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
Dec. 2 2016 6:44 PMThe Chaos DoctrineNot so fast, neat freaks: The Undercover Economist explains how a cluttered space makes you work smarter.
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Nov. 30 2016 4:54 PMWhat’s Bunk About BrainstormingMaria Konnikova wonders, “How about we touch base later and piggyback on a few of these ideas?”
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Nov. 29 2016 12:56 PMHigh School Football on TrialIs it ever a judge’s place to rule on a referee’s bad decision?
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Nov. 28 2016 5:57 PMStephen Dubner’s Genre-Busting Game ShowThe Freakonomics journalist on his new podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, where panelists are taken out of their comfort zones.
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Nov. 23 2016 10:56 AMThe Alt-Right Is Using TrumpBen Shapiro on how the group will take advantage of its newfound prominence.
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Nov. 21 2016 7:27 PMHang Up and Listen: The It’s Like a Whole Other Quarterback EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Dak Prescott and Tony Romo, how Randall Cunningham changed the NFL, and the NHL’s youth movement.
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Nov. 21 2016 2:47 PMHere’s What We’ve Noticed About BrexitThe Gist talks to comedian Josie Long about weird-sounding place names.
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Nov. 17 2016 6:28 PMCan Jared Kushner Really Get Top-Secret Intel?Slate’s Fred Kaplan on the rumored Trump plan to give family members national security clearance.
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Nov. 15 2016 7:06 PMThe Liberal Hegemony of Pop CultureNew York Times columnist Ross Douthat on how conservatives feel alienated by late night TV and what we’ve learned about Republican voters.
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Nov. 14 2016 7:51 PMThis Is Your Brain on Political CorrectnessIn Campus Politics, history professor Jonathan Zimmerman ­­­argues that the marriage of psychology and political discourse has hurt our capacity for debate.
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Nov. 14 2016 2:32 PMHere’s Why You Should Skip That Fancy BlenderThe Gist talks to comedian Kyle Kinane about fancy blenders. 
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Nov. 12 2016 3:03 PMSolidarity, Sister?New York Times columnist Gail Collins debunks the myth of the women’s vote, and NPR’s David Folkenflik says the media should step away from the polls.
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Nov. 10 2016 6:42 PMMore Rock, Less TalkPuzzling through it all: the anti-Trump protests the Trump economy, and of course the Trump win.
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Nov. 9 2016 11:01 AMShould We Be Worried About the Future of Sports Television?ESPN is hemorrhaging subscribers, and NFL ratings are declining. What’s going on?
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Nov. 7 2016 6:57 PMThe Myth of the Hard-Luck Trump VoterA lot of reporting claims Trump supporters aren’t racist, they’ve just fallen on hard times. Slate’s Michelle Goldberg says that’s not the full story.
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Dec. 1 2016 6:58 PMDissecting the Carrier DealAaron Renn of the Manhattan Institute on Trump’s first deal as president-elect.
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Nov. 29 2016 4:48 PMWhy Working People Left the DemocratsAuthor Thomas Frank says the Democratic Party deserted labor years ago, and he sees little sign of a course correction.
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Nov. 28 2016 8:10 PMHang Up and Listen: The Call on the Field Does Not Stand EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Ohio State–Michigan, U.S. Soccer firing Jürgen Klinsmann, and the World Chess Championship.
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Nov. 23 2016 5:50 PMRevenge of the Music NerdsYear after year, musicians like Chic wither on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now the hall is inviting more critics to vote.
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Nov. 22 2016 6:50 PMA Former Breitbart Star Takes On Steve BannonBen Shapiro used to be a writer for Breitbart. Now, he’s an enemy of the alt-right.
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Nov. 21 2016 6:45 PMLearning From the Fallout of BrexitComedian and BBC Radio host Josie Long comes to America with her new, politically charged show Something Better.
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Nov. 18 2016 7:02 PMThe Incredible Failure of Get Out the VoteWe thought Trump had a terrible ground game. And Clinton was expert at microtargeting. Sasha Issenberg tells us what went wrong.
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Nov. 16 2016 6:58 PMA Show That Watches the PoliceTV journalist Dan Abrams on the controversial A&E docuseries Live PD, which follows police officers in real time.
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Nov. 15 2016 4:10 PMWill the NFL Tone Down Its Jingoism Now That Trump Is President?Yeah, probably not.
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Nov. 14 2016 7:03 PMHang Up and Listen: The Popovich for President EditionSlate’s sports podcast on sports and Donald Trump, and the political implications of the U.S.–Mexico soccer rivalry.
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Nov. 13 2016 4:29 PMThe Fault in Our PollsFiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten explains polling error, and Princeton’s Julian Zelizer puts the 2016 election in historical context.
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Nov. 11 2016 7:42 PMThe AutopsyWhat The Gist got wrong about the election.
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Nov. 9 2016 6:06 PMIt’s Morning in Trump’s AmericaHow did the media botch this call? GOP strategist Mike Murphy hazards a guess. Plus, the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson explains the market turbulence surrounding the election.
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Nov. 8 2016 4:49 PMJamelle Bouie Sums It UpSlate’s senior political correspondent on what to look for after the results start rolling in.
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Nov. 7 2016 5:58 PMHang Up and Listen: The Stick to Everything EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the intersection of sports and politics, Alabama’s college football dominance, and the Harvard men’s soccer scandal.

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