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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
Dec. 17 2014 5:44 PMEditing Is No Laughing MatterDana Gould on the beauty of brevity in comedy podcasts.
The Gist
Dec. 15 2014 7:40 PMMarc Maron on the Best Podcast Episode EverThe Gist asks comedian Marc Maron about the role of empathy and therapy in his comedy podcast WTF
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
Dec. 16 2014 7:19 PMTen Years to StartUpTwo pioneering moments in podcast history that took place a decade apart.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 15 2014 5:05 PMHang Up and Listen: The I Love It When a Plan Comes Together EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kobe Bryant, baseball’s winter meetings, and cheerleaders suing NFL teams. 
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.

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