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.

Hang Up And Listen
March 16 2015 4:26 PMHang Up and Listen: The Hate, Hope, and Hockey EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Selection Sunday, I Hate Christian Laettner, NFL free agency, and the imploding Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Gist
March 12 2015 6:27 PMHigh Maintenance DeliversOne of the best joints on television is actually a Web series.
The Gist
March 10 2015 6:26 PMDo Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect PatentsEarly Monopoly was a left-wing teaching tool for railing against monopolists.
Hang Up And Listen
March 9 2015 5:14 PMHang Up and Listen: The College Hoops in Crisis EditionSlate’s sports podcast on NCAA basketball’s plodding pace, the decline of the running back, and Errol Morris’ sports documentaries.
The Gist
March 5 2015 8:34 PMRepublicans: Report to Spring TrainingBaseball players can be ranked by their earning potential, popularity, and toughness. Why not do the same for likely primary candidates?
The Gist
March 3 2015 9:21 PMOne Condiment to Rule Them AllThe Gist travels to New York’s Maille boutique to meet the city’s first mustard sommelier.
Hang Up And Listen
March 2 2015 6:28 PMHang Up and Listen: The Good News for People Who Love Stat News EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the state of sports analytics, Larry Sanders quitting the NBA, and tennis match-fixing.
The Gist
Feb. 26 2015 7:31 PMThe Quiet Dignity of BearsDo bears enter human communities because they’re being pushed out of their natural habitats, or because our garbage is tasty?
The Gist
Feb. 24 2015 6:05 PMIs Illegal Immigrant Offensive, Accurate, or Both?Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas says that illegal immigrant is a hurtful term, but Mike Pesca isn’t convinced that undocumented is more accurate.
The Gist
Feb. 23 2015 5:49 PMISIS’s Self-Destruct Button While denouncing ISIS, Western leaders are dismissing core principles that could help defeat the group.
The Gist
Feb. 20 2015 7:41 PMThe Cuddle CureCan more snuggling really help me keep the flu away?
The Gist
Feb. 18 2015 7:07 PMHow Many LBJs Did You Skew Today?Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., explains what it’s like to watch the film Selma as a black American history scholar.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 17 2015 5:12 PMHang Up and Listen: The Twerking Unicorns EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kevin Durant calling out the media, a Little League baseball scandal, and a new free-throw distraction technique.
The Gist
Feb. 12 2015 6:56 PMBeyond Death Cults and NihilismIs terrorism ever death for death’s sake? Should we understand terror groups like Boko Haram as death cults or rational actors?
The Gist
Feb. 10 2015 6:23 PMKiller Commando WeathermenThe warrior culture of special operations is learning to count meteorologists among its ranks.
The Gist
March 13 2015 7:20 PMTips for Your Office FridgeDan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast sizes up the Slate office fridge and offers tips for improving your communal kitchen.
The Gist
March 11 2015 6:00 PMBitter DelightsThe Gist travels all the way to the neighborhood bar to learn about locally grown cocktail bitters. 
The Gist
March 9 2015 6:42 PMSongs That Almost Killed the American SongbookHow “The Doggie in the Window” and other confections nearly erased one of the greatest eras in music. 
The Gist
March 6 2015 9:37 PMPaid to PlayThree professional gamers talk about turning Call of Duty into goofy YouTube videos, millions of views, and six-figure incomes.
The Gist
March 4 2015 8:39 PMHe Stared Down the SovietsA veteran of the Pentagon and State Department on the possibility of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and the impact of Bibi Netanyahu’s speech before Congress.
The Gist
March 2 2015 7:38 PMSmell The Roses  Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth about aromatherapy. Is that a whiff of bulls--t?
The Gist
Feb. 27 2015 6:07 PMWorld Saved by Jet-Skiing ComedianOn behalf of chickens and goats, Kurt Braunohler roared down the Mississippi on the dumbest form of transportation.
The Gist
Feb. 25 2015 5:58 PMGet HappierAfter earning notoriety with The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin talks about her new foray into podcasting with Slate’s new Panoply network.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 24 2015 12:14 PMThe “Special K-Balls” Bonus SegmentStefan, Josh, and Mike discuss the latest absurd turn in the NFL’s Deflategate investigation.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 23 2015 4:42 PMHang Up and Listen: The Two Guys Punching Each Other in the Face EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Mayweather–Pacquiao, Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant, and rules for making baseball games faster
The Gist
Feb. 19 2015 7:12 PMTargeted by PutinOne investment fund manager tangled with the Russian leader and lived to tell the tale. His associates were not so lucky.
The Gist
Feb. 17 2015 6:35 PMWhat Cubans and Mormons Have in CommonSome cultural groups seem to have a knack for success. Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have narrowed it down to three core traits.
The Gist
Feb. 13 2015 5:54 PMThe Read Meets the SpielThe podcast world is filled with white hosts and white audiences. Kid Fury and Crissle from The Read are changing that. 
The Gist
Feb. 11 2015 6:13 PMHe Wanted to Be a MillionaireAfter losing big on the TV game show, Slate’s Justin Peters fell into a funk, only to find that his life had changed for the better. 
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 10 2015 12:38 PMThe “In Soviet Russia, We Pay You Not to Play” Bonus SegmentStefan, Josh, and Mike discuss Diana Taurasi’s decision to sit out the WNBA season.

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