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
Jan. 13 2017 7:01 PMJamelle Bouie on the Trump CabinetSlate’s chief political correspondent on Trump’s picks, from the mildly acceptable to the downright disturbing.
The Gist
Jan. 11 2017 6:42 PMTwenty-Four Grueling Hours in TrumplandSlate’s Fred Kaplan on Rex Tillerson’s hearing and the unverified dossier connecting Trump and Russia.
The Gist
Jan. 10 2017 8:38 PMHow the Onion Remade Joe BidenHead writer Chad Nackers on how his satirical site turned the veep into a Trans Am–loving metal head.
The Gist
Jan. 9 2017 7:11 PMThe Secret to Meaningful WorkBehavioral economist Dan Ariely mines his research for lessons on happiness, employment, and the folly of common sense.
The Gist
Jan. 5 2017 6:42 PMThe Paradox of ShavingMaria Konnikova returns to take on one of life’s great mysteries: When you shave a lot, does your hair grow back faster?
The Gist
Jan. 3 2017 6:24 PMRalph Nader’s Animal InstinctsThe author and advocate on his new book, Animal Envy, and predictions for the Trump presidency. 
The Gist
Dec. 30 2016 7:41 PMBob Boilen: Tiny Desk, Big EffectThe man who brought us NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts asked a bunch of musicians about their influences. Guess which artists picked their own songs?
The Gist
Dec. 28 2016 4:52 PMThe Home Movie That Changed AmericaAbraham Zapruder captured a presidential assassination by accident. Now his granddaughter wrestles with his legacy.
The Gist
Dec. 22 2016 6:06 PMWhen There Was No Ducking DiscoListening back to Billboard hits of 1976, the year that gave us “Disco Duck.”
The Gist
Dec. 20 2016 6:39 PMWe’re Going Into LaborJournalist Steven Greenhouse says union membership has plummeted in the past 50 years, and Democrats haven’t done enough to fight Republican-backed anti-labor measures.
The Gist
Dec. 20 2016 12:55 PMWho in History Came Closest to Winning the Heisman and a Nobel?The Gist’s Mike Pesca has got a few ideas.
The Gist
Dec. 19 2016 6:46 PMThank God for HedonistsWork hard, play harder, build a global economy? Author Steven Johnson says frivolity, not necessity, is the mother of invention.
The Gist
Dec. 15 2016 6:47 PMDo Strict Voter Laws Make a Difference?  Voting law expert Rick Hasen on the many ways Republican states try to suppress turnout.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 14 2016 12:55 PMCould Bobby Valentine Become the Next U.S. Ambassador to Japan?And would that really be so bad? Slate’s Hang Up and Listen discusses.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 12 2016 6:48 PMHang Up and Listen: The Dark Scorigami EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Russian doping scandal, MLB offseason moves, and one-of-a-kind NFL final scores.
The Gist
Jan. 12 2017 7:05 PMHow Should We Talk About Whiteness?  Professor Marc Lamont Hill on how to have a real conversation about identity politics in the Trump era.
The Gist
Jan. 11 2017 3:12 PMWould the Onion’s “Diamond” Joe Biden Support Trump?Head writer Chad Nackers on the veep’s alter ego and how to satirize the Trump administration.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 9 2017 7:53 PMHang Up and Listen: The Gitanic EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Odell Beckham’s boat trip, Chris Berman, and darts.
The Gist
Jan. 6 2017 8:12 PMUnpacking PeanutsGuidelines out this week say toddlers should be exposed to peanuts early. Marion Nestle on the new science of kids and allergies.
The Gist
Jan. 4 2017 5:15 PMMara Wilson’s Post–Child Star LifeBetween Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street, Wilson is a defining part of many childhoods. Her new book looks at life after early fame.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 3 2017 6:19 PMHang Up and Listen: The Triple-Double Entendre EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the college football playoffs, bad NFL quarterbacks, and triple-doubles.
The Gist
Dec. 29 2016 6:22 PMGood GriefComedian Laurie Kilmartin has tips to help you boost your Twitter following and mourn your dying parent at the same time.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 27 2016 9:55 AMHang Up and Listen: The Legends of HUAL EditionSlate’s sports podcast checks back in with its favorite guests of 2016.
The Gist
Dec. 22 2016 11:58 AMThe Year of Bill CampThe actor who brought us the “subtle beast” in HBO’s The Night Of imagines the Salem witch trials with a Long Island accent.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 20 2016 4:25 PMWhy Are NFL Color Rush Uniforms So Awful?They’re truly an abomination.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 19 2016 10:03 PMHang Up and Listen: The Most Cleveland Thing Ever EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Minnesota football sexual assault investigation, Ronda Rousey’s return to the UFC, and the winless, pathetic Cleveland Browns.
The Gist
Dec. 16 2016 6:58 PMOur Inflamer in ChiefSparks of international conflict are snuffed out around the world before we ever hear about it. How could that change under the Trump administration?  
The Gist
Dec. 14 2016 5:49 PMWe Could Use Jon Stewart Right NowChris Smith is the compiler of new oral history The Daily Show (The Book), which focuses on Stewart’s cultural legacy.
The Gist
Dec. 13 2016 6:42 PMVladimir Putin Plays the Long GameObama’s second ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, on the Rex Tillerson nomination and how the U.S. should approach Russia post-hacking.
The Gist
Dec. 12 2016 5:55 PMLet’s Talk About RexHouston Chronicle energy reporter James Osborne on Trump’s prospective left-field pick for secretary of state.

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