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Mike Pesca

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Reply All And Mike Pesca And Smith College And Race And Race And Race

Blocked and Reported

The liberal landscape is littered with race-related meltdowns. After a correction and an update to last week's Reply All episode, Katie and Jesse discuss Mike Pesca's suspension from Slate and a long, infuriating article in the New York Times about false accusations at Smith College. Reply All’s “The Confetti Cannon” episode: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/dvh64g The other side of the argument that Reply All got more political: https://www.reddit.com/r/replyallpodcast/comments/ju3ly4/hot_take_reply_all_is_not_getting_more_political/gca58cv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 Fresh Air on the nature of the protest: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/25/971319812/reporters-video-from-inside-senate-on-jan-6-shows-a-crowd-prepared-for-violence NY Times on Deadspin’s implosion: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/31/business/media/deadspin-was-a-good-website.html Defector’s story on Mike Pesca: https://defector.com/mike-pesca-slate-suspended/ NY Times on Pesca: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/business/media/slate-mike-pesca-suspended.html “Eschew the Taboo: The pernicious effects of banning words” by Christopher Hitchens: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/12/hatred-will-always-outpace-linguistic-correctness.html Ta-Nehisi Coates on use/mention: https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/11/to-conversate/66929/ John McWhorter on use/mention: https://johnmcwhorter.substack.com/p/the-n-word-as-slur-vs-the-n-word Margaret Sullivan with a confusing column: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/mike-pesca-donald-mcneil-n-word-media/2021/02/24/fe89d010-76a1-11eb-8115-9ad5e9c02117_story.html?itid=ap_margaretsullivan Stefan Fatsis on this debate in Slate alllllll the way back in 2020: https://slate.com/culture/2020/07/scrabble-offensive-words-ban-player-reaction.html The episode of The Gist where Pesca mentions nonbinary pronouns: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/acosta-out-emily-bazelon-charged-kamala-harris-gun-laws.html Michael Powell’s crazy story about Smith College: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/24/us/smith-college-race.html The ACLU ACLU-ing, hard: https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/smith-college-overhauls-policing-practices-after-black Cathy Young on the "Napping Whilte Black" story at Yale, which was significantly more complicated: https://thebulwark.com/standing-up-to-the-moral-outrage-industry/ Jodi Shaw's latter, as published by Bari Weiss: https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/whistleblower-at-smith-college-resigns Katie on disappearing lesbians: https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/where-have-all-the-lesbians-gone-0a7 Glenn Greenwald on his experience "trending as a transphobe and biphobe": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXXJoOsdoNE&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=GlennGreenwald

55mins

1 Mar 2021

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Election Sunday: A Great Debate Zinger (1988) w/ Mike Pesca

This Day in Esoteric Political History

It’s October 4th. On this day in 1988, Lloyd Bentsen delivered one of the most memorable debate lines of all time when he told his VP opponent Dan Quayle that he “was no Jack Kennedy.” Jody and Niki are joined by Mike Pesca, the host of Slate’s “The Gist,” to discuss why Benson’s line worked so well and what it can teach us about other great debate moments. Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

24mins

4 Oct 2020

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Mike Pesca

Legends Of Sport

This week, Andy invites radio host, journalist, and fellow podcaster, Mike Pesca! Mikes discusses his New York Times Best Selling book "Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History", a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios and the ripple effects that shoulda-coulda-woulda happened. From Muhammed Ali overcoming government conviction, Dwight Clark's "The Catch", Bill Buckner's missed grounder in the '86 World Series, Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson, and the "What-If's?" that didn't make the cut. The two also discuss the current shutdown of sports due to the Coronavirus pandemic, what sports means to society in terms of healing, and what the new future holds for sporting events. Be sure to check out Mike's podcast "The Gist"!

43mins

14 Apr 2020

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Varsity Letters June 18, 2018: Mike Pesca

Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters

On June 18, 2018, three of our favorite sportswriters appeared at Gelf Magazine's Varsity Letters at The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge. Speaking in Part II: Mike Pesca is the author of Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History and host of the podcast of the same name, as well as Slate's daily podcast, The Gist.

