Mike Pesca
Mike Pesca Mike Pesca

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

The Gist
Jan. 8 2016 7:10 PMWhere Genius Is BornEric Weiner explains why you never hear about great geniuses coming out of Las Vegas.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 7 2016 3:59 PMHow to Watch the Game at a Party on the SlyHow do the hosts of Hang Up and Listen stay tuned to the big game, even at social events?
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 6 2016 6:17 PMThe Best Books, Movies, and TV Shows to Come in 2016 What is the Culture Gabfest looking forward to watching, reading, and listening to in 2016?
The Gist
Jan. 5 2016 5:36 PMNear-Death Winter Tales With Matthew Dicks The 20-time Moth StorySlam champion explains how to craft small moments inside of larger stories to captivate listeners.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 4 2016 5:15 PMHang Up and Listen: The Eating Ribs in Hell EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the college football playoff semifinals, Chip Kelly’s firing, and the Peyton Manning HGH report.
The Gist
Dec. 29 2015 6:03 PMThe QuestionerGretchen Rubin explains our different core tendencies, including what makes this show’s host question everything. 
The Gist
Dec. 28 2015 5:09 PMBloody MerryDan Pashman from The Sporkful explains why you might want to hold off on serving eggnog this New Year’s Day.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 23 2015 10:56 AMThe “Kobe Farewell Tour” Bonus SegmentThe Hang Up and Listen hosts highlight recent basketball stories—from the 76ers’ draft picks to Kobe Bryant’s performance in his final season. 
The Gist
Dec. 21 2015 6:40 PMThe Ultimate Star Wars Spoiler Is Star WarsOur host saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend, and will now sing its praises.
The Gist
Dec. 18 2015 7:16 PMWhat Is It About Her Voice?I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to … talk with Chris Molanphy about what makes Adele’s voice so powerful.
The Gist
Dec. 16 2015 7:36 PMGihad for the Calif8New York City’s police commissioner explains why obvious errors in the terror hoax helped the city avoid another a school closing.
The Gist
Dec. 14 2015 8:48 PMDo We Get the Government We Deserve?Why many politicians love to evoke the states’ rights (and Elvis) when explaining their opposition to gay marriage.
Holidays
Dec. 14 2015 9:10 AMTaming the Intolerant UncleAn enlightened approach to dealing with difficult family this holiday season.
The Gist
Dec. 10 2015 5:48 PMHow Stand-Up Got Its NameHistorian Kliph Nesteroff covers 100 years of comedy history.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 9 2015 10:48 AMThe “Bathed in Opulence” Bonus SegmentAfter scoring VIP-tier tickets to an NFL stadium lounge, Mike Pesca reflects on the experience of watching football while eating crab legs. 
The Gist
Jan. 7 2016 6:31 PMThe Heavily Guarded Facebook AlgorithmThe messy business of trying to anticipate what you’ll find interesting online.
The Gist
Jan. 6 2016 6:19 PMExercise Fad B.S.The Gist throws a couple kettle bells around to determine the ultimate perfect exercises for 2016.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 6 2016 10:18 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Spark Oy!” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Revenant, Spark Joy, and profanity.
The Gist
Jan. 4 2016 7:48 PMTerrorists or Nudniks?In the Spiel, The Gist ponders how we should describe the armed anti-government protesters in Oregon.
The Gist
Dec. 30 2015 5:40 PMEight New Billboard HitsChris Molanphy explains the puzzling Canadian pop chart dominance, and other pop music trends of 2015.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 28 2015 5:28 PMHang Up and Listen: The History of the Sports World EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Super Bowl I, basketball inventor James Naismith, and a fake fight between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali.
The Gist
Dec. 23 2015 5:33 PMThe 12 Days of TrumpmasA new holiday anthem celebrates the many gifts Donald Trump gave us in 2015.  
The Gist
Dec. 22 2015 5:53 PMPresidential Candidates on Half-SpeedWhat can we learn about the true inner selves of Trump, Sanders, Christie, and Carson by slowing down their speech?
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 21 2015 5:46 PMHang Up and Listen: The Horse Awakens EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the movie Concussion, the state of NFL refereeing, and Serena Williams over American Pharoah as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year.
The Gist
Dec. 17 2015 6:14 PMPanel DiscussionA new film explores how the New Yorker became the only game in town if you’re a cartoonist.
The Gist
Dec. 15 2015 7:25 PMMay the Pastiche Be With YouThe multitudes of interwoven references in Star Wars films make them great art. 
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 14 2015 5:38 PMHang Up and Listen: The Universe Really Is Just a Circle EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Chicago Cubs, and college football’s Holder of the Year.
The Gist
Dec. 11 2015 6:48 PMDollar Strong, Euro WeakFinancial reporter Adam Davidson discusses the puzzling inaction of the European Central Bank amid Europe’s economic crises.
The Gist
Dec. 9 2015 5:46 PMIs Cryotherapy BS?It’s the latest fad in sports medicine and beauty treatments, but are we better off with an ice pack?
The Gist
Dec. 8 2015 7:36 PMWoodrow Wilson’s Racist LegacyThe former Princeton president screened Birth of a Nation and supported segregation.

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