The 10 Most Popular Slate Stories in 2013

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Dec. 20 2013 8:08 AM

The 10 Most Popular Slate Stories in 2013

See what made the list and catch up on the ones you missed.

10 Most Popular Slate Magazine Stories: 2013

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2013 was a great year for Slate stories—we had several months of record-breaking traffic, and you, dear readers, showed us you are true omnivores in your subject interests. Our top stories this year included everything from thoughtful analysis of the Cleveland kidnappings, to a beautiful photo essay on expectant parents, to valuable advice on why drowning doesn’t actually look like drowning. Enjoy catching up on any of these great stories you missed, and we look forward to bringing you new favorites next year.

10.White Women, Black Hairstyles
By David Rosenberg, Oct. 15

This quirky, never-before-published photo series on white women posing for corporate headshots with traditionally African-American hairstyles ignited big discussions on beauty and race.

9.Werner Herzog Made a Documentary About Texting While Driving. And It’s Haunting
By David Haglund, Aug. 9

This collaboration between the famed filmmaker and AT&T was hard to watch, but readers were moved by its stark message.


8.Don’t Say Goodbye When You Leave a Party. Just Ghost.”
By Seth Stevenson, July 3

This funny essay about why you should never bother saying goodbye to everyone when you leave a party was a hit when it came out this summer, but it got a second viral wind on Facebook late this year, propelling it into our top-10 list.

7.Touching, Unguarded Portraits of Sleeping Parents-to-Be
By Jordan G. Teicher, Sept. 16

Many readers were charmed by this photo essay that featured pregnant couples photographed from above.

6.How Would We Report on the Government Shutdown if It Were in Another Country?
By Joshua Keating, Sept.30

This tongue-in-cheek essay was a pitch-perfect take on our government shutdown this year.

5.Take the Impossible ‘Literacy’ Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s
By Rebecca Onion, June 28

This test, which was used as a tool of racial discrimination, will outrage you.

4.Why We Post Nothing—Nothing—About Our Kid Online. You Should Do the Same For Your Kids.”
By Amy Webb, Sept. 4

A data privacy expert takes aim at a nearly universal practice of parents—and sparks a huge debate.

3.In Praise of the Emergency Dispatchers Who Handled the Amanda Berry 911 Calls”
By Justin Peters, May 8

This thoughtful essay went against kneejerk reactions related to one of the biggest news stories of the year.

2.This Awesome Ad, Set to the Beastie Boys, Is How to Get Girls to Become Engineers”
By Katy Waldman, Nov. 19
This clever and inspiring toy ad took the Internet by storm last month.

1.Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
By Mario Vittone, June 4

Our most popular story this year was an important piece of service journalism that highlights the risks and warning signs of someone who is drowning, which are shockingly different from what you’d expect.


Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

Hidden Messages in Corporate Logos

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

How Can We Investigate Potential Dangers of Fracking Without Being Alarmist?

My Year as an Abortion Doula       

  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Sept. 15 2014 4:38 PM What Is Straight Ice Cream?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 15 2014 4:49 PM Cheetah Robot Is Now Wireless and Gallivanting on MIT’s Campus
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 15 2014 11:00 AM The Comet and the Cosmic Beehive
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.