Mike Pesca is an American radio journalist and podcaster based in New York City. He is the host of Slate magazine's daily podcast, The Gist and the editor of Upon Further Review:The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History.
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A Bunch of Dopes and Babies
On the Gist, revisiting the travel ban.In the interview, we talk with Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes, the editors of Lawfare, about their new book, Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office. They discuss the precedents that Trump has broken as POTUS and paint a stark picture of the future of the executive office if he is re-elected.In the spiel, “a bunch of dopes and babies.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Was Killing Soleimani Worth It?
On the Gist, the New York Times endorsement.In the interview, senior fellow and director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Matthew Levitt is here to talk about the killing of Qasem Soleimani. What calculus went into the decision, whether it was worth it, and what this means for the future of the US and Iran.In the spiel, the beginning of the Senate impeachment trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Stories the Gist Skipped in 2019
On the Gist, Mike makes predictions about what happened the week of Christmas.In the spiel, Mike reflects on 2019. He shares a rundown of what he didn’t cover, and a few particular standout moments from this year’s episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Approving War Crimes?
On the Gist, John Bolton.In the interview, Mike talks to the hosts of Zero Blog Thirty, a podcast about the military from those who've lived it. They discuss the recent news about the Afghanistan papers, how Trump handled all the recent war criminals, and finding a space to talk about the inside baseball of the armed forces. Zero Blog Thirty is a podcast from Barstool, which you can listen to here.In the spiel, ‘tis the political season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ignoring Iowa
On the Gist, Pete Buttigieg and wine bars.In the interview, Mike talks to actor Rhea Seehorn and creator Mike Sacks about their new Audible original Passable in Pink, a satire of John Hughes films. They discuss their shared love of Hughes’ movies, how films like 16 Candles have held up in 2019, and the behind-the-scenes audio wizardry that made Passable in Pink come to life.In the spiel, Julian Castro’s attempt to revive his campaign.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Dec 29th, 1971
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2 weeks, 5 days