The show releases new episodes five times a week (Monday through Friday). The show consists of one or two segments regarding recent issues, seasonal topics, or general news items. The host usually interviews an expert on the issue being discussed. The podcast concludes with a "spiel," which is short opinion piece by Mike Pesca on some topic that may or may not have already been discussed in the podcast. On the podcast-rating site Podbay, The Gist's average rating is 4.5 out of 5.