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
July 20 2016 6:09 PMCutting ClassIn White Trash, author Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class identities and our efforts to appropriate or shed them.
Hang Up And Listen
July 19 2016 1:34 PMIs O.J.: Made in America Any Different From Other Documentaries?The critics say yes. But why?
Sports Nut
July 18 2016 7:55 PM“People Told Me to Shut Up and Play Football”Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on why athletes are speaking out about social justice.
The Gist
July 15 2016 7:38 PMAnd We Never Looked at Music the Same Way AgainThe year of MTV’s launch brought us aerobic-chic, urban cowboys, and the one song you hear at every wedding.
The Gist
July 13 2016 6:53 PMType A AnonymousMaria Konnikova sizes up the old saw: “I’m a little Type A.”
The Gist
July 12 2016 5:58 PMArt That Makes You AngryThis is your brain on political ads.
Hang Up And Listen
July 11 2016 6:29 PMHang Up and Listen: The Fleek Five EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Serena Williams’ Wimbledon win, the Euro 2016 final, and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
The Gist
July 8 2016 6:42 PMThe Life and Death of Aaron SwartzAuthor Justin Peters on the impatient child prodigy of the free culture movement.
Hang Up And Listen
July 7 2016 9:09 AMTrial by FuryThe Olympic Trials for swimming and track and field athletes are underway. Who should you look out for?
The Gist
July 5 2016 9:13 PMReduce, Reuse, and Re-EvaluateRecycling: It’s the dominant moralism of our time. Is it bull?
The Gist
July 1 2016 4:50 PMFantastic Negrito ReturnsXavier Dphrepaulezz has had a good year.
The Gist
June 29 2016 5:57 PMPoll Analysis From a Spiritual 60-Year-OldHarry Enten explains the new 2016 election prediction from FiveThirtyEight.
Slate Plus
June 28 2016 1:17 PMIs the NHL’s Move to Las Vegas a Gamble?Hang Up and Listen isn’t sure Sin City will be a hockey hotbed. But why?
Hang Up And Listen
June 27 2016 4:14 PMHang Up and Listen: The Cry for Argentina EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Argentina’s Copa America loss and Lionel Messi’s retirement announcement, a record class of foreign players in the NBA draft, and an interview with boxer Claressa Shields.
The Gist
June 23 2016 7:20 PMThe Character Actor’s StudioCoping with Star Trek makeup and other tips from René Auberjonois.
The Gist
July 19 2016 8:31 PMTo Catch a CartelThe Infiltrator is Hollywood’s treatment of the customs agent who burrowed deep inside Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering operation.
The Gist
July 18 2016 8:16 PMO Captain Fantastic!Early films by director Matt Ross explored carnivorous armchairs. His latest movie—about a headstrong father and his children—is a bit more grounded.
Hang Up And Listen
July 18 2016 7:45 PMHang Up and Listen: The Boiling Point EditionSlate’s sports podcast talks to Andrew Hawkins about athlete activism. Plus, segments on the Tour de France and minor-league baseball.
The Gist
July 14 2016 7:03 PMThe Ungeheuerlich Mr. JohnsonBoris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s newest top diplomat, in all his unbleeped glory.
Hang Up And Listen
July 13 2016 10:02 AMNBA Athletes Are No Longer Spreading the LoveWith free agents like Kevin Durant flocking to top teams, will next season’s games be boring?
The Gist
July 11 2016 6:53 PMA Kamikaze Mission to JupiterScientist Summer Ash explains the interstellar choreography of the Juno spacecraft mission and what we hope to learn from it.
Crime
July 10 2016 9:10 PMThe Bahamas Is Warning Its Citizens About the Dangers of the United StatesThe truth is Bahamians are safer abroad than at home.
The Gist
July 7 2016 7:48 PMIt Was the Best of Timesheets, It Was the Worst of TimesheetsFor novelist J. Bradford Hipps, the modern office space is rich territory when it comes to human drama.  
The Gist
July 6 2016 7:14 PMMister Postman, Lower Your Price Points for MeYour trusty Postal Service used to traffic children and in politicians’ dirty laundry.
Hang Up And Listen
July 5 2016 7:01 PMHang Up and Listen: The Kevin Durant Just Broke the NBA EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Durant to Golden State, Wales’ underdog run in the 2016 Euros, and the life and legacy of Pat Summitt.
The Gist
June 30 2016 8:30 PMWyatt Cenac Wants Kermit the Frog’s JobThe comedian’s stand-up showcase aspires to be the next Muppet Show. Without the puppets.
The Gist
June 28 2016 7:22 PMDo the Dead Cat BounceLooking for a silver lining in the Brexit vote.
The Gist
June 27 2016 7:54 PMBrittle EnglandThe Brexit vote let supporters of the “Leave” campaign stick it to the elites. What’s the value of their collective primal scream?
The Gist
June 24 2016 6:17 PMBillboard Hits From 1964On a day of British retreat, we ponder the British Invasion.
The Gist
June 22 2016 8:01 PMIf You Build It, Alonzo and Alie Will ComeAlonzo Bodden and Alie Ward explain How to Build … Everything.

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