“Fifty Nifty United States”
How a 1960s novelty song became one of the greatest mnemonic devices of all time.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Start to Finish”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to a spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 8, the midseason finale of Season 6.
The Kindly BrontosaurusThe amazing, prehistoric posture that will get you whatever you want, whenever you want it.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Heads Up”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 7.
I Got a Second Chance on Who Wants to Be a MillionaireLast year I became one of the biggest losers in game show history. Going back was terrifying.
Carol’s Happy EndingThe screenwriter—and friend of Patricia Highsmith’s—who spent almost 20 years struggling to bring The Price of Salt to theaters.
Slate Voice: “Found in Translation”Listen to Dana Stevens read about exploring Japan’s rich cinematic history.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Always Accountable”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 6.
How Hamilton Uses HistoryWhat Lin-Manuel Miranda included in his portrait of a heroic, complicated Founding Father—and what he left out.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Now”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 5.
A Banner Day for America’s Scariest StaircaseShadowing William Friedkin as Washington honors The Exorcist steps.
Writing Sci-Fi for the Stage—and the EarsThe author of The Message (and The Honeycomb Trilogy) presents his four rules for serialized drama.
No HeroesThe mournful Philip K. Dick masterpiece behind Amazon’s splashy new series The Man in the High Castle.
Remembering Frances YatesThe incredible midcentury historian whose book on memory influenced writers from Calvino to Thomas Harris.
Final FrontiersStar Trek fans take to the Internet to film their own episodes of the original series.
Does Paris Matter More Than Beirut?You’d think so from the media’s coverage. And the problem goes a lot deeper than the level of attention.
The Gygax EffectGo ahead, mock. But Dungeons & Dragons created the cultural building blocks of our information age.
Too Weird for Prime TimeTwin Peaks was always more about luxuriating in Lynchian darkness than solving a murder.
Slate Voice: “Same Old Script”Listen to Aisha Harris read about the lack of diversity in writing rooms of major TV networks.
The Kidz Are All RightThat’s what Kidz Bop promises parents, with more and more sanitized versions of pop hits.
The Indie Comics Animation Gold RushThe new Big Two isn’t DC and Marvel—it’s the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.
The Walking Dead Podcast: “Here’s Not Here”Join our members-only TV Club to listen to spoiler-filled discussion of Episode 4.
Was the Boston Globe’s Church Abuse Scoop the Last Great Print Story?Or the first great Web story? A conversation with investigative reporter Walter Robinson.