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
Oct. 27 2014 5:16 PMHang Up and Listen: The Greatest Bull in History EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the World Series, the University of North Carolina academic scandal, and Bushwacker’s retirement.
The Gist
Oct. 23 2014 7:36 PMTastes Like James JoyceA whiskey sommelier calls out Mike Pesca as a barley-based used-cask kinda guy.
The Gist
Oct. 21 2014 6:46 PMSoup Was Once HilariousAnd so were deliverymen, husbands doing the dishes, and corned beef hash.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 20 2014 4:40 PMHang Up and Listen: The Whimsy Watch EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the World Series, the ethics of sports biometrics, and Bob Ryan’s new book, Scribe.
The Gist
Oct. 16 2014 7:51 PMThanks Bro, Now Get the Hell Out of FeminismSlate’s Amanda Hess explains why male allies are sometimes important, and sometimes the worst.
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Oct. 15 2014 6:45 PMThe Eight-Glasses-of-Water-a-Day MythMaria Konnikova explains why there’s a drought of studies about the optimal level of hydration.
The Gist
Oct. 13 2014 6:53 PMGeorge Carlin Gets His WayWhy the legendary comedian deserves to have a f--king street named in his honor.
The Gist
Oct. 10 2014 7:38 PMMy Friend Became a Staunch Anti-Vaxxer. Now What?Dear Prudence reminds us that ending a friendship can be hard, but getting the measles is worse.
The Gist
Oct. 9 2014 7:04 PMRogue Taxidermy, Art for Awful DreamsAn ancient practice gets an artisanal makeover.
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Oct. 8 2014 5:46 PMBedbugs: Disgusting Nuisance, Great MusicalBedbugs!!! the musical grows in popularity, while bedbugs the pests have grown in population.
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Oct. 6 2014 5:29 PMQatar: Friend or Frenemy?Our largest Middle East military base is there, but what is the U.S. getting in exchange?
The Gist
Oct. 2 2014 6:38 PMThe Cosby ShowdownCan we tell his story without discussing sexual assault allegations?
The Gist
Sept. 30 2014 6:38 PMTrue Tales of Andy Warhol’s Sex CouchSixties art house erotica was provocative, but was it a turn on?
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 29 2014 4:26 PMHang Up and Listen: The These Are My Bosses EditionSlate’s sports podcast on ESPN suspending Bill Simmons, the Kansas City Royals making the playoffs, and Brady Hoke mishandling a possible concussion.
The Gist
Sept. 25 2014 10:19 PMNot Fade AwayThe once-ubiquitous pop song fade-out appears to be dying. The Gist asks why.
The Gist
Oct. 24 2014 7:09 PMHigh Times Rolls OnThe longtime editor of the marijuana bible talks about legal weed, the fight ahead, and exercising while high.
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Oct. 22 2014 6:41 PMWe Work Hard for Less MoneyIn terms of “real wages,” we make less than our grandparents did. At least we have air conditioning.
The Gist
Oct. 20 2014 6:47 PMThe Serial Podcast Ending Is TBDPlease don’t let this investigative series turn out to be contemplation about the nature of truth. 
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Oct. 17 2014 6:45 PMNorman Lear, Thanks for TVHe pioneered TV escapism that’s more about family than nice apartments.
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Oct. 16 2014 1:30 PMCan You Play Electric Guitar in the Tundra?Bryan Adams’ strange grudge against electricity.
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Oct. 14 2014 7:30 PMWorking On Our Night MovesBob Seger’s YouTube comments tell a story of sex, nostalgia, and mortality.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 13 2014 4:55 PMHang Up and Listen: The Flaccid Hagiographic Concatenation EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Fox’s baseball broadcasting experiment, Todd Gurley’s suspension, and gymnast Simone Biles.
The Gist
Oct. 10 2014 9:36 AMI Have the Documents!Local news anchors offer indisputable proof they’ve read the official report.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 9 2014 4:55 PMHang Up and Listen: The Live at Galapagos EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the baseball playoffs, the NBA’s big TV deal, and Roy Blount Jr.’s About Three Bricks Shy of a Load.
The Gist
Oct. 7 2014 6:19 PMWhat Is R-Nought, and How Is It Helping to Fight Ebola?Epidemiologists combating the deadly virus rely on a mathematical model to predict its spread.
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Oct. 3 2014 6:21 PMStop Freaking Out About Your KidsHow evangelical-parenting Nazis are sucking all the fun out of raising children.  
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Oct. 1 2014 7:09 PMCan Peeps Be Sticky Year-Round?Devoted candy blogger Cybele May’s quest to find the perfect sweet.
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Sept. 29 2014 7:46 PMLouisiana Isn’t Boot-Shaped AnymoreThe Gist on how erosion is literally changing the map of the Pelican State.
The Gist
Sept. 26 2014 7:29 PMHas Cheating Cured Him of Cheating?Dear Prudence admirably resists the urge to say “I told you so!” with a past letter writer.
The Gist
Sept. 24 2014 5:54 PMWhy Economists Don’t Have Many FriendsAdam Davidson makes the abstract intellectual argument about government spending that no one wants to hear.

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Nov. 27 2014 12:31 PM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 11 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked a helicopter paramedic about his workday.