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

The Gist
Oct. 9 2018 9:00 PMGuarding the CourtCould Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension change the Supreme Court itself?
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Oct. 4 2018 9:13 PMSitting President, Standing AngerDonald Trump’s rhetoric is at its worst when he’s up on two feet. Case in point: his attack on Christine Blasey Ford.
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Oct. 2 2018 9:30 PMMueller on the MindStar attorney Neal Katyal thinks Robert Mueller’s investigation will end in “fireworks”—and knows exactly what those might look like.
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Sept. 26 2018 8:16 PMThe Land of Steady FilmmakingNicole Holofcener isn’t prolific. She’s particular.
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Sept. 24 2018 9:45 PMThat’s the First StrawBan-the-straw advocate Dune Ives wants to get rid of lots of plastics, not just the one in your iced tea.
Politics
Sept. 21 2018 3:14 PMWhat Do the Democratic Socialists of America Want?DSA has made headlines in recent years with Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But in that organization, they’re actually moderates.
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Sept. 19 2018 8:45 PMCoal Over ClimatePresident Trump won’t lift a finger against climate change. He deserves flak over Hurricane Florence.
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Sept. 17 2018 8:10 PMEthan Hawke’s Earnest ArtWhy he loves making movies that matter, not just ones that make money.
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Sept. 14 2018 8:23 PMDemocratic Socialists of America, for the Win?Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might have scary values to conservatives. But to the DSA’s national director, she’s a moderate.
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Sept. 12 2018 8:04 PMBillionaires Don’t Know BestGenerous philanthropists may mean well, but they often hijack efforts that should be more democratic.
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Sept. 10 2018 10:36 PMStylometry for DummiesWhat prose analysis can (and can’t) tell us about that infamous New York Times op-ed.
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Sept. 6 2018 7:38 PMImpossible Job Demands? You’re Fired.The Pentagon’s third-in-command is reportedly losing his job. It was basically an undoable one.
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Sept. 4 2018 7:38 PMFarming for Red HerringSouth Africa’s “white genocide” isn’t happening. One of the myth’s catalysts—farmland redistribution—might not either. 
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Aug. 30 2018 7:26 PMThe OG GOPTrump’s disdain for democracy may be unprecedented in a U.S. president, but the Republican Party’s tricks have 19th-century roots.
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Aug. 28 2018 9:06 PMGerrymandering and YouCounty-cutting has given us only one clear winner so far, and it’s not the Democratic Party (or the country).
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Oct. 5 2018 8:04 PMTake Down the PollCampaign-funded opinion polls box lawmakers in on every little issue, argues historian Jill Lepore.
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Oct. 3 2018 7:46 PMReignited (and It Feels So Good)Rebecca Traister on the women’s anger that just might change the world.
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Sept. 27 2018 6:56 PMLosing HateDerek Black was heir apparent to America’s white nationalist movement. Then he went to college.
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Sept. 25 2018 8:32 PMGeneration AnxietyIn Eighth Grade, the portrait of a middle school girl (Elsie Fisher) by the quarter-life guy (Bo Burnham) who gets it.
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Sept. 21 2018 7:54 PMTight Countries, Loose CountriesWe’re used to thinking of nations as liberal or conservative. Cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand has a new axis to consider.
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Sept. 20 2018 9:00 PMWhat Is … a Podcast, Alex?Jeopardy finally had its first podcast category.
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Sept. 18 2018 8:22 PMOwe Me the MoneyAmericans are in debt, and so are many of the candidates hoping to represent them. Case in point: Georgia’s Stacey Abrams.
Life
Sept. 17 2018 2:27 PMJohn Hockenberry’s Cri de Coeur of HeartlessnessHis Harper’s essay is an attempt at self-redemption that achieves the exact opposite of its goal.
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Sept. 13 2018 8:13 PMThe Settlement PresidentDonald Trump’s settlements often used to right interpersonal wrongs. Now they involve hundreds of asylum-seekers.
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Sept. 11 2018 8:34 PMDeRay Mckesson Makes the Case for HopeBut it means making systemic changes to policing in America.
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Sept. 7 2018 7:43 PMIf You Want Power, Sell ItAuthor Yuval Harari worries that liberalism offers no compelling vision of the future.
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Sept. 5 2018 7:52 PMHedging Your Bets With Lake SuccessGary Shteyngart’s new novel is all about hedge funds and traveling across America by bus.
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Aug. 31 2018 9:30 PMBright Gays, Big CityFinding the refreshingly queer perspective in Strangers.
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Aug. 29 2018 8:46 PMFake News Is Nothing NewIt may feel like disinformation is at an all-time high, but hoaxes, lies, and yellow journalism are age-old.
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Aug. 27 2018 8:47 PM#AbolishICE … and Then What?Journalist Sean McElwee wants the agency — and the criminalization it exists to punish — to disappear completely.

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