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Mike Pesca



Created and hosted by Mike Pesca, The Gist is the longest running daily news podcast in history, consistently ranked in Apple's Top 20 Daily News charts. In addition to guest hosting the NPR Programs All Things Considered and the news quiz Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, his work has been featured on This American Life, Radiolab, and Planet Money. He has frequently appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and The PBS Newshour, and written for The Washington Post, The Guardian, GQ, Slate, and Baseball Prospectus.

Mike's unique and pragmatic, centrist point of view gives listeners an alternative to the polarizing commentary found almost everywhere else. From breaking news and politics, to sports and entertainment, debunked conspiracies and lies, to bears and lobstars, Mike covers it all.

NYC Live Event 12/06
Israel: A Post October 7 Debrief

If you're in the New York area, please join us:

Wednesday, December 6
Promptly at 6PM
Village Underground 
130 W 3rd Street, New York

In this special live Gist event, Mike Pesca, who recently returned from Israel, will report on his meetings with high-ranking members of the Knesset, interviews with current and former military officers, and discussions with former heads of Shin Bet and Mossad. He will also share his impression of what he saw at Kibbutz Be'eri, the largest kibbutz in the Gaza envelope, in the aftermath of the massacre where nearly 100 residents were killed and 30 taken hostage. 

Featuring audio / visual elements and Q&A's with Former IDF Military Captain Eli Elefant, Mike will examine the military, political, and humanitarian state of affairs. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the rebuilding of Kibbutz Be'eri.

There is an $18 cover plus two item minimum at this event. Larger donations are encouraged and can be made directly to Kibbutz Be'eri at the link below.

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Can't attend the Live Event?
Donate to: Be'eri Emergency Relief



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