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
Feb. 5 2016 6:25 PMHe Watched Every Super BowlOur host owes Slate’s Justin Peters an apology (or possibly workman’s comp) after suggesting he watch all 49 Super Bowls in two months.
The Gist
Feb. 3 2016 5:52 PMAre Lots of Little Babies Synesthetes?About 4 to 5 percent of the population experiences unique sensory connections. Where does that come from? Is it BS? 
The Gist
Feb. 2 2016 7:21 PMToodle-oo IowaYour host shares his one wish for Iowa—that we learn to talk about it differently.
The Gist
Feb. 1 2016 6:09 PMFinally Forgetting IowaOur host throws another futile bucket of cold water on the Iowa caucuses. 
The Gist
Jan. 27 2016 8:39 PMObama Did What?The president has accomplished more domestically than Cash for Clunkers and gay marriage, but who will tell America?
The Gist
Jan. 25 2016 6:58 PMJesse Eisenberg, Part 1Your host does his best Marv Albert impression for actor Jesse Eisenberg.
The Gist
Jan. 21 2016 7:02 PMThe Creative Duo Behind BillionsWhy Brian Koppelman and David Levien have left feature films to make a new Showtime series about power and money.
The Gist
Jan. 20 2016 6:43 PMEat More Pterodactyl?Our host and Fred Flintstone both work for Slate, but who has the healthier habits? Maria Konnikova explains the “Paleo” diet.
The Gist
Jan. 19 2016 6:00 PMChanging More Than a MayorRahm Emanuel isn’t going anywhere, so how do we make things better for the city of Chicago?
The Gist
Jan. 13 2016 5:03 PMHow to Spot a Con ArtistThe story behind history’s greatest con artists, including Ferdinand Waldo Demara, who pretended to be monks, surgeons, and prison wardens.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 12 2016 4:53 PMHow Do the Halls of Fame Stack Up?The hosts of Hang Up and Listen share memories and tips for hall of fame tourism.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 11 2016 6:05 PMHang Up and Listen: The Flaming Pile of Garbage EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Bengals-Steelers, the NFL’s Los Angeles scheming, and the Baseball Hall of Fame vote.
The Gist
Jan. 7 2016 6:31 PMThe Heavily Guarded Facebook AlgorithmThe messy business of trying to anticipate what you’ll find interesting online.
The Gist
Jan. 6 2016 6:19 PMExercise Fad B.S.The Gist throws a couple kettle bells around to determine the ultimate perfect exercises for 2016.
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 6 2016 10:18 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Spark Oy!” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Revenant, Spark Joy, and profanity.
The Gist
Feb. 4 2016 7:43 PMWhat’s a Vote Worth?In 2016, we’re estimated to spend $5 billion on the election. That’s about $15 per American.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 3 2016 1:33 PMAn Unlikely Hockey Hero Takes On the NHL by Bringing Down the House John Scott scores a fitting end to his NHL All-Star dreams. 
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 1 2016 6:27 PMHang Up and Listen: The Climbing Trees and Wrestling Dogs EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting at Michigan, PFTCommenter, and This Is Your Brain on Sports.
The Gist
Jan. 29 2016 2:08 PMSeeing Yourself in SpotlightHow Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Mark Ruffalo closely studied our guests for the film Spotlight, now nominated for Best Picture.
The Gist
Jan. 26 2016 6:26 PMJesse Eisenberg, Part 2Turns out the playwright and author has the same name has that famous actor guy.
The Gist
Jan. 22 2016 6:57 PMDid Track Palin Get Off Easy?When a man strikes a woman with a fist in most jurisdictions, would this typically lead to a misdemeanor?
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 21 2016 3:27 PMThe Two Biggest Moves in Football This WeekThe hosts of Hang Up and Listen revisit recent hot topics that haven’t cooled off.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 19 2016 6:22 PMHang Up and Listen: The Rad Sports Players EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NFL playoffs, John Scott and the NHL All-Star Game, and the cartoon Spurs Special Forces.
The Gist
Jan. 15 2016 2:07 PMThe Former Poet Laureate to Kim Jong-ilWhen he first met the dear leader, our guest was surprised to see him crying to folk songs, stroking a Maltese puppy, and wearing high heels.
The Gist
Jan. 12 2016 5:36 PMHere Are Your Winning Powerball NumbersThe Gist identifies the best numbers for your Powerball ticket. You’re welcome.
The Gist
Jan. 11 2016 8:25 PMSea Lion, Smell LionThe noisome byproduct of the large marine mammal in San Diego wafts into The Spiel.
The Gist
Jan. 8 2016 7:10 PMWhere Genius Is BornEric Weiner explains why you never hear about great geniuses coming out of Las Vegas.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 7 2016 3:59 PMHow to Watch the Game at a Party on the SlyHow do the hosts of Hang Up and Listen stay tuned to the big game, even at social events?
Culture Gabfest
Jan. 6 2016 6:17 PMThe Best Books, Movies, and TV Shows to Come in 2016 What is the Culture Gabfest looking forward to watching, reading, and listening to in 2016?
The Gist
Jan. 5 2016 5:36 PMNear-Death Winter Tales With Matthew Dicks The 20-time Moth StorySlam champion explains how to craft small moments inside of larger stories to captivate listeners.

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