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.

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Sept. 20 2018 9:00 PMWhat Is … a Podcast, Alex?Jeopardy finally had its first podcast category.
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Sept. 18 2018 8:22 PMOwe Me the MoneyAmericans are in debt, and so are many of the candidates hoping to represent them. Case in point: Georgia’s Stacey Abrams.
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Sept. 17 2018 2:27 PMJohn Hockenberry’s Cri de Coeur of HeartlessnessHis Harper’s essay is an attempt at self-redemption that achieves the exact opposite of its goal.
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Sept. 13 2018 8:13 PMThe Settlement PresidentDonald Trump’s settlements often used to right interpersonal wrongs. Now they involve hundreds of asylum-seekers.
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Sept. 11 2018 8:34 PMDeRay Mckesson Makes the Case for HopeBut it means making systemic changes to policing in America.
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Sept. 7 2018 7:43 PMIf You Want Power, Sell ItAuthor Yuval Harari worries that liberalism offers no compelling vision of the future.
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Sept. 5 2018 7:52 PMHedging Your Bets With Lake SuccessGary Shteyngart’s new novel is all about hedge funds and traveling across America by bus.
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Aug. 31 2018 9:30 PMBright Gays, Big CityFinding the refreshingly queer perspective in Strangers.
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Aug. 29 2018 8:46 PMFake News Is Nothing NewIt may feel like disinformation is at an all-time high, but hoaxes, lies, and yellow journalism are age-old.
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Aug. 27 2018 8:47 PM#AbolishICE … and Then What?Journalist Sean McElwee wants the agency — and the criminalization it exists to punish — to disappear completely.
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Aug. 16 2018 8:23 PMGoodbye to the Queen of SoulAretha Franklin’s talents went well beyond her golden voice.
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Aug. 14 2018 8:54 PMDemocracy Needs a RebootJason Kander is a rising star in the Democratic Party, and he wants to take it back to square one (in a good way).
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Aug. 10 2018 7:58 PMVenturing Into ObscurityThe Venture Bros. is the best kind of show that doesn’t care about alienating viewers.
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Aug. 8 2018 8:54 PMRegulate MeThe 2008 financial crisis continues to linger.
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Aug. 6 2018 8:56 PMThe Smart DrugOne pill helps you focus. Another pill keeps you awake. Neither will make you smarter.
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Sept. 19 2018 8:45 PMCoal Over ClimatePresident Trump won’t lift a finger against climate change. He deserves flak over Hurricane Florence.
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Sept. 17 2018 8:10 PMEthan Hawke’s Earnest ArtWhy he loves making movies that matter, not just ones that make money.
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Sept. 14 2018 8:23 PMDemocratic Socialists of America, for the Win?Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might have scary values to conservatives. But to the DSA’s national director, she’s a moderate.
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Sept. 12 2018 8:04 PMBillionaires Don’t Know BestGenerous philanthropists may mean well, but they often hijack efforts that should be more democratic.
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Sept. 10 2018 10:36 PMStylometry for DummiesWhat prose analysis can (and can’t) tell us about that infamous New York Times op-ed.
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Sept. 6 2018 7:38 PMImpossible Job Demands? You’re Fired.The Pentagon’s third-in-command is reportedly losing his job. It was basically an undoable one.
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Sept. 4 2018 7:38 PMFarming for Red HerringSouth Africa’s “white genocide” isn’t happening. One of the myth’s catalysts—farmland redistribution—might not either. 
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Aug. 30 2018 7:26 PMThe OG GOPTrump’s disdain for democracy may be unprecedented in a U.S. president, but the Republican Party’s tricks have 19th-century roots.
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Aug. 28 2018 9:06 PMGerrymandering and YouCounty-cutting has given us only one clear winner so far, and it’s not the Democratic Party (or the country).
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Aug. 17 2018 7:21 PMListening to Inanimate ObjectsPodcaster Ian Chillag explores the secret lives of everyday objects we never think much about.
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Aug. 15 2018 7:26 PMThe Heart of Reality TelevisionIt isn’t all competition and cat fights. Born This Way follows the lives of a few charming individuals with Down syndrome.
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Aug. 13 2018 8:32 PMTrump’s Pyrite TouchA GOP Never-Trumper on how the president gets nothing right.
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Aug. 9 2018 8:58 PMOn Bended KneeBeing a sports star means your activism has a platform, but it doesn’t bode well for your career.
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Aug. 7 2018 9:03 PMThe Egyptian SeesawHow the country went through a coup and the Arab Spring, and where they’re headed next.
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Aug. 2 2018 7:45 PMMy Life as a SitcomIf Guy Branum could choose, he’d live in a sitcom.

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