Mike Pesca
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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
Jan. 10 2018 7:40 PMA Cry for Self-HelpBooks that promise “a new you” often don’t cure us, but they sure can expose our greatest anxieties.
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Jan. 8 2018 7:58 PMWhat to Make of Fire and FuryNPR’s media correspondent says Michael Wolff’s new book is kicking off a more honest conversation on the president’s fitness to hold office.
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Jan. 4 2018 7:40 PMMove to the Center or Keep on LosingIf Democrats want to win back the blue-collar vote, they may need a bigger tent.
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Jan. 2 2018 10:16 PMBehind the Scenes of Slow BurnSlate podcasters Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons on how Watergate fever compares to today’s investigations into Russia and the 2016 election.
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Dec. 29 2017 7:32 PMIt’s Fan Service or BustSome comedians have a “kill or be killed” relationship with their audiences. Anjelah Johnson just gives them what they want.
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Dec. 27 2017 8:06 PMHobby Lobby Is Just Getting StartedThe chain’s evangelical founders are spending millions on putting the Bible at the center of American life.  
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Dec. 21 2017 9:00 PMTax Bill BallyhooWhy Trump’s economic predictions don’t pass the smell test.
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Dec. 19 2017 9:33 PMBehind the Scenes at The DailyMichael Barbaro and Theo Balcomb share their secrets.
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Dec. 15 2017 6:06 PMJeff Ross Got Bored, So He Got PoliticalThe comedian’s latest roast takes the conversation around immigration down to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Dec. 13 2017 8:47 PMThe Underdog and the BullyThe Alabama election, as much of an upset as it was, restored a sense of normalcy in politics.
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Dec. 11 2017 8:53 PMThe Abortion Fight Led Us HereThe downside of progress is that someone has to lose. Where does all that energy go? In Alabama, a lot of it is going to Roy Moore.
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Dec. 7 2017 8:18 PMCan You Win as the Party of Purity?Dahlia Lithwick says Democrats are stuck in a downward spiral of doing the honorable thing and hoping Republicans will meet them halfway.
Technology
Dec. 6 2017 12:19 PMApple Has Ruined Its Podcasts AppIt was once simple, sufficient, and just worked. What happened?
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Dec. 4 2017 8:11 PMPete Souza’s Photo SynthesisThe Obama presidency, distilled into 5 pounds’ worth of pictures.
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Nov. 30 2017 7:42 PMLife Is Like PachinkoIt’s a popular game of chance in Korea. It’s also a metaphor for the Korean Japanese experience in Min Jin Lee’s swoonworthy novel.
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Jan. 9 2018 7:57 PMRadio ReconciliationRwanda’s radio programming fueled the country’s infamous genocide in 1994. Could it also help it heal?
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Jan. 5 2018 8:13 PMGoing for Gridiron   Jen Welter grew up without female role models in the NFL. Then she joined the Arizona Cardinals. 
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Jan. 3 2018 8:44 PMKilled, Then CountedPolice killed more than 1,100 people last year. And yes, there’s a racial disparity.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 1 2018 9:08 AMHang Up and Listen: The 200 Seventh-Graders vs. LeBron EditionA special conundrums episode of Slate’s sports podcast.
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Dec. 28 2017 8:26 PMYour Brain Is Bad With MoneyBut being aware of that can help you spend it more wisely (or better yet, save it).
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Dec. 22 2017 7:28 PMDeplorables and SnowflakesKen Stern thinks we should quit it with the name-calling.
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Dec. 20 2017 7:50 PMTrickle Down NowIs it possible that Republicans were damned whether or not they passed their tax bill?
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Dec. 18 2017 9:19 PMDon’t Worry if Baby Turns OrangeMaria Konnikova tells us about the foods that can dramatically change your skin’s hue ... and when to see a doctor about it.
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Dec. 14 2017 11:43 PMRevisiting Another Democratic WaveHow Chris Hurst became one of Virginia’s newest state representatives, with some indirect help from a petting zoo.
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Dec. 12 2017 5:52 PMIt’s Partisanship, StupidDon’t blame a Roy Moore win on low black turnout.
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Dec. 8 2017 7:11 PMDrama in AlabamaOur man in Birmingham explains how Roy Moore went from political pariah to anti-establishment champion.
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Dec. 6 2017 7:59 PMNext Falls Franken?Senate Democrats are clambering up to secure the moral high ground.
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Dec. 5 2017 9:13 PMThe Boys Club on the BusThey couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. But did they really put a thumb on the scales of the election?
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Dec. 1 2017 8:11 PMBob Saget Doesn’t Think He’s That RaunchyAnd he doesn’t like guardrails on comedy. 
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Nov. 29 2017 5:50 PMA Founding Fathers BromanceThe on-again, off-again friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

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