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
May 25 2018 8:24 PMRatatouille Got It WrongThe nostalgia we feel around food is overrated. It’s not about the meal; it’s about what went with it.
The Gist
May 23 2018 7:19 PMThanks for Protesting … Now StopIf the NFL has a good explanation for its intent to punish players who kneel during the anthem, it has yet to give it.
The Gist
May 22 2018 9:03 AMTwo-Party ProblemsRepublicans and Democrats dominate political life in the U.S., and that bipartisan division didn’t evolve naturally. It was engineered.
The Gist
May 18 2018 7:55 PMBreaking Up Comedy’s Boys ClubNell Scovell, the co-author of Lean In, has a simple solution for getting more women into writers’ rooms, and it rhymes with “conclusion glider.”
Sports
May 18 2018 5:55 AMWhat If Richard Nixon Had Been Good at Football?Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem: He sucked at it. How would history have been different had Nixon been more than a tackle dummy on his college team?
The Gist
May 15 2018 2:19 PMIntroducing Upon Further ReviewEpisode 1 of Mike Pesca’s new podcast on the great sports what ifs.
The Gist
May 14 2018 8:05 PMDoes Your Face Need a Workout?I’m not raising my eyebrows maniacally, I’m *exercising.*
The Gist
May 11 2018 9:55 PMWhy Putin MattersWhoever says history is bigger than any one person hasn’t considered Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.  
Politics
May 9 2018 9:18 PMMcCain’s Absence at Gina Haspel’s CIA Confirmation Hearing Was a Game-Changer
The Gist
May 8 2018 8:18 PMDonald and the DonWatching the rise of Don Blankenship is like witnessing the 2016 Republican presidential primaries all over again.
The Gist
May 4 2018 8:03 PMThe Dangerous Hits of 1991Prepare the fainting couch. It was a big year for racy music videos.
The Gist
May 4 2018 9:57 AMCall of Rudy 2Rudy Giuliani got his message out perfectly. And he probably doomed his client.
The Gist
May 1 2018 8:50 PMHow We Screwed Over Puerto RicoFEMA chaos plus reckless tax policy plus shady debt deals plus no vote in Congress.
The Gist
April 27 2018 7:15 PMISIS Isn’t Done WithAnd once it is, terrorism itself won’t be solved.
The Gist
April 25 2018 8:43 PMKorematsu, Revisited?As the Supreme Court weighs Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, one of its most notorious decisions still stands.
The Gist
May 24 2018 7:19 PMDeal With Fake News Yourself, FacebookWe put the social media giant’s 10 tips on avoiding bogus stories to the test.
The Gist
May 22 2018 8:33 PMGirls Rule, and Boys Think They Rule MoreIt’s science.
Upon Further Review
May 22 2018 6:02 AMHow Actor Jesse Eisenberg Doomed the Phoenix SunsBack in 1993, the actor’s fan letter proved to be a fatal distraction in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The Gist
May 18 2018 9:57 AMBecky Hammon’s Next Big ShotA woman almost became president, but a woman hasn’t yet become a head coach in the NBA.
The Gist
May 16 2018 9:00 PMDisconnecting the Dots in IsraelThe deaths in Gaza this week are linked, however indirectly, to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Try telling that to Fox News.
Upon Further Review
May 15 2018 5:00 AMIf Nixon Was Good at Football, History Might Be DifferentAmerica’s favorite sport created a persecution complex for the 37th president.
Hang Up And Listen
May 14 2018 5:53 PMHang Up and Listen: The Seven Dwarves Versus Four Giants EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NBA playoffs, Wayne Rooney, and tug of war.
The Gist
May 10 2018 6:13 PMThe Long, Long Road of Tiger WoodsPro golf’s biggest star is past his prime as an athlete. But as an individual, his best could be to come.
The Gist
May 9 2018 8:09 PMSome InterrogationHere are the questions Gina Haspel didn’t answer at her confirmation hearing to lead the CIA.
The Gist
May 8 2018 7:19 AMWho Hurt You, Jake Tapper?He talks about Trump six days a week on TV. To relax, he wrote a book about McCarthyism.
Politics
May 4 2018 1:56 PMDoes Trump’s Leadership Actually Matter?In his new book, Gautam Mukunda says yes—and hopes he’s wrong.
The Gist
May 2 2018 9:42 PMWe Could Have Weaponized Twitter, Too, You KnowHow did the U.S. intelligence community find itself outpaced by Russian bots? Gen. Michael Hayden explains.
The Gist
April 30 2018 8:14 PMA Wolf in Wolf’s ClothingMichelle Wolf scandalized the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by doing her job.
The Gist
April 26 2018 9:40 PMOld Man Donald… had a rant.
The Gist
April 24 2018 7:25 PMThe Plain PrinceThe duke of Cambridge isn’t quite as good-looking as his spouse. Here’s what science has to say about that.

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