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The Folly of Predicting the Presidency

Odds are only odds, not reality.

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Episode Notes

On the Gist, the close family members of politicians.

In the interview, journalist, historian, and former public radio host Tom Weber is on the Gist to talk about his new book, Minneapolis: An Urban Biography. In it, Weber explores the social and political history of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and how it’s responsible for the city’s present-day racial inequities. Weber is also the Second Gentleman of Minnesota; he is the spouse of the state’s lieutenant governor.

In the spiel, election forecasting.

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