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.

The Gist
July 29 2016 4:52 PMThe Little-Known Story of Sabotage in New York HarborJuly 30 marks the centenary of a major terrorist attack on the United States. Never heard of it?
The Gist
July 28 2016 6:24 PMCelebrating the Nerd MentalityThe hosts of the Nerdette podcast bring their safe space to The Gist for a round of nerd confessions.
The Gist
July 26 2016 7:31 PMOptimum OpticsKeep an eye out for the subtle stage-managing of the presidential nominating conventions.
The Gist
July 25 2016 7:17 PMPity the Peckish PoliticianThe only thing they have to fear is food itself.
The Gist
July 22 2016 6:24 PMP.C. Policing the BorderHaving a progressive fan base is equal parts exhilarating and maddening for comedian Hari Kondabolu.
The Gist
July 20 2016 6:09 PMCutting ClassIn White Trash, author Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class identities and our efforts to appropriate or shed them.
Hang Up And Listen
July 19 2016 1:34 PMIs O.J.: Made in America Any Different From Other Documentaries?The critics say yes. But why?
Sports Nut
July 18 2016 7:55 PM“People Told Me to Shut Up and Play Football”Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on why athletes are speaking out about social justice.
The Gist
July 15 2016 7:38 PMAnd We Never Looked at Music the Same Way AgainThe year of MTV’s launch brought us aerobic-chic, urban cowboys, and the one song you hear at every wedding.
The Gist
July 13 2016 6:53 PMType A AnonymousMaria Konnikova sizes up the old saw: “I’m a little Type A.”
The Gist
July 12 2016 5:58 PMArt That Makes You AngryThis is your brain on political ads.
Hang Up And Listen
July 11 2016 6:29 PMHang Up and Listen: The Fleek Five EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Serena Williams’ Wimbledon win, the Euro 2016 final, and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
The Gist
July 8 2016 6:42 PMThe Life and Death of Aaron SwartzAuthor Justin Peters on the impatient child prodigy of the free culture movement.
Hang Up And Listen
July 7 2016 9:09 AMTrial by FuryThe Olympic Trials for swimming and track and field athletes are underway. Who should you look out for?
The Gist
July 5 2016 9:13 PMReduce, Reuse, and Re-EvaluateRecycling: It’s the dominant moralism of our time. Is it bull?
The Gist
July 29 2016 11:31 AMIt Takes Great Presidents to Make America GreatAnd only Clinton talks like she would be a great president.
The Gist
July 27 2016 7:22 PMFinally, a Pro-Kidnapping FilmOrange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder says her new film, Tallulah, stemmed from her experience as a nanny for wealthy moms.
Hang Up And Listen
July 26 2016 1:39 PMWhy Did Chris Sale Cut Up His Team’s Uniforms?Assessing the White Sox pitcher’s unorthodox critique of throwback jerseys.
Hang Up And Listen
July 25 2016 5:12 PMHang Up and Listen: The Granny Shot EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Russia and the Olympics and the psychology of free throws. Plus, an interview with Tanisha Wright on WNBA players’ protests.
The Gist
July 21 2016 4:50 PMYour Dog Smells My Dog?Does a dog go crazy on you because he’s picking up the whiff of another canine? Maria Konnikova has the answers.
The Gist
July 19 2016 8:31 PMTo Catch a CartelThe Infiltrator is Hollywood’s treatment of the customs agent who burrowed deep inside Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering operation.
The Gist
July 18 2016 8:16 PMO Captain Fantastic!Early films by director Matt Ross explored carnivorous armchairs. His latest movie—about a headstrong father and his children—is a bit more grounded.
Hang Up And Listen
July 18 2016 7:45 PMHang Up and Listen: The Boiling Point EditionSlate’s sports podcast talks to Andrew Hawkins about athlete activism. Plus, segments on the Tour de France and minor-league baseball.
The Gist
July 14 2016 7:03 PMThe Ungeheuerlich Mr. JohnsonBoris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s newest top diplomat, in all his unbleeped glory.
Hang Up And Listen
July 13 2016 10:02 AMNBA Athletes Are No Longer Spreading the LoveWith free agents like Kevin Durant flocking to top teams, will next season’s games be boring?
The Gist
July 11 2016 6:53 PMA Kamikaze Mission to JupiterScientist Summer Ash explains the interstellar choreography of the Juno spacecraft mission and what we hope to learn from it.
Crime
July 10 2016 9:10 PMThe Bahamas Is Warning Its Citizens About the Dangers of the United StatesThe truth is Bahamians are safer abroad than at home.
The Gist
July 7 2016 7:48 PMIt Was the Best of Timesheets, It Was the Worst of TimesheetsFor novelist J. Bradford Hipps, the modern office space is rich territory when it comes to human drama.  
The Gist
July 6 2016 7:14 PMMister Postman, Lower Your Price Points for MeYour trusty Postal Service used to traffic children and in politicians’ dirty laundry.
Hang Up And Listen
July 5 2016 7:01 PMHang Up and Listen: The Kevin Durant Just Broke the NBA EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Durant to Golden State, Wales’ underdog run in the 2016 Euros, and the life and legacy of Pat Summitt.

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