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Gilbert Gottfried Cannot Pass Up a FreebieA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. At Home With Gilbert Gottfri
Slate / Posted 2 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. At Home With Gilbert GottfriedComedian, voice actor, and lifelong hoarder of tiny soaps. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is known for his notorious voice and jokes that toe the borderline between daring... Read more
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How a Wartime Codebreaker Got Her Start Studying ShakespeareA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The Nazi-Busting Woman Erase
Slate / Posted 3 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The Nazi-Busting Woman Erased by HistoryElizebeth Smith’s code-breaking genius helped America win two world wars, but the FBI took all the credit. Elizebeth Smith got her start poring over... Read more
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What the NRA Can Teach Us About Citizen MovementsA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. People Power Beats the Court
Slate / Posted 4 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. People Power Beats the CourtsThere have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen? How can savvy activism topple decades of legal precedent? The ACLU’s David Cole... Read more
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Slate
Trump’s Top Economics Adviser Has Made Some Really Bad CallsA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Putting the Con in Economics
Slate / Posted 5 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Putting the Con in EconomicsAdam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser. President Trump’s top economics adviser is Kevin Hassett, a guy who has made some very bad calls—most notably, his... Read more
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The Miami Turnover Chain Is the Greatest Invention in Football Since the Forward PassNFL celebrations, and the Miami turnover chain. Listen to Hang Up and Listen w
Slate / Posted 6 days ago
NFL celebrations, and the Miami turnover chain. Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: Become a fan of Hang Up and Listen and join the discussion of... Read more
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The Occupational Hazard of Being Loudon Wainwright IIIA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The Family ManLoudon Wainwri
Slate / Posted 9 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The Family ManLoudon Wainwright III reflects on his uneasy relationship with his father, now that he can “appreciate the difficulty of the job.” Loudon Wainwright III has been plumbing his personal... Read more
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Slate
Unlike Trump, Bush 41 Was President When America Really Was at the Center of the UniverseA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Why Bush 41 Was the Anti-Tru
Slate / Posted 10 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Why Bush 41 Was the Anti-TrumpAs president, George H.W. Bush was tight-lipped, decorous, and self-abnegating—loath even to use the word I. As the Soviet Union crumbled, George H.W. Bush’s strategy... Read more
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Tuesday’s Election Results Are Being Misinterpreted AlreadyA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. About Last NightIf Tuesday’s
Slate / Posted 11 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. About Last NightIf Tuesday’s election results were a canary in a coal mine, it’s a really expansive mine and a somewhat unreliable canary. Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast... Read more
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Slate
Why One Black Scholar Misses the Days of Dog-Whistle RacismA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The Paradox of Black Patriot
Slate / Posted 12 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The Paradox of Black PatriotismA black former Navy commander considers peaceful protest in the age of Trump. Theodore Johnson caught our attention for his tweets about how the White House reacts to... Read more
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Slate
The Vietnam War Got the Ken Burns Documentary Treatment. Is the Iraq War Next?A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick co
Slate / Posted 13 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick co-directed The Vietnam War. How do you attempt to document an event as complex and inexplicable as the Vietnam War? Filmmaker Lynn Novick says it helped to prioritize... Read more
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Baltimore Sun
Roughly Speaking with Dan Rodricks archiveturned out to be a BB gun... In this podcast: Donald Trump anxiety — people ha
Baltimore Sun / Posted 13 days ago
turned out to be a BB gun... In this podcast: Donald Trump anxiety — people have been seeing their shrinks about it, and Mike Pesca on The Gist podcast introduced the Trump anxiety hotline, playing concern over the billionaire bully’s ascendance... Read more
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Slate
Michael Rapaport Hates the New York KnicksA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Get Inside the Brain of Mich
Slate / Posted 17 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Get Inside the Brain of Michael RapaportHis views on New York sports teams, the sexual prowess of various athletes, and the basketball skills of Justin Bieber. The tax plan is out, and New Yorker... Read more
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Slate
What Can We Learn From Iceland’s Pirate Party?A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Talk Like a Pirate (Party) D
Slate / Posted 18 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Talk Like a Pirate (Party) DayBirgitta Jónsdóttir explains what Iceland’s Pirate Party is all about. Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. Birgitta Jónsdóttir has an unusual background... Read more
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Slate
A Woke Reading of The Cat in the HatA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Putting Dr. Seuss on the Cou
Slate / Posted 19 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Putting Dr. Seuss on the CouchIt doesn’t take much to see the racial stereotypes in Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works. Does that mean we shouldn’t read them to kids? Was Dr. Seuss racist? Or did his... Read more
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Slate
Remember, Halloweenies: Fear Never Killed AnyoneA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The cemetery might scare you
Slate / Posted 20 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. The cemetery might scare you, but it won’t kill you. Can you be scared to death? Can your hair go white from fear? This sounds like a job for “Is That Bullshit?” with Maria Konnikova, our favorite... Read more
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Is Cory Booker’s Marijuana Bill Worth the Hoopla?A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Sen. Cory Booker Has a Messa
Slate / Posted 23 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Sen. Cory Booker Has a Message for Pot SmokersThe New Jersey senator says that if you’re not trying to make it legal, you’re part of the problem. Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has rolled... Read more
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Slate
What’s the Opposite of Slut-Shaming?A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Fellas We Frolicked WithThes
Slate / Posted 24 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Fellas We Frolicked WithThese two women hate how we talk about sex. Talking about sex makes some people squirm. For everyone else there’s Guys We Fucked, a podcast hosted by Corinne Fisher and... Read more
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Slate
Has the Steele Dossier Been Discredited?A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Jacob Weisberg on the Steele
Slate / Posted 25 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Jacob Weisberg on the Steele DossierThe oppo research that brought us the “pee tape” was sleazy, but don’t equate it with collusion with a hostile power. Jacob Weisberg says the Clinton campaign’s... Read more
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Slate
Finding the Best CEO in the WorldA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Jeff Bezos Isn’t KingWhy the
Slate / Posted 26 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Jeff Bezos Isn’t KingWhy the head of Amazon isn’t No. 1 among the world’s CEOs. Shareholder returns aren’t the only barometer of CEO success anymore, or else Jeff Bezos would be on top. In recent... Read more
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Audible’s Mortal City Is an Ode to ObituariesA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Kathleen Horan is the host o
Slate / Posted 27 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Kathleen Horan is the host of Mortal City, the Audible original series. Kathleen Horan writes obituaries for the living. Her Audible original series, Mortal City, is an anthology of lesser-known New... Read more
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Why Woody Allen and Jon Stewart Won’t Be on Marc Maron’s Show Anytime SoonA daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Marc Maron and Brendan McDon
Slate / Posted 30 days ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Marc Maron and Brendan McDonaldHow bad does a beef have to be for a comedian to refuse to go on WTF With Marc Maron? Marc Maron says he “didn’t know anything about anything” when he began working in... Read more
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Where Did That Flag Come From?A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Flags Tell FibsWhy flags mak
Slate / Posted a month ago
A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca. Flags Tell FibsWhy flags make good symbols but bad historical records. Martin Berenetti/AFP/Getty Images Some national flags are created to unify nations, but others are simply based on myths. The... Read more

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