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Why so many colleges are teaching The Wire.

Dec. 26 2014 8:32 AMLife on the Set of The WireHow Bunk, Kima, Freamon, and McNulty blew off steam in Baltimore.
Dec. 21 2014 8:31 PMSanta Claus Is Coming to Town, EventuallyHis magic sleigh journey is highly inefficient. So we made him a better itinerary.
Dec. 18 2014 11:48 AMBehind the Year of Outrage Here’s how Slate tracked down everything we were angry about in 2014. 
Dec. 17 2014 8:04 PMThe Sony Emails Are Fair GameNo, Aaron Sorkin, reporting on the hacked documents is not “spectacularly dishonorable.”
Dec. 16 2014 11:38 AMBlack MessiahD’Angelo’s first album in 14 years is everything it promised to be, and more.
Dec. 10 2014 7:19 PMThe New York Times’ Obscene Profanity PolicyWhat’s more important to the paper of record, reporting the news or protecting its readers’ delicate sensibilities?
Dec. 8 2014 2:15 PMBoy’s Own AdventureCheryl Strayed, Christopher McCandless, and the American literary tradition of lighting out for the territory.
Dec. 3 2014 9:23 AM“You Don’t Have to Be at the Mercy of the Muse” Lena Dunham on growing up in the art world.
Nov. 24 2014 11:38 AMThe Mommy TrapFour recent horror movies by women explore the most troubling aspects of motherhood.
Nov. 14 2014 9:58 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Now Forrest Wickman knows what “freemium” means. And sundry other lessons from his week.
Nov. 6 2014 2:19 PMWhy Taylor Swift Is the Super Bowl of PopIn the music industry today, there’s the 1 percent, and there’s everybody else.
Oct. 30 2014 1:06 PMWhy Do Zombies Lumber?Two neuroscientists explain why zombies have so much trouble walking.
Oct. 24 2014 3:23 PMNotes on FringeHippie fashion is back for men. Is that a good thing?
Oct. 23 2014 6:07 PMDevil in a TrenchcoatWill the new NBC series bring Constantine into the mainstream, or ruin the character forever?
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PMThe Actual World“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Dec. 25 2014 11:00 AMBuilding the New Sandy Hook ElementaryAn architect and a town design a school that embraces Newtown’s connection to the natural world.
Dec. 18 2014 4:07 PMThere and Back and There and Back AgainLord of the Rings and The Hobbit recap, in running shots.
Dec. 17 2014 11:48 PMThe Year of OutrageFrom righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.
Dec. 17 2014 10:10 AMThe Rise of the Singing Christmas TreeHundreds of people! Thousands of lights! Flying angels! Fireworks! Sequins! The megachurch extravaganzas explained.
Dec. 10 2014 11:45 PMTop 10 Things to Love About Letterman’s Top Ten Lists10. Their topicality 9. Their absurdity 8. Their longevity 7. Their irreverence 6. Their silliness 5. Their brevity 4. Their self-deprecation 3. Their surprise 2. Their reliability 1. Regis.
Dec. 9 2014 11:44 AMIron ManThe indefatigable Ghostface Killah.
Dec. 5 2014 4:19 PMTNR’s Raucous Wake Staff changes at the venerable magazine expose the fault lines of modern journalism.
Nov. 30 2014 11:46 PMTotally ObsessedThe new age of cultural manias.
Nov. 17 2014 11:22 AM“Where West Baltimore Brings Its Dead”That’s how you know Leakin Park from Serial and The Wire. But it’s more than that.
Nov. 12 2014 4:21 PMMusic of the SpheresIn Interstellar, Hans Zimmer scores the universe.
Oct. 31 2014 10:35 AMCurtain Up! Get the Rights!Choosing the 16 greatest musicals of Broadway’s Golden Age.
Oct. 24 2014 3:31 PMThe Devil Behind the DumpsterMulholland Drive, like the best horror films, gets at the most unsettling of existential fears.
Oct. 24 2014 12:51 PMLight Emotional SharingAmy Poehler joins the famous women’s comedy/memoir/advice-book club.
Oct. 23 2014 1:46 PMThe Real Secret of SerialHas Sarah Koenig made up her mind yet? 
Oct. 22 2014 11:52 PMThe Ebola StoryHow our minds build narratives out of disaster.

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