Mike Pesca
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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
June 23 2017 7:39 PMDo Radicals Change the World?Author Jeremy McCarter on the five people who changed the course of America in 1917.
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June 22 2017 6:40 PMScaachi Koul on Surviving the TrollsIt helps to stay off Twitter.
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June 20 2017 8:31 PMIs Terrorism Coverage Racist?A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.
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June 16 2017 7:39 PMJon Ronson on Writing the Year’s Wildest MovieThe Welsh journalist on his new movie, the meat-is-murder fantasy adventure Okja.
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June 14 2017 6:50 PMHe Ate Human Flesh for ScienceBill Schutt on his comprehensive new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.
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June 12 2017 7:35 PMAutocrats Can’t Take a JokeComedian Bassem Youssef satirized two Egyptian presidents. They were not amused.
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June 8 2017 7:01 PMWhat We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Part IICriminal justice quant John Pfaff says to bring down the prison population we must rein in prosecutors. Can that be done?
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June 6 2017 7:51 PMWhy So Morose About Lactose?Our resident debunker, Maria Konnikova, on the truth and the fiction about nondairy milks.
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June 1 2017 6:07 PMThe Path of Most ResistanceNew Republic editor Jeet Heer on how the election of Donald Trump has remade the Democratic Party.
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May 25 2017 7:05 PMBen Wittes Digs OutThe editor of Lawfare returns to wade through the past two weeks’ worth of ENSH (errant national security horses--t).
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May 23 2017 8:09 PMTom Ricks: “It’s Shakespearean”A longtime defense policy reporter on the tragedy unfolding in the Trump White House. 
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May 19 2017 7:28 PMCan We Really Fix College Sports?Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, wants to help college athletes out of their plight. 
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May 17 2017 5:15 PMWhy Things Went South in AlabamaJohn Archibald, dean of the Alabama press corps, unpacks the scandal that brought down his state’s governor.
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May 16 2017 6:21 PMEncounters With the Very, Very FamousChuck Klosterman on his new book X, which includes profiles of everyone from Kobe Bryant to Taylor Swift.
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May 12 2017 8:02 PMAre Bilinguals Really Smarter?Our social science sleuth Maria Konnikova returns to take on the question of whether bilinguals are brighter than the rest of us. 
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June 23 2017 10:25 AMHow to Persuade Trump’s Most Loyal SupportersMake a moral argument, but choose the right morals.
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June 21 2017 7:31 PMThe Musings of Wallace ShawnThe playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.
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June 19 2017 7:41 PMLies vs. BSA handy guide to parsing the president’s tweets.
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June 15 2017 6:45 PMThe Delicate Art of Political PersuasionRobb Willer on how to reframe debates in a way the “other side” will understand.
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June 13 2017 6:46 PMAwk-ward!Why does awkwardness make us so uncomfortable?
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June 9 2017 9:19 PMLarry Wilmore is Black on the AirThe comedian talks about his new podcast and why satire can’t change minds.
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June 7 2017 6:11 PMWhat We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Part IHint: It’s not about the feds, it’s about local prosecutors.
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June 5 2017 6:27 PMO Great Confessor GoogleSeth Stephens-Davidowitz combs internet search data to uncover secrets that elude pollsters.
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May 27 2017 9:29 AMThe Colony and the Nation MSNBC host Chris Hayes on how the law-and-order policies of Richard Nixon have created a bifurcated America.
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May 24 2017 6:40 PMEveryone Looks Presidential on Air Force OneJosh King on why Donald Trump is looking kind of respectable during his first foreign trip.
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May 22 2017 6:44 PMJon Glaser Is ConflictedThe star of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter isn’t sure the world needs more dumb jokes, but he’s making them anyway.
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May 18 2017 6:51 PMRoger Ailes Created This MessIsaac Chotiner on the death of a man who created Fox News and elevated Trump to political power.
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May 17 2017 1:32 PMWhat Richard Spencer Learned From Stephen MillerReeves Wiedeman on the Duke lacrosse scandal and the rise of the alt-right.
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May 15 2017 7:13 PMChasing the Bauble With Brooke GladstoneThe On the Media host says press tallies of Trump lies are not enough; we have to cover the consequences.
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May 11 2017 7:37 PMClint Watts, Testifier ExtraordinaireThe star of March’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing says we need to get better at knowing information warfare when we see it.

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