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
Dec. 9 2016 4:45 PMDon’t Tell Kyle Kinane What to DoThe comedian from Netflix’s Love is still fuming about all those “I voted” stickers.  
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Dec. 7 2016 6:07 PMBoeing, Get Off My Plane!Is $4 billion a lot for Air Force One? Or is Trump looking for savings in all the wrong places?
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Dec. 6 2016 1:06 PMThe Secrets of an Award-Winning Soccer CoachStefan Fatsis has been coaching girls for 10 years. Here are his tips.
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Dec. 5 2016 5:57 PMThe Blueprint for TrumpcareVox writer Sarah Kliff has read seven possible Republican health care plans. Here’s what she learned.
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Dec. 2 2016 6:44 PMThe Chaos DoctrineNot so fast, neat freaks: The Undercover Economist explains how a cluttered space makes you work smarter.
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Nov. 30 2016 4:54 PMWhat’s Bunk About BrainstormingMaria Konnikova wonders, “How about we touch base later and piggyback on a few of these ideas?”
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Nov. 29 2016 12:56 PMHigh School Football on TrialIs it ever a judge’s place to rule on a referee’s bad decision?
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Nov. 28 2016 5:57 PMStephen Dubner’s Genre-Busting Game ShowThe Freakonomics journalist on his new podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, where panelists are taken out of their comfort zones.
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Nov. 23 2016 10:56 AMThe Alt-Right Is Using TrumpBen Shapiro on how the group will take advantage of its newfound prominence.
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Nov. 21 2016 7:27 PMHang Up and Listen: The It’s Like a Whole Other Quarterback EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Dak Prescott and Tony Romo, how Randall Cunningham changed the NFL, and the NHL’s youth movement.
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Nov. 21 2016 2:47 PMHere’s What We’ve Noticed About BrexitThe Gist talks to comedian Josie Long about weird-sounding place names.
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Nov. 17 2016 6:28 PMCan Jared Kushner Really Get Top-Secret Intel?Slate’s Fred Kaplan on the rumored Trump plan to give family members national security clearance.
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Nov. 15 2016 7:06 PMThe Liberal Hegemony of Pop CultureNew York Times columnist Ross Douthat on how conservatives feel alienated by late night TV and what we’ve learned about Republican voters.
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Nov. 14 2016 7:51 PMThis Is Your Brain on Political CorrectnessIn Campus Politics, history professor Jonathan Zimmerman ­­­argues that the marriage of psychology and political discourse has hurt our capacity for debate.
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Nov. 14 2016 2:32 PMHere’s Why You Should Skip That Fancy BlenderThe Gist talks to comedian Kyle Kinane about fancy blenders. 
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Dec. 8 2016 6:24 PMGetting Held Back in Racial Justice ClassWhat did the Black Lives Matter movement accomplish? Writer Jeff Chang reflects on a complicated year.  
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Dec. 6 2016 7:27 PMIt’s Much Bigger Than O.J.Ezra Edelman, director of the ESPN doc O.J.: Made in America, on how his film addresses race, class, the Los Angeles Police Department and celebrity culture.
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Dec. 5 2016 7:52 PMHang Up and Listen: The Japan’s Babe Ruth EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Shohei Otani, J.R. Smith, and marketing football to kids. 
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Dec. 5 2016 12:28 PMNew President, New Twitter Followers?Is there a case for resetting the count to zero on Inauguration Day?
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Dec. 1 2016 6:58 PMDissecting the Carrier DealAaron Renn of the Manhattan Institute on Trump’s first deal as president-elect.
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Nov. 29 2016 4:48 PMWhy Working People Left the DemocratsAuthor Thomas Frank says the Democratic Party deserted labor years ago, and he sees little sign of a course correction.
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Nov. 28 2016 8:10 PMHang Up and Listen: The Call on the Field Does Not Stand EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Ohio State–Michigan, U.S. Soccer firing Jürgen Klinsmann, and the World Chess Championship.
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Nov. 23 2016 5:50 PMRevenge of the Music NerdsYear after year, musicians like Chic wither on the ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now the hall is inviting more critics to vote.
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Nov. 22 2016 6:50 PMA Former Breitbart Star Takes On Steve BannonBen Shapiro used to be a writer for Breitbart. Now, he’s an enemy of the alt-right.
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Nov. 21 2016 6:45 PMLearning From the Fallout of BrexitComedian and BBC Radio host Josie Long comes to America with her new, politically charged show Something Better.
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Nov. 18 2016 7:02 PMThe Incredible Failure of Get Out the VoteWe thought Trump had a terrible ground game. And Clinton was expert at microtargeting. Sasha Issenberg tells us what went wrong.
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Nov. 16 2016 6:58 PMA Show That Watches the PoliceTV journalist Dan Abrams on the controversial A&E docuseries Live PD, which follows police officers in real time.
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Nov. 15 2016 4:10 PMWill the NFL Tone Down Its Jingoism Now That Trump Is President?Yeah, probably not.
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Nov. 14 2016 7:03 PMHang Up and Listen: The Popovich for President EditionSlate’s sports podcast on sports and Donald Trump, and the political implications of the U.S.–Mexico soccer rivalry.
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Nov. 13 2016 4:29 PMThe Fault in Our PollsFiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten explains polling error, and Princeton’s Julian Zelizer puts the 2016 election in historical context.

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