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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.

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.

 

#2434

Joe, Abe Dissimilar

Investor and climate activist Tom Steyer discusses his new book Cheaper, Faster, Better: How We’ll Win the Climate War and why running for president is an excellent megaphone. Plus, John Fetterman isn't so much trolling the Democratic party as just being his unvarnished hoodie-wearing self. And Joe Biden can't be that much like Abraham Lincoln even if he wanted to be, but the upcoming debate is a situation where he really shouldn't want to be. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

7 hrs Ago

40 MINS

40:43

7 hrs Ago


#2433

BEST OF THE GIST: Father And Son Edition

In this installment of Best Of The Gist, Mike and his first-born son Milo appeared on the [Smoke Em If You Got Em] (https://substack.com/@smokeempodcast) podcast this past week. The two Pescas discussed toxic masculinity with the show’s hosts Nancy Rommelmann and Sarah Hepola, and they graciously allowed us to play the interview in its near entirety on this weekend’s Best Of show. Enjoy.    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara  Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (http://thegist@mikepesca.com)   To advertise on the show: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist)   Subscribe to our ad-free and/or PescaPlus versions of The Gist: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/ ] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mike’s Substack: [Pesca Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/)   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Jun 2024

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:15

22 Jun 2024


#2432

Warning: This Discussion Of Warnings Might Cause Googly Eye At Night

The Surgeon General proposes warning labels for social media; we ask, "Do warning labels even do anything?" Plus, Dispatch Editor-in-Chief Jonah Goldberg talks about the decimation of political parties, the decency to lie about your principles, the slogan "Democracy is on the Ballot”, and great TV theme song bass lines. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Jun 2024

52 MINS

52:39

21 Jun 2024


#2431

Tricking Spotify Into Getting Weird

Glenn McDonald is a streaming music pioneer who worked for years for Spotify. He's out with a new book, [You Have Not Yet Heard Your Favorite Song: How Streaming Changes Music] (https://www.amazon.com/Have-Heard-Your-Favourite-Song-ebook/dp/B0CJ141VFW) . Also, DeSantis and Disney get un-Frozen. Plus, assessing a challenge to New York Congressman Jamal Bowman on an issue other than Israel. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Jun 2024

41 MINS

41:47

20 Jun 2024


#2430

The Politics Of Holidays

On the show today, with Juneteenth coming up tomorrow, we take a look at some dubious holidays in a couple southern states. And in our full show interview this week, Mike talks with John Ganz, author of When The Clock Broke about those crazy 1990s and the birth of modern conservatism. A note to listeners: no-show tomorrow in honor of the holiday. Will be back live on Thursday. Have a great day off. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Jun 2024

44 MINS

44:14

18 Jun 2024


#2429

Birds Aren't Real (SHHH ... Don't tell the Crested Warbler)

Peter McIndoe is the founder of the Birds Aren't Real movement-slash-conspiracy theory. He is also the author of the book, [Birds Aren't Real: The True Story of Mass Avian Murder and the Largest Surveillance Campaign in U.S. History] (https://www.amazon.com/Birds-Arent-Real-Surveillance-Campaign/dp/1250288894) . Peter doesn’t believe any of that, by the way, but has good insights on the type of people who do. Plus, Biden will probably win the debate. And how public access to subway brakes, the inability to license a pot store, and a 30-year-old San Fransisco "shanty town" clearance offer lessons in can-do (and can't-do) governance. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Jun 2024

42 MINS

42:59

17 Jun 2024


#2428

BEST OF THE GIST: SCOTUS Gone Wild Edition

In this installment of Best Of The Gist, a recent and a slightly less recent segment about the Supreme Court and their ethics … or lack thereof. From this past week, Mrs. Alito spits fire, and … uh … spit. And from April 2023, Clarence Thomas and his … uh … benefactor.    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara  Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (http://thegist@mikepesca.com)   To advertise on the show: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist)   Subscribe to our ad-free and/or PescaPlus versions of The Gist: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/ ] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mike’s Substack: [Pesca Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/)   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Jun 2024

22 MINS

22:03

15 Jun 2024


#2427

Strom Thurmond Cost Him An Apartment From The Grave

Yusuf Dahl is founder of the [Real Estate Lab] (https://www.realestatelaballentown.com/) in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lafayette College. He was also sentenced to ten years for dealing drugs at the age of eighteen.  To this day, he can still be legally discriminated against in the housing market, which he recently discovered when attempting to rent a home. We speak about his fight to overturn this measure. Plus, 25 years ago the Santana song "Smooth" went to #1. Would you believe It was the last Billboard #1 single to feature a guitar solo? Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Jun 2024

