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
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
March 20 2015 7:32 PMScharpling and Wurster Do It BestTom Scharpling and Jon Wurster aren’t used to talking about what makes their imaginative radio comedy work, but we’ll make them try.
The Gist
March 18 2015 6:08 PMPolitical KryptoniteAmong the flock of aspiring Republican presidential candidates, who will steal the most votes and money from Jeb Bush?
The Gist
March 16 2015 6:30 PMA Matter of ChorusHow has an emphasis on branding changed the relationship between a song’s title and chorus?
The Gist
March 13 2015 7:20 PMTips for Your Office FridgeDan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast sizes up the Slate office fridge and offers tips for improving your communal kitchen.
The Gist
March 11 2015 6:00 PMBitter DelightsThe Gist travels all the way to the neighborhood bar to learn about locally grown cocktail bitters. 
The Gist
March 9 2015 6:42 PMSongs That Almost Killed the American SongbookHow “The Doggie in the Window” and other confections nearly erased one of the greatest eras in music. 
The Gist
March 6 2015 9:37 PMPaid to PlayThree professional gamers talk about turning Call of Duty into goofy YouTube videos, millions of views, and six-figure incomes.
The Gist
March 4 2015 8:39 PMHe Stared Down the SovietsA veteran of the Pentagon and State Department on the possibility of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and the impact of Bibi Netanyahu’s speech before Congress.
The Gist
March 2 2015 7:38 PMSmell The Roses  Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth about aromatherapy. Is that a whiff of bulls--t?
The Gist
Feb. 27 2015 6:07 PMWorld Saved by Jet-Skiing ComedianOn behalf of chickens and goats, Kurt Braunohler roared down the Mississippi on the dumbest form of transportation.
The Gist
Feb. 25 2015 5:58 PMGet HappierAfter earning notoriety with The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin talks about her new foray into podcasting with Slate’s new Panoply network.
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. 
The Gist
March 19 2015 6:56 PMPuppy LoveCan animals feel emotions? Maria Konnikova explains what recent studies reveal about animal feelings.
The Gist
March 17 2015 7:07 PMMy Big Fat German DebtComparing Greek debt to the subprime mortgage crisis with Adam Davidson.
Hang Up And Listen
March 16 2015 4:26 PMHang Up and Listen: The Hate, Hope, and Hockey EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Selection Sunday, I Hate Christian Laettner, NFL free agency, and the imploding Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Gist
March 12 2015 6:27 PMHigh Maintenance DeliversOne of the best joints on television is actually a Web series.
The Gist
March 10 2015 6:26 PMDo Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect PatentsEarly Monopoly was a left-wing teaching tool for railing against monopolists.
Hang Up And Listen
March 9 2015 5:14 PMHang Up and Listen: The College Hoops in Crisis EditionSlate’s sports podcast on NCAA basketball’s plodding pace, the decline of the running back, and Errol Morris’ sports documentaries.
The Gist
March 5 2015 8:34 PMRepublicans: Report to Spring TrainingBaseball players can be ranked by their earning potential, popularity, and toughness. Why not do the same for likely primary candidates?
The Gist
March 3 2015 9:21 PMOne Condiment to Rule Them AllThe Gist travels to New York’s Maille boutique to meet the city’s first mustard sommelier.
Hang Up And Listen
March 2 2015 6:28 PMHang Up and Listen: The Good News for People Who Love Stat News EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the state of sports analytics, Larry Sanders quitting the NBA, and tennis match-fixing.
The Gist
Feb. 26 2015 7:31 PMThe Quiet Dignity of BearsDo bears enter human communities because they’re being pushed out of their natural habitats, or because our garbage is tasty?
The Gist
Feb. 24 2015 6:05 PMIs Illegal Immigrant Offensive, Accurate, or Both?Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas says that illegal immigrant is a hurtful term, but Mike Pesca isn’t convinced that undocumented is more accurate.

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