The Gist: Leslie Gelb on the Iran nuclear deal and a reality check for public radio pledge drives

What We Talk About When We Talk About Arms Talks

What We Talk About When We Talk About Arms Talks

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 4 2015 8:39 PM

He Stared Down the Soviets

A veteran of the Pentagon and State Department on the possibility of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and the impact of Bibi Netanyahu’s speech before Congress.

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Deal or no deal?

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Before he was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Leslie H. Gelb negotiated with the Soviet Union as a senior official in the Pentagon and State Department. Today on The Gist, Mike asks Gelb about negotiating with Iran and Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress.


For the Spiel, it’s pledge-drive season in public radio. Mike tabs up the amount of time you spend listening to noncommercial appeals for cash.

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