Mike Pesca Mike Pesca

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

Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 29 2014 4:26 PMHang Up and Listen: The These Are My Bosses EditionSlate’s sports podcast on ESPN suspending Bill Simmons, the Kansas City Royals making the playoffs, and Brady Hoke mishandling a possible concussion.
The Gist
Sept. 25 2014 10:19 PMNot Fade AwayThe once-ubiquitous pop song fade-out appears to be dying. The Gist asks why.
The Gist
Sept. 23 2014 7:24 PMA Good Analogy Is Like Mike PescaIt tells you what you need to know and helps to clarify complicated issues.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 22 2014 5:20 PMHang Up and Listen: The What Are We Going to Do With These People? EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NFL and domestic violence, Jameis Winston and Hope Solo, and the baseball pennant races.
The Gist
Sept. 18 2014 8:03 PMFormer Police Drummer Stewart Copeland Scores Big With Ben-HurThe (second) highest-grossing silent film of all time gets a new sound.
The Gist
Sept. 16 2014 6:44 PMKen Follett’s Case for Long NovelsWhy the experience of a novel can hold your attention better than the most viral YouTube video.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 15 2014 5:10 PMHang Up and Listen: The Will Goodell Go? EditionSlate’s sports podcast on another terrible week for the NFL, U.S. domination of the basketball World Cup, and Jon Bois’ Breaking Madden series.
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Sept. 12 2014 5:05 PMMike Pesca vs. the Culture Gabfest Watch this week’s Culture Gabfest extra for Slate Plus
The Gist
Sept. 10 2014 6:14 PMThe Problem of Dual Arrests in Domestic ViolenceThe Gist explores what the Ray Rice case tells us about prosecuting domestic violence.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 8 2014 6:49 PMHang Up and Listen: The Ravens Cut Rice EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Ray Rice, the Atlanta Hawks owner’s email, and the worst high school quarterback ever.
The Gist
Sept. 5 2014 7:41 PMStop Calling Teaching a Calling. It's a Profession.The Gist explores the legacy of an education system with a circa 1820 one-room schoolhouse model.
The Gist
Sept. 3 2014 6:25 PMThe Almost Mystical Yet Totally Routine Process of ReadingThe Gist explores the mystery of the mind's eye.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 2 2014 4:36 PMHang Up and Listen: The Jerry Loves Johnny EditionSlate’s sports podcast on college football’s neutral-site money grab, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and the U.S. Open.
The Gist
Aug. 28 2014 7:08 PMGilbert Gottfried Speaks for the BirdsThe Gist asks the comedian about the old showbiz world that drew him to comedy.
The Gist
Aug. 26 2014 7:13 PMPuppies Don’t Win PulitzersThe Gist speaks with the Center for Public Integrity about recent investigations you might have missed.
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Sept. 26 2014 7:29 PMHas Cheating Cured Him of Cheating?Dear Prudence admirably resists the urge to say “I told you so!” with a past letter writer.
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Sept. 24 2014 5:54 PMWhy Economists Don’t Have Many FriendsAdam Davidson makes the abstract intellectual argument about government spending that no one wants to hear.
The Gist
Sept. 22 2014 8:06 PMWanted: More Good Words for Bad SmellsFood linguist Dan Jurafsky explains why we need words for the urine smell of stairwells, a whiff of rancid oil, and the bloody scent of fish.
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Sept. 19 2014 6:18 PMMusician RebornXavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito, shares his journey from 1980s Oakland gutters to black roots music.
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Sept. 17 2014 6:16 PMComedian Jen Kirkman Doesn’t Want Kids. Cue Outrage.The hypothetical next generation would like to thank this talented stand-up for not procreating.
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Sept. 15 2014 6:52 PMStorm Large Owns Her Sexuality The Pink Martini singer doesn’t care if you’re offended by her changing hair color or fake boobs.
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Sept. 12 2014 6:20 PMWhy Do I Keep Accidentally Dating Swingers?Emily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence explains what to do when the common denominator is you.
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Sept. 11 2014 6:06 PMDid You See Obama Pull a John Wayne Last Night?The Gist learns how the White House stages an effective presidential speech, visually.
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Sept. 9 2014 4:38 PMReductio Ad HitlerumFinally! The Gist collects our best Hitler material in one special episode.
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Sept. 8 2014 6:34 PMDan Carlin on the Art of the RetreatThe Gist speaks with Dan Carlin about the greatest retreats in military history (and why that’s not an oxymoron).
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Sept. 4 2014 8:08 PMA Brilliant Cellist Embraces the Devil’s MusicThe Gist speaks with cellist Maya Beiser about rocking out classically.
The Gist
Sept. 2 2014 7:32 PMCan Naps Make You Feel Worse?The Gist speaks with Maria Konnikova about when power napping works against us.
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Aug. 29 2014 8:51 PMThe Thing I Need to Do Before “I Do”The Gist and Emily Yoffe follow up with Dear Prudence writer “Young and Restless” from five years ago.
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Aug. 27 2014 6:18 PMHappy People Falling in Love Makes for a Boring StoryThe Gist learns how Anya Ulinich’s new graphic novel is both graphic (sexually) and novel (inventive).
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Aug. 25 2014 7:10 PMThe Bomb Makers’ Bomb MakerThe Gist learns what happened when a Nevada casino discovered a ransom note, and gigantic bomb, on its second floor.

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Oct. 29 2014 3:45 PM The Great Writing Vs. Talking Debate Is it harder to be a good writer or a good talker?