42 MINS

42:31

14 Jun 2024


#2426

Gaza And Other Sieges

The war in Gaza is a type of siege warfare, which is a topic that's been extensively studied by Amos C. Fox. Fox is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who hosts the Revolution in Military Affairs podcast as well as the War On The Rocks podcast. Plus, even the slight discrepancy in numbers in Elon Musk's pay package is so enormous as to confound and dazzle. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

47 MINS

47:01

13 Jun 2024


#2425

Flooding the Dumb Zone

Dallas sports talk hosts Dan McDowell and Jake Kemp left their station and started a podcast, [The Dumb Zone] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxf0lfLcOrE&list=PLvmK2Jle0aYaZ5eYkHO7QZGBlaIgGP2Nz) , and, in doing so, they became something of a test case (or maybe "poster guys") for the new Federal Trade Commission rule banning noncompete clauses. The fight for sports talk freedom and Luca Donic discussions ensue. Plus, Joey Chestnut shut up and shut out of Nathan's. And what New York's last minute fold on congestion pricing says about toughness. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jun 2024

40 MINS

40:40

12 Jun 2024


#2424

Mrs. Alito's Secret Vergogna

A political operative secretly recorded conversations with Justice Samuel Alito, wherein he said nothing much different than he's said before ... or that any reasonable person would say. His wife seems angry, though. Plus, Eric Weiner chats about his latest book, this one about Ben Franklin, [Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life] (https://www.amazon.com/Ben-Me-Search-Founders-Formula-ebook/dp/B0CL5F5ZJX) . And also on the show, will voters pick the father of the felon or the felon, and can they possibly understand the difference? Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | MikePesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Jun 2024

41 MINS

41:56

11 Jun 2024


#2423

We Just Haven't Been Flapping Them Hard Enough

We looked at the title of Lawrence Wood's new book,  [Your Caption Has Been Selected: More Than Anyone Could Possibly Want to Know About The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest] (https://www.amazon.com/Your-Caption-Has-Been-Selected-ebook/dp/B0CGRYLYG4) , and we decided the subtitle was not to be taken literally. Mr. Wood hereby submits to further caption contest questioning. Plus, Doug Burgam on the VP short list (and the bank statement long list). And the rescue of four Israeli hostages sets off recrimination over the cost in enemy and civilian lives.    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara  Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (http://thegist@mikepesca.com)   To advertise on the show: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist)   Subscribe to our ad-free and/or PescaPlus versions of The Gist: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/ ] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mike’s Substack: [Pesca Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/)   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Jun 2024

42 MINS

42:08

10 Jun 2024


#2422

BEST OF THE GIST: D-Day Anniversary Edition

In this installment of Best Of The Gist, in honor of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion this past week, we rewind nearly10 years back to August 2014 and Mike’s interview with Ron Rosenbaum, author of [Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0306823187/?tag=slatmaga-20) . We also listen back to Mike’s Wednesday Spiel about the true meaning of … “intifada.” Did you think we were going to say, “Christmas”?    Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara  Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (http://thegist@mikepesca.com)   To advertise on the show: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist)   Subscribe to our ad-free and/or PescaPlus versions of The Gist: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/ ] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mike’s Substack: [Pesca Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/)   Check out [Hunter Design Studio] (https://hunterdesign.studio/) .  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jun 2024

35 MINS

35:00

08 Jun 2024


#2421

Why We Can't Have Nice Vexillogical Things

Ted Kaye, Secretary of the North American Vexillogical Association is back to talk flags, sedition, Sam Alito, and reclamation. Plus, the war in Sudan is, by some measures, the worst in the world. And Mike either suggests a proper epitaph for American society or offers some fun ways to spice up the dreary old summer time guacamole recipe. The answer is lime juice, people! Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at [thegist@mikepesca.com] (mailto:thegist@mikepesca.com) To advertise on the show, visit: [https://advertisecast.com/TheGist] (https://advertisecast.com/TheGist) Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: [https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/] (https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/) Follow Mikes Substack at: [Pesca] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) [Profundities | MikePesca | Substack] (https://mikepesca.substack.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Jun 2024

40 MINS

40:10

07 Jun 2024