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.

Politics
Jan. 26 2018 3:00 PMStop Asking What’s Wrong With TrumpIt’s not disqualifying insanity we should worry about. It’s his shameful ignorance.
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Jan. 24 2018 7:20 PMOdds, Ends, and SenatorsA mathematical computation about the midterms that’s, in the words of our expert, “sort of hideously irrelevant.”
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Jan. 22 2018 8:09 PMThe Dems Have a Bad HandConservative Democratic voters are to blame for Chuck Schumer's move on DACA.
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Jan. 18 2018 7:28 PMBusted: A Gist Productions ParodyRelive the “fake news” media’s greatest mistreatment of the guy who’s just trying to “Make America Great Again.”
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Jan. 16 2018 10:04 PMNukes and CranniesPresident Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?
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Jan. 11 2018 7:54 PMIs Trump Insane? Does It Matter?Grill him for his deeds, not his ditzy moments.
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Jan. 9 2018 7:57 PMRadio ReconciliationRwanda’s radio programming fueled the country’s infamous genocide in 1994. Could it also help it heal?
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Jan. 5 2018 8:13 PMGoing for Gridiron   Jen Welter grew up without female role models in the NFL. Then she joined the Arizona Cardinals. 
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Jan. 3 2018 8:44 PMKilled, Then CountedPolice killed more than 1,100 people last year. And yes, there’s a racial disparity.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 1 2018 9:08 AMHang Up and Listen: The 200 Seventh-Graders vs. LeBron EditionA special conundrums episode of Slate’s sports podcast.
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Dec. 28 2017 8:26 PMYour Brain Is Bad With MoneyBut being aware of that can help you spend it more wisely (or better yet, save it).
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Dec. 22 2017 7:28 PMDeplorables and SnowflakesKen Stern thinks we should quit it with the name-calling.
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Dec. 20 2017 7:50 PMTrickle Down NowIs it possible that Republicans were damned whether or not they passed their tax bill?
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Dec. 18 2017 9:19 PMDon’t Worry if Baby Turns OrangeMaria Konnikova tells us about the foods that can dramatically change your skin’s hue ... and when to see a doctor about it.
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Dec. 14 2017 11:43 PMRevisiting Another Democratic WaveHow Chris Hurst became one of Virginia’s newest state representatives, with some indirect help from a petting zoo.
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Jan. 25 2018 8:47 PMHe Got Trump’s TaxesReporter David Cay Johnston gave the public the first look at Donald Trump’s taxes. He thinks Robert Mueller will show us more.
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Jan. 23 2018 8:50 PMMSG Is A-OKDan Pashman hosts a food podcast—and dinner parties. In both capacities, he’s big on monosodium glutamate.
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Jan. 19 2018 8:18 PMOne Year DownThe hosts of Slate’s Trumpcast dish on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s first year in office.
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Jan. 17 2018 7:42 PMWait and CRThe continuing resolution is the worst thing in politics.
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Jan. 12 2018 8:07 PMTeenage Brains Are Just DifferentWe’re still learning about how the mind of an adolescent is only half-baked.
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Jan. 10 2018 7:40 PMA Cry for Self-HelpBooks that promise “a new you” often don’t cure us, but they sure can expose our greatest anxieties.
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Jan. 8 2018 7:58 PMWhat to Make of Fire and FuryNPR’s media correspondent says Michael Wolff’s new book is kicking off a more honest conversation on the president’s fitness to hold office.
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Jan. 4 2018 7:40 PMMove to the Center or Keep on LosingIf Democrats want to win back the blue-collar vote, they may need a bigger tent.
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Jan. 2 2018 10:16 PMBehind the Scenes of Slow BurnSlate podcasters Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons on how Watergate fever compares to today’s investigations into Russia and the 2016 election.
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Dec. 29 2017 7:32 PMIt’s Fan Service or BustSome comedians have a “kill or be killed” relationship with their audiences. Anjelah Johnson just gives them what they want.
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Dec. 27 2017 8:06 PMHobby Lobby Is Just Getting StartedThe chain’s evangelical founders are spending millions on putting the Bible at the center of American life.  
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Dec. 21 2017 9:00 PMTax Bill BallyhooWhy Trump’s economic predictions don’t pass the smell test.
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Dec. 19 2017 9:33 PMBehind the Scenes at The DailyMichael Barbaro and Theo Balcomb share their secrets.
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Dec. 15 2017 6:06 PMJeff Ross Got Bored, So He Got PoliticalThe comedian’s latest roast takes the conversation around immigration down to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Dec. 13 2017 8:47 PMThe Underdog and the BullyThe Alabama election, as much of an upset as it was, restored a sense of normalcy in politics.

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