Mike Pesca

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Pick Three: Boxing Edition

Thursday, January 05, 2012

NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca joins us to share three knockout boxing songs.

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A Closer Look

Monday, September 19, 2011

Guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. We’ll speak to the lead reporters behind ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs project,  which investigates how much money pharmaceutical companies spend on training and influencing doctors. Alexandra Fuller speaks about her new memoir Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. Kevin Wilson talks about his novel The Family Fang. Plus, Joe McGinniss discusses his aggressive investigation of Sarah Palin.

The Uncommon and Common

Friday, September 16, 2011

Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Fawaz Gerges explains why he thinks the increase in homegrown terrorism in the West is a sign that al-Qaeda’s influence is on the decline. Then, master caricaturist Drew Friedman tells us about his tribute to the Borscht Belt, Even More Old Jewish Comedians. Playwright Itamar Moses and actor Karl Miller discuss the new drama “Completeness.” Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about common sense—it's pretty common, but it's not always sensible!

Hard to Swallow

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. He’ll speak with magician and atheist Penn Jillette about on his latest collection of essays. Then, we'll find out how Joe Hill became one of the most venerated martyrs of organized labor after he was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad in 1914. James Beard Award-winning writer Jon Reiner tells about his battle with a gastroinestinal disease that forced him to take all his nutrition intravenously. Plus our latest Backstory segments.

On Screen and On Court

Monday, August 22, 2011

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. First, we'll talk about this year's crop of summer movies with film critics Richard Corliss and Kevin Lally. Heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper tells us about “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” a follow-up to his 1975 album. Ben Model discusses the television career and legacy of Ernie Kovacs. Plus, Stephen Tignor describes the fierce rivalry between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, and how it changed the game of tennis.

The Case Against Clemens

Friday, July 08, 2011

Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent, previews former Yankee Roger Clemens' perjury trial, which is due to start next week.

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Pentagon gets Rules of Cyber-War

Friday, June 24, 2011

Amidst the recent flurry of news coverage on hacks and hackers, President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that set down the rules-of-war for cyber attacks. James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says that while the actual threat of cyber warfare has been widely exaggerated many countries around the world are adopting policies to combat such attacks.

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The Conventional Wisdom

Friday, June 24, 2011

Last week after the Republican presidential debate the conventional wisdom was clear – Michelle Bachmann had transformed herself into a viable candidate for president. Whether or not that’s true, it raised some questions for our guest host Mike Pesca. Who forms the conventional wisdom, how has that changed over time and what, exactly, is it? Mike talks to Politico’s Mike Allen, Time’s Mark Halperin, The New Republic’s Franklin Foer, Republican operative Mark McKinnon and Washington Post political reporter Dana Millbank about political conventional wisdom.

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The Press Favorite

Friday, June 24, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman announced his candidacy this week. Political reporter Dave Weigel says that Huntsman's only constituency is the press, and that for a Republican candidate, that's more of a kiss of death then a boon.

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Pesca and Foer on the World Cup

Friday, July 02, 2010

Had they beaten Ghana, the USA would be playing this afternoon. So, why should you still care what's happening in the world cup? Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent, and Franklin Foer, editor at The New Republic, soccer fanatic, and author of How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization, join us to discuss soccer in the USA.

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Smackdown: Neil Diamond: Are You A Believer?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Neil Diamond's career exhibits all the characteristics of a music icon - numerous hits spanning numerous decades, the charisma and the chest hair-revealing wardrobe to back it up -- but he has yet to be formally recognized by his peers with a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of ...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions.

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Grass Drag: It's Not About Pot-smoking Transvestites

Monday, November 18, 2002

Aside from baseball's 'World Series' there is a 'World Series' of poker, a 'World Series' of billiards, a 'World Series' of marbles, and even a 'World Series' of cliff diving. Recently, in upstate New York, they held another world series - one that would decide once ...


Mayor Bloomberg Quoted in Pro-Pot Ad

Thursday, April 11, 2002

He's not suing. And he's not denying it, either. Mayor Bloomberg is downplaying advertisements by a marijuana reform group which quote him admitting to having used the drug.


Bloomberg's Weekend Getaways

Friday, March 01, 2002

You may have heard Mayor Bloomberg joking about his weekend whereabouts ... which he been keeping secret from the press. The city's tabloids have taken him to task for this, with one printing a picture of Bloomberg on a milk carton. On the Media's Mike ...