Nov. 7, 2008
Summary Judgment: Soul Men vs. Role Models
Mark Jordan Legan takes us through the reviews for the comedy Soul Men, about two singing legends who agree to an onstage reunion; the animated sequel Madagascar: Return 2 Africa; and the Paul Rudd comedy Role Models, about two screw-ups sentenced to mentor kids. Listen to the segment.
Nov. 6, 2008
Politics: What To Expect From Obama Now
America has decided. Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009. Madeleine Brand and Alex Chadwick talk to chief political correspondent John Dickerson about the election results and what Americans can expect from their new president.
Having covered Obama for more than 20 months, Dickerson says it was striking how different the atmosphere at Obama's victory rally was: "There was no humor. It was a very serious speech about the challenges we face as a country." Listen to the segment.
Nov. 4, 2008
Politics: Editor Says Voters Are Smart, So We'll Call It Early
Some media organizations are planning to name a winner before all the polls close—even though it came back to bite them in 2004. Editor David Plotz tells Madeleine Brand why he thinks it's a good move to make an early call. Listen to the segment.
What's Up, Doc?: TV Shows Linked to Teen Sex
A new study links provocative TV with unwanted teen pregnancies. So should you limit your kids' TV time to Sesame Street, or is there more here than meets the eye? Dr. Sydney Spiesel looks at the factors at play. Listen to the segment.
TODAY IN SLATE
The World’s Politest Protesters
The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.
The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans
How Did the Royals Win Despite Bunting So Many Times? Bunting Is a Terrible Strategy.
Federal Law Enforcement Has Declared War on Encryption
Justice and the FBI really do not like Apple’s and Google’s new privacy measures.
Homeland Is Good Again! For Now.
How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.
How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully
On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.