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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
July 1 2015 7:40 PMPoking Holes in AcupunctureAs Mike needles Maria Konnikova’s chi with questions, will her analysis remain on point?
The Gist
June 29 2015 7:34 PMThe Following Story Is Based on Real PresidentsTo write about the leader of the free world, novelist Brad Meltzer says it helps to know a few commanders-in-chief (and their Secret Service agents).
The Gist
June 26 2015 7:55 PM1990: The Year Before Music Changed ForeverMike Pesca strikes a pose as we explore the many highs and unforgettable lows of the 1990 Billboard chart.
The Gist
June 24 2015 6:25 PMWhy Humankind Needs KardashiansLike it or not, the influence of celebrity culture on our lives is profound, and possibly hardwired.
The Gist
June 23 2015 7:03 PMWhat’s Fair for FatherhoodCNN’s Josh Levs makes the case for paid paternity leave.
The Gist
June 22 2015 5:38 PMFour Essential LiesListen in as the Moth champ Matthew Dicks shares strategic lies commonly used by professional storytellers.
The Gist
June 19 2015 7:36 PMThe Creator of Doc McStuffinsThe executive producer of the Peabody Award–winning children’s show shares a career arc that includes Israeli Sesame Street and Alaskan bar fights. 
Brow Beat
June 18 2015 6:23 PMI Interviewed Kim Kardashian for NPR, and Listeners Revolted. Here’s Why They’re Wrong.
Podcast for America
June 17 2015 6:10 PMVoters Gonna HateAnnie Lowrey, Mike Pesca, and Alex Wagner on scary party loyalty, our incessant questioning of Jeb’s and Hillary’s motives, and Trump’s jump into the pool.
The Gist
June 15 2015 6:43 PMLoony Trial BalloonsGoogle’s experiment in balloon-powered Internet is a moonshot among moonshots, but somehow it’s staying afloat.
The Gist
June 12 2015 4:20 PMMy Friend Became a Staunch Anti-Vaxxer. Now What?Dear Prudence reminds us that ending a friendship can be hard, but getting the measles is worse.
The Gist
June 9 2015 7:14 PMSleeping: You’re Doing It WrongHigh-achievers love to boast about how little sleep they need. Is that BS?
The Gist
June 5 2015 7:30 PMSharon Van Etten, Banter MentorWe assign the acclaimed singer-songwriter to help an up-and-coming artist who’s concerned about his awkward stage banter.
The Gist
June 4 2015 6:49 PMHis Dunkological Clock Was TickingMike Pesca and Asher Price head to New York’s West 4th Street Courts to discuss slam-dunking in your 30s.
The Gist
June 2 2015 9:17 PMNothing Up Their Sleeves?A look at the benefits offered, if any, from compression sleeves worn by LeBron James, alpine skiers, and ailing senior citizens. 
The Gist
June 30 2015 8:13 PMWill Gay Marriage Upend Gay Culture?A historic decision from the Supreme Court means big changes for what it means to belong to the gay community.
Hang Up And Listen
June 29 2015 4:59 PMHang Up and Listen: The Other People’s Podcasts EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the USA’s quarterfinal victory in the World Cup, the increase in MLB pitcher injuries, and proposed changes to the NBA draft.
The Gist
June 25 2015 4:48 PMIs the “Five-Second Rule” Baloney?Scientists have actually studied the commonly held belief that food on the floor is still edible as long as it is rescued quickly. 
The Gist
June 24 2015 8:17 AMThe Gist ListAn interview with Mike Pesca about the long, detailed, occasionally baffling iPhone note where he keeps all his ideas.
Hang Up And Listen
June 22 2015 5:55 PMHang Up and Listen: The Zack the Ball-Catching Maniac EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the U.S. Open, the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup, and the fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit.
Hang Up And Listen
June 22 2015 12:58 PMLet’s All Hate-Watch United Passions TogetherWatch the FIFA propaganda film while you listen to commentary from Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast.
The Gist
June 18 2015 7:43 PMWhy Dylann Roof Picked Those Two FlagsVexillologist Ted Kaye reminds us that flags inspire emotions, both positive and negative.
The Gist
June 17 2015 7:05 PMGo-Go Wearable GadgetsIs the quantified-self movement destined for the mainstream?
The Gist
June 16 2015 7:05 PMDeep Dive Into a Defining InstitutionThere’s a lot more to the history of slavery than cotton fields in the South between 1840 and 1860.
Hang Up And Listen
June 15 2015 5:44 PMHang Up and Listen: The Plus Plus Plus to Plus Plus EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, and doping accusations against running coach Alberto Salazar.
The Gist
June 10 2015 7:23 PMTour Guide for The Memory PalaceNate DiMeo left NPR to create a podcast fueled by deep history, captivating stories, and hypnotic music beds.
The Gist
June 8 2015 8:26 PMGrasping for the Ferguson EffectMike Pesca debates guest Heather Mac Donald about drawing a link between a spike in inner-city crime to civil unrest in Missouri.
The Gist
June 5 2015 12:50 PMThe Best Defense Is a Good ... KidMike Pesca examines how athletes position their own children to deflect the press.
The Gist
June 3 2015 6:21 PMMac McCaughan: SolochunkThe Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder performs live in Slate studios under his own name.
Hang Up And Listen
June 2 2015 6:50 PMHang Up and Listen: The It Eez Possible EditionA special edition of Slate’s sports podcast on Sepp Blatter’s resignation as FIFA president.

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