The Gist: Uruguayan President José Mujica and international development.

Would America Elect a Poor President? Why the World Needs More Leaders Like José Mujica.

Would America Elect a Poor President? Why the World Needs More Leaders Like José Mujica.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 8 2014 6:51 PM

The Uruguayan in Chief

A look back at the outgoing South American president who sprang from poverty and took radical stands on social issues.

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José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano is the outgoing president of Uruguay.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Vince Alongi/Flickr.

Listen to Episode 151 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg offers a brief eulogy to the New Republic. Plus, Michael Hobbes explains how his experiences with international development informed his feature in, oddly enough, the New Republic (RIP). Also: the legacy of Uruguayan President José Mujica, with Michael Shifter from the Inter-American Dialogue. His article is “Stop Trying to Save the World.” For the Spiel, the road ahead for campus victims.

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