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
May 22 2015 8:35 PMWhy Karaoke Carries a Torch for 1984Mike Pesca slips on his parachute pants to explore immortal hits and memorable oddities from an exceptional year in Billboard chart history.
The Gist
May 20 2015 10:27 PMDylan’s 14-Month MiracleFifty years ago, Dylan began creating three of rock’s most influential albums: Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde.
Education
May 19 2015 6:14 PMWill the Real Alice K. Colbert Please Stand Up?The busy, busy lives of faculty and students in fake degree programs, as told through stock photos.
Hang Up And Listen
May 18 2015 4:37 PMHang Up and Listen: The 0–162 or Bust EditionSlate’s sports podcast takes your questions in a special spring call-in show.
Slate Plus
May 15 2015 1:48 PMShould I Reconcile With My Terrible Father?Dear Prudence calls in on The Gist to counsel a letter writer. 
The Gist
May 14 2015 8:23 PMEating Chinese Food Out of the CartonMike Pesca loves The Americans, so when the drama fell victim to the ultimate cliché, he had to challenge the creators.
The Gist
May 12 2015 7:10 PMOn Twitter, TV Follows YouHow social media has become a new credible research medium and programming tool for television.
Hang Up And Listen
May 11 2015 4:42 PMHang Up and Listen: The Hours of Something Approaching Pleasure EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Deflategate report, Bill Simmons’ departure from ESPN, and the rise of daily fantasy sports.
The Gist
May 4 2015 7:03 PMThe Bottom Line on Carly FiorinaShe’s promising to do for the presidency what she did for Hewlett-Packard, which is the problem.
The Gist
May 1 2015 7:26 PMArtie Lange Is a Stand Up GuyThe Howard Stern Show alumnus explains why the best comedians always own up to their mistakes.
The Gist
April 30 2015 2:22 AMThe Bald Truth About Presidential CandidatesWhy having a high forehead might disqualify you for the nation’s highest office. 
The Gist
April 27 2015 8:56 PMSpooning With Dan PashmanA serious investigation into utensil design with the host of The Sporkful podcast.
The Gist
April 24 2015 8:02 PMSon, Your Grandpa Is a Little SketchyEmily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a father considering introducing his toddler to a skeevy, narcissistic grandpa.
The Gist
April 22 2015 5:29 PMAre Probiotics Bunk?Maria Konnikova has the scoop on yogurt that promises clearer skin and slimmer waists. 
The Gist
April 21 2015 6:03 PMWe Dish on the KnishThe traditional Jewish soul food is filled with potatoes, onions, and for one author, family history.
The Gist
May 21 2015 7:22 PMThe Present Tense (and Other Storytelling Secrets)Listen in as The Moth champ Matthew Dicks coaches a dad on how to talk about life with his autistic son.
The Gist
May 19 2015 8:18 PMNine out of 10 Germs AgreeWe dig through Maria Konnikova’s purse for hand sanitizer. Will she come clean about its effectiveness?
The Gist
May 18 2015 7:42 PMWhy We Lost It Over Beanie BabiesHow understuffed plush toys helped launch e-commerce and win our hearts.
The Gist
May 15 2015 7:31 PMIt’s Letterman’s World. We Just Critique It.What will it mean for Dave to sign off for good after a 33-year run?
Video
May 15 2015 1:16 PMOrdering Chinese Food? Put Down the Plate. Pick Up the Chopsticks and Carton.The Gist’s Mike Pesca investigates one of Hollywood’s greatest clichés.
The Gist
May 13 2015 5:59 PMAnother Blow to Bipartisan SpiritA new Senate bill unites Republicans behind an Obama agenda item. Um, what?
The Gist
May 11 2015 7:17 PMSweetly Ruining Your MetabolismWhile sipping iced coffees outside, Mike reaches for a NutraSweet packet. Will Maria Konnikova approve?
The Gist
May 5 2015 7:22 PM100 Jokes a DayAfter 22 years writing jokes for late night TV, would Jon Macks take any back?
Hang Up And Listen
May 4 2015 4:49 PMHang Up and Listen: The Snooze of the Century EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Mayweather-Pacquiao, Spurs-Clippers, and “character issues” in the NFL draft.
The Gist
April 30 2015 4:51 PMBeing Barney FrankThe former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts discusses the relationship between ideals and compromise for an elected official.
The Gist
April 28 2015 7:02 PMLet’s Talk About Duck VaginasThese biologically unrivaled lady bits are the product of a genital arms race across evolution.
Hang Up And Listen
April 27 2015 5:52 PMHang Up and Listen: The Cracking on Hacks and Hack-a-Shaq EditionSlate’s sports podcast on intentional fouling in the NBA, Floyd Mayweather, and baseball’s best profanity-laced rants.
The Gist
April 23 2015 6:31 PMWhat Makes a Story UnforgettableWe asked our listeners to help us find the greatest story ever told, so Matt Dicks can coach it into an even greater story.
Culture Gabfest
April 22 2015 11:02 AMThe Culture Gabfest “About Lightning” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on About Elly, movie trailers, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s SNAP challenge.
The Gist
April 20 2015 7:20 PMBefore Bombs Fell Out of FavorAuthor Bryan Burrough on why the explosive tactics of the 1970s political underground are rarely used today.

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