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
Feb. 24 2016 6:51 PMIs Psychoanalysis BS?Lie back on a couch as we vet research into the effectiveness of Freud’s methods.
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Feb. 22 2016 6:56 PMIs Bernie’s Agenda More Than Imaginary?Laying out the likelihood of a Bernie Sanders agenda without an aligned, majority Democratic congress.
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Feb. 19 2016 6:45 PMHillary’s Chances in NevadaWhat will we learn from a caucus more fairly representative of the Democratic Party than Iowa or New Hampshire?
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Feb. 18 2016 2:13 PMThe Cushiest Jobs in Big League SportsHow to rake it in on the field without risking your neck.
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Feb. 16 2016 7:05 PMHang Up and Listen: The Putting Peyton on a Pedestal EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Peyton Manning’s sexual assault scandal, the book Indentured, and the documentary The Great Alone.
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Feb. 11 2016 2:46 PMMike and Frank Take the StageLive recordings from the Story Collider’s storytelling event featuring our winning listener and your host!
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Feb. 9 2016 7:14 PMIs Marijuana Making You Stupid?Your stoner friends love talking about Phish. Can we blame the pot? 
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Feb. 8 2016 7:15 PMHang Up and Listen: The Winning Very Ugly EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl victory and Leicester City’s improbable Premier League run.
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Feb. 5 2016 6:25 PMHe Watched Every Super BowlOur host owes Slate’s Justin Peters an apology (or possibly workman’s comp) after suggesting he watch all 49 Super Bowls in two months.
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Feb. 3 2016 5:52 PMAre Lots of Little Babies Synesthetes?About 4 to 5 percent of the population experiences unique sensory connections. Where does that come from? Is it BS? 
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Feb. 2 2016 7:21 PMToodle-oo IowaYour host shares his one wish for Iowa—that we learn to talk about it differently.
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Feb. 1 2016 6:09 PMFinally Forgetting IowaOur host throws another futile bucket of cold water on the Iowa caucuses. 
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Jan. 27 2016 8:39 PMObama Did What?The president has accomplished more domestically than Cash for Clunkers and gay marriage, but who will tell America?
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Jan. 25 2016 6:58 PMJesse Eisenberg, Part 1Your host does his best Marv Albert impression for actor Jesse Eisenberg.
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Jan. 21 2016 7:02 PMThe Creative Duo Behind BillionsWhy Brian Koppelman and David Levien have left feature films to make a new Showtime series about power and money.
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Feb. 23 2016 5:46 PMYuge TariffsCould better trade tariffs help American workers? We ask Adam Davidson if Donald Trump is onto something.
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Feb. 22 2016 5:35 PMHang Up and Listen: The Feting, Fetid, Fecundity EditionSlate’s sports podcast on SB Nation’s piece on Daniel Holtzclaw, the science of fatigue, and water pollution in Rio.
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Feb. 18 2016 6:46 PMWe Knew You’d ListenMaria Konnikova tells us about the latest research on the validity of extrasensory perception.
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Feb. 17 2016 4:18 PMAre You a Super-Encounterer?Pagan Kennedy helps explore the relationship between serendipity and an inventive mind. 
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Feb. 12 2016 8:59 PMThe Physical Presence of Actor David MorseHow he assumed the character of Big Foster for a new TV drama about a family of outsiders in the hills of Appalachia.
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Feb. 10 2016 6:30 PMShould We Fear Domestic Terrorism?The HBO documentary Homegrown explores the impact of our counterterrorism state.
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Feb. 9 2016 1:49 PMThe 11th Worst Super Bowl in HistoryHow do you measure Super Bowl mediocrity? Slate correspondent Justin Peters stacks them up.
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Feb. 8 2016 5:53 PMWhy We Still Care About O.J.Can the new TV series tell a larger story about race and justice in America?
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Feb. 4 2016 7:43 PMWhat’s a Vote Worth?In 2016, we’re estimated to spend $5 billion on the election. That’s about $15 per American.
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Feb. 3 2016 1:33 PMAn Unlikely Hockey Hero Takes On the NHL by Bringing Down the House John Scott scores a fitting end to his NHL All-Star dreams. 
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Feb. 1 2016 6:27 PMHang Up and Listen: The Climbing Trees and Wrestling Dogs EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting at Michigan, PFTCommenter, and This Is Your Brain on Sports.
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Jan. 29 2016 2:08 PMSeeing Yourself in SpotlightHow Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo closely studied our guests for the film Spotlight, now nominated for Best Picture.
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Jan. 26 2016 6:26 PMJesse Eisenberg, Part 2Turns out the playwright and author has the same name has that famous actor guy.
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Jan. 22 2016 6:57 PMDid Track Palin Get Off Easy?When a man strikes a woman with a fist in most jurisdictions, would this typically lead to a misdemeanor?
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Jan. 21 2016 3:27 PMThe Two Biggest Moves in Football This WeekThe hosts of Hang Up and Listen revisit recent hot topics that haven’t cooled off.

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