The Gist

Losing the Liberty of Public Debate

Figuring out how to regulate platforms in liberal society.


Episode Notes

On the Gist, we’ve got something a little different. In this episode, Mike has brought together the New Republic’s Osita Nwenavu, and Yascha Mounk, a contributor to the Atlantic and the founder of Persuasion, to debate the state of public discourse. They discuss the complexities of platform regulation, whether or not the concerns rise to a level of social contagion, and how social media factors into the reactions on all sides.

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