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
Jan. 17 2019 7:24 PMKnow Your Memes, or Be Fooled by ThemThe internet’s briefest form of (dis)information is here to stay. So what’s the best way to understand it?
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Jan. 15 2019 8:42 PMStop Going NuclearNuclear power is too dangerous for use as an energy source. Take it from the guy who chaired a nuclear commission under Obama.
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Jan. 11 2019 8:03 PMThe Future (of A.I.) Is ChineseEvery year, Eurasia Group puts out a list of top geopolitical risks. In 2019, China looms large in many of them.
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Jan. 9 2019 9:03 PMThe Kids Are Not All RightMillennial anxiety comes through in exhaustion over even basic errands (you know, “adulting”).
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Jan. 7 2019 8:45 PMThe Likability IllusionThere’s nothing more likable than wise policy stances. And those obviously lost in 2016.
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Jan. 4 2019 2:36 PMIt’s Like Louis C.K. Is Not Even Trying to Win Back His AudienceHis latest leaked act indicates that he is satisfied to connect only with that part of the audience who laughs at an artless jab of a finger in the eye and calls that commentary.
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Jan. 2 2019 8:16 PMImpeachment Is a Real CrapshootRemoval proceedings weakened Andrew Johnson and bolstered Bill Clinton. How would they play out against Trump?
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Dec. 27 2018 7:47 PMThe Babies Are Not All RightBlack babies are dying at rates much higher than those for American babies as a whole.
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Dec. 20 2018 9:07 PMFree Money for Everyone?Presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants to establish universal basic income.
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Dec. 18 2018 9:10 PMThe Alt-Right DownturnIn flooding social media with racist sentiments and frog memes, the alt-right is practically asking to get banned from the internet.
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Dec. 14 2018 8:14 PMDecisions, Decisions, DecisionsTaking out Osama Bin Laden wasn’t just a military feat. The Situation Room’s probability assessment was also on point.
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Dec. 12 2018 9:30 PMWhen the President Speaks …In their surreal Oval Office meeting, President Trump interrupted Nancy Pelosi because he interrupts everyone.
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Dec. 11 2018 9:42 PMHalls of Fame Need Diversity, TooThe 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are less progressive rock, more progressive politics.
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Dec. 7 2018 8:54 PMHigh Time for Impeachment?The “high” in “high crimes” doesn’t mean heinous. It means they come from a high place.
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Dec. 5 2018 8:51 PMThe Eulogy MythEulogies are the best part of a funeral but maybe the least reliable.
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Jan. 16 2019 8:32 PMTax Their Stuff, Not Their MoneyRaising income taxes on America’s richest wouldn’t bring in that much cash. A wealth tax is where it’s really at.
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Jan. 14 2019 8:11 PMAgainst Steve King, Words Aren’t EnoughRepublican lawmakers are calling out the racist congressman well enough. But don’t hold your breath for action.
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Jan. 10 2019 8:49 PMWhen Fact Meets FictionHow a documentary filmmaker crafted his first fiction feature, and why it draws so much on his past styles.
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Jan. 8 2019 8:34 PMAddressing the FactsWill Donald Trump’s Oval Office address contain any truth at all?
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Jan. 4 2019 8:34 PMWhat’s Wrong With Motherf—er?It’s often used when shaking one’s head in disbelief, and President Trump inspires a lot of that.
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Jan. 3 2019 8:10 PMThere’s Something in the WaterMicroplastics have found their way into our water and our poop. How worried should we be?
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Dec. 28 2018 6:19 PMAndy Serkis, Motion Capture MasterTurns out motion capture isn’t all that different from other forms of acting.
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Dec. 21 2018 7:51 PMThe Same Old Mike, Plus The New OneIn his one-man show, Mike Birbiglia tells you why procreation is a terrible idea (unless maybe it’s not).
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Dec. 19 2018 8:44 PMAdam Keeps Ruining EverythingAdam Conover loves messing with your preconceived notions.
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Dec. 17 2018 8:37 PMDon’t Trust the StarsAstrology may be fun, but is it reliable? Spoiler-not-spoiler: It isn’t.
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Dec. 13 2018 8:51 PMNeil Armstrong Walked on the Moon, but He Wasn’t One to Blab About It
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Dec. 12 2018 3:54 PMAndrew Sullivan’s “New Religions” Essay Is TwaddleKale has nothing to do with revealing a deeper meaning. Neither does Pilates.
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Dec. 10 2018 8:57 PMThey Can’t Hear You, TheresaThe U.K. Parliament is too busy shouting to listen.
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Dec. 6 2018 8:12 PMThe Walk of the TownMatt Green is on a yearslong mission to walk every last street of New York City (which, it turns out, isn’t great for one’s dating life).
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Dec. 4 2018 8:04 PMSullying a Pup’s Good NameSlate writer Ruth Graham dared suggest George H.W. Bush’s service dog was probably not in mourning. Then all internet hell broke loose.

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