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
Oct. 18 2016 7:03 PMHow Do You Prep to Debate a Dumpster Fire?Jonathan Prince has coached several Democratic candidates before major debates. Here’s his advice for Hillary Clinton.
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Oct. 17 2016 8:36 PMThe Secret Rhetorical Genius of Donald TrumpAhead of the final debate, we check in with Jennifer Mercieca, an academic with the unenviable job of studying how Donald Trump uses language.
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Oct. 14 2016 7:57 PMInside Late Night With Amber RuffinThe sketch writers sit here, the monologue writers sit there, and someone is probably wearing a dinosaur costume.
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Oct. 12 2016 7:31 PMYour Food Will Be Ready When You Look Hungry EnoughDan Pashman from The Sporkful compares the long lines of a legendary pizza place in Brooklyn and an exalted sausage joint in Chicago. Does a long wait enhance a meal?
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Oct. 11 2016 6:31 PMWhere Do Republicans Go From Here?The National Review’s Reihan Salam looks at the conservative movement’s future after Donald Trump.
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Oct. 7 2016 7:17 PMPhoebe Robinson Will Teach You How to BaeThe comedian, podcaster, and author of You Can’t Touch My Hair on collaboration, cultural sensitivity, and Queens versus the Bronx.
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Oct. 5 2016 7:05 PMWhy Do We Use BMI to Measure Health?Body mass index is imperfect. Is there a better way? We asked Maria Konnikova.
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Oct. 4 2016 5:09 PMThe Sports Fans We Hate the MostAnd why we hate them, according to Slate’s sports podcast.
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Oct. 3 2016 6:43 PMHow Bad Is the Trump Tax Leak?Tax expert Philip Hackney on Trump’s billion-dollar write-down.
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Sept. 29 2016 6:30 PMThe Rules According to Malcolm GladwellWhat was young Malcolm like? He obsessed over ad slogans. He collected car brochures. And he insisted on being every board game’s explainer in chief. 
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Sept. 27 2016 5:45 PMWhere’s the Beef in Trump’s Ground Game?Donald Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort defies convention. Then again, so does the entire 2016 presidential campaign.
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Sept. 27 2016 12:34 PMThis Is How Poorly Trump CommunicatesEven his supporters struggle to make sense of his word salad.
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Sept. 26 2016 5:14 PMHang Up and Listen: the Short, Joyous Life of José Fernández EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the life and death of the Miami Marlins pitcher. Plus, Chicago Cubs fandom and Nate Jackson’s new book.
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Sept. 22 2016 6:21 PMA How-Not-To Manual for PresidentsAmerica’s 15th president was a committed waffler: James Buchanan refused to take a stance on the country’s wide-open question of slavery and helped usher in the Civil War.
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Sept. 20 2016 8:09 PMMaureen Dowd Wants a Candidate Like H.W. AgainThe New York Times columnist on her new book, The Year of Voting Dangerously, and what we’re missing about Donald Trump
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Oct. 18 2016 4:07 PMDo Happy Cubs Fans Buy More Beer?Slate’s sports podcast talks about vending at Wrigley Field during the playoffs.
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Oct. 17 2016 5:14 PMHang Up and Listen: The She’s Big League EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the baseball playoffs, NFL TV ratings, and Fox’s Pitch.
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Oct. 13 2016 6:23 PMWhy Don’t More Women Run for Congress? Some people say there’s a bias against women running for political office. So gender and politics scholar Jennifer Lawless went looking for it.
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Oct. 12 2016 1:35 PMCan a Game Be So Lopsided It’s Boring?What Hang Up and Listen thought of the Michigan football team’s 78–0 win over Rutgers.
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Oct. 11 2016 5:04 PMHang Up and Listen: The Locker Room Talk EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the baseball playoffs and how men talk behind closed doors. Plus, S.L. Price on Playing Through the Whistle.
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Oct. 6 2016 7:29 PMFact-Checking Won’t Stop Trump   The Republican nominee is saying a falsehood every five minutes. Brendan Nyhan from Dartmouth College weighs in on the failure of fact-checking in the 2016 election.
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Oct. 4 2016 7:22 PMInvestigating Long Island’s Not-DeplorablesIn WNYC’s “United States of Anxiety” series, Arun Venugopal explores the real people supporting Trump in the New York suburbs.
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Oct. 3 2016 7:41 PMHang Up and Listen: The Humid Urgency of the South EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Ryder Cup, the baseball playoff picture, and a whirlwind weekend of college football coverage.
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Sept. 30 2016 6:37 PMWho Called Off the Pretension Police?Simon Doonan and Mike wonder if, in the last 20 years, we’ve seen a decline in the negativity around pretentiousness.
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Sept. 28 2016 6:14 PMA Budding Storyteller Turns In His “Homework for Life”Moth champion Matthew Dicks hears from a Gist listener who took his top storytelling tip to heart: Jot down one idea every day.
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Sept. 27 2016 2:37 PMThe Best Moments From Hang Up and Listen History, According to You  Revisiting the show’s most noteworthy afterballs from the vault.  
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Sept. 26 2016 7:34 PMThis Debate Is Not the Super BowlThe first presidential debate may be spectacular, but it lacks the final, unspinnable outcome of a sporting event.  
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Sept. 24 2016 9:05 AMIs Your Favorite World Oddity Wondrous Enough for Atlas Obscura?Atlas Obscura’s first printed book is your guide to Cincinnati’s lost subway, Sweden’s nose museum, and the salt-cured mummies of Iran.
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Sept. 21 2016 6:03 PMHow Filmmakers Faked the Moon Landing Inside Real NASA  Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller tricked America’s space agency into helping them with the new conspiracy mockumentary, Operation Avalanche.
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Sept. 20 2016 3:22 PMCan We Like Abby Wambach’s Book Without Liking Her?Slate’s Hang Up and Listen discusses the soccer star’s memoir.

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