Mike Pesca
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
April 24 2015 8:02 PMSon, Your Grandpa Is a Little SketchyEmily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a father considering introducing his toddler to a skeevy, narcissistic grandpa.
The Gist
April 22 2015 5:29 PMAre Probiotics Bunk?Maria Konnikova has the scoop on yogurt that promises clearer skin and slimmer waists. 
The Gist
April 21 2015 6:03 PMWe Dish on the KnishThe traditional Jewish soul food is filled with potatoes, onions, and for one author, family history.
Hang Up And Listen
April 20 2015 5:30 PMHang Up and Listen: The Our Dump EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Warriors and Hawks, Boston’s Olympic bid, and the Islanders’ last days at Nassau Coliseum.
The Gist
April 16 2015 7:27 PM50-Year-Old HitsIn 1965 there were a ton of deserving No. 1 songs on the Billboard charts, and two silly novelty ones.
The Gist
April 14 2015 8:36 PMAr U for Spelling Reform?Spelling in English is so difficult that it might be hindering literacy rates. Maybe it’s time for a change.
The Gist
April 13 2015 7:16 PMThomas Jefferson as TouchstoneAs democracy’s hero celebrates his 272nd birthday, a look at how the late president’s words continue to inspire, despite being misconstrued.
The Gist
April 9 2015 6:22 PMRisk Lives Up to Its NameKevin Allison on the dark, kinky, and filthy storytelling podcast that’s too hot for public radio.
The Gist
April 7 2015 7:53 PMThe Moment Has ArrivedFilmmaker Brian Koppelman’s podcast explores how people who accomplish amazing things use inflection points as fuel.
Hang Up And Listen
April 6 2015 4:52 PMHang Up and Listen: The Earworm Madness EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Wisconsin and Kentucky, the 2015 baseball season, and how to write a sports theme tune.
The Gist
April 1 2015 8:39 PMShakespeare Without the ScriptWherefore art thou a Chicago Improvised Shakespeare Company? A long running Chicago show mixes the bard with unscripted comedy.
The Gist
March 30 2015 5:14 PMGunfight at the Walmart CorralShould shareholders have a say in the products a business sells? Why Trinity Church has called for a duel.
The Gist
March 26 2015 7:11 PMImmigrants Don’t Steal JobsOne economist makes his case for immigration reform, which would make us all rich—and give South Dakota a football team.
The Gist
March 24 2015 6:52 PMThe Wizard of OozeEverett Dirksen was a man of unbending principles, the first of which was to be flexible at all times.
Hang Up And Listen
March 23 2015 5:00 PMHang Up and Listen: The Stuffed Sparrow on a Cricket Ball EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NCAA Tournament, the retirement of NFL player Chris Borland, and the Cricket World Cup.
The Gist
April 23 2015 6:31 PMWhat Makes a Story UnforgettableWe asked our listeners to help us find the greatest story ever told, so Matt Dicks can coach it into an even greater story.
Culture Gabfest
April 22 2015 11:02 AMThe Culture Gabfest “About Lightning” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on About Elly, movie trailers, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s SNAP challenge.
The Gist
April 20 2015 7:20 PMBefore Bombs Fell Out of FavorAuthor Bryan Burrough on why the explosive tactics of the 1970s political underground are rarely used today.
The Gist
April 17 2015 7:05 PMFrom The Daily Show to the PastBrian Unger explains how his career led him to a job as a park ranger, slash historian, slash tour guide, slash Travel Channel TV host.
The Gist
April 15 2015 7:38 PMPutin Programs, You DecideHow the Russian leader maintains his popularity by keeping a finger on the balance of media.
Hang Up And Listen
April 13 2015 7:52 PMHang Up and Listen: The Lord Stanley’s Coffee Urn EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Masters, plus interviews with basketball shoe impresario Sonny Vaccaro and Stanley Cup keeper Philip Pritchard.
The Gist
April 10 2015 8:48 PMVincent D’Onofrio on Introversion and ActingMike asks the accomplished character actor a question no one has ever asked him before.
The Gist
April 8 2015 6:59 PMExpired ExschmiredHow seriously should we take the sell-by dates on our foods? Maria Konnikova will know.
The Gist
April 6 2015 6:46 PMTED Talks Shame the DevilAuthor Megan Hustad found the crescendo of conviction at TED reminiscent of a tent revival sermon. It freaked her out.
The Gist
April 3 2015 2:33 PMTargeted by PutinOne investment fund manager tangled with the Russian leader and lived to tell the tale. His associates were not so lucky.
The Gist
March 31 2015 7:03 PMWhat’s a Walking Bass Line?Chris Molanphy steps us through the low-end hooks that make songs like “Good Times” and “Billie Jean” so infectious.
The Gist
March 27 2015 6:08 PMThe Pit Boss of House of CardsGuest Beau Willimon told Kevin Spacey that he wanted to create a character that would eclipse all the others. In Frank Underwood, they did.
The Gist
March 25 2015 6:01 PMPractical YolksEggcellent news! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is about to drop a long-standing guideline on cholesterol.
The Gist
March 23 2015 6:48 PMThe #NotAMovie Challenge BeginsTweet us an imaginary movie title, and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song. 
The Gist
March 23 2015 4:04 PMThe #NotAMovie ChallengeTo Cleaver by Half. Gerunding Gerald. The Girl With the Unfortunate Toes. Tweet us an imaginary movie title and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song. 

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