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

The Gist
Nov. 11 2016 7:42 PMThe AutopsyWhat The Gist got wrong about the election.
The Gist
Nov. 9 2016 6:06 PMIt’s Morning in Trump’s AmericaHow did the media botch this call? GOP strategist Mike Murphy hazards a guess. Plus, the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson explains the market turbulence surrounding the election.
The Gist
Nov. 8 2016 4:49 PMJamelle Bouie Sums It UpSlate’s senior political correspondent on what to look for after the results start rolling in.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 7 2016 5:58 PMHang Up and Listen: The Stick to Everything EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the intersection of sports and politics, Alabama’s college football dominance, and the Harvard men’s soccer scandal.
The Gist
Nov. 4 2016 6:31 PMHarry Enten Explains the FiveThirtyEight NumbersAre you freaked out about Trump’s resurgent poll numbers? We called the senior reporter at FiveThirtyEight to calm our nerves.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 3 2016 10:04 AMHang Up and Listen: The Cubs Win?!? EditionA special edition of Slate’s sports podcast on Game 7 of the World Series.
The Gist
Nov. 1 2016 6:03 PMSpotlight on a (Very) Close RaceThe race in New York’s 19th district has everything: celebrity, big money, name-calling, fracking, and a very uncertain outcome.
The Gist
Nov. 1 2016 11:04 AMIs Probiotic Yogurt a Health Craze That’s Stuck Around Too Long?Mike Pesca and Mo Rocca discuss in The Gist’s Slate Plus bonus segment.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 31 2016 6:02 PMHang Up and Listen: The Kevin Hustle Plays Kabaddi EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the World Series, The Murder of Sonny Liston, and the Kabaddi World Cup.
The Gist
Oct. 26 2016 8:32 PMMike Debates His Former Producer About DatingGist phenom Andrea Silenzi returns to introduce her new show, Why Oh Why, a podcast about dating and relationships.
Sports Nut
Oct. 25 2016 11:09 AMTolstoy Was Still Alive. Jessica Tandy Hadn’t Been Born.The state of the world in 1908, the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
The Gist
Oct. 24 2016 1:29 PMCan Tattoos Still Be Edgy When So Many People Have Them?Tattoos, Nickelback, and other topics in The Gist’s Slate Plus bonus segment.
The Gist
Oct. 20 2016 5:58 PMDo the Best and Brightest Ever Become President?Elliott Kalan used to be the head writer for The Daily Show. Now, he studies presidents. And guess what: Most of them weren’t very good.
The Gist
Oct. 20 2016 10:33 AMNow, Slate Plus Members Can Get More of The Gist With Bonus Segments!Listen to Mike Pesca’s inaugural bonus segment for the show.
The Gist
Oct. 19 2016 2:52 PM“We Are on the Verge of a Nuclear War”Jill Stein on why peace is more likely under Trump and the threat of an emerging Demo-Republican party.
The Gist
Nov. 10 2016 6:42 PMMore Rock, Less TalkPuzzling through it all: the anti-Trump protests the Trump economy, and of course the Trump win.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 9 2016 11:01 AMShould We Be Worried About the Future of Sports Television?ESPN is hemorrhaging subscribers, and NFL ratings are declining. What’s going on?
The Gist
Nov. 7 2016 6:57 PMThe Myth of the Hard-Luck Trump VoterA lot of reporting claims Trump supporters aren’t racist, they’ve just fallen on hard times. Slate’s Michelle Goldberg says that’s not the full story.
The Gist
Nov. 7 2016 11:53 AMAre You a Boring Date?Slate’s The Gist gives dating tips, first date advice, and more.
The Gist
Nov. 3 2016 7:12 PMA Tax on Both Their HousesThe New Yorker’s Adam Davidson looks back at the presidential  campaign and its wasteland of tax policies.
The Gist
Nov. 2 2016 8:55 PMDominate the News, You LoseFormer Obama aide Tommy Vietor says one axiom holds true this election: The candidate in the headlines slips in the polls.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 1 2016 4:25 PMHow to Become an NBA FanDon’t follow basketball? Now’s the time to get started. Here’s how.
The Gist
Oct. 31 2016 7:33 PMThe Problem With Mark KirkThe Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn on how two races in Illinois could spell the end for moderate Republicans in Congress.
The Gist
Oct. 28 2016 6:13 PMA Governor You Can Make a Beer WithColorado brewer-turned-Gov. John Hickenlooper is waiting to see what comes of his state’s social experiment with legalized marijuana.
The Gist
Oct. 25 2016 8:23 PMDan Savage Diagnoses Donald TrumpAre Trump’s sexual transgressions symptoms of his internalized heterophobia?
The Gist
Oct. 25 2016 7:52 AMAdam Tries to Ruin a Horrible Election  In his new TV special, professional killjoy Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything takes on the 2016 campaign.
The Gist
Oct. 21 2016 7:53 PMThe Case Against Dropping College DebtNew Yorker contributing writer Adam Davidson says the country’s education system exacerbates inequality. But eliminating student loan payments wouldn’t help either.
The Gist
Oct. 20 2016 12:17 PMCirque du DebateWelcome, fellow voters, to the Punch and Judy show.
The Gist
Oct. 19 2016 6:07 PMJill Stein Pitches a Green Foreign PolicyThe Green Party presidential candidate says de-escalating tensions with Russia should be our top priority. And neither major party candidate is up to the job.
The Gist
Oct. 18 2016 7:03 PMHow Do You Prep to Debate a Dumpster Fire?Jonathan Prince has coached several Democratic candidates before major debates. Here’s his advice for Hillary Clinton.

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