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

Hang Up And Listen
April 28 2016 12:03 PMWhat Makes D.C. a Mediocre Sports Town?Hang Up and Listen answers listener questions live in D.C.
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April 26 2016 5:19 PMThe So-Called “So-Called Acela” PrimaryIn the Spiel, the two men who mangled their already impossible chances of pulling off a victory.
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April 25 2016 6:59 PMBathroom President Ted CruzToday’s the day for making accords with the Texas senator, and we’re prepared to offer him his own kingdom.
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April 21 2016 7:17 PMThe Energy Crisis and the End of American LiberalismWhat the energy crisis in the ’70s taught Americans about government.
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April 19 2016 7:19 PMGet a Life ... CoachThese days even life coaches have life coaches, but are they effective?
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April 18 2016 6:35 PMBill Clinton’s Advance Man Tells AllWhen you look at a presidential campaign as theater, every hat and private plane becomes part of the set.
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April 15 2016 6:35 PMBillboard Hits From 1986Back when our host was 14 years old, the hit songs were all big hair diva pop, big hair metal, and some guy named Falco.
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April 13 2016 8:14 PMAn Interesting and Beautiful DayDavid Plotz from Atlas Obscura shares ideas for creating and finding your own microadventures this weekend.
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April 12 2016 12:42 PMSoccer Style WatchThe U.S. men’s national soccer team has a new look. Hang Up and Listen plays fashion police. 
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April 11 2016 5:45 PMNature’s PhantomIt’s time you knew the truth about the fierce demon of the North, the wolverine.
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April 7 2016 6:53 PMIf I Were HillaryMike imagines what his life would look like if he were the leading Democratic nominee.
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April 5 2016 5:46 PMIs Modern Hypnotic Suggestion Effective?You’re getting very sleepy … now go download every episode of The Gist ever made …
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April 4 2016 7:26 PMHang Up and Listen: The Absolute Travesty EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the U.S. women’s soccer team’s push for equal pay, the Warriors’ Silicon Valley owners, and the resurgence of the home run.
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April 1 2016 5:43 PMThe Hamilton RuleZoe Chace speaks with Republicans who despise Hillary Clinton but plan to vote for her because of Alexander Hamilton.
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March 30 2016 7:31 PMThe Winter BluesClimb under a therapy light and pop some vitamin D as Maria Konnikova renders her verdict on seasonal affective disorder. 
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April 27 2016 6:51 PMThe National Emergency We Call Donald TrumpSlate’s Jacob Weisberg joins us to share favorite moments from the first month of Trumpcast. 
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April 26 2016 3:52 PMHang Up and Listen: The Live From a Major Media Market EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Bryce Harper, Curt Schilling, and Ali Krieger of the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
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April 22 2016 7:03 PMPurplenessHow Prince defined the sound of the ’80s, even when his name wasn’t on the records.
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April 20 2016 7:39 PMDid Bernie Pull Hillary to the Left?Slate’s Jamelle Bouie explains what the Democratic primary tells us about how the party as a whole has shifted.
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April 19 2016 6:32 PMShould We Be Weirded Out That These Grown Men Call Their Bosses Mr.Hang Up And Listen answers a listener’s question about a strange point of sports etiquette. 
Hang Up And Listen
April 18 2016 5:33 PMHang Up and Listen: The San Antonio Big Macs EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kobe Bryant, hard fouls against Jeremy Lin, the Rams–Titans trade, and ads on NBA jerseys.
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April 14 2016 6:50 PMHurry Up and FastIs spending a day without food the ultimate weight-loss trick? Or outright dangerous?
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April 12 2016 7:54 PMPinocchio’s Got a GunBernie and Hillary are exchanging shots over gun control. Who should we believe?
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April 11 2016 6:43 PMHang Up and Listen: The Putting on Buttered Crusts EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Masters, the Golden State Warriors, and Jeff Passan’s book The Arm.
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April 8 2016 6:56 PMHow Twisted Sister Became Twisted SisterWhat the cross-dressing glam band learned from a decade spent clawing its way out of Long Island.
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April 6 2016 6:43 PMBurning Down Bernie’s MomentumIs it momentum or just primary results from a certain collection of states with very few black people?
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April 5 2016 1:47 PMMatt Harvey’s Medical Scare Ends in Comic ReliefHang Up and Listen discusses the pun-y power of the Mets pitcher’s pee problem.
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April 4 2016 7:20 PMJon Ronson, Imam of ShameWhen the Internet gangs up to publicly shame an individual, what’s that really about?
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March 31 2016 7:55 PMAbolitionist Heroes Lost to HistoryWe discuss American abolitionism as an activist social movement with historian Manisha Sinha.
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March 30 2016 8:08 AMAmerica’s Favorite Pastime Returns to HavanaHow should we feel about Major League Baseball’s return to Cuba?

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