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
Nov. 6 2015 7:14 PMChaka Khan vs. Deep Purple vs. The SmithsThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the only time we’ll ever have to compare the merits of Steve Miller and Janet Jackson. No contest, right?
The Gist
Nov. 5 2015 7:18 PMThe Doctor Is in TuneMike Pesca reveals never-before heard extended rap lyrics from Ben Carson’s new campaign ad.
The Gist
Nov. 3 2015 6:18 PMPrisoner Rehabilitation Is Not That EasyAmericans consistently say in surveys that they favor prisoner rehabilitation. Why won’t more politicians embrace it?
The Gist
Nov. 2 2015 7:59 PMEnding Mass Incarceration Is Not That EasyDo high incarceration rates lead to lower crime rates? Our two-part series about America’s prison problem.
The Gist
Oct. 30 2015 7:36 PMPlayed by Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark RuffaloThese three actors closely studied our guests for the film Spotlight, now gaining lots of Oscars buzz.
The Gist
Oct. 28 2015 9:05 PMIs Salt Still Bad for You?A secret killer or the Western diet's scapegoat? Maria Konnikova assaults us with wisdom.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 27 2015 12:31 PMThe “Running Backward” Bonus SegmentThe Hang Up and Listen hosts discuss college football stars and a growing death toll among high school teams.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 26 2015 4:53 PMHang Up and Listen: The Hockey on Cocaine EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the World Series, the NFL’s Internet experiment, and the NHL’s new overtime format.
The Gist
Oct. 23 2015 6:56 PMMeryl Streep and BarbecueThere are few things that unite the affections of bipartisan America. In 1824, the French aristocrat Marquis de Lafayette was on that list.
The Gist
Oct. 21 2015 6:56 PMPadding Your Résumé for PresidentGovernors are always talking about the economic wonderlands they’ve created in their states, but does that translate to a national economy?
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 20 2015 12:52 PMThe “Baseball Clava Hat” Bonus SegmentThe Hang Up and Listen hosts highlight the best and worst of cold-weather sportswear.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 19 2015 5:19 PMHang Up and Listen: The Steely Dan and the Wolverine EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the crazy Michigan–Michigan State ending, the baseball playoffs, and Lamar Odom.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 16 2015 12:02 PMThe “We Need More Jessica Mendozas” Bonus SegmentEmma Span of Sports Illustrated joins the Hang Up and Listen crew to quash the misogynistic Twitter chatter over one woman’s baseball milestone.
The Gist
Oct. 14 2015 6:31 PMThe Clinton CadenceA certain something Hillary Clinton has mastered in her past 40 years of public speaking.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 13 2015 5:02 PMHang Up and Listen: The Coriolis Force-Assisted Field-Goal EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Major League Baseball playoffs, U.S.-Mexico soccer, and deaths in high-school football.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
Nov. 6 2015 4:02 PMThe “Big Fans of Vexillology” Bonus SegmentSlate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting hosts chat with Mike Pesca, who shares a parenting triumph.
The Gist
Nov. 4 2015 8:43 PMBacon Makes Everything Better, Except Your ColonThe World Heath Organization recently declared that processed meats cause cancer. Is that B.S.? We get to the meat of the matter.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 3 2015 11:57 AMThe Balls and Strikes Bonus SegmentIn this Hang Up and Listen extra, learn how you can help send Seth Stevenson to baseball umpire school. 
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 2 2015 5:55 PMHang Up and Listen: The All Hail the Royals EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kansas City’s World Series win and the end of Grantland. Plus, an interview with NBA players’ union executive director Michele Roberts. 
The Gist
Oct. 29 2015 7:11 PMAn Unforgettable Technique for Telling Riveting StoriesMoth champion Matthew Dicks demonstrates how to craft a “driveway moment” in your storytelling.
The Gist
Oct. 27 2015 7:24 PMUnnatural … Pauses in “NPR Voice”For the … Spiel, a close look at how broadcasters use pauses to sound natural but often accomplish the exact opposite.
The Gist
Oct. 26 2015 7:57 PMWhy Jeff Bezos Went From No. 1 to No. 87Why the editors at Harvard Business Review decided to evaluate today’s top leaders on more than their share price and total market capitalization.
Sports Nut
Oct. 26 2015 5:51 AMDaniel Murphy’s Mets Are No FlukeWhy the New York Mets should be considered World Series favorites.
The Gist
Oct. 22 2015 11:32 PMLess of a Hearing, More of a TalkingWhat the Gist found when timing out all the “questions” asked during the Benghazi hearings.
The Gist
Oct. 20 2015 7:31 PMThey Finally WonA new podcast tells the story of the Columbia University football team’s 24-game losing streak, and how a new coach is helping players rediscover their love for the game.
The Gist
Oct. 19 2015 7:54 PMGiving the Freedom Caucus Its DueConservative thinker Reihan Salam points out how Freedom Caucus Republicans are better serving their constituents on this one major issue.
The Gist
Oct. 16 2015 6:50 PM1971: When the ’70s Started Sounding Like the ’70sChris Molanphy shares the hits of 1971, including proto-disco, funk, teen idols, and some great singer-songwriters.
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Oct. 15 2015 6:52 PMMunitions and MenstruationThe Gist’s new favorite way to measure an average woman’s lifetime tampon use—three empire state buildings.
The Gist
Oct. 13 2015 5:14 PMAll the President’s Body MenActor Tony Hale plays the assistant to Julia Louis-Dreyfus on HBO’s Veep. He’ll compare notes with Obama’s real-life body man, Reggie Love.
The Gist
Oct. 9 2015 4:11 PMOur First Latino Poet LaureateJuan Felipe Herrera wears many caps, including Rasta-colored beanies and old-fashioned nightcaps that pull down to his nose. 

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