The Gist: Barney Frank on Congress, and a pattern of pre-dawn raids.

Barney Frank Still Regrets This Zinger About Michael Dukakis

Barney Frank Still Regrets This Zinger About Michael Dukakis

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 30 2015 4:51 PM

Being Barney Frank

The former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts discusses the relationship between ideals and compromise for an elected official.

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Barney Frank being frank in front of the House Financial Services Committee last year.

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Today on The Gist, former Rep. Barney Frank explains how he was able to be so frank and still survive in Congress. His new autobiography is Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. For the Spiel, Mike points out the only time we ever note raids taking place.


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