Mike Pesca
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
July 19 2017 7:03 PMThe Garbage Art of Handwriting AnalysisThe Gist’s resident guff detector Maria Konnikova returns to look at the (appropriately) lost art of graphology.
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July 17 2017 7:02 PMDan Pashman on the Psychology of Taste This is your brain on food.
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July 13 2017 7:25 PMAt Sea With James StavridisThe retired admiral answers all of our questions about ISIS, H.R. McMaster, and life on a submarine.
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July 11 2017 6:56 PMBen Wittes on the Latest News BombHow bad are Don Jr.’s emails?
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July 7 2017 6:29 PMIn Defense of OmbudsmenDaniel Okrent, the first public editor for the New York Times, sticks up for the journalists everyone loves to hate.
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July 5 2017 5:59 PMChris Christie’s Biggest MistakeNo, it wasn’t Bridgegate. Or Beachgate.
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June 30 2017 5:46 PMInvisibilia Questions Your EmotionsThe hosts of NPR’s hit podcast say there’s been a quiet revolution in the way we understand our feelings.
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June 28 2017 7:13 PMI Hate This, Don’t Quote Me In one paragraph, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher held the line against anonymous sources and “outright awfulness.”
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June 26 2017 7:14 PMThe Rise and Reign of Unruly WomenIn her new book, author Anne Helen Petersen on how our culture treats women defying norms.
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June 23 2017 10:25 AMHow to Persuade Trump’s Most Loyal SupportersMake a moral argument, but choose the right morals.
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June 21 2017 7:31 PMThe Musings of Wallace ShawnThe playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.
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June 19 2017 7:41 PMLies vs. BSA handy guide to parsing the president’s tweets.
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June 15 2017 6:45 PMThe Delicate Art of Political PersuasionRobb Willer on how to reframe debates in a way the “other side” will understand.
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June 13 2017 6:46 PMAwk-ward!Why does awkwardness make us so uncomfortable?
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June 9 2017 9:19 PMLarry Wilmore is Black on the AirThe comedian talks about his new podcast and why satire can’t change minds.
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July 18 2017 6:46 PMTyler Cowen Fears for Our FutureAn economist’s diagnosis of our societal torpor.
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July 14 2017 6:09 PMHaunted by A Ghost StoryHow a classic Halloween costume inspired one of the most profound films of the year.
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July 12 2017 6:18 PMLook at All the Struggling DemocraciesFinancial Times columnist Edward Luce introduces us to a new word: oikophobia, fear of fellow countrymen.
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July 10 2017 6:35 PMTwitter Should Drop Trump AlreadyPolitical scientist Seth Masket argues the harassment, the trolling, and the misinformation need to stop now.
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July 6 2017 7:02 PMCentrists Won’t Save Health Care  Conservative writer Philip Klein says compromise won’t lead to better health policy. It has to be all or nothing.
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July 5 2017 2:14 PMThe Incredible Eddie Izzard  A conversation with the famed comedian, author, runner, and one-day-only concert pianist.
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June 29 2017 7:35 PMWriting Cop Fiction in the Age of Black Lives MatterDon Winslow on the deep research that goes into writing modern crime fiction.
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June 27 2017 7:21 PMBig Turmoil in Big Sky CountryAnne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—covering politics in Montana for BuzzFeed.
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June 23 2017 7:39 PMDo Radicals Change the World?Author Jeremy McCarter on the five people who changed the course of America in 1917.
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June 22 2017 6:40 PMScaachi Koul on Surviving the TrollsIt helps to stay off Twitter.
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June 20 2017 8:31 PMIs Terrorism Coverage Racist?A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.
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June 16 2017 7:39 PMJon Ronson on Writing the Year’s Wildest MovieThe Welsh journalist on his new movie, the meat-is-murder fantasy adventure Okja.
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June 14 2017 6:50 PMHe Ate Human Flesh for ScienceBill Schutt on his comprehensive new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.
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June 12 2017 7:35 PMAutocrats Can’t Take a JokeComedian Bassem Youssef satirized two Egyptian presidents. They were not amused.
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June 8 2017 7:01 PMWhat We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Part IICriminal justice quant John Pfaff says to bring down the prison population we must rein in prosecutors. Can that be done?

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