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
Sept. 19 2014 6:18 PMMusician RebornXavier Dphrepaulezz, aka Fantastic Negrito, shares his journey from 1980s Oakland gutters to black roots music.
The Gist
Sept. 17 2014 6:16 PMComedian Jen Kirkman Doesn’t Want Kids. Cue Outrage.The hypothetical next generation would like to thank this talented stand-up for not procreating.
The Gist
Sept. 15 2014 6:52 PMStorm Large Owns Her Sexuality The Pink Martini singer doesn’t care if you’re offended by her changing hair color or fake boobs.
The Gist
Sept. 12 2014 6:20 PMWhy Do I Keep Accidentally Dating Swingers?Emily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence explains what to do when the common denominator is you.
The Gist
Sept. 11 2014 6:06 PMDid You See Obama Pull a John Wayne Last Night?The Gist learns how the White House stages an effective presidential speech, visually.
The Gist
Sept. 9 2014 4:38 PMReductio Ad HitlerumFinally! The Gist collects our best Hitler material in one special episode.
The Gist
Sept. 8 2014 6:34 PMDan Carlin on the Art of the RetreatThe Gist speaks with Dan Carlin about the greatest retreats in military history (and why that’s not an oxymoron).
The Gist
Sept. 4 2014 8:08 PMA Brilliant Cellist Embraces the Devil’s MusicThe Gist speaks with cellist Maya Beiser about rocking out classically.
The Gist
Sept. 2 2014 7:32 PMCan Naps Make You Feel Worse?The Gist speaks with Maria Konnikova about when power napping works against us.
The Gist
Aug. 29 2014 8:51 PMThe Thing I Need to Do Before “I Do”The Gist and Emily Yoffe follow up with Dear Prudence writer “Young and Restless” from five years ago.
The Gist
Aug. 27 2014 6:18 PMHappy People Falling in Love Makes for a Boring StoryThe Gist learns how Anya Ulinich’s new graphic novel is both graphic (sexually) and novel (inventive).
The Gist
Aug. 25 2014 7:10 PMThe Bomb Makers’ Bomb MakerThe Gist learns what happened when a Nevada casino discovered a ransom note, and gigantic bomb, on its second floor.
The Gist
Aug. 22 2014 6:55 PMThe Proud Mom of 23 Could-Be KidsThe Gist learns the advantages of frozen families over room-temperature children.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 22 2014 10:22 AMThe “Why Isn’t Everyone Rioting?” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the aftermath of Ferguson, the horrifying execution of journalist James Foley, and L.A.’s potential voting lottery.
The Gist
Aug. 20 2014 6:00 PMDude, on the Set of the Big LebowskiThe Gist learns the story behind the making of the Dude.
The Gist
Sept. 18 2014 8:03 PMFormer Police Drummer Stewart Copeland Scores Big With Ben-HurThe (second) highest-grossing silent film of all time gets a new sound.
The Gist
Sept. 16 2014 6:44 PMKen Follett’s Case for Long NovelsWhy the experience of a novel can hold your attention better than the most viral YouTube video.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 15 2014 5:10 PMHang Up and Listen: The Will Goodell Go? EditionSlate’s sports podcast on another terrible week for the NFL, U.S. domination of the basketball World Cup, and Jon Bois’ Breaking Madden series.
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 12 2014 5:05 PMMike Pesca vs. the Culture Gabfest Watch this week’s Culture Gabfest extra for Slate Plus
The Gist
Sept. 10 2014 6:14 PMThe Problem of Dual Arrests in Domestic ViolenceThe Gist explores what the Ray Rice case tells us about prosecuting domestic violence.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 8 2014 6:49 PMHang Up and Listen: The Ravens Cut Rice EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Ray Rice, the Atlanta Hawks owner’s email, and the worst high school quarterback ever.
The Gist
Sept. 5 2014 7:41 PMStop Calling Teaching a Calling. It's a Profession.The Gist explores the legacy of an education system with a circa 1820 one-room schoolhouse model.
The Gist
Sept. 3 2014 6:25 PMThe Almost Mystical Yet Totally Routine Process of ReadingThe Gist explores the mystery of the mind's eye.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 2 2014 4:36 PMHang Up and Listen: The Jerry Loves Johnny EditionSlate’s sports podcast on college football’s neutral-site money grab, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and the U.S. Open.
The Gist
Aug. 28 2014 7:08 PMGilbert Gottfried Speaks for the BirdsThe Gist asks the comedian about the old showbiz world that drew him to comedy.
The Gist
Aug. 26 2014 7:13 PMPuppies Don’t Win PulitzersThe Gist speaks with the Center for Public Integrity about recent investigations you might have missed.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 25 2014 5:14 PMHang Up and Listen: The All’s Fair in Love and WAR EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the value of the NFL preseason, Alex Gordon’s unlikely MVP candidacy, and Kevin Love’s move to Cleveland.
Slate Archives
Aug. 22 2014 4:05 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?The Gist’s Mike Pesca shares the stories that most intrigued him this past week.
The Gist
Aug. 21 2014 6:41 PMIs Infidelity Still a Third Rail for TV?The star of the FX show Married stays likable despite extramarital opportunities.
The Gist
Aug. 19 2014 7:33 PMIt’s 2014. Let’s Discuss Polling About Hillary Clinton in 2016!




Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 21 2014 11:38 PM “Welcome to the War of Tomorrow” How Futurama’s writers depicted asymmetrical warfare.
  Health & Science
The Good Word
Sept. 21 2014 11:44 PM Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat? Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.