In addition to the fact that I am infinitely amused by the show (“Um Peru, De Peru, Du Peru” never gets old), there have been many instances over the years where listening has prompted me to physically react in some way or another. Whether it’s expressed via involuntary verbal proclamation or a spontaneous round of applause (yes, really), The Gist stands alone as my absolute favorite podcast, period.
Among the many many non-fiction podcasts I listen to (some easily qualify as much more “heady” than The Gist), I have never ever had to pause one of those podcasts because someone used a word I was WHOLLY unfamiliar with and was unable to deduce the word’s definition in context. Yet, this show’s host has dropped me new a totally new vocabulary word on multiple occasions, and he’s done it casually.
Anyone that appreciates the spoken word and/or good argumentation will agree that Mike Pesca is TRULY a master of his craft. Regardless of whether or not I agree with what he’s saying, I respect that it’s delivered with thoughtful analysis; Mike’s ridiculously brilliant, as is The Gist.