The Gist on authenticity and Invisible Countries.

Authenticity Is Meaningless

Authenticity Is Meaningless

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 28 2018 8:02 PM

Does Authenticity Matter?

We shouldn’t judge political candidates on such ambiguous criteria.

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Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is joined by New York gubenatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at her victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley on Tuesday in New York City.

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In the Spiel, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Joe Crowley in the recent Democratic primary race for Congress. Many commentators have called her authentic, but does that word have any actual meaning?

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