Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast, The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR. The Gist is a daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you’ll be discussing with friends and family tonight.
In this Episode, Mike interviews Chris Herren who’s NBA career ended largely because of drug abuse that started in his teens. Now he speaks to thousands of students about making better choices—not by using the fear tactics often deployed in American schools, but by examining the emotions tied to substance use. Herren’s presentations are the subject of a new ESPN documentary, The First Day.