Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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July 29 2014 6:47 PMWe’re Terrible at Reading OnlineThe Gist explores why our reading experience with screens hasn’t caught up to the printed page.
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July 28 2014 4:29 PMWhat Was Roger Goodell Thinking When He Suspended Ray Rice for Just Two Games?
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July 24 2014 6:24 PMWho’s Better Off: A Roman Emperor, or You?The Gist weighs the value of imperial spoils against air conditioning and soap.
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July 22 2014 7:11 PMWhen Does a Civilian Become a Combatant?The Gist debates when you lose your right to be considered a civilian in a war zone like Gaza.
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July 21 2014 5:20 PMHang Up and Listen: The Losingest Winner EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Mike Trout, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, and legendary Washington Generals coach Red Klotz.
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July 17 2014 6:40 PMComic, Sans Its HeroThe Gist gets the scoop from Riverdale Action News about Archie’s fatal shooting.
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July 15 2014 4:59 PMCan We Really Learn to Be Happy?
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July 14 2014 4:47 PMHang Up and Listen: The Ohio Player EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Germany’s World Cup win and LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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July 10 2014 6:38 PMThis Guy Killed Hitler. All He Wants Is a Thank-You.The Gist on the downside of time travel, and why this might be the golden age for comedy writing.
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July 8 2014 5:23 PMWarren G. Harding in LoveThe Gist explores how the 29th president’s steamy love letters could change how we remember him.
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July 7 2014 4:49 PMThe Hype Man Behind the Biggest Contest in Competitive Eating Tells All
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July 2 2014 6:31 PMPhilly, in Black and WhiteThe Gist talks with author Alice Goffman about her front-row seat for the war on drugs.
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June 30 2014 6:21 PMTaking (a Fake) One for the TeamThe Gist explores the strategy behind embellished dives, grass writhing, and limb clutching at the World Cup.
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June 27 2014 7:37 PMThe Diplomat Who F--ked UpGood thing The Gist is a podcast so we can quote the Polish Foreign Minister in full.
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June 25 2014 6:05 PMScalia Just Wants to Have FunThe Gist explores why liberals should think fondly of Antonin Scalia’s legacy.
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July 28 2014 6:20 PMWhy Does Tomato Juice Taste Better on an Airplane?The Gist explores the connection between taste and our surroundings.
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July 25 2014 6:39 PMWould You Let Your Husband Road Trip With an Ex?The Gist and Dear Prudence wonder where to draw the line with your husband’s close female friends.
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July 23 2014 6:30 PMShould Clothing Ever Be Optional?The Gist strips down to the naked truths about nudists with writer Dave Hill.
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July 21 2014 7:09 PMNYPD Cold Case from 100 Years Ago, and the Victim Was a CopThe Gist examines the unsolved murder of an NYPD officer killed overseas in 1909.
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July 18 2014 5:37 PMDoes Putin Know When to Fold ’Em?The Gist explores whether the Russian leader might change course on a losing strategy.
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July 16 2014 6:28 PMYour Brain on Bandwidth PovertyThe Gist discusses how a lack of money, time, and attention can affect the way we make decisions.
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July 14 2014 6:41 PMDavid Plotz Is Out, Panda Blogs Are InThe Gist discusses Slate’s future with outgoing editor David Plotz and incoming editor Julia Turner. 
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July 11 2014 6:53 PMHer Husband’s Stupid Record CollectionThe Gist listens to her husband’s stupid record collection.
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July 9 2014 5:58 PMInside the Principal’s OfficeThe Gist hosts a panel to discover what educators really think of the teacher tenure debate.
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July 7 2014 6:53 PMToday, It’s a Pot-CastThe Gist explores Washington State’s recreational marijuana law, which kicks in on Tuesday.
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July 3 2014 6:52 PMEmotions Are Contagious, but Probably Not on FacebookThe Gist calls bulls--t on Facebook’s study into emotional contagion.
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July 1 2014 6:26 PMWhat Happens on Amish Spring Break Stays in FloridaThe Gist learns what happens when modernity and money butt up against the Amish lifestyle.
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June 30 2014 4:57 PMHang Up and Listen: The Soft Rock and Salary Caps EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the World Cup and how to build a basketball and baseball team. 
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June 26 2014 7:10 PMI Believe That We Will WinThe Gist on the U.S. soccer team’s new, winning chant, and the unpopular way to bring down New York rents.
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June 24 2014 7:37 PMThe Gist: How to Serve Legal Papers to the U.N. Secretary-General (Hint: Sneakily)

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