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Congress Can’t Contain Its Crazy

Rep. Yoho’s rage overrode any attempt to play politics.

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On the Gist, Life of Kanye.

In the interview, frequent visitor, and Princeton History and Public Affairs Professor Julian Zelizer, joins Mike to discuss his latest on former speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich. With the help of Gingrich’s own congressional documents, Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party explains the ways in which Newt seized an opportunity to use C-Span cameras and modern technology to his advantage, how he gave rise to partisanship, and his plans to conquer Congress through his appetite for disruption.

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