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
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?
The Gist
Jan. 25 2016 6:58 PMJesse Eisenberg, Part 1Your host does his best Marv Albert impression for actor Jesse Eisenberg.
The Gist
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.
The Gist
Jan. 20 2016 6:43 PMEat More Pterodactyl?Our host and Fred Flintstone both work for Slate, but who has the healthier habits? Maria Konnikova explains the “Paleo” diet.
The Gist
Jan. 19 2016 6:00 PMChanging More Than a MayorRahm Emanuel isn’t going anywhere, so how do we make things better for the city of Chicago?
The Gist
Jan. 13 2016 5:03 PMHow to Spot a Con ArtistThe story behind history’s greatest con artists, including Ferdinand Waldo Demara, who pretended to be monks, surgeons, and prison wardens.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 12 2016 4:53 PMHow Do the Halls of Fame Stack Up?The hosts of Hang Up and Listen share memories and tips for hall of fame tourism.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 11 2016 6:05 PMHang Up and Listen: The Flaming Pile of Garbage EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Bengals-Steelers, the NFL’s Los Angeles scheming, and the Baseball Hall of Fame vote.
The Gist
Jan. 7 2016 6:31 PMThe Heavily Guarded Facebook AlgorithmThe messy business of trying to anticipate what you’ll find interesting online.
The Gist
Jan. 6 2016 6:19 PMExercise Fad B.S.The Gist throws a couple kettle bells around to determine the ultimate perfect exercises for 2016.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 6 2016 10:18 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Spark Oy!” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Revenant, Spark Joy, and profanity.
The Gist
Jan. 4 2016 7:48 PMTerrorists or Nudniks?In the Spiel, The Gist ponders how we should describe the armed anti-government protesters in Oregon.
The Gist
Dec. 30 2015 5:40 PMEight New Billboard HitsChris Molanphy explains the puzzling Canadian pop chart dominance, and other pop music trends of 2015.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 28 2015 5:28 PMHang Up and Listen: The History of the Sports World EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Super Bowl I, basketball inventor James Naismith, and a fake fight between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali.
The Gist
Dec. 23 2015 5:33 PMThe 12 Days of TrumpmasA new holiday anthem celebrates the many gifts Donald Trump gave us in 2015.  
The Gist
Jan. 26 2016 6:26 PMJesse Eisenberg, Part 2Turns out the playwright and author has the same name has that famous actor guy.
The Gist
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?
Hang Up And Listen
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.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 19 2016 6:22 PMHang Up and Listen: The Rad Sports Players EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NFL playoffs, John Scott and the NHL All-Star Game, and the cartoon Spurs Special Forces.
The Gist
Jan. 15 2016 2:07 PMThe Former Poet Laureate to Kim Jong-ilWhen he first met the dear leader, our guest was surprised to see him crying to folk songs, stroking a Maltese puppy, and wearing high heels.
The Gist
Jan. 12 2016 5:36 PMHere Are Your Winning Powerball NumbersThe Gist identifies the best numbers for your Powerball ticket. You’re welcome.
The Gist
Jan. 11 2016 8:25 PMSea Lion, Smell LionThe noisome byproduct of the large marine mammal in San Diego wafts into The Spiel.
The Gist
Jan. 8 2016 7:10 PMWhere Genius Is BornEric Weiner explains why you never hear about great geniuses coming out of Las Vegas.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 7 2016 3:59 PMHow to Watch the Game at a Party on the SlyHow do the hosts of Hang Up and Listen stay tuned to the big game, even at social events?
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 6 2016 6:17 PMThe Best Books, Movies, and TV Shows to Come in 2016 What is the Culture Gabfest looking forward to watching, reading, and listening to in 2016?
The Gist
Jan. 5 2016 5:36 PMNear-Death Winter Tales With Matthew Dicks The 20-time Moth StorySlam champion explains how to craft small moments inside of larger stories to captivate listeners.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 4 2016 5:15 PMHang Up and Listen: The Eating Ribs in Hell EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the college football playoff semifinals, Chip Kelly’s firing, and the Peyton Manning HGH report.
The Gist
Dec. 29 2015 6:03 PMThe QuestionerGretchen Rubin explains our different core tendencies, including what makes this show’s host question everything. 
The Gist
Dec. 28 2015 5:09 PMBloody MerryDan Pashman from The Sporkful explains why you might want to hold off on serving eggnog this New Year’s Day.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 23 2015 10:56 AMThe “Kobe Farewell Tour” Bonus SegmentThe Hang Up and Listen hosts highlight recent basketball stories—from the 76ers’ draft picks to Kobe Bryant’s performance in his final season. 

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