Mike Pesca Mike Pesca

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

The Gist
Aug. 27 2014 6:18 PMHappy People Falling in Love Makes for a Boring StoryThe Gist learns how Anya Ulinich’s new graphic novel is both graphic (sexually) and novel (inventive).
The Gist
Aug. 25 2014 7:10 PMThe Bomb Makers’ Bomb MakerThe Gist learns what happened when a Nevada casino discovered a ransom note, and gigantic bomb, on its second floor.
The Gist
Aug. 22 2014 6:55 PMThe Proud Mom of 23 Could-Be KidsThe Gist learns the advantages of frozen families over room-temperature children.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 22 2014 10:22 AMThe “Why Isn’t Everyone Rioting?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the aftermath of Ferguson, the horrifying execution of journalist James Foley, and L.A.’s potential voting lottery.
The Gist
Aug. 20 2014 6:00 PMDude, on the Set of the Big LebowskiThe Gist learns the story behind the making of the Dude.
The Gist
Aug. 18 2014 6:23 PMA Panda, a President, Woody Guthrie, and a Flag Walk Into a Bar …Slate editors and special guest Brooke Gladstone face off in a heated debate over American icons.
The Gist
Aug. 15 2014 8:47 PMIs That Ferguson or Selma?The Gist explores how Ferguson, Missouri, stands as a stark example of racial disparities in America.
The Gist
Aug. 13 2014 6:10 PMCopy CreeperThe Gist and Dear Prudence follow up with a copy-shop employee who spotted a chilling letter.
The Gist
Aug. 11 2014 7:25 PMThe Vin Scully of Horseracing RetiresFamed track announcer Tom Durkin opens up his secret book of tricks for The Gist.
The Gist
Aug. 8 2014 6:24 PMCrazy FunnyIt’s official. All comedians but Seinfeld are insane. (And maybe Seinfeld.)
The Gist
Aug. 6 2014 4:54 PMCome TogetherThe Gist explores the alchemy of creative pairs, from Lennon and McCartney to Brooks and Reiner.
The Gist
Aug. 4 2014 5:39 PMWhat Made Hitler Hitler?The Gist asks whether the Holocaust would have happened if Adolf Hitler were never born.
The Gist
Aug. 1 2014 6:19 PMSioux Falls Has a New Flag, and It’s Quite FetchingThe Gist shares an important announcement from the Committee to Establish a Suitable Flying Banner for the City of Sioux Falls.
The Gist
July 30 2014 6:30 PMUrban Biking: A Love StoryThe Gist learns how urban biking can be a gateway drug to healthier living and spandex.
The Gist
July 29 2014 6:47 PMWe’re Terrible at Reading OnlineThe Gist explores why our reading experience with screens hasn’t caught up to the printed page.
The Gist
Aug. 26 2014 7:13 PMPuppies Don’t Win PulitzersThe Gist speaks with the Center for Public Integrity about recent investigations you might have missed.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 25 2014 5:14 PMHang Up and Listen: The All’s Fair in Love and WAR EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the value of the NFL preseason, Alex Gordon’s unlikely MVP candidacy, and Kevin Love’s move to Cleveland.
Slate Archives
Aug. 22 2014 4:05 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?The Gist’s Mike Pesca shares the stories that most intrigued him this past week.
The Gist
Aug. 21 2014 6:41 PMIs Infidelity Still a Third Rail for TV?The star of the FX show Married stays likable despite extramarital opportunities.
The Gist
Aug. 19 2014 7:33 PMIt’s 2014. Let’s Discuss Polling About Hillary Clinton in 2016!
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 18 2014 5:17 PMHang Up and Listen: The “Are the Kids Alright?” EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the new baseball commissioner, the Little League World Series, and continuing gender inequality in sports.
The Gist
Aug. 14 2014 7:18 PMIn Ukraine, Even the Flags Are ClashingThe Gist explores when a flag becomes a political message in this vexillology corner.
The Gist
Aug. 12 2014 7:13 PMThe Pursuit of Happiness StudiesThe Gist wonders if we can truly study national differences in attitudes toward happiness.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 11 2014 5:23 PMHang Up and Listen: The Tragedy at Canandaigua EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the death of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., Rory McIlroy’s PGA Championship win, and big changes in college sports.
The Gist
Aug. 7 2014 5:17 PMElizabeth Gilbert’s Secret to Never Being BoringThe Gist learns it has nothing to do with eating, praying, or loving.
The Gist
Aug. 5 2014 6:24 PMChris Gethard Shows Off His GunsThe Gist explores the enduring charm of public access television with the comedian and star of The Chris Gethard Show.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 4 2014 5:22 PMHang Up and Listen: The Breaking News EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Paul George’s gruesome injury, sexual assault and college athletics, and the baseball trade deadline.
The Gist
July 31 2014 7:16 PMWhat Poker Has to Teach Us About Missile Defense SystemsThe Gist explores the odds of freakishly bad results on airplanes and poker tables.
Hang Up And Listen
July 30 2014 1:34 PMMike and Mike on Michael SamMike Pesca and Mike Francesa debate whether the openly gay NFL player is a “distraction.”
The Gist
July 28 2014 6:20 PMWhy Does Tomato Juice Taste Better on an Airplane?The Gist explores the connection between taste and our surroundings.




The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

How Did the Royals Win Despite Bunting So Many Times? Bunting Is a Terrible Strategy.

Catacombs Where You Can Stroll Down Hallways Lined With Corpses

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.


Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.


How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

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  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 6:41 PM The World’s Politest Protesters The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PM Spoiler Special: Transparent
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?