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
May 27 2016 8:23 PMYou Can’t Handle the SpoofGrounded absurdity in Filthy Preppy Teen$.
The Gist
May 25 2016 7:10 PMTrump Anxiety Hotline ReconvenesOur trained experts can help you turn down the Trumpeting.
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.
Hang Up And Listen
May 23 2016 7:37 PMHang Up and Listen: The Stud Muffins and Rumble Ponies EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Golden State Warriors, minor-league baseball team names, and the Undefeated.
The Gist
May 20 2016 6:51 PMIf the Dog Turns Left, Think NovelHow storyteller Matthew Dicks maximizes every second of his day—from meals to showers to dog walking.
The Gist
May 18 2016 9:25 PMWhen a Joke Almost Works Too WellTrying not to let a quality bit become a crutch.
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 16 2016 5:02 PMHang Up and Listen: The Corny Sneakers EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NBA playoffs, Stephen Curry’s Under Armour shoes, and Zika and the Olympics.
The Gist
May 12 2016 6:14 PMDid the Media Create Trump?Or were they just manipulated by him? NPR’s David Folkenflik debates our host.
The Gist
May 10 2016 7:32 PMNeither Frightened Nor RabbitScottish frontman Scott Hutchison explains how songwriting helps him sort his messiest, darkest thoughts.
The Gist
May 6 2016 7:21 PMA Rob Reiner­–mentary if You WillWe discuss father-son relationships in Being Charlie and the birth of the mockumentary genre in This Is Spinal Tap.
The Gist
May 5 2016 7:49 PMTrump as NapalmWhy some conservative thinkers are excited for the scorched Earth that will be left in the wake of the presumptive nominee.
The Gist
May 4 2016 9:16 AMTrumpeting Mike Tyson’s EndorsementWhy do we call it progress when convicted felons get the right to vote, but not when this specific felon expresses his particular vote?
The Gist
May 2 2016 9:33 PMThe End of Conventional Wisdom in PoliticsNo one thought the individual donor–funded campaign for a democratic socialist would get this far… especially Bernie Sanders.
The Gist
April 29 2016 7:40 PMHe Walked on the Moon!“I want to hear a destination, an objective, a time period, and a plan,” Buzz Aldrin tells The Gist.
The Gist
May 26 2016 9:32 PMSuing the SaudisSen. Chuck Schumer says victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks should be able to take the Saudi Arabian government to court.
The Gist
May 24 2016 7:25 PMGov. John Hickenlooper Gets His Rear in GearColorado’s highest-ranking brewmaster says government should consider measuring joy as well as unemployment. 
The Gist
May 23 2016 9:28 PMKevin Spacey Is a CatBreaking down the film cliché of workaholic dads who reconnect with their children.
Sports Nut
May 23 2016 6:23 PMWhat’s Wrong With the Warriors?A conversation about Golden State’s crushing loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder. 
The Gist
May 19 2016 6:07 PMThe Whigs Were RightThe hosts of the BackStory podcast join us to discuss the #NeverLincoln movement and other historical parallels.
The Gist
May 17 2016 7:45 PMEnlightened Titans of IndustryBig business is taking up the LGBTQ vanguard. Is that a problem?
The Gist
May 16 2016 7:50 PMSaving Paul RyanHe went in for the handshake. Tianna Gaines-Turner gave him a hug.
The Gist
May 13 2016 6:11 PMVote JabbaIn the Spiel, Mike focus-groups Jabba the Hutt and Princess Leia.
The Gist
May 11 2016 7:15 PMI’ll Know Porn Addiction When I See ItMaria Konnikova explains what all of those pizza delivery guys and naughty nurses are doing to our brains.
The Gist
May 9 2016 9:06 PMHe’s Not PivotingWhen you give opposing answers to the same questions, that’s called contradicting yourself.
Slate Plus
May 6 2016 11:09 AMNot for KicksU.S. Soccer’s Ali Krieger on wage discrimination and shooting penalties.
The Gist
May 4 2016 10:24 PMWelcome to the AbyssWe’re reconvening this much-requested Trump Anxiety Hotline. Trust us, you’ll feel better.
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
May 2 2016 6:34 PMHang Up and Listen: The Perverse Ingenuity EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Laremy Tunsil’s gas mask, Leicester City’s Cinderella story, and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
The Gist
April 28 2016 7:29 PMBehind the Scenes at Wait WaitHear what happens when you put two public radio nerds in a room—a lot of insightful shoptalk.

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