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
July 28 2015 6:45 PMThe Telltale Story of MSGIs monosodium glutamate, often shunned over health concerns, unfairly maligned? We got the ABCs on MSG.
Hang Up And Listen
July 27 2015 5:03 PMHang Up and Listen: The NBA Meets American Ninja Warrior EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Basketball Tournament, women coaching men’s sports, and the book Wax Pack.
The Gist
July 24 2015 6:57 PMOvercoming the Intraoffice Cold ShoulderEmily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a woman who has tried just about everything to resolve a workplace tension.
The Gist
July 22 2015 9:35 PMFirst Taste of the JuiceboxxxOur two-part series about The Gist’s new favorite rapper begins with friendship, art, and a mind-blowing set.
Hang Up And Listen
July 20 2015 9:22 PMHang Up and Listen: The How Tiger Lost His Stripes EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the decline of Tiger Woods, ESPN’s talent exodus, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ extravagant spending.
Hang Up And Listen
July 20 2015 11:37 AMThe How to Make Sports Funny Bonus SegmentParks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur joins Hang Up and Listen to talk about athlete guest stars and how to wring laughs out of baseball stats.
The Gist
July 16 2015 6:55 PMTo Strangle a FlamingoIn today’s Spiel, Mike reveals this and other rejected Harper Lee titles.
The Gist
July 14 2015 8:00 PMSmile If You’re a DemocratA new study finds that liberals are happier than conservatives. Is that BS?
Hang Up And Listen
July 13 2015 6:47 PMHang Up and Listen: The All We Are Is Cyber Dust in the Wind EditionSlate’s sports podcast on DeAndre Jordan’s emoji-filled free agency saga, the greatness of Serena Williams, and the state of baseball analytics.
The Gist
July 8 2015 6:07 PMFear Your Shower, Not ISISEveryone with a TV show or presidential bid wants you to be afraid of ISIS. Stephen Walt explains why you should ignore them.
The Gist
July 7 2015 7:48 PMNerds in the HoodThe Sundance breakout Dope is about Malcolm, a ’90s hip-hop obsessed geek living in an L.A. neighborhood called the Bottoms.
Hang Up And Listen
July 6 2015 4:51 PMHang Up and Listen: The Carli Lloyd Is a Golden God EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Women’s World Cup final, NBA free agency, and ESPN’s on-screen strike zone graphics. 
The Gist
July 1 2015 7:40 PMPoking Holes in AcupunctureAs Mike needles Maria Konnikova’s chi with questions, will her analysis remain on point?
The Gist
June 29 2015 7:34 PMThe Following Story Is Based on Real PresidentsTo write about the leader of the free world, novelist Brad Meltzer says it helps to know a few commanders-in-chief (and their Secret Service agents).
The Gist
June 26 2015 7:55 PM1990: The Year Before Music Changed ForeverMike Pesca strikes a pose as we explore the many highs and unforgettable lows of the 1990 Billboard chart.
The Gist
July 27 2015 7:06 PMWork Harder, AmericaAdam Davidson explains what Jeb Bush doesn’t understand about the relationship between productivity and capitalism.
Behind the Scenes
July 27 2015 3:45 PMThe Great Writing Vs. Talking DebateIs it harder to be a good writer or a good talker?
The Gist
July 23 2015 7:54 PMStep Inside the JuiceboxxxIn Part 2 of our series, The Gist’s favorite rapper describes what it’s like to be the subject of his friend’s new book.
The Gist
July 21 2015 7:43 PMComedy Isn’t PrettyMike Schur of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation on the correlation between beauty and funny.
The Gist
July 20 2015 7:19 PMAmerican Exceptionalism Rah-RahEurasia Group president Ian Bremmer explains why America needs to commit to a coherent foreign policy strategy.
The Gist
July 17 2015 7:58 PMA Different StrokeThe guitarist now has short hair, a new album, and an overhauled perspective on being a rock star.
The Gist
July 15 2015 6:09 PMLet’s Grade a Deal (Iran Edition)Mike Pesca plays a game with the host of his favorite arms-control podcast.
The Gist
July 13 2015 7:34 PMKeep News WeirdHow can we ensure that news stories beginning with “A Florida man …” never go extinct?
The Gist
July 9 2015 6:40 PMEasy Listening Wasn’t Easy in 1975Elton John, Neil Sedaka, and KC and the Sunshine Band shared the spotlight with lesser gods during a tumultuous year for Billboard’s singles chart.
Culture Gabfest
July 8 2015 12:14 PMThe Culture Gabfest “It’s Not Bro Time, It’s Go Time” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Magic Mike XXL, the new Nina Simone documentary, and “The Decline of the American Actor.”
The Gist
July 6 2015 6:02 PMTelling Stories: Do It BetterMoth champ Matthew Dicks returns with more tips for storytellers and some tough-love advice for Steven Spielberg.
The Gist
July 2 2015 6:18 PMAwkward Silence Is Our PolioWhen Alexandra Petri decided to become a writer, she worried that she wasn’t interesting enough. Her solution? Craigslist.
The Gist
June 30 2015 8:13 PMWill Gay Marriage Upend Gay Culture?A historic decision from the Supreme Court means big changes for what it means to belong to the gay community.
Hang Up And Listen
June 29 2015 4:59 PMHang Up and Listen: The Other People’s Podcasts EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the USA’s quarterfinal victory in the World Cup, the increase in MLB pitcher injuries, and proposed changes to the NBA draft.
The Gist
June 25 2015 4:48 PMIs the “Five-Second Rule” Baloney?Scientists have actually studied the commonly held belief that food on the floor is still edible as long as it is rescued quickly. 

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Aug. 26 2015 12:11 PM Slate Voice: “Space Invaders” Never, ever use two spaces after a period: Listen to Mike Vuolo read Farhad Manjoo’s classic takedown of an enduring typographic sin.