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
Feb. 16 2018 8:33 PMBan the AR-15It’s a no-brainer: Taking the mass killer’s weapon of choice off store shelves would save lives.
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Feb. 13 2018 7:55 PMSpoon-Fed by the FedsThe White House’s fiscal 2019 budget would cut food stamp funding and tell its recipients what to eat.
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Feb. 9 2018 8:00 PMDumb About DeficitsAdam Davidson tries to heal our debt of understanding.
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Feb. 7 2018 7:47 PMThe Longest War Is LostSteve Coll paints a bleak picture of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan. Pakistan has a lot to do with it.
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Feb. 5 2018 9:04 PMPhil Rosenthal Eats the WorldThe TV writer’s food obsession started with chopped-up garlic.
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Feb. 3 2018 8:59 AMPhilly vs. BostonBoth cities have a reputation for being obnoxious. But which is worse?
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Jan. 31 2018 9:44 PMWe Still Have No U.S. Ambassador to South KoreaThe Trump White House nixed a well-qualified candidate who discouraged a preventive military strike against North Korea.
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Jan. 29 2018 8:03 PMThe Scholarly Kareem Abdul-JabbarThe NBA great sees #BlackLivesMatter as a continuation of the civil rights era that shaped his youth.
Politics
Jan. 26 2018 3:00 PMStop Asking What’s Wrong With TrumpIt’s not disqualifying insanity we should worry about. It’s his shameful ignorance.
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Jan. 24 2018 7:20 PMOdds, Ends, and SenatorsA mathematical computation about the midterms that’s, in the words of our expert, “sort of hideously irrelevant.”
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Jan. 22 2018 8:09 PMThe Dems Have a Bad HandConservative Democratic voters are to blame for Chuck Schumer's move on DACA.
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Jan. 18 2018 7:28 PMBusted: A Gist Productions ParodyRelive the “fake news” media’s greatest mistreatment of the guy who’s just trying to “Make America Great Again.”
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Jan. 16 2018 10:04 PMNukes and CranniesPresident Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?
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Jan. 11 2018 7:54 PMIs Trump Insane? Does It Matter?Grill him for his deeds, not his ditzy moments.
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Jan. 9 2018 7:57 PMRadio ReconciliationRwanda’s radio programming fueled the country’s infamous genocide in 1994. Could it also help it heal?
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Feb. 14 2018 8:58 PMRunaway Military SpendingAre we hiking the defense budget mostly out of habit?
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Feb. 12 2018 9:04 PMDon’t Call It a White House Shake-UpThis is the Trump administration at rest. Chaos is its equilibrium.
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Feb. 8 2018 8:40 PMIs the Iran Deal a Dud?Slate’s Joshua Keating says our focus on Iran kept us from putting out fires across the Middle East.
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Feb. 6 2018 10:03 PMAmerica AdriftIan Bremmer says the “America First” doctrine could work, if it were implemented like a long-term strategy—but that’s not happening.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 5 2018 6:19 PMHang Up and Listen: The Nick Foles Is a Super Bowl MVP EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Super Bowl LII and baseball’s stagnant free-agent market.
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Feb. 1 2018 1:42 PMLBJ, ReconsideredWithout Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, there would be little welfare state for the GOP to undercut in the first place.
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Jan. 30 2018 7:17 PMWhen All the Jobs Are GoneAuthor Amy Goldstein went to Janesville, Wisconsin, to see how people coped when their local economy vanished. In short: It’s really hard.
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Jan. 26 2018 10:49 PMGood Night, PortlandiaCarrie Brownstein’s series mocks the region she’s from just gently enough.  
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Jan. 25 2018 8:47 PMHe Got Trump’s TaxesReporter David Cay Johnston gave the public the first look at Donald Trump’s taxes. He thinks Robert Mueller will show us more.
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Jan. 23 2018 8:50 PMMSG Is A-OKDan Pashman hosts a food podcast—and dinner parties. In both capacities, he’s big on monosodium glutamate.
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Jan. 19 2018 8:18 PMOne Year DownThe hosts of Slate’s Trumpcast dish on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s first year in office.
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Jan. 17 2018 7:42 PMWait and CRThe continuing resolution is the worst thing in politics.
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Jan. 12 2018 8:07 PMTeenage Brains Are Just DifferentWe’re still learning about how the mind of an adolescent is only half-baked.
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Jan. 10 2018 7:40 PMA Cry for Self-HelpBooks that promise “a new you” often don’t cure us, but they sure can expose our greatest anxieties.
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Jan. 8 2018 7:58 PMWhat to Make of Fire and FuryNPR’s media correspondent says Michael Wolff’s new book is kicking off a more honest conversation on the president’s fitness to hold office.

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