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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
April 14 2017 5:02 PMThe Gist Presents the GriftA special presentation of Maria Konnikova’s new podcast, about long cons and the characters who perpetrate them.
The Gist
April 11 2017 7:05 PMWhy David Letterman Still MattersIn his book, The Last Giant of Late Night, reporter Jason Zinoman explains how The Late Show was like nothing else on TV.
The Gist
April 7 2017 6:19 PMShots Fired. What Now?How does President Trump’s attack on a Syrian air base fit into U.S. policy toward the Assad regime?
The Gist
April 5 2017 7:04 PMA More Human Kind of Sci-Fi Charlie McDowell imagines a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven in his film The Discovery
The Gist
April 4 2017 7:16 PMAn Outsider’s Take on America’s GameFor 15 years, Tabitha Soren followed a group of baseball minor league draft picks with a camera. The results are stirring.
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March 31 2017 7:00 PMThe Return of Mystery Science Theater 3000Creator Joel Hodgson and head writer Elliott Kalan on the return of the iconic movie-riffing show that changed comedy.
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March 29 2017 6:41 PMWhat Is Homeopathy, Exactly?Resident myth-debunker Maria Konnikova returns to trace the spotty history of homeopathic remedies.
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March 27 2017 7:07 PMStep Away From the ScreenShould your favorite video game or Netflix show come with a surgeon general’s warning?
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March 23 2017 6:39 PMSlobs vs. SnobsThe Free Beacon’s film critic reviews the delightful romp that is our conservative vs. liberal political death match.
The Gist
March 21 2017 7:36 PMJames Comey’s Slow DripThe president’s allies are being investigated for connections to Moscow. Are we making a big enough deal of this?
Hang Up And Listen
March 20 2017 7:08 PMHang Up and Listen: The We Love Mike EditionSlate’s sports podcast on March Madness and the World Baseball Classic. Plus, a celebration of Mike Pesca.
The Gist
March 16 2017 6:46 PMDangerous Times With Kelly McEversThe host of All Things Considered and Embedded reflects on her career as a war reporter and the roots of her new podcast.
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March 14 2017 5:19 PMTodd Barry Would Rather Be DrummingWhy stand-up is better than substitute teaching but not as cool as playing the bongos.
Hang Up And Listen
March 13 2017 5:56 PMHang Up and Listen: The Unlimited Salad EditionSlate’s sports podcast on March Madness, NFL free agency, and high school hockey hair.
The Gist
March 9 2017 6:43 PMTrump’s Azerbaijan ProblemThe New Yorker’s Adam Davidson looked into one of the Trump Organization’s most questionable deals and found lots of red flags.
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April 12 2017 9:14 PMImprov Is Hard, Writing Is HarderJake Johnson and Joe Swanberg on the hectic process behind the new poker comedy Win It All.
The Gist
April 10 2017 7:13 PMWhen Protesters Pull the Fire AlarmDoes your right to free speech entitle you to silence the speech of someone else? Mike Pesca debates Slate’s Osita Nwanevu.
The Gist
April 6 2017 6:44 PMLovable Losers With Scott SimonThe NPR host on the changing nature of his fandom for the Chicago Cubs.
Politics
April 5 2017 3:14 PMTrump’s Victory Made a GOP Breakup More Likely, Not LessPhilip Wallach talks to The Gist about partisan realignment and the demise of the Whig Party.
The Gist
April 3 2017 6:42 PMWhere Is the Republican Resistance?GOP strategist Mike Murphy on why Democrats won’t get an “Aaron Sorkin moment” where the whole party righteously turns on Trump.
The Gist
March 30 2017 6:50 PMRussia Doesn’t Have Any FriendsWhat are we missing in all the coverage of the Kremlin’s election skullduggery?
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March 28 2017 7:05 PMHow Political Parties CollapseThe Whigs were destroyed in the 1850s by divisions over nativism, free trade, and government spending. Sound familiar?
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March 24 2017 7:51 PMFeet off the Couch, PleaseAlyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff in Obama’s White House, on why mess ups like the Kellyanne Conway couch photo actually matter.
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March 22 2017 7:11 PMHealth Care! It’s Trump’s Problem Now.Slate’s Jordan Weissmann and Jim Newell look at Trump’s no-win situation, a day before the AHCA gets a House vote.
The Gist
March 20 2017 7:10 PMCold, Hard Facts With Wendy ZukermanThe Science Vs. host takes on everything from climate change to ghosts on her weekly podcast.
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March 17 2017 5:24 PMWhat’s Next for Travel Ban 2.0Typically, judges aren’t supposed to use campaign-trail speech to evaluate official policy. Slate legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick says the travel ban case isn’t typical.­
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March 15 2017 4:04 PMStretching the Truth With Maria KonnikovaThe New Yorker writer returns to investigate whether stretching is really a warm up or a huge safety hazard.
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March 13 2017 6:35 PMSee You in Court!Lawfare’s Ben Wittes on some lingering questions about President Trump’s new executive order on immigration.
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March 10 2017 7:18 PMSurvey Says …Toggling between red and blue Facebook to take the nation’s political temperature? There’s a better way.
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March 8 2017 6:39 PMA Beautiful Health Care Plan, Just TerrificVox writer Sarah Kliff returns to break down the new health care bill.

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