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
June 11 2014 5:36 PM13 Days a BeatleThe Gist on the Beatle you’ve never heard of, and the case for restricting who can buy sugary soda.
The Gist
June 9 2014 6:23 PMZen and Beef Jerky at the World Series of PokerThe Gist talks with Colson Whitehead about poker and former Taliban captive David Rohde on Bowe Bergdahl.
The Gist
June 6 2014 5:34 PMFreakonomics Is Basically a Peanut Butter CupThe Gist gets author and podcaster Stephen Dubner to reveal the “secret sauce” behind the Freakonomics empire.
The Gist
June 4 2014 6:06 PMDoes Delaying Gratification Always Lead to Success?
The Gist
June 3 2014 7:13 PMDoes Obama Need More Drama?The Gist on the pros and cons of rhetorical restraint, and a visit to the Loser’s Lounge.
Hang Up And Listen
June 2 2014 6:07 PMWhat’s It Like to Coach During a Revolution? Bob Bradley Can Tell You.
The Gist
May 29 2014 11:15 PMWhy Math MattersThe Gist explores how to make talking about mathematics acceptable.
The Gist
May 27 2014 5:54 PMThe Vicious Circle of Mass Shooting Media CoverageThe Gist on why our obsession with creepy, violent misfits is dangerous.
The Gist
May 23 2014 8:31 PMReinvigorating ReparationsThe Gist explores how a new Atlantic article is shaking up the American discussion of race.
The Gist
May 21 2014 5:57 PMSpringtime for Hitler’s Stolen ArtThe Gist on a Nazi scion’s dramatic deathbed conversion.
Hang Up And Listen
May 19 2014 8:07 PMHang Up and Listen: The Way Too Many Animals EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Qatar’s World Cup catastrophe, the NHL playoffs, and California Chrome. 
The Gist
May 16 2014 5:56 PMInside the Jill Abramson FiringSorting palace intrigue at the New York Times from the real issues.
The Gist
May 14 2014 6:01 PMShould the Wildlings Be on the Terrorism Watch List?The Gist with Mike Pesca on Boko Haram and Game of Thrones.
The Gist
May 12 2014 5:53 PMSignifiers: Headphones, Beards, and the Washington Monument  Is Beats by Dre a good deal for Apple?
The Gist
May 9 2014 5:35 PMBankers and Internet Outrage and All These AndsThe Gist with Mike Pesca explores why it’s not that popular to prosecute bankers.
The Gist
June 10 2014 5:58 PMIs Extreme Ideology a Cause or a Symptom of Mass Shootings?
Hang Up And Listen
June 9 2014 5:10 PMHang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals Consistency EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NBA Finals, California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid, and Delonte West.
The Gist
June 5 2014 6:12 PMFancy Private College vs. Good-Enough UThe Gist and Dear Prudence talk with a mother weighing college debt against a dream school.
Culture Gabfest
June 4 2014 10:39 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Ow, Your Cheekbone!” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Maleficent, faking cultural literacy, and the song that introduced sex to pop music in 1909.
The Gist
June 2 2014 6:34 PMNegotiating With TerroristsThe Gist explores unanswered questions in the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
The Gist
May 30 2014 6:23 PMHow a Comedian Chooses Just the Right WordsThe Gist: Comedian Gary Gulman on humor and language, and Planet Money’s Adam Davidson on income inequality.
The Gist
May 28 2014 6:19 PMWill Racism Die When Today’s Racists Die?
Hang Up And Listen
May 27 2014 5:09 PMDo You Suffer From the Yips? How Can You Make Them Stop?
The Gist
May 22 2014 6:18 PMThe Role of Empathy in Israeli Peace NegotiationsThe Gist gets a glimpse into the mindset of Israel’s leadership.
The Gist
May 20 2014 6:45 PMThe Guy Who Accidentally Started the “Retweets Don’t Equal Endorsements” Meme
The Gist
May 19 2014 6:11 PMWeren’t You in That        Movie …?The Gist with Mike Pesca speaks with Judy Greer about the blessing and curse of being a character actor.
The Gist
May 15 2014 6:21 PMElections in India, Debates in IdahoThe Idaho debate moderator shares the recipe for today’s viral video.
The Gist
May 13 2014 6:40 PMTwo Celebrated High School Coaches Meet for the First Time
Hang Up And Listen
May 12 2014 5:30 PMHang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Michael Sam, the NBA playoffs, and the Vibram FiveFingers settlement.
The Gist
May 8 2014 6:06 PMHas the U.S. Crowdsourced Foreign Policy?The Gist with Mike Pesca on the hashtag that spurred a foreign incursion.



Medical Examiner

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican?

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 12:43 PM Occupy Wall Street How can Hillary Clinton be both a limousine liberal and a Saul Alinsky radical?
Sept. 23 2014 1:29 PM President Obama Is Serious About Cracking Down on Tax Inversions
The Eye
Sept. 23 2014 11:33 AM High-Concept Stuff Designed to Remind People That They Don’t Need Stuff  
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 11:13 AM Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
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Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 11:48 AM Punky Brewster, the Feminist Punk Icon Who Wasn’t
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 10:51 AM Is Apple Picking a Fight With the U.S. Government? Not exactly.
  Health & Science
Sept. 23 2014 1:38 PM Why Is Fall Red in America and Yellow in Europe? A possible explanation, 35 million years in the making.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.