblind Reporter’s Journey into the Science of Sight, Memory, and Imagination. Plus, the Alec Baldwin trial begins, and how the extremist MAGA Republican nominee for Governor in North Carolina didn't say the things he's alleged to have said.



Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara

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Episode 9 July 2024 43m and 41s


The AUKUS Caucus Can Be Raucous

The AUKUS Caucus Can Be Raucous

The faceblind but otherwise incredibly observant Sadie Dingfelder drops by to discuss her new book, Do I Know You?: A Faceblind Reporter’s Journey into the Science of Sight, Memory, and Imagination. Plus, Joe Biden does well in interviews which seek to assure the Australian nuclear submarine enthusiast community. He also takes credit for some things he previously distanced himself from, and voters will have to decide if the content or the delivery of his arguments matter most. Also, the deal between Skydance and Paramount is a "national amusement" all its own.


Produced by Jo...

Episode 8 July 2024 42m and 9s


BEST OF THE GIST: Founding Fathers Day Edition

BEST OF THE GIST: Founding Fathers Day Edition

In this installment of Best Of The Gist, a couple interviews from the vault in honor of Independence Day. First up, historian Gordon S. Wood explains why the friendship between founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams should give us hope. Then Mike talks about founding fathers’ thighs with Alexis Coe, author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington. 

 

Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara 

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Episode 6 July 2024 35m and 42s


Living Constitutionally Requires A Strong Constitution

Living Constitutionally Requires A Strong Constitution

Americans talk a big game about the U.S. Constitution and its role in guiding the nation for nearly 250 years, but few try to live strictly by the words of said document. AJ Jacobs is one of them. For a year, this patriot upheld the high values, carried a musket in public, and struggled against the oppression of Revolutionary era socks, and he is out with the book, The Year of Living Constitutionally: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution's Original Meaning. Plus, Mike officially disses the Articles of Confederation. 

 

Produced by Joel Patterson an...

Episode 5 July 2024 40m and 43s


Spinning The Insidious

Spinning The Insidious

Phil Elwood was a marketer and strategist who helped the governments of Libya, Qatar, Nigeria, and not quite but almost Syria make their cases on the world stage. He was also involved in the Mueller probe, and had a toe touch with Cambridge Analytica. In other words, he's a fascinating, conflicted, but mostly contrite figure, and author of All the Worst Humans: How I Made News for Dictators, Tycoons, and Politicians. Plus, the overstuffed South African cabinet, and a pundit who loved Joe Biden's chances until she didn't.

Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara 

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Episode 3 July 2024 40m and 31s


Cringing Oneself Out Of The Presidency

Cringing Oneself Out Of The Presidency

Donald Trump lies a lot, and his acolytes construct permission structures to excuse those lies. On the other hand, Joe Biden put forward a cringe-worthy performance, and his VP engaged in some BET Awards cringiness of her own. Voters are more likely to punish cringe. Plus, Phil Elwood put together PR and public policy campaigns for dictators and rogue states. It paid ok, but also, it almost destroyed him, as he chronicles in his new book, All the Worst Humans: How I Made News for Dictators, Tycoons, and Politicians. 

 

Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey War...

Episode 2 July 2024 39m and 4s

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