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
March 30 2016 7:31 PMThe Winter BluesClimb under a therapy light and pop some vitamin D as Maria Konnikova renders her verdict on seasonal affective disorder. 
The Gist
March 29 2016 9:02 PMThe Huge Lingering WhySan Bernardino investigators know the who, what, and where, but will the culprit’s iPhone tell us why?
Hang Up And Listen
March 28 2016 6:11 PMHang Up and Listen: The Feller vs. Motorcycle EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NCAA Tournament, Johan Cruyff, and the documentary Fastball.
The Gist
March 24 2016 3:44 PMCrazy FunnyIt’s official. All comedians but Seinfeld are insane. (And maybe Seinfeld.)
The Gist
March 21 2016 7:58 PMWhen Words Change World EventsUse your words, but don’t forget to use spell-check, too.
Hang Up And Listen
March 21 2016 3:16 PMCan You Put a Price on Privacy?Hang Up and Listen weighs in on human suffering in Erin Andrews’ verdict.
The Gist
March 17 2016 7:25 PMA Triumph of Small TalkSlate’s Ruth Graham demonstrates a crucial social lubricant while telling us about the weather.
The Gist
March 15 2016 7:03 PMAll Things Horse RaceAs the Super Tuesday 2 results roll in, here’s everything you ever wondered but were too afraid to ask Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight.
The Gist
March 14 2016 6:18 PMThe Duke Lacrosse Case, 10 Years LaterThe new ESPN documentary Fantastic Lies left out one of its interviewees, author William D. Cohan. We bring you our interview with him from 2014.
The Gist
March 10 2016 7:26 PMControl-Alt-DestroySlate’s Fred Kaplan joins us to share the secret history of U.S. cyberwarfare.
The Gist
March 8 2016 5:43 PMWhat Detroit Gave AmericaAuthor David Maraniss tells the story of the city that brought us cars, Motown, the labor movement, and the civil rights movement.
The Gist
March 7 2016 6:52 PMIs Torture Ever Worthwhile?Without data about the efficacy of torture during an interrogation, our guest applied game theory to the range of possibilities.
The Gist
March 4 2016 7:21 PMAdam Davidson Makes Negative Interest Rates Positively InterestingUnglaze your eyes as The Gist explains a new experiment with interest rates being tested at a Swedish bank.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
March 3 2016 2:19 PMHow to Get Your Kids Excited About Your Big Move Is it possible? 
The Gist
March 1 2016 4:52 PMThis Podcast Is for LosersWhat can we learn about our political system from Howard Dean, Michele Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich?
Hang Up And Listen
March 30 2016 8:08 AMAmerica’s Favorite Pastime Returns to HavanaHow should we feel about Major League Baseball’s return to Cuba?
The Gist
March 28 2016 6:34 PMRadovan Karadzic Got 40 Years for the Srebrenica GenocideAfter hiding in plain sight for years, this Bosnian War criminal’s sentence has made him a symbol for anti-Serb conspiracy theories.
The Gist
March 25 2016 7:15 PMThe Height of Clinton-Era Pop MusicRemembering Billboard hits from 1999, when MTV’s Total Request Live was huge, and our biggest pop stars were teenagers.
The Gist
March 22 2016 7:17 PM1,145 Police KillingsWe have terrible statistics from the Justice Department about police killings in America, so a team of Guardian journalists started their own count. 
Hang Up And Listen
March 21 2016 6:20 PMHang Up and Listen: The Always Reppin’ EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NCAA Tournament and kids in baseball clubhouses. Plus, an interview with Sue Bird on UConn women’s basketball.
The Gist
March 18 2016 7:15 PMThe Secret Genius of the T-Shirt CannonWe tear apart and affirm some of the most notorious myths about the power of sports over our brains.
The Gist
March 16 2016 7:19 PMAre the Dangers of GMOs BS? Maria Konnikova explains the real effects of genetically modified Frankenfood on humanity. 
Hang Up And Listen
March 14 2016 7:13 PMHang Up and Listen: The We’re All Doomed EditionSlate’s sports podcast on March Madness, the Duke lacrosse case, and Maria Sharapova’s positive drug test.
The Gist
March 11 2016 7:25 PMThe Year of TravoltaIn 1978, even the Rolling Stones had a disco hit. We discuss the year the center of culture slipped away from the rockers.
The Gist
March 9 2016 6:40 PMThe Things That Dreams Are Made OfOur host once had a dream where Joe Biden told him to “go diagonal.” What could it mean?
Hang Up And Listen
March 8 2016 3:23 PMHow Will We Remember Peyton Manning?Have recently resurfaced scandals stained the football hero’s retirement? 
Hang Up And Listen
March 7 2016 6:20 PMHang Up and Listen: The Other Bridgegate EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Ben Simmons, upset losses for UFC stars Conor McGregor and Holly Holm, and cheating in bridge.
The Gist
March 3 2016 8:34 PMWould I Be Happier in an Arranged Marriage?Maria Konnikova explores how different international researchers define a happy marriage.
The Gist
March 2 2016 7:51 PMTrump’s Tiny Little LeadWhy you should save your Trump-related freakouts until after March 15.
Hang Up And Listen
March 1 2016 4:22 PMHas Our Prediction Addiction Gotten Out of Hand?  Have too many hot takes caused sports forecasting to boil over? Hang Up and Listen discusses.        

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