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
Dec. 2 2015 8:23 PMUnwrapping Holiday BSMaria Konnikova joins us for our favorite reindeer game.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 1 2015 3:21 PMThe “Violating His Amateur Status” Bonus SegmentThe Hang Up and Listen hosts cover speedcubing—from the algorithms of Rubik’s Cubes to the sport’s record-breaking competitors.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 30 2015 5:47 PMHang Up and Listen: The Barking Where There Are No Dogs EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning, Les Miles and Mark Richt, and announcer Ian Eagle.
The Gist
Nov. 24 2015 6:38 PMThe Current Standing of Standing DesksYou come into someone’s office. They offer you a seat. Is it appropriate to reply, “Are you trying to kill me?”
The Gist
Nov. 23 2015 7:28 PMFrom Carson’s Couch to Nixon’s Enemies ListDavid Steinberg’s satirical comedy got him on the Tonight Show more than 100 times and led Nixon to hire professional hecklers. 
The Gist
Nov. 20 2015 7:35 PMPlaywright David HareHe’s written roles performed by Judi Dench, Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Meryl Streep. We’ll hear the story of his formation as a writer and artist.
The Gist
Nov. 19 2015 6:25 PMPsychic Spies and the CIAWhy the government spent millions researching remote viewing, but finally abandoned the project in the 1990s.
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 18 2015 2:21 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Live From Broadway” EditionSlate’s megapodcast on the Paris attacks, Master of None, the Russian doping scandal, and an interview with the stars of Hamilton.
The Gist
Nov. 16 2015 6:03 PMWas Paris a Tactical Mistake?Our guest suggests ISIS might have sacrificed its dream of the caliphate in order to attack Paris.
The Gist
Nov. 13 2015 7:19 PMA Devastating Film About Facing AdulthoodJames White is a somber, well-acted indie film about life and death, influenced by the third season of Law and Order.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 12 2015 11:11 AMThe “Between His Salary and Sneaker Money” Bonus SegmentThe Hang Up and Listen hosts welcome director Jonathan Hock to talk about past and future films. 
The Gist
Nov. 10 2015 7:29 PMThe Great CompromiserHenry Clay’s appellation would be a damning nickname for any politician today.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 9 2015 5:54 PMHang Up and Listen: The Serious Times EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Greg Hardy, the Missouri football boycott, and The Gospel According to Mac
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
Nov. 6 2015 4:02 PMThe “Big Fans of Vexillology” Bonus SegmentSlate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting hosts chat with Mike Pesca, who shares a parenting triumph.
The Gist
Nov. 4 2015 8:43 PMBacon Makes Everything Better, Except Your ColonThe World Heath Organization recently declared that processed meats cause cancer. Is that B.S.? We get to the meat of the matter.
The Gist
Dec. 1 2015 7:08 PMThank God This Guy’s PresidentThe right and wrong things Obama is doing in both his actions and rhetoric when it comes to ISIS.
The Gist
Nov. 30 2015 7:29 PMIs Income Inequality Our Biggest Problem?Should we be more concerned with median wage stagnation and full employment? We get into the weeds with Vox’s Ezra Klein.
The Gist
Nov. 25 2015 2:45 PMThe Parents of Jordan DavisSeeking justice for their son politicized Ron Davis and Lucia McBath and made them the subjects of a new HBO documentary.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 24 2015 3:14 PMThe “Classic, Irrational New York Exuberance” Bonus SegmentThe Hang Up and Listen crew discusses the hype over Kristaps Porzingis and his extraordinary height.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 23 2015 6:03 PMHang Up and Listen: The Runaway Potting Shed EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Golden State Warriors, legal troubles for daily fantasy sports, and rugby legend Jonah Lomu.
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 20 2015 9:00 AMThe “Podcast Feud” Bonus SegmentThe hosts of the Political Gabfest, Culture Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen face off in a Slate-y version of Family Feud
The Gist
Nov. 18 2015 6:51 PMOnly 10 Percent of Our Brains?Maria Konnikova makes the other 90 percent of our noggins ache with confusion.
The Gist
Nov. 17 2015 7:28 PM150 Foiled Terrorism PlotsSince 9/11, U.S. law enforcement efforts have successfully deterred another major terror attack. How long can that last? 
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 16 2015 4:29 PMHang Up and Listen: The Bonus EditionSlate’s sports podcast on how to write a sports column, taking your kids to games, women in sports media, and East Coast bias.
The Gist
Nov. 12 2015 7:40 PMSubtlety Sucks!Our guest is tired of art that privileges subtlety over directness. We’ll hear out the finest nuances of his argument.
The Gist
Nov. 11 2015 7:11 PMIs 35 the Ovum/Under?When should fertility panic set in? Maria Konnikova lays out the risks and debunks the myths. 
The Gist
Nov. 9 2015 8:43 PMWhy Trump Wasn’t Funny on SNLToday’s Spiel attempts to bring meaning to the shambles that was Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live.
The Gist
Nov. 6 2015 7:14 PMChaka Khan vs. Deep Purple vs. The SmithsThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the only time we’ll ever have to compare the merits of Steve Miller and Janet Jackson. No contest, right?
The Gist
Nov. 5 2015 7:18 PMThe Doctor Is in TuneMike Pesca reveals never-before heard extended rap lyrics from Ben Carson’s new campaign ad.
The Gist
Nov. 3 2015 6:18 PMPrisoner Rehabilitation Is Not That EasyAmericans consistently say in surveys that they favor prisoner rehabilitation. Why won’t more politicians embrace it?

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