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.

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. 
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 5 2014 12:54 PMHang Up Extra: Brooklyn’s Baseball GravesSlate’s sports podcast pays a visit to the final resting places of Henry Chadwick and Charles Ebbets.
The Gist
Dec. 4 2014 6:48 PMOrchestral Snoring on the Trans-Siberian RailwayDavid Greene explains how his old desk neighbor, Mike Pesca, drove him into the arms of Vladimir Putin.
The Gist
Dec. 3 2014 8:38 PMThe Time Before People SmiledThe surprisingly brief history of smiling in portraits.
The Gist
Dec. 1 2014 7:03 PMThe Mingus Method for Toilet Training CatsA jazz legend's incredibly detailed step-by-step guide for moving your cat from litter to porcelain is probably the craziest merch table item ever… but does it work?
The Gist
Nov. 26 2014 6:20 PMNow Announcing ThanksgivingThe annual celebration of big balloons requires an even bigger voice. Meet Les Marshak.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 24 2014 9:17 PMHang Up and Listen: The Beckham Doesn’t Need Stickum EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch, painkiller usage in the NFL, and Adrian Peterson’s extended suspension.
The Gist
Nov. 21 2014 8:01 PMThe Buck Starts HereChuck Todd wonders if we’ll finally see Obama roll the dice after the past six years of risk-aversion.
The Gist
Nov. 19 2014 6:39 PMAfghanistan: 13 Years and CountingWhen the war started going badly, Hamid Karzai’s stock plummeted from Gandhi-like to radioactive.
The Gist
Nov. 18 2014 7:00 PMDon’t Call It a ComebackTainted writer Jonah Lehrer has returned with a new book. Time for another installment of “Is This Bull?”
The Gist
Nov. 17 2014 7:25 PMPumpkin Spice in July? That’s Too Soon.Mission creep and year-round-peeps: where artificial seasonality and artificial flavors collide.
The Gist
Nov. 13 2014 7:47 PMThe Sweet Smell of SurvivalInside an Iranian prison, Maziar Bahari knew he would live to tell of his 118-day ordeal. He didn’t realize Jon Stewart would help him do it.
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
Dec. 5 2014 7:17 PMTap the Holiday SpiritLearn how some combination of baby Jesus and Spinal Tap brought Judith Owen and Harry Shearer together.
The Gist
Dec. 5 2014 12:25 PMHow Slow Is Molasses, Really?A Mike Pesca investigation.
The Gist
Dec. 4 2014 9:00 AM“Cut His Mic!”Nancy Grace’s impressively committed persona.
The Gist
Dec. 2 2014 7:49 PMLearning Little From the Near-Death ExperienceWe asked Meghan Daum for grand conclusions she learned from a near-death experience. Instead, she taught us something about the craft of writing.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 1 2014 5:43 PMHang Up and Listen: The Rice Reinstated EditionSlate’s sports podcast on an arbitrator’s repudiation of Roger Goodell, the injury-riddled careers of Derrick Rose and RG3, and the tragic death of cricket player Phillip Hughes.
The Gist
Nov. 25 2014 7:50 PMDemons and SpiritsBetween family and Ferguson we’ll all need a strong drink. Here are two to get you started.
The Gist
Nov. 24 2014 8:04 PMThe Moist Birdie DebateDan Pashman from The Sporkful compares Thanksgiving turkey secrets from a celebrity chef and a certain Grandma Phyllis.
The Gist
Nov. 20 2014 8:42 PMThe Kitsch of DeathOver the last 50 years, we’ve turned to horror and fantasy instead of facing the frank reality of death. 
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 19 2014 10:36 AMBattle of the Slate Podcast Empire!
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 18 2014 5:40 PMThe Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn EditionSlate’s mega-podcast on Obama’s immigration reform push, the rise of emoji, and Adam Silver’s call to legalize sports betting.
The Gist
Nov. 14 2014 6:39 PMTo Catch a ProfessorHis student confided that she had sex with faculty members for money. Did he take Dear Prudence’s advice to do the right thing?
The Gist
Nov. 12 2014 8:49 PMHow Small Wonder Stirred “Too Many Cooks” The creator of the viral Adult Swim video explains what it’s all about—and whether Smarf really had to die.

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