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.

Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 12 2015 4:55 PMHang Up and Listen: The Football Move EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Dez Bryant’s disputed catch, the NBA’s surprising Hawks and Pistons, and the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
Sports Nut
Jan. 9 2015 3:47 PMThe Gridiron BoudoirA totally sensual NFL erotic fiction series.
The Gist
Jan. 7 2015 6:33 PMA Poet Goes to MerConMatthea Harvey’s work explores the in-between-ness of man and mythical creature. She was drawn to Las Vegas, of course.
The Gist
Jan. 5 2015 6:38 PMMario Cuomo’s Missed Career in Stand-UpDid the late New York governor’s policy prescriptions from a 1992 speech hold up? We review the tape with Jacob Weisberg and Adam Davidson.
The Gist
Dec. 31 2014 6:18 PMRedial-a-SongMike Pesca was a devoted fan of They Might Be Giants’ infamous answering-machine project in the ’80s. With the band rebooting Dial-a-Song for 2015, Mike will premiere a new song every Monday on the Gist.
The Gist
Dec. 29 2014 7:46 PMAl Michaels Has the CallOne of the most familiar voices in sports made his bones in Hawaii, then made a name for himself with the “Miracle on Ice.”
The Gist
Dec. 24 2014 4:02 PMAbraham GrinchsteinThe little known backstory of the seasonal player-hater.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 22 2014 7:08 PMHang Up and Listen: The Inside the NBA Insider EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kentucky basketball, the future of sports television, and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Gist
Dec. 19 2014 7:50 PMBad Movies, Good PodcastFlop House turns Hollywood failure into memorable mockery.
Brow Beat
Dec. 18 2014 2:29 PMWas There an Ending? We Discuss the Final Episode of Serial.
The Gist
Dec. 16 2014 7:19 PMTen Years to StartUpTwo pioneering moments in podcast history that took place a decade apart.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 15 2014 5:05 PMHang Up and Listen: The I Love It When a Plan Comes Together EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kobe Bryant, baseball’s winter meetings, and cheerleaders suing NFL teams. 
The Gist
Dec. 12 2014 8:08 PMCut Off From a Sex Life Too SoonAfter her husband died, she wrote to Dear Prudence saying, “I think I’m going to die if I don’t have sex soon.”
The Gist
Dec. 10 2014 6:01 PMIs “Mother’s Intuition” Real?How come mothers sometimes magically know when their children are in danger? Maria Konnikova joins us for a round of “Is This Bulls--t?” on The Gist.
The Gist
Dec. 8 2014 6:51 PMThe Uruguayan in ChiefA look back at the outgoing South American president who sprang from poverty and took radical stands on social issues.
The Gist
Jan. 9 2015 6:58 PMIf LBJ Faced Today’s CongressHow did Lyndon B. Johnson get so much done? A corrective history from Julian Zelizer.
The Gist
Jan. 8 2015 7:58 PMShh! ASMR Isn’t RealThe Gist gets a tingly feeling when Maria Konnikova calls bulls--t on the very scientific-sounding term “autonomous sensory meridian response.”
The Gist
Jan. 6 2015 7:14 PMThe Right to Remain UncivilThe quest to implement and enforce civility codes isn’t a fair fight.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 5 2015 4:27 PMHang Up and Listen: The Great Scott EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NFL and college football playoffs and the death of ESPN’s Stuart Scott. 
The Gist
Dec. 30 2014 7:17 PMGive Me Liberty or Give Me … LibertéComparing the French and Anglo notions of liberty, and other untranslatable ideas.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 29 2014 5:31 PMHang Up and Listen: The Troubleshooter, the Faluter, and the Kid EditionSlate’s sports podcast takes your questions in a special year-end call-in show.
The Gist
Dec. 23 2014 6:09 PMDo You Recall the Most Famous Reindeer of All?How sure can you be that that Rudolph’s nose glowed? Was it actually red? Maria Konnikova offers insight into our fungible memories.
The Gist
Dec. 22 2014 7:07 PMGrin and Bear ItHow a wildlife researcher traps, tags, and studies black bears using an irresistible mix of marshmallows and peanut butter.
The Gist
Dec. 18 2014 8:17 PMToo Beautiful to StopLuke Burbank is thriving with Too Beautiful To Live, the podcast he’s hosted since 2008.
The Gist
Dec. 17 2014 5:44 PMEditing Is No Laughing MatterDana Gould on the beauty of brevity in comedy podcasts.
The Gist
Dec. 15 2014 7:40 PMMarc Maron on the Best Podcast Episode EverThe Gist asks comedian Marc Maron about the role of empathy and therapy in his comedy podcast WTF
Brow Beat
Dec. 14 2014 9:01 PMMarc Maron Tells the Story Behind the Greatest Podcast Episode Ever
The Gist
Dec. 11 2014 7:19 PMShakesbeerHark! When bards from Drunk Shakespeare visit, Mike must shotgun a beer.
The Gist
Dec. 9 2014 7:57 PMGoodness Gracious: Great Bio of FireJournalist Rick Bragg went deep with Jerry Lee Lewis—and lived to tell the Killer’s story.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 8 2014 6:05 PMHang Up and Listen: The Transactions vs. Transgressions EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the college football playoff, UAB cutting its football team, and Robert Lipsyte’s tenure as ESPN’s ombudsman. 

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