Mike Pesca

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

The Gist
June 26 2014 7:10 PMI Believe That We Will WinThe Gist on the U.S. soccer team’s new, winning chant, and the unpopular way to bring down New York rents.
The Gist
June 24 2014 7:37 PMThe Gist: How to Serve Legal Papers to the U.N. Secretary-General (Hint: Sneakily)
Hang Up And Listen
June 23 2014 5:37 PMHang Up and Listen: The White Elephant in Manaus EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the World Cup and Tony Gwynn’s legacy.  
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June 19 2014 5:22 PMDoes the Minimum Wage Create or Kill Jobs?The Gist weighs in on the living wage debate, and handicaps GOP chances of winning the Senate.
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June 17 2014 6:58 PMDirty Laundry? There’s an App for That.The Gist on whether the laundromat needs Silicon Valley’s help, and Mike’s sexiest, most unbelievable feud with clickbait.
Hang Up And Listen
June 16 2014 4:41 PMHang Up and Listen: The San Antonio Is Beautiful EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Spurs’ NBA Finals win, the opening of the World Cup, and O’Bannon v. NCAA.  
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June 12 2014 6:45 PMPolls Say the Darndest ThingsThe Gist surveys peculiar polls from around the world and hears how Iran might become an unlikely U.S. ally in Iraq.
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June 10 2014 5:58 PMIs Extreme Ideology a Cause or a Symptom of Mass Shootings?
Hang Up And Listen
June 9 2014 5:10 PMHang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals Consistency EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NBA Finals, California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid, and Delonte West.
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June 5 2014 6:12 PMFancy Private College vs. Good-Enough UThe Gist and Dear Prudence talk with a mother weighing college debt against a dream school.
Culture Gabfest
June 4 2014 10:39 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Ow, Your Cheekbone!” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Maleficent, faking cultural literacy, and the song that introduced sex to pop music in 1909.
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June 2 2014 6:34 PMNegotiating With TerroristsThe Gist explores unanswered questions in the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
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May 30 2014 6:23 PMHow a Comedian Chooses Just the Right WordsThe Gist: Comedian Gary Gulman on humor and language, and Planet Money’s Adam Davidson on income inequality.
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May 28 2014 6:19 PMWill Racism Die When Today’s Racists Die?
Hang Up And Listen
May 27 2014 5:09 PMDo You Suffer From the Yips? How Can You Make Them Stop?
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June 25 2014 6:05 PMScalia Just Wants to Have FunThe Gist explores why liberals should think fondly of Antonin Scalia’s legacy.
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June 23 2014 6:50 PMIs Dick Cheney the Least Qualified Iraq Expert Ever?The Gist dissects pop song lyrics with John Moe, and negotiates like a Pashtun.
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June 20 2014 5:20 PMThe Sinister Business of Advertising to KidsThe Gist explores how McDonald’s and other companies market to children, and America’s evolving feelings about soccer.
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June 18 2014 5:51 PMShould We Ditch Internet Comments?The Gist explores research on the effects of negative commenting, and the morality of GM’s attorneys.
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June 16 2014 7:27 PMShould Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Quit Already?The Gist on the politics of Supreme Court retirements, and a GOP perspective on Iraq.
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June 13 2014 6:24 PMBlame Salt-n-Pepa for American Glottal StopThe Gist asks a linguist when it’s appropriate to correct your friends.  
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June 11 2014 5:36 PM13 Days a BeatleThe Gist on the Beatle you’ve never heard of, and the case for restricting who can buy sugary soda.
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June 9 2014 6:23 PMZen and Beef Jerky at the World Series of PokerThe Gist talks with Colson Whitehead about poker and former Taliban captive David Rohde on Bowe Bergdahl.
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June 6 2014 5:34 PMFreakonomics Is Basically a Peanut Butter CupThe Gist gets author and podcaster Stephen Dubner to reveal the “secret sauce” behind the Freakonomics empire.
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June 4 2014 6:06 PMDoes Delaying Gratification Always Lead to Success?
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June 3 2014 7:13 PMDoes Obama Need More Drama?The Gist on the pros and cons of rhetorical restraint, and a visit to the Loser’s Lounge.
Hang Up And Listen
June 2 2014 6:07 PMWhat’s It Like to Coach During a Revolution? Bob Bradley Can Tell You.
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May 29 2014 11:15 PMWhy Math MattersThe Gist explores how to make talking about mathematics acceptable.
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May 27 2014 5:54 PMThe Vicious Circle of Mass Shooting Media CoverageThe Gist on why our obsession with creepy, violent misfits is dangerous.
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May 23 2014 8:31 PMReinvigorating ReparationsThe Gist explores how a new Atlantic article is shaking up the American discussion of race.

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