Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

Sports Nut
March 4 2014 4:50 PMHow to Fix the Extra PointThe 43-yard PAT kick is a terrible idea. Here’s a better alternative.
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Feb. 21 2014 5:53 PMA Canadian Reporter Covering the Olympics for an American Network
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Feb. 18 2014 4:50 PMHang Up and Listen: The Mixed Zone, Mixed Bag EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Sochi Olympics and the NFL’s report on the Miami Dolphins’ locker room.
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Feb. 14 2014 4:54 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The “From Russia With Love” EditionSlate’s sports podcast extra on the rise of X Games-style Olympic events.
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Feb. 12 2014 6:03 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Gnarlier in Slow Motion EditionSlate’s sports podcast on life in the halfpipe.
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Feb. 10 2014 5:28 PMHang Up and Listen: The Sam, Sochi, and Smart EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Michael Sam’s coming out, the Sochi Olympics, and Marcus Smart’s shove.
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Feb. 3 2014 5:03 PMThe Secret to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl Success: Underpaying Their Best Players
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Jan. 20 2014 5:20 PMHang Up and Listen: The Richard Sherman’s March EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Broncos’ and Seahawks’ victories, Peyton Manning’s great day, and Seattle’s voluble cornerback.
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Jan. 6 2014 5:07 PMHang Up and Listen: The “I Know, I Borrowed Your Face” EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Week 1 of the NFL playoffs, Chris Kluwe’s accusations against the Minnesota Vikings, and the end of the BCS.
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Dec. 23 2013 5:25 PMIs the NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status a Huge Scandal or a Big Nonissue?
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Dec. 9 2013 5:09 PMHang Up and Listen: The “In the Conversation” EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the BCS title matchup, the Jameis Winston case, a snowy NFL weekend, and the United States’ World Cup draw.
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Nov. 25 2013 5:37 PMHang Up and Listen: The King of the (Chess) World EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, Alex Rodriguez’s battle with MLB, and world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.
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Nov. 12 2013 1:31 AMHang Up and Listen: The Live with Bob Costas EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Dolphins’ bullying scandal and New York’s WFAN sports radio. Plus: an interview with NBC’s Olympics host.
Holidays
Oct. 29 2013 11:55 PMA Ghoulish ConsistencyHalloween is filthy with ghosts. But where are all the goblins?
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Oct. 21 2013 4:56 PMWhat the Grambling Football Boycott Reveals About Black College Sports
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Feb. 24 2014 5:37 PMSteve Nash Explains What It’s Like for a Great Athlete to Confront the End of His Career
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Feb. 20 2014 11:51 AMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Indiana Bronze Medalist EditionSlate’s sports podcast interviews freeskier Nick Goepper about his Sochi triumph.
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Feb. 17 2014 4:26 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: David Remnick's View from SochiSlate’s sports podcast talks to The New Yorker editor about Russia’s Olympic goals.
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Feb. 13 2014 5:56 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The NordicTrack EditionSlate’s sports podcast extra on Thursday’s action in Sochi.
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Feb. 11 2014 5:50 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Women Can Jump EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the debut of women’s ski jumping and Shaun White’s halfpipe disappointment.
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Feb. 7 2014 5:26 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Opening Ceremony EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the political messages at the launch of the Sochi Games.
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Jan. 27 2014 5:32 PMHang Up and Listen: The Tennis, Tykes, and Tragedy EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Australian Open, the TV series Friday Night Tykes, and the Grantland story “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.”
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Jan. 13 2014 5:24 PMWas Tonya Harding a Villain or a Victim?
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Dec. 30 2013 10:02 AMCollision Low Crossers Is an Instant Classic on Life in the NFL
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Dec. 16 2013 5:41 PMHang Up and Listen: The How Extreme Is Too Extreme EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Mike Shanahan’s benching of Robert Griffin III, Mack Brown’s last days at the University of Texas, and the documentary The Crash Reel.
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Dec. 2 2013 5:41 PMHang Up and Listen: The Relearning How to Hit Each Other EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the remarkable Alabama-Auburn game, the NHL’s new TV deal and concussion lawsuit, and fallen hoops prodigy Lenny Cooke.
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Nov. 18 2013 5:04 PMHang Up and Listen: The Death to Punting EditionSlate’s sports podcast on an iconoclastic high school football coach, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, and Mike Tyson on Broadway.
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Nov. 4 2013 5:52 PMHang Up and Listen: The Bullies, Boors, and Bucks EditionSlate’s sports podcast on NFL bullies and Hulu’s Behind the Mask. Also: Aaron Krickstein discusses his famous match with Jimmy Connors.
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Oct. 28 2013 6:06 PMHang Up and Listen: The Huge YAC Man EditionSlate’s sports podcast on strange World Series conclusions, Calvin Johnson’s brilliance, and the NBA’s statistical revolution.
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Oct. 14 2013 5:01 PMHang Up and Listen: The Cardinals’ Sins EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the hateability of the St. Louis baseball team, the miserable Tampa Bay Bucs, and the quest for World Cup qualification.

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