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
Sept. 27 2016 5:45 PMWhere’s the Beef in Trump’s Ground Game?Donald Trump’s get-out-the-vote effort defies convention. Then again, so does the entire 2016 presidential campaign.
The Gist
Sept. 27 2016 12:34 PMThis Is How Poorly Trump CommunicatesEven his supporters struggle to make sense of his word salad.
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Sept. 26 2016 5:14 PMHang Up and Listen: the Short, Joyous Life of José Fernández EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the life and death of the Miami Marlins pitcher. Plus, Chicago Cubs fandom and Nate Jackson’s new book.
The Gist
Sept. 22 2016 6:21 PMA How-Not-To Manual for PresidentsAmerica’s 15th president was a committed waffler: James Buchanan refused to take a stance on the country’s wide-open question of slavery and helped usher in the Civil War.
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Sept. 20 2016 8:09 PMMaureen Dowd Wants a Candidate Like H.W. AgainThe New York Times columnist on her new book, The Year of Voting Dangerously, and what we’re missing about Donald Trump
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Sept. 19 2016 7:20 PMHow Do We Fix Down-Ballot Elections?Gerrymandering, bathroom bills, and the Koch brothers: Reid Wilson walks us through the state of state and local races.
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Sept. 16 2016 6:27 PM“Mrs. Robinson,” “Hey Jude,” and Some Utter Schlock1968 was a year of protest and political upheaval, but the Billboard charts were dominated by novelty hits and a singing Herb Alpert.
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Sept. 14 2016 7:47 PMAre Southpaws Really Criminals?Maria Konnikova on what being right- or left-handed determines. Plus, Mike finds the one U.S. voter who likes both Clinton and Trump.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 13 2016 1:49 PMWas Allen Iverson Ahead of His Time?Slate’s sports podcast explains why he’s not just a basketball player.
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Sept. 12 2016 7:23 PMWhat Does the Charity World Think of the Clinton Foundation?What kind of rep does it have in philanthropy, and does political power warp the giving economy?
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Sept. 8 2016 7:32 PMCourting Controversy With Drew MagaryDeadspin’s author of the “Why Your Team Sucks” series explains his approach to reporting on people he finds kind of horrifying.
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Sept. 7 2016 2:21 PMLooking Back on Seven Years of Hang Up and ListenHang Up and Listen revisits its first episode.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 6 2016 8:07 PMHang Up and Listen: The Be Careful Who You Meme EditionSlate’s sports podcast on college football’s opening weekend. Plus, an interview with Nate Boyer and an appreciation of Vin Scully.
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Aug. 25 2016 7:21 PMDo You Rely on GPS? Thank Chuck E. Cheese and William F. Buckley.In Pinpoint, Greg Milner chronicles how a conservative pundit, the military, and a pizza impresario made GPS ubiquitous.
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Aug. 24 2016 7:56 PMA Sympathetic Serial ImposterJoshua Marston’s new film, Complete Unknown, depicts a woman who can’t stop changing her identity.
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Sept. 27 2016 2:37 PMThe Best Moments From Hang Up and Listen History, According to You  Revisiting the show’s most noteworthy afterballs from the vault.  
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Sept. 26 2016 7:34 PMThis Debate Is Not the Super BowlThe first presidential debate may be spectacular, but it lacks the final, unspinnable outcome of a sporting event.  
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Sept. 24 2016 9:05 AMIs Your Favorite World Oddity Wondrous Enough for Atlas Obscura?Atlas Obscura’s first printed book is your guide to Cincinnati’s lost subway, Sweden’s nose museum, and the salt-cured mummies of Iran.
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Sept. 21 2016 6:03 PMHow Filmmakers Faked the Moon Landing Inside Real NASA  Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller tricked America’s space agency into helping them with the new conspiracy mockumentary, Operation Avalanche.
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Sept. 20 2016 3:22 PMCan We Like Abby Wambach’s Book Without Liking Her?Slate’s Hang Up and Listen discusses the soccer star’s memoir.
Hang Up And Listen
Sept. 19 2016 6:02 PMHang Up and Listen: The Fear of Flying EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the whiteness of baseball and football players celebrating too early. Plus, an interview with Steph Davis about deaths in BASE-jumping.  
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Sept. 15 2016 6:44 PMThe Great Tightening, ExplainedRecent polls show the gap between Clinton and Trump is closing, but one FiveThirtyEight analyst says Clinton still has a hefty lead.
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Sept. 13 2016 7:53 PMHillary’s Campaign Manager on Pneumonia, Voters, and StrategyRobby Mook talks about Hillary Clinton’s tough week and the struggle to pin down Trump. Plus, the rise and fall of jai alai.
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Sept. 12 2016 7:45 PMHang Up and Listen: The Zelmo the Hall of Famer EditionSlate’s sports podcast on whether NFL games are getting worse and goalball at the Paralympics. Plus, an interview with Zelmo Beaty’s widow, Annie Beaty.
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Sept. 9 2016 7:22 PMTony Kornheiser Will Make Fun of Your PantsThe host of the Tony Kornheiser Show is allergic to pretense, intrigued by podcasting, and disconcerted by Costco.
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Sept. 7 2016 8:25 PMTelling Jokes in the Age of Trigger WarningsComedian Karith Foster and director Ted Balaker take on the over-the-top reactions facing comedians on campus in Can We Take a Joke?
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Sept. 6 2016 8:10 PMA GOP Apostate Explains Her Vote for HillaryKori Schake, a former Bush adviser, says a write-in vote for this year’s presidential election would be a waste.
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Aug. 26 2016 6:11 PMThe Year Nirvana Lost Out to Bryan Adams1991 marked the beginning of a decade of musical narrowcasting. With Kurt Cobain and A Tribe Called Quest splitting the vote, Color Me Badd rose to the top.
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Aug. 25 2016 10:55 AMThe U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Has Never Been BetterBut we’re not watching if there aren’t any stakes in the game.
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Aug. 23 2016 8:36 PMThere’s a Viking on the DeltaThe lead singer of the Icelandic band Kaleo found his inspiration in the blues music of the Deep South.

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