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
June 24 2016 6:17 PMBillboard Hits From 1964On a day of British retreat, we ponder the British Invasion.
The Gist
June 22 2016 8:01 PMIf You Build It, Alonzo and Alie Will ComeAlonzo Bodden and Alie Ward explain How to Build … Everything.
Hang Up And Listen
June 21 2016 12:53 PMWhich Olympic Athletes Will Be Sitting This One Out?Hang Up and Listen discusses Russian athletes, drug scandals, and the Olympics.
The Gist
June 20 2016 8:16 PMBrexit Stage RightIs this the best you got, Team Leave?
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June 17 2016 4:38 PMAre These Sneakers Cornier Than Dad Jokes?Hang Up and Listen weighs in on the bright white, orthopedic-style sneakers designed by Steph Curry.
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June 15 2016 7:08 PMAgainst All OwlsMaria Konnikova delves into the research on chronotypes.
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June 13 2016 7:41 PMShut Your Lie HoleInterrogation expert Lena Sisco is on to you.
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June 10 2016 7:32 PMThe Good, the Bad, and the AliMuhammad Ali stood alone in the ring, alone when he converted to Islam, and alone when he denounced the Vietnam War.
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June 8 2016 7:44 PMThe Gangbanger Who Switched SidesHe went from dealing crack to busting dealers.
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June 7 2016 7:41 PMHow the Post Office Cured “Going Postal”Newspapers coined the term to refer to mail carriers gone berserk.
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June 6 2016 5:32 PMHang Up and Listen: The Great, Greater, Greatest EditionSlate’s sports podcast on LeBron’s playoff record, Muhammad Ali and sports writing, and Novak Djokovic’s greatness and unpopularity. 
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June 2 2016 7:48 PMThe Myth of Kitty Genovese’s MurderA man looks for answers after the famous story of his sister’s murder is debunked.
Hang Up And Listen
June 1 2016 12:52 PMShould I Cheat on My Hometown Team?Hang Up and Listen helps Mom and Dad Are Fighting host Allison Benedikt pick a team to root for during the 2016 NBA Finals.
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May 31 2016 6:57 PMHang Up and Listen: The Three Is Worth More Than Two EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Warriors’ Game 7 win over the Thunder, the Baylor football scandal, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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May 26 2016 9:32 PMSuing the SaudisSen. Chuck Schumer says victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks should be able to take the Saudi Arabian government to court.
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June 23 2016 7:20 PMThe Character Actor’s StudioCoping with Star Trek makeup and other tips from René Auberjonois.
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June 21 2016 6:55 PMCan Boris Fool Britannia?Tracing the parallels between Boris Johnson’s calls for the Brexit and Donald Trump’s rise.
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June 20 2016 8:29 PMHang Up and Listen: The Struggle Makes It Worth It EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Cleveland’s miraculous NBA Finals win and the golf rule that could have cost Dustin Johnson his first major.
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June 17 2016 7:12 PMCharmed and Disgusted With Dave HillYou might say he saw the whole Trump phenomenon coming.
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June 16 2016 6:55 PMWe Are Never Ever Joining Quail ForeverProbing the limits of Quail Unlimited.
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June 14 2016 7:24 PMYou’re Not the Real TrumpImpersonating the most imitated man in America.
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June 13 2016 6:12 PMHang Up and Listen: The Balls Don’t Lie EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Draymond Green’s suspension, Sidney Crosby and Gordie Howe, and Copa America.
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June 9 2016 6:42 PMHoping Tevye Gets a ColdThe man who plays Mordcha the Innkeeper in Fiddler on the Roof (and subs for Tevye) followed in his late father’s footsteps.
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June 7 2016 7:43 PMThe Man, the Myth, the Tooth Decay FighterHang Up and Listen looks back on some of Muhammad Ali’s famous interviews.
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June 6 2016 8:44 PMChuck Klosterman Is Wrong! (He Says.)Even the stickiest ideas can slip into oblivion.
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June 3 2016 6:32 PMTim Heidecker Is Tired of Being MetaHis comedy dumps on the mainstream. His music is a bit more earnest.
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June 1 2016 8:09 PMGhost BlusterAn appeal to Ghostbusters purists.
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May 31 2016 7:23 PMAre Skim Drinkers Milking It?Maria Konnikova gets to the bottom of skim vs. whole milk.
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May 27 2016 8:23 PMYou Can’t Handle the SpoofGrounded absurdity in Filthy Preppy Teen$.
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May 25 2016 7:10 PMTrump Anxiety Hotline ReconvenesOur trained experts can help you turn down the Trumpeting.

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