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.

Hang Up And Listen
March 6 2017 5:54 PMHang Up and Listen: The Whore of Carnegie Mellon EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Grayson Allen, Scott Raab’s You’re Welcome, Cleveland, and the computer that mastered poker.
Politics
March 3 2017 5:46 PM“Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated”When Donald Trump says “nobody,” he really means “almost everybody.”
The Gist
March 1 2017 7:12 PMComing to America With Maeve HigginsThe Irish comedian tells disparate, inspiring, scary tales of immigrants coming to America in her podcast.
The Gist
Feb. 27 2017 6:38 PMGonzo JournalismBrad Meltzer delves into the story of Jim Henson’s life and legacy in the latest installment of his biography series for kids.
The Gist
Feb. 24 2017 7:04 PMGeorge Saunders’ American GhostsWith his first novel, Saunders traverses the afterlife with Abraham Lincoln’s son.
The Gist
Feb. 22 2017 6:29 PMOn Saddam Hussein’s CaseFormer CIA analyst John Nixon spent years studying former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein—his rise to power, his frustration with the U.S., his bad poetry.
The Gist
Feb. 16 2017 6:09 PMWould a Narcissist Do This?The good news is the president doesn’t have narcissistic personality disorder. The bad news is he seems to be inured to distress.
The Gist
Feb. 14 2017 7:14 PMJohn Darnielle Talks About Words and SnakesThe Mountain Goats’ lead singer on his horror novel, Universal Harvester, and accidental creative inspiration.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 13 2017 5:51 PMHang Up and Listen: The Cupcakes Aren’t Soft EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Patriots and the White House, Kevin Durant and Charles Oakley, and a revolutionary high school hoops team.
The Gist
Feb. 8 2017 6:59 PMPlus Jamais Le Fake NewsSlate’s Will Oremus on how Facebook is tackling fake news ahead of the European elections.
The Gist
Feb. 6 2017 6:16 PMThe Business of Corporate ProtestAdi Ignatius, editor of the Harvard Business Review, on how different business leaders are responding to the Trump presidency.
The Gist
Feb. 3 2017 7:19 PMHe Left the Hold Steady for MongoliaJourneyman musician Franz Nicolay had done the big-band thing. He wanted to go solo. And he wanted to see Ulaanbaatar.
The Gist
Feb. 1 2017 6:21 PMInside the Biggest Pyramid Scheme EverJournalist Steve Fishman on interviewing Bernie Madoff.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 30 2017 7:33 PMHang Up and Listen: The He Still Hate Me EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Roger Federer and Serena Williams, sports and immigration, and This Was the XFL.
The Gist
Jan. 27 2017 5:53 PMYeah, We’re Scared TooGeorge W. Bush appointee Eliot Cohen told other conservatives to work with Trump’s State Department. One conversation changed his mind.
The Gist
March 3 2017 7:12 PMThe Year “Gangnam” Was RobbedWhen everyone was spoofing “Call Me Maybe” and a Swedish song factory in Sweden was taking over the charts.
The Gist
March 2 2017 7:04 PMThe Bard of FloridaHumorist Dave Barry stands up for the Sunshine State. Someone has to.
The Gist
Feb. 28 2017 7:43 PMA World Disorder DoctrineDon’t worry about China. Do worry about North Korea. And reassure global allies. Foreign policy expert Richard Haas has some advice for the president.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 27 2017 5:50 PMHang Up and Listen: The Stick to the Oscars EditionSlate’s sports podcast on sports and the Academy Awards mishap, “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” and Leicester City.
The Gist
Feb. 23 2017 6:38 PMAn Experiment to Save Local News in Nevada Veteran reporter Jon Ralston on his independent news startup and covering politics in the ultimate purple state.
The Gist
Feb. 17 2017 6:05 PMAndy Zaltzman Is Back at Exactly the Right TimeThe British satirist reboots his influential comedy show The Bugle, just in time for Brexit and a Trump White House.
The Gist
Feb. 15 2017 7:10 PMA Late Show for Grown-UpsChris Licht is helping to turn The Late Show With Stephen Colbert into the heir-apparent of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show
The Gist
Feb. 13 2017 7:00 PMDavid Frum Beseeches You to FocusThe Atlantic’s David Frum says Never Trumpers can’t afford to splinter apart now.
The Gist
Feb. 9 2017 7:06 PMElvis Costello’s High-Fidelity LifeIn his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the English legend reflects on his place in music history. 
The Gist
Feb. 7 2017 6:24 PMAn Obamacare Architect Speaks OutFormer HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Affordable Care Act and the right-ward tumble of politics in Kansas.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 6 2017 5:46 PMHang Up and Listen: The Super Bowl of Super Bowls EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Patriots’ Super Bowl win, Tom Brady’s image, and the Falcons’ collapse.
The Gist
Feb. 2 2017 6:02 PMThe Case of the Frozen TruckerEmily Bazelon of the New York Times Magazine breaks down the decisions and philosophy of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.
The Gist
Jan. 31 2017 7:59 PMThe New Queens of SatireThe founders of Reductress imagine their latest project as a feminist’s how-to manual—written by the most ignorant feminists ever.
The Gist
Jan. 30 2017 6:56 PMUp in the AirImmigration lawyers are struggling to interpret the Trump White House’s travel ban. They’re flying blind.
The Gist
Jan. 26 2017 6:51 PMDeregulation NationFighting red tape is a winning political strategy for Republicans. How did that happen? Author Jacob Hacker explains.

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