The Gist

Masking Over Truth

During his NBC event, Trump’s lies pushed further from fact and closer to his re-election.

Illustration depicting a female with a microphone

Listen longer

Slate Plus members get ad-free versions of all Slate podcasts, plus extra segments, bonus episodes, and more. Try it free today.

Join Slate Plus

Episode Notes

On the Gist, the price of corn.

In the interview, former senior strategist for the NRA Joshua L. Powell is back for the second half of his conversation with Mike. They run down a series of NRA opinions and he and Mike go back and forth about how much NRA members believe things like “the only solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” and whether we should own AR-15s. Powell’s book is Inside the NRA: A Tell-All Account of Corruption, Greed, and Paranoia within the Most Powerful Political Group in America.

In the spiel, dueling town halls.

Email us at

Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Margaret Kelley.


About the Show

A daily evening show about news, culture, and whatever else you’ll be discussing with friends and family tonight.

All episodes


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