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
Aug. 26 2016 6:11 PMThe Year Nirvana Lost Out to Bryan Adams1991 marked the beginning of a decade of musical narrowcasting. With Kurt Cobain and A Tribe Called Quest splitting the vote, Color Me Badd rose to the top.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 25 2016 10:55 AMThe U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Has Never Been BetterBut we’re not watching if there aren’t any stakes in the game.
The Gist
Aug. 23 2016 8:36 PMThere’s a Viking on the DeltaThe lead singer of the Icelandic band Kaleo found his inspiration in the blues music of the Deep South.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 22 2016 6:16 PMHang Up and Listen: The Let the Games Be Gone EditionSlate’s sports podcast on NBC’s Olympics coverage, how the games played in Brazil, and the state of UFC.
The Gist
Aug. 18 2016 7:33 PMWhy We’ve Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombA painter, a Vietnam vet, and a nun walk into a nuclear storage facility. So begins Dan Zak’s fascination with the Pandora’s box of weaponry.
The Gist
Aug. 16 2016 6:31 PMBrazil’s Redeemer Has Subpoena PowerSlate’s Franklin Foer says there’s reason for optimism in Brazil, despite rampant corruption and chaos.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 16 2016 3:16 PMThe Case for Dumping Hope SoloHang Up and Listen discusses why the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will be fine without its current goalkeeper.
The Gist
Aug. 15 2016 7:49 PMThe Résumé Says “Loafer,” but the Loafers Scream “Executive”Maria Konnikova digs into the psychological link between your clothes and your performance.
The Gist
Aug. 12 2016 7:25 PMMike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Followed the Fear HereThe creators of the film Don’t Think Twice have some very earnest observations about improv comedy and pursuing your dreams.
The Gist
Aug. 10 2016 7:12 PMJohn Dickerson Has a Follow-Up. He’s Willing to Ask It Seven Times.The moderator of Face the Nation on CBS has two competing theories about the 2016 presidential election.
The Gist
Aug. 8 2016 7:56 PM­­­Playing the Spanish CardUPenn professor Nelson Flores says, anecdotally, Tim Kaine’s Spanish skills seem to be the biggest hit among white liberals, not Latino voters.
The Gist
Aug. 5 2016 6:19 PMHistory’s First Benedict ArnoldWho was the original Benedict Arnold? Why, it’s Benedict Arnold—as you’ll find out from spy novelist and history fanatic Brad Meltzer.
Brow Beat
Aug. 4 2016 8:03 AMWhy Hollywood Can’t Stop Transforming Workaholic Dads Into Cats, Dogs, and Snowmen
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 3 2016 11:03 AMShould a Beer Mile Be Added to the Olympic Games?There will be five new sports at the 2020 Olympics. What else should the International Olympic Committee add?
The Gist
Aug. 1 2016 7:20 PMDiary of a Soon-to-Be-Freed DetaineeGuantánamo inmate Mohamedou Slahi has been cleared for release. Here’s The Gist’s never-aired 2015 interview with Larry Siems, who edited Slahi’s writings.
The Gist
Aug. 25 2016 7:21 PMDo You Rely on GPS? Thank Chuck E. Cheese and William F. Buckley.In Pinpoint, Greg Milner chronicles how a conservative pundit, the military, and a pizza impresario made GPS ubiquitous.
The Gist
Aug. 24 2016 7:56 PMA Sympathetic Serial ImposterJoshua Marston’s new film, Complete Unknown, depicts a woman who can’t stop changing her identity.
The Gist
Aug. 22 2016 8:06 PMThe ’80s Really Were the BestHadley Freeman wondered why the movies of her 1980s childhood seemed so special. So she went back and asked actors and directors.
The Gist
Aug. 19 2016 7:27 PMW. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu Want Equal TimeThe hosts of Politically Re-Active tend to agree on the issues that fascinate them. But they each want to say their piece.  
The Gist
Aug. 17 2016 7:46 PMWomen’s Gymnastics Gets the Hard-Boiled TreatmentIntense women, high stakes, and restrained rivalry: The world of women’s gymnastics is a perfect suspense novel setting.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 16 2016 5:53 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Disappointed Gymnast EditionSlate’s sports podcast talks to Megan Abbott about her new book You Will Know Me, set in the high-stakes world of elite gymnastics.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 16 2016 2:07 PMAre We Supposed to Hate Alex Rodriguez?The Hang Up and Listen crew chats about the New York Yankees legend’s retirement.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 15 2016 7:42 PMHang Up and Listen: The Believably Unbelievable EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Usain Bolt and Wayde van Niekerk, American swimming dominance, and the Karolyis’ alleged abuse of gymnasts.
The Gist
Aug. 11 2016 7:31 PMShould You Have Your Silver Medal Bronzed?Mike bites down on a happiness study of bronze and silver medalists. Oh, does it bend.
The Gist
Aug. 9 2016 5:53 PMRepublicans Are Using Leeches to Cure CancerStuart Stevens says the GOP’s presidential nominee could make Republicans uncompetitive in elections for a generation. ­­
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 8 2016 7:41 PMHang Up and Listen: The Kids Don’t Tip EditionSlate’s sports podcast on NBC’s Olympics coverage and American jingoism. Plus, a Wrigley Field beer vendor tells all.
The Gist
Aug. 4 2016 7:04 PMIf It Feeds, It LeadsFacebook’s News Feed is the world’s most powerful purveyor of news. But how it assembles each person’s top stories remains a mystery.
The Gist
Aug. 3 2016 7:10 PMIs Your Grill Killing You?Faulty claims go up in smoke once Maria Konnikova weighs in.
The Gist
Aug. 2 2016 8:20 PMJessi Klein Says Women Are DogsThe head writer for Inside Amy Schumer sorts women into two groups: poodles and wolves. She’s a wolf.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 1 2016 6:35 PMHang Up and Listen: The Semenya Dilemma EditionSlate’s sports podcast on sex verification at the Olympics, Eugene Monroe’s retirement from the NFL, and the legacy of Ichiro.

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