The Gist

Passing Class Under Quarantine

How are school systems evaluating achievement during this crisis?


Episode Notes

On the Gist, grades at New York City schools.

In the interview, Nate Duncan and Ben Taylor of the Covid Daily News podcast talk to Mike about how two basketball analysts started covering the latest developments in this crisis, and the parallels to be drawn between basketball and Covid-19 data. Nate Duncan is the host of the Dunc’d On Basketball NBA podcast, and Ben Taylor is the host of Thinking Basketball.

In the spiel, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is frequently giving offense.

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  • Mike Pesca hosted Slate’s daily podcast The Gist from 2014 - 2021.