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
Sept. 1 2015 7:15 PMBobcat Goldthwait Stands Up for a Fellow ComicAfter a divorce and the death of his best friend Robin Williams, Bobcat emerged with a documentary that few expected.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 31 2015 5:44 PMHang Up and Listen: The Grab the Stick and Run Like Hell EditionSlate’s sports podcast on colleges fining players, 81-year-old track star Irene Obera, and the new season of Hard Knocks.
The Gist
Aug. 27 2015 6:44 PMThe “March to Zero” Veers Off Course in KansasGov. Sam Brownback is trying to stamp out the state’s income tax. One journalist explores his family connection to the experiment.
The Gist
Aug. 25 2015 7:39 PMGarlic: The Secret to a Long Life With No FriendsSince 3000 B.C., garlic has been touted as a miracle food. At last, Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 24 2015 4:51 PMHang Up and Listen: The Drop Kick Me Jesus EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Usain Bolt vs. Justin Gatlin, Baylor’s handling of a football player’s sexual assault, and Arian Foster’s atheism.
The Gist
Aug. 20 2015 7:50 PMA Horse Is a Horse, Unless It’s a NaziIntended as a gift for Hitler, a 10-foot-tall bronze horse now stands in the courtyard of an elite German boarding school.
The Gist
Aug. 18 2015 7:46 PMThe Sons and Daughters Lost to ISISReporter Julia Ioffe shares what she learned from the mothers of radicalized converts killed after joining the terrorist organization.
The Gist
Aug. 17 2015 6:55 PMSimon Rich, the Premise KeeperHis new book Spoiled Brats explores the worst of millennial culture, through a selfish, lazy character named Simon Rich.
The Gist
Aug. 13 2015 6:16 PMHow Economists Define PovertyWhen it’s impossible to objectively measure poverty, how valuable are statics like “the poverty line”?
The Gist
Aug. 11 2015 3:09 PMMike Pesca’s Origin Story, as Told by His ParentsOne December evening in 1971, our host was born in the front seat of a Plymouth Barracuda.
The Gist
Aug. 10 2015 5:15 PM“We’ve Got to Go Diagonal!”How The Gist has taken over Mike Pesca’s dreams.
The Gist
Aug. 6 2015 6:34 PMHow to Survive Mark SanfordPolitical speechwriter Barton Swaim reveals what it was like to work for the South Carolina Republican, hiking enthusiast, and serial mangler of rhetorical clichés.
Brow Beat
Aug. 6 2015 8:02 AMThe Most Jon Stewart Moments in the History of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
The Gist
Aug. 4 2015 7:32 PMBPA! BPS! Are They BS?The infamous “plastics” utterance from The Graduate sends Mike on a journey into the real meaning behind the term BPA-free.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 4 2015 9:07 AMHang Up and Listen: The Fiddlin’ With Equipment EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Tom Brady suspension, the New York Mets’ resurgence, and an interview with Greg Louganis about the documentary Back on Board.
The Gist
Aug. 31 2015 7:34 PMDon’t Say CheeseLifelong punk rocker Colin Atrophy Hagendorf tells us about his quixotic quest to sample a slice from every pizza place in Manhattan.
The Gist
Aug. 28 2015 8:15 PMThe Year Disco Became a Dirty WordIf you listen very, very closely to Billboard hits from 1980, you can actually hear the slow death of a ’70s zeitgeist.
The Gist
Aug. 26 2015 7:06 PMRaising a Trans KidWe ask a doctor who treats transgender youth about how to parent through the transition.
The Gist
Aug. 24 2015 7:25 PMMy Disease Became Your Fad DietSlate’s Laura Bennett talks about being gluten-free in the days before it caused waiters to roll their eyes.
The Gist
Aug. 21 2015 8:01 PMRob Huebel and Paul Scheer Ride the Glass BusWhen making a comedy special, text Aziz and ask him to meet you at a taco stand. Then, shell out for a glass-encased motor coach.
The Gist
Aug. 19 2015 6:52 PMWhen Comedy Podcasts Were Still in BetaJimmy Pardo of Never Not Funny explains how he fell into alt-comedy and pushed boundaries with one of the first great comedy podcasts.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 17 2015 7:35 PMHang Up and Listen: The She’s a Married Baseball EditionSlate’s sports podcast on golfers Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, Geno Smith’s broken jaw, and Nick Symmonds’ battle with USA Track and Field.
The Gist
Aug. 14 2015 6:57 PMWarning: This Episode Contains SingingMike Pesca has a song in his heart. We found a coach to help him find the key.
The Gist
Aug. 12 2015 5:55 PMWhere to Find the Best StoriesMatthew Dicks shares a five-minute routine to make us all better storytellers and slow down the passage of time.
The Gist
Aug. 10 2015 5:56 PMSummer BS EditionMaria Konnikova solves the mysteries of summer, including whether we need to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.
The Gist
Aug. 7 2015 6:39 PMThat’s Just Sand in My Eye!Dominated by tributes hits “I’ll Be Missing You” and “Candle in the Wind,” 1997 was the year that Puffy and Elton moved us to tears.
The Gist
Aug. 6 2015 4:11 PM“Dogs Are Never Going to Show Up Drunk”The 10,000th Slate Plus member is a sheep farmer from Alberta. We called him to chat.
The Gist
Aug. 5 2015 8:56 PMDebt Ratings Are Like The EmmysFour years after a scary downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, The Gist turns to the The Sopranos to find out why an economic meltdown failed to materialize.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 4 2015 3:40 PMThe “Olympics, Here?” Bonus SegmentJosh Levin, Mike Pesca, and June Thomas discuss hosting the Olympics in the good ol’ U.S.A.
The Gist
Aug. 3 2015 6:35 PMTrump’s Star Begins to DimThe Donald is polling well, but other numbers reveal he doesn’t have what it takes to win the primary.

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