Jason Gay on everyday achievements and the real meaning of the Iowa caucuses.

Let’s Stop Calling Iowa a Finish Line 

Let’s Stop Calling Iowa a Finish Line 

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 1 2016 6:09 PM

Finally Forgetting Iowa

Our host throws another futile bucket of cold water on the Iowa caucuses. 

Iowa, the very flat battleground.

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On The Gist, Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay shares a landmark moment from his cancer recovery—getting annoyed in line at Starbucks. He’s the author of Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living. For the Spiel, the one thing we should hope to learn from the Iowa caucuses.

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