Mike Pesca Mike Pesca

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

Culture Gabfest
Nov. 19 2014 10:36 AMBattle of the Slate Podcast Empire!
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 18 2014 5:40 PMThe Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn EditionSlate’s mega-podcast on Obama’s immigration reform push, the rise of emoji, and Adam Silver’s call to legalize sports betting.
The Gist
Nov. 14 2014 6:39 PMTo Catch a ProfessorHis student confided that she had sex with faculty members for money. Did he take Dear Prudence’s advice to do the right thing?
The Gist
Nov. 12 2014 8:49 PMHow Small Wonder Stirred “Too Many Cooks” The creator of the viral Adult Swim video explains what it’s all about—and whether Smarf really had to die.
The Gist
Nov. 10 2014 7:38 PMWhy WKRP Was Called WKRPSecrets from the creator of Cincinnati’s most famous fictional radio station.
The Gist
Nov. 7 2014 2:47 PMWe Know Less Than We ThinkThink you know enough about the Dunning-Kruger effect or vexillology? Think again.
The Gist
Nov. 5 2014 6:04 PMVeteran SNL Writer Asks “Who Tooted?”Andy Breckman is coming up with games that are fun for almost the entire family.
The Gist
Nov. 3 2014 6:46 PMThe Circadian Clock DietThere’s a lot of folk wisdom about eating late. Is it all bulls--t?
The Gist
Oct. 31 2014 7:35 PMTwo Families, One MortgageTwo sisters are considering merging households. That sounds like hell to Dear Prudence’s Emily Yoffe.
The Gist
Oct. 30 2014 7:16 PMStarving Jake GyllenhaalDirector Dan Gilroy on the actor’s unblinking, crash-dieting performance in Nightcrawler.
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 29 2014 3:45 PMThe Great Writing Vs. Talking DebateIs it harder to be a good writer or a good talker?
The Gist
Oct. 27 2014 6:48 PMDon’t Get Ebola in MissouriWhat’s the difference between how New York City and Dallas officials handled Ebola? It’s all about the money.
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.
The Gist
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. 
The Gist
Nov. 18 2014 7:00 PMDon’t Call It a ComebackTainted writer Jonah Lehrer has returned with a new book. Time for another installment of “Is This Bull?”
The Gist
Nov. 17 2014 7:25 PMPumpkin Spice in July? That’s Too Soon.Mission creep and year-round-peeps: where artificial seasonality and artificial flavors collide.
The Gist
Nov. 13 2014 7:47 PMThe Sweet Smell of SurvivalInside an Iranian prison, Maziar Bahari knew he would live to tell of his 118-day ordeal. He didn’t realize Jon Stewart would help him do it.
The Gist
Nov. 11 2014 8:01 PMHeroes Need Not ApplyHow U.S. policy is discouraging medical professionals from joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 10 2014 5:16 PMHang Up and Listen: The Whore No More EditionSlate’s sports podcast on LeBron’s return to Cleveland, the NFL in London, and ESPN’s documentary Brothers in Exile.
The Gist
Nov. 6 2014 2:56 PMFriends With (Slate Plus) BenefitsThe Gist compiles our favorite Slate Plus bonus material from the Culture Gabfest, Political Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen.
The Gist
Nov. 4 2014 6:41 PMJFK’s Brain Is MissingAfter he was killed, the president’s gray matter was kept in a jar. Then it went on a tour of Washington, D.C. Then it disappeared.
The Gist
Nov. 3 2014 11:45 AM“Please Say Something Nice About Your Opponent”How politicians deflect an enduring debate trick. 
Brow Beat
Oct. 30 2014 10:47 PMHow Strong Is the Case Against Adnan Syed? We Discuss the Latest Episode of Serial.
The Gist
Oct. 29 2014 6:21 PMIf Washington Hips to Indie RockIndependents could thaw the two-party freeze in Washington.
The Gist
Oct. 28 2014 6:48 PMWhy Political Consultants Prescribe BumpkinSince when did attending hoedowns and getting whacked in the gnards help you get elected?
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.

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Dec. 19 2014 4:15 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? Staff writer Lily Hay Newman shares what stories intrigued her at the magazine this week.