A Cowboy, Curmudgeon, Biker, and Normal Guy, and the Moderator Who Kept It Together

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 15 2014 6:21 PM

Elections in India, Debates in Idaho

The Idaho debate moderator shares the recipe for today’s viral video.

From left to right, Walt Bayes, Butch Otter, Russ Fulcher, and Harley Brown.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

Listen to Episode 9 of Slate’s The Gist:


The Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has been denied entry into the United States, but may very likely be the next prime minister of India. Shikha Dalmia, senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation, explains the diplomatic stakes on today’s Gist. Then, the heroic moderator from today’s viral Idaho GOP gubernatorial debate explains how a cowboy, curmudgeon, biker, and normal guy ended up onstage together. For the Spiel, Mike weighs the cost of the delayed arrival of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.


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