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 23 2017 10:25 AMHow to Persuade Trump’s Most Loyal SupportersMake a moral argument, but choose the right morals.
The Gist
Oct. 20 2016 10:33 AMNow, Slate Plus Members Can Get More of The Gist With Bonus Segments!Listen to Mike Pesca’s inaugural bonus segment for the show.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 12 2016 1:35 PMCan a Game Be So Lopsided It’s Boring?What Hang Up and Listen thought of the Michigan football team’s 78–0 win over Rutgers.
Hang Up And Listen
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.  
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.
Hang Up And Listen
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.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 16 2016 2:07 PMAre We Supposed to Hate Alex Rodriguez?The Hang Up and Listen crew chats about the New York Yankees legend’s retirement.
Hang Up And Listen
July 26 2016 1:39 PMWhy Did Chris Sale Cut Up His Team’s Uniforms?Assessing the White Sox pitcher’s unorthodox critique of throwback jerseys.
Hang Up And Listen
July 13 2016 10:02 AMNBA Athletes Are No Longer Spreading the LoveWith free agents like Kevin Durant flocking to top teams, will next season’s games be boring?
Slate Plus
June 28 2016 1:17 PMIs the NHL’s Move to Las Vegas a Gamble?Hang Up and Listen isn’t sure Sin City will be a hockey hotbed. But why?
Hang Up And Listen
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.
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.
Hang Up And Listen
May 17 2016 5:33 PMWhat Is Russell Westbrook Wearing Today?Hang Up and Listen decides if the basketball player is fashion-forward or not.
Hang Up And Listen
May 3 2016 1:15 PMHow Many Sports Stadium Name Changes Is a Game Changer?When should journalists respect corporate sponsored naming rights to a beloved sports stadium? And when shouldn’t they?
Hang Up And Listen
April 19 2016 6:32 PMShould We Be Weirded Out That These Grown Men Call Their Bosses Mr.Hang Up And Listen answers a listener’s question about a strange point of sports etiquette. 
The Gist
Oct. 24 2016 1:29 PMCan Tattoos Still Be Edgy When So Many People Have Them?Tattoos, Nickelback, and other topics in The Gist’s Slate Plus bonus segment.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 18 2016 4:07 PMDo Happy Cubs Fans Buy More Beer?Slate’s sports podcast talks about vending at Wrigley Field during the playoffs.
Hang Up And Listen
Oct. 4 2016 5:09 PMThe Sports Fans We Hate the MostAnd why we hate them, according to Slate’s sports podcast.
Hang Up And Listen
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. 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
Aug. 16 2016 3:16 PMThe Case for Dumping Hope SoloHang Up and Listen discusses why the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will be fine without its current goalkeeper.
Hang Up And Listen
Aug. 3 2016 11:03 AMShould a Beer Mile Be Added to the Olympic Games?There will be five new sports at the 2020 Olympics. What else should the International Olympic Committee add?
Hang Up And Listen
July 19 2016 1:34 PMIs O.J.: Made in America Any Different From Other Documentaries?The critics say yes. But why?
Hang Up And Listen
July 7 2016 9:09 AMTrial by FuryThe Olympic Trials for swimming and track and field athletes are underway. Who should you look out for?
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.
Hang Up And Listen
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.
Hang Up And Listen
May 24 2016 4:48 PMShould Athletes’ Quotes Be Cleaned Up?Hang Up and Listen wonders whether journalists should edit athletes’ quotes for grammar.
Slate Plus
May 6 2016 11:09 AMNot for KicksU.S. Soccer’s Ali Krieger on wage discrimination and shooting penalties.
Hang Up And Listen
April 28 2016 12:03 PMWhat Makes D.C. a Mediocre Sports Town?Hang Up and Listen answers listener questions live in D.C.
Slate Plus
April 12 2016 12:42 PMSoccer Style WatchThe U.S. men’s national soccer team has a new look. Hang Up and Listen plays fashion police. 

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