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Mike Pesca



Created and hosted by Mike Pesca, The Gist is the longest running daily news podcast in history, consistently ranked in Apple's Top 20 Daily News charts. In addition to guest hosting the NPR Programs All Things Considered and the news quiz Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, his work has been featured on This American Life, Radiolab, and Planet Money. He has frequently appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and The PBS Newshour, and written for The Washington Post, The Guardian, GQ, Slate, and Baseball Prospectus.

Mike's unique and pragmatic, centrist point of view gives listeners an alternative to the polarizing commentary found almost everywhere else. From breaking news and politics, to sports and entertainment, debunked conspiracies and lies, to bears and lobstars, Mike covers it all.


Critical. Reasonable. Surprising.

The Gist Podcast Cover

Pesca challenges himself and his audience, in a responsibly provocative style, and gets beyond the rigidity and dogma


Upon Further Review book cover

The greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way.

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