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
May 22 2017 6:44 PMJon Glaser Is ConflictedThe star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.
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May 18 2017 6:51 PMRoger Ailes Created This MessIsaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.
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May 17 2017 1:32 PMWhat Richard Spencer Learned From Stephen MillerReeves Wiedeman on the Duke lacrosse scandal and the rise of the alt-right.
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May 15 2017 7:13 PMChasing the Bauble With Brooke GladstoneThe On the Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.
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May 11 2017 7:37 PMClint Watts, Testifier ExtraordinaireThe star of March’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing says we need to get better at knowing information warfare when we see it.
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May 9 2017 6:33 PMAre We Smart Enough to Be a Direct Democracy?Foreign Policy editor David Rothkopf asks The Great Questions of Tomorrow in his new book.
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May 5 2017 4:46 PMWhat’s in the Bill? With Vox’s Sarah Kliff.The Vox health care writer returns to discuss the AHCA, which passed the House on Thursday.
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May 3 2017 6:12 PMSarah Manguso’s Words to Live ByThe author and poet writes aphorisms for modern times in her new book 300 Arguments.
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May 1 2017 7:34 PMFacing Your Genetic DestinyNew York Times science reporter Gina Kolata looks at a mysterious disease and the diagnosis that almost tore a family apart.  
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April 27 2017 6:42 PMWhen Did Late Night Stop Being Fun?Comedian Guy Branum on the “controlled fun” of late night, and how Talk Show: The Game Show promises to fix that.
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April 25 2017 6:16 PMThe Clinton Campaign Tell-AllIn Shattered, Jonathan Allen and his co-author, Amie Parnes, detail an organization beset by infighting, fatalism, and a fundamentally weak candidate.
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April 21 2017 6:38 PMWhen the ’80s Went ProIn 1987, the big acts got bigger. Hair metal got hairier. Slick pop stars got slicker. And Michael Jackson was Bad as ever.
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April 20 2017 7:13 PMThe Secrets of S-TownHost and producer Brian Reed takes us inside his hit podcast.
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April 18 2017 6:56 PMWhat Happened to the Crack Epidemic?In 100:1 The Crack Legacy, Christopher Johnson draws a line between the ’80s epidemic and overpolicing today. 
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April 14 2017 5:02 PMThe Gist Presents the GriftA special presentation of Maria Konnikova’s new podcast, about long cons and the characters who perpetrate them.
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May 19 2017 7:28 PMCan We Really Fix College Sports?Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight. 
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May 17 2017 5:15 PMWhy Things Went South in AlabamaJohn Archibald, dean of the Alabama press corps, unpacks the scandal that brought down his state’s governor.
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May 16 2017 6:21 PMEncounters With the Very, Very FamousChuck Klosterman on his new book X, which includes profiles of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Taylor Swift.
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May 12 2017 8:02 PMAre Bilinguals Really Smarter?Our social science sleuth Maria Konnikova returns to take on the question of whether bilinguals are brighter than the rest of us. 
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May 10 2017 7:16 PMThe Man Who Wrote the Comey MemoHow did Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein become a presidential hatchet man?
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May 8 2017 7:02 PMThe Formation of Stephen MillerThe Trump administration’s wunderkind adviser made his name as a student pundit during the Duke lacrosse scandal. 
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May 4 2017 7:10 PMObserving Obscura DayOn Saturday, May 6, adherents to the Atlas Obscura worldview will venture out to explore oddities near and far. We checked out a funky neon shop in our neighborhood.
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May 2 2017 8:23 PMRed Feed, Blue Feed With Cass SunsteinThe Harvard professor on his new book, #Republic, which looks at what’s new about American polarization.
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April 28 2017 7:23 PMThe Incredible Lucas BrothersWhy twins should avoid mushrooms and other life lessons from stand-up comedy duo Keith and Kenny Lucas.
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April 26 2017 6:40 PMThe Populists Cannot WinSlate columnist and Harvard lecturer Yascha Mounk on what we can learn from the rise of populism in Europe.
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April 24 2017 6:29 PMMoshe Kasher Is Not an ActivistComedy Central’s Problematic is part talk show and part town hall, tilting at a variety of incendiary topics and urging candid discussion. Can it also be funny?
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April 21 2017 4:23 PMThe Road to S-TownHost and producer Brian Reed on finding the podcast’s story and how the town reacted to the spotlight.
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April 19 2017 7:10 PMUp With EggheadsAre experts taking the fall for decisions made by people in power?
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April 17 2017 7:38 PMAriel Levy Was HereIn her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, Levy ponders the price of her own plucky, third-wave feminism.
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April 12 2017 9:14 PMImprov Is Hard, Writing Is HarderJake Johnson and Joe Swanberg on the hectic process behind the new poker comedy Win It All.

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