The Gist

We Are Who We Are

In response to the insurrection, leaders aren’t willing to openly admit to the American reality.

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Episode Notes

On the Gist, this is actually who we are because we wouldn’t have let it happen.

In the interview,  Katie Meyer, political reporter at WHYY in Philadelphia joins Mike to talk about the Pennsylvania state legislature, and today’s federal ruling on the contested state senate race.

In Remembrances of Things Trump, back to the days when Trump was able to tweet, and retweet.

In the spiel, defining incitement.

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Podcast production by Margaret Kelley, Cheyna Roth, and Jasmine Ellis.


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