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
Aug. 18 2014 5:17 PMHang Up and Listen: The “Are the Kids Alright?” EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the new baseball commissioner, the Little League World Series, and continuing gender inequality in sports.
The Gist
Aug. 14 2014 7:18 PMIn Ukraine, Even the Flags Are ClashingThe Gist explores when a flag becomes a political message in this vexillology corner.
The Gist
Aug. 12 2014 7:13 PMThe Pursuit of Happiness StudiesThe Gist wonders if we can truly study national differences in attitudes toward happiness.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 11 2014 5:23 PMHang Up and Listen: The Tragedy at Canandaigua EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., Rory McIlroy’s PGA Championship win, and big changes in college sports.
The Gist
Aug. 7 2014 5:17 PMElizabeth Gilbert’s Secret to Never Being BoringThe Gist learns it has nothing to do with eating, praying, or loving.
The Gist
Aug. 5 2014 6:24 PMChris Gethard Shows Off His GunsThe Gist explores the enduring charm of public access television with the comedian and star of The Chris Gethard Show.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 4 2014 5:22 PMHang Up and Listen: The Breaking News EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Paul George’s gruesome injury, sexual assault and college athletics, and the baseball trade deadline.
The Gist
July 31 2014 7:16 PMWhat Poker Has to Teach Us About Missile Defense SystemsThe Gist explores the odds of freakishly bad results on airplanes and poker tables.
Hang Up And Listen
July 30 2014 1:34 PMMike and Mike on Michael SamMike Pesca and Mike Francesa debate whether the openly gay NFL player is a “distraction.”
The Gist
July 28 2014 6:20 PMWhy Does Tomato Juice Taste Better on an Airplane?The Gist explores the connection between taste and our surroundings.
The Gist
July 25 2014 6:39 PMWould You Let Your Husband Road Trip With an Ex?The Gist and Dear Prudence wonder where to draw the line with your husband’s close female friends.
The Gist
July 23 2014 6:30 PMShould Clothing Ever Be Optional?The Gist strips down to the naked truths about nudists with writer Dave Hill.
The Gist
July 21 2014 7:09 PMNYPD Cold Case from 100 Years Ago, and the Victim Was a CopThe Gist examines the unsolved murder of an NYPD officer killed overseas in 1909.
The Gist
July 18 2014 5:37 PMDoes Putin Know When to Fold ’Em?The Gist explores whether the Russian leader might change course on a losing strategy.
The Gist
July 16 2014 6:28 PMYour Brain on Bandwidth PovertyThe Gist discusses how a lack of money, time, and attention can affect the way we make decisions.
The Gist
Aug. 15 2014 8:47 PMIs That Ferguson or Selma?The Gist explores how Ferguson, Missouri, stands as a stark example of racial disparities in America.
The Gist
Aug. 13 2014 6:10 PMCopy CreeperThe Gist and Dear Prudence follow up with a copy-shop employee who spotted a chilling letter.
The Gist
Aug. 11 2014 7:25 PMThe Vin Scully of Horseracing RetiresFamed track announcer Tom Durkin opens up his secret book of tricks for The Gist.
The Gist
Aug. 8 2014 6:24 PMCrazy FunnyIt’s official. All comedians but Seinfeld are insane. (And maybe Seinfeld.)
The Gist
Aug. 6 2014 4:54 PMCome TogetherThe Gist explores the alchemy of creative pairs, from Lennon and McCartney to Brooks and Reiner.
The Gist
Aug. 4 2014 5:39 PMWhat Made Hitler Hitler?The Gist asks whether the Holocaust would have happened if Adolf Hitler were never born.
The Gist
Aug. 1 2014 6:19 PMSioux Falls Has a New Flag, and It’s Quite FetchingThe Gist shares an important announcement from the Committee to Establish a Suitable Flying Banner for the City of Sioux Falls.
The Gist
July 30 2014 6:30 PMUrban Biking: A Love StoryThe Gist learns how urban biking can be a gateway drug to healthier living and spandex.
The Gist
July 29 2014 6:47 PMWe’re Terrible at Reading OnlineThe Gist explores why our reading experience with screens hasn’t caught up to the printed page.
Hang Up And Listen
July 28 2014 4:29 PMWhat Was Roger Goodell Thinking When He Suspended Ray Rice for Just Two Games?
The Gist
July 24 2014 6:24 PMWho’s Better Off: A Roman Emperor, or You?The Gist weighs the value of imperial spoils against air conditioning and soap.
The Gist
July 22 2014 7:11 PMWhen Does a Civilian Become a Combatant?The Gist debates when you lose your right to be considered a civilian in a war zone like Gaza.
Hang Up And Listen
July 21 2014 5:20 PMHang Up and Listen: The Losingest Winner EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Mike Trout, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, and legendary Washington Generals coach Red Klotz.
The Gist
July 17 2014 6:40 PMComic, Sans Its HeroThe Gist gets the scoop from Riverdale Action News about Archie’s fatal shooting.
The Gist
July 15 2014 4:59 PMCan We Really Learn to Be Happy?

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