24mins

1 Sep 2019

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W Kamau Bell & Mike Pesca

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

This week, we've got another Emmy-nominated guest - W.Kamau Bell! He's known for his stand-up comedy. But he might be even more beloved for the television shows he's hosted. "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," was kind of a hybrid between a political satire show and a talk show. But unlike, say, "The Daily Show" Kamau wasn't inclined to be the star. Rather, he let his guests do that. Kamau just asked questions - both funny and serious ones. That made the show really special. W. Kamau Bell's, "United Shades of America," airs on CNN and is up for three Emmys. He'll tell us why he's particularly proud about the series. Then, we'll talk to Mike Pesca about his newest book: "Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History". It's a collection of essays from over 30 different writers - people like Robert Siegel, Nate DiMeo, Jesse Eisenberg and more. They all ask hypothetical questions about the most pivotal moments in sports history... and what would have happened if things had gone differently. Pesca also talks about what it was like working for NPR as one of two sports reporters and about the time he was the guest host of "Wait Wait.. Don't Tell Me!" (including the outcry he received for having Kim Kardashian-West on that program). And finally, for this week's Outshot, Jesse breaks down "Aretha Live at the Fillmore West" and why the San Francisco-recorded live album might be the perfect showcase for the late Queen of Soul.

1hr 5mins

20 Aug 2018

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7.18.18 Podcast: Guests Mike Pesca, podcaster and author; A.J. Perez USA Today

HWTP SPORTS TALK

Guest Mike Pesca: author of Upon Further Review, host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist; he also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.Excerpts from his discussion with David Weinstein...‘what-if’ “One of the last things I did as editor was I went through the entire book and I searched for the phrase ‘butterfly effect'...I wanted to use it no more than three times, so I had to cross a couple out.”On a chapter written by former NPR host Robert Siegel that imagines an alternate universe in which the Dodgers had never left Brooklyn…‘what-if’"Just to hear Robert Seagull pretend that the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn...He spends 30 years building up his credibility and ruins it with this one story.""The best ‘what-if’ happened after the book went to publisher, which is what if the US had qualified for this World Cup?"Join the conversation!On Social Media use #AskHWTPEmail us at feedback@hwtpsportstalk.comCall us at 1 347 989 0227Missed any of our broadcasts? Click here to listen to our on-demand podcasts.  HWTP Sports Talk With David Weinstein is a Sweet G. Communications production | 2018 Copyright

1hr 2mins

19 Jul 2018

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But That's Another Story

Slate's Mike Pesca on Gregg Easterbrook's The Progress Paradox, reporting on the media, and the merits of optimism. To learn more about the books we discussed in this episode, check out Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love, Mike Pesca's Upon Further Review, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, Joseph Heller's Catch-22, and Gregg Easterbrook's The Progress Paradox. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22mins

13 Jul 2018

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Mike Pesca Debates the Greatest Sports What-Ifs | Larry Wilmore (Ep. 43)

Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air

Larry Wilmore weighs in on current events (1:00) before Mike Pesca joins to discuss politics (15:00) and the famous what-ifs of sports history including moments involving Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, and others (30:00).*This episode was recorded prior to Anthony Kennedy announcing his decision to retire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 8mins

28 Jun 2018

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54: Mike Pesca Did Stand Up Comedy

The Casey McLain Show

Casey is joined by host of the daily podcast The Gist, Mike Pesca, to talk about the year in his early 20s that Mike did stand up comedy. Mike was a long time contributor on NPR, and now works at Slate.com. Mike did stand up comedy for a year in the early 90s in New York City and Atlanta. http://traffic.libsyn.com/nasorb/54_Mike_Pesca.mp3

27 Nov 2017

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54: Mike Pesca Did Stand Up Comedy

Cascaudio - The Entire Network

Casey is joined by host of the daily podcast The Gist, Mike Pesca, to talk about the year in his early 20s that Mike did stand up comedy. Mike was a long time contributor on NPR, and now works at Slate.com. Mike did stand up comedy for a year in the early 90s in New York City and Atlanta. http://traffic.libsyn.com/nasorb/54_Mike_Pesca.mp3

27 Nov 2017

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