Former NPR reporter Mike Pesca hosts this daily, half-hour effort courtesy of Slate. Pesca is very funny and he crams in a lot of words between the opening and closing bells, so much so that even his credits are laced with jokes. The problem with repeated wisecracks in the credits is just that—they're repeated. Daily. Regardless, the host combines his humor and seasoned reporting chops to deliver a solid interview with each episode, as well as an informed opinion piece. The editorials may come in the form of a production number, or in a straight read. My preference is the straight read, as the guy is more entertaining when he's not trying to entertain.