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
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.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 24 2015 12:14 PMThe “Special K-Balls” Bonus SegmentStefan, Josh, and Mike discuss the latest absurd turn in the NFL’s Deflategate investigation.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 23 2015 4:42 PMHang Up and Listen: The Two Guys Punching Each Other in the Face EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Mayweather–Pacquiao, Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant, and rules for making baseball games faster
The Gist
Feb. 19 2015 7:12 PMTargeted by PutinOne investment fund manager tangled with the Russian leader and lived to tell the tale. His associates were not so lucky.
The Gist
Feb. 17 2015 6:35 PMWhat Cubans and Mormons Have in CommonSome cultural groups seem to have a knack for success. Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have narrowed it down to three core traits.
The Gist
Feb. 13 2015 5:54 PMThe Read Meets the SpielThe podcast world is filled with white hosts and white audiences. Kid Fury and Crissle from The Read are changing that. 
The Gist
Feb. 11 2015 6:13 PMHe Wanted to Be a MillionaireAfter losing big on the TV game show, Slate’s Justin Peters fell into a funk, only to find that his life had changed for the better. 
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Feb. 10 2015 12:38 PMThe “In Soviet Russia, We Pay You Not to Play” Bonus SegmentStefan, Josh, and Mike discuss Diana Taurasi’s decision to sit out the WNBA season.
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Feb. 9 2015 4:44 PMHang Up and Listen: The Not-So-Menacing Red Menace EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the death of Dean Smith, the rise of U.S. ski racing, and a Soviet view on the Miracle on Ice.
The Gist
Feb. 5 2015 7:18 PMThe Most Interesting Man We KnowStorytelling coach Matt Dicks demonstrates why he’s a regular on The Moth and offers some tips for your bid to receive our storytelling makeover.
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Feb. 3 2015 7:48 PMNorth Korea’s Former Poet LaureateWhen he first met Kim Jong-il, Jang Jin-sung was surprised to see the godlike figure crying to folk songs, stroking a Maltese puppy, and wearing high heels.
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Feb. 2 2015 5:09 PMHang Up and Listen: The 1 Yard From Stardom EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Super Bowl, featuring interviews with Grantland’s Bryan Curtis and NBC’s Fred Gaudelli.
The Gist
Jan. 29 2015 7:32 PMCaffeine: Shot by ShotCaffeine is powerful and effective, but it’s still a drug. Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
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Jan. 27 2015 5:41 PMThe Passion of the ChristieWhile preparing to run for the highest office, Chris Christie hasn’t tamped down his personality in any way. Will that help or hurt?
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.
The Gist
Feb. 23 2015 5:49 PMISIS’s Self-Destruct Button While denouncing ISIS, Western leaders are dismissing core principles that could help defeat the group.
The Gist
Feb. 20 2015 7:41 PMThe Cuddle CureCan more snuggling really help me keep the flu away?
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Feb. 18 2015 7:07 PMHow Many LBJs Did You Skew Today?Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., explains what it’s like to watch the film Selma as a black American history scholar.
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Feb. 17 2015 5:12 PMHang Up and Listen: The Twerking Unicorns EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Kevin Durant calling out the media, a Little League baseball scandal, and a new free-throw distraction technique.
The Gist
Feb. 12 2015 6:56 PMBeyond Death Cults and NihilismIs terrorism ever death for death’s sake? Should we understand terror groups like Boko Haram as death cults or rational actors?
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Feb. 10 2015 6:23 PMKiller Commando WeathermenThe warrior culture of special operations is learning to count meteorologists among its ranks.
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Feb. 9 2015 5:59 PMHit the Road, Union JackThere are only four nations left with the Union Jack in their flags, and two are dropping the old commonwealth brand.
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Feb. 6 2015 8:00 PMLetter-Perfect SolutionDear Prudence’s advice to a woman struggling with the psychological burden that her mother imparted from her deathbed.
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Feb. 4 2015 10:50 PMIf It Looks Like Sam Smith, but Sounds Like Tom Petty, It’s Probably Tom Petty In the investigation of similarities between songs like “Won’t Back Down” and “Stay With Me," melody is the smoking gun. 
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Feb. 2 2015 8:37 PMThe Detox DetoxAs of last year, there were no controlled and randomized trials of any commercially available detox diets. Are they bulls--t?
The Gist
Jan. 30 2015 6:45 PMThe One-Man Beautification PlanA security guard from Queens explains why he’s repainting New York’s forgotten emergency call boxes.
The Gist
Jan. 28 2015 11:12 PMCongressionalizationThomas Schaller explains why Congress is well-suited to the Republican agenda, for now.
The Gist
Jan. 26 2015 9:05 PMMicrosoft’s Imperfect 10We can mock the decision to skip Windows 9, but the software giant still has a serious share of the market.

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