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
July 13 2018 8:05 PMPardon the ArsonDwight and Steven Hammond aren’t heroes standing against big government. They’re outright criminals.
The Gist
July 11 2018 7:31 PMGridiron ManJim Brown was nearly impossible to tackle on the football field. And in public life, he still is.
The Gist
July 9 2018 8:10 PMThe Hole PictureThe ongoing rescue of the Thai boys trapped in a cave is the latest in a long line of similar stories.
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July 5 2018 8:10 PMHow Quickly We ForgetPoland’s authoritarian streak shows how the benefits of democracy are soon forgotten.
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July 2 2018 8:38 PMShameless MitchWhen it comes to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hypocrisy is a built-in feature.
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June 28 2018 8:02 PMDoes Authenticity Matter?We shouldn’t judge political candidates on such ambiguous criteria.
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June 26 2018 9:11 PMThe Unpopular Vote and a Few JusticesThat’s all you need to make a joke of our country’s checks and balances.
The Gist
June 22 2018 6:48 PMWho Needs Subtext, AnywayMelania Trump ditched subtlety and became a human billboard.
Brow Beat
June 21 2018 7:30 AMSimpsons Writer Mike Reiss on His Favorite Episode and How the Show Changed TVPlus: the secret to writing Homer.
The Gist
June 19 2018 8:02 PMPolarization NationIt’s not just about the issues: Fear, competitiveness, and tribalism all make it harder for Democrats and Republicans to get along.
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June 15 2018 7:24 PMThe Heisenberg PresidencyPresident Trump’s uncertainty principle is his only principle.
The Gist
June 13 2018 7:50 PMCup of CorruptionThe World Cup starts this week, despite FIFA’s rampant graft.
Upon Further Review
June 12 2018 8:00 AMWhat if Tom Brady Never Became the Patriots’ Quarterback?In this alternate reality, the Pats are the Patsies and no one knows Brady’s name.
The Gist
June 8 2018 7:51 PMComedians Can Be Well-Adjusted, Too         Very few comics have never been to therapy. Tom Papa is one of them.
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June 6 2018 7:23 PMJames Clapper: Yeah, Russia Swung the ElectionNow that the former director of national intelligence is a private citizen, he’s making his opinion known.
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July 12 2018 10:39 PMA Cancer on the CourtDark money helped Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch get his spot on the Supreme Court. It could help Brett Kavanaugh too.
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July 10 2018 8:53 PMDon’t Forget About SexHow the conversations around #MeToo have avoided the sexual motivations of guilty men.
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July 6 2018 8:27 PMJust Use My Data, PeopleAdvertisers should target us more effectively.
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July 3 2018 7:49 PMSong, Dance, and ConfirmationFor all her biases, Amy Coney Barrett could very well survive confirmation to the Supreme Court.
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June 29 2018 9:39 PMIn 12,000 WordsJesse Singal wrote about children who detransition. But did he do his subjects justice?
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June 27 2018 9:24 PMThe Self-Sufficiency CourtWith Justice Kennedy on his way out, conservatives like Clarence Thomas are free to burn society’s safety nets.
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June 25 2018 9:20 PMThe New Rules of CivilityAre the Democrats ever able to take cheap shots?
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June 21 2018 7:51 PMA Song You Can Graduate ToIt will probably be about war. Because life is a war. Here’s your diploma.
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June 20 2018 7:11 PMQuitters Can’t Be LeadersThe U.S. shouldn’t leave the U.N. Human Rights Council. It should work to make it better.
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June 18 2018 8:39 PMOh, StephenIt’s hard to make the face of forced separation at the border look good.
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June 14 2018 9:17 PMWhen Border Policy Crosses the LineMore than 11,000 children are in U.S. detention facilities since being taken from their migrant parents. Are tent cities next?
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June 12 2018 8:09 PMSummit SkepticalDo lasting peace agreements hinge on warm & fuzzy friendships?
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June 11 2018 10:44 PMG-7 HangoverTeam Trump’s damage control is as embarrassing as the presidential antics that occasioned it.
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June 7 2018 8:47 PM#MeToo and McYogaThe yoga world is rotten with sexual assault and harassment, and Bikram Choudhury is the darkest example of that.
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June 5 2018 8:24 PMSo You Think You Know About RaceMichael Eric Dyson on the civil rights era, his would-be woke students, and President Obama’s shortcomings.

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