Slate Voice: “Plush Life”Listen to Mark Joseph Stern reads his study of why people lost their minds over Beanie Babies.
The Semi-Retirement MythDon’t buy the tales of meaningful work into your 70s. Your retirement is inevitable—and bleaker than the last generation’s.
Jon Stewart’s Book ClubThe Daily Show wasn’t just important for our collective sanity. For nonfiction authors, it was a lifeline.
Robin Williams’ Family Is Like YoursEvery kind of family goes through bitter estate disputes. And good planning doesn’t always help.
The Best Affordable Housing Plan in the U.S. Isn’t Good EnoughNew York City’s ambitious efforts will still leave residents scraping by. American cities need a national housing fix.
Spoiler AlertChildren’s birthday parties are getting more and more extravagant. Here’s how we let it happen.
Kludge NotObama’s plan for free community college is elegant and forward-thinking—unlike virtually all U.S. policy fixes.
Rank and VileThe Economist whiffed on its list of influential economists. Here’s how the magazine should have done it.
Thomas Piketty Won 2014Not everyone buys the French economist’s ideas about wealth. But they’re debating the issues on his terms now.
Don’t Sweat the Dodd-Frank RollbackCongress just gave Wall Street a win. It also opened the door for smarter, better financial reform.
Cents and SensibilityTrust Thomas Piketty on economic inequality. Ignore what he says about literature.
Naming WrongsDavid Geffen paid $100 million to get his name on a concert hall at Lincoln Center. Yes, that’s kind of gross.
You’re Doing Allowance WrongDon’t start it too late, don’t link it to chores, and don’t skimp. Here’s how to do it right.
Are the Greeks Sound Negotiators?The country owes 300 billion euros, and its leader is talking about Nazi war crimes. That might not be the worst tactic.
The Two EuropesGreece failed to sell eurozone leaders on debt relief this week. That’s because culturally they’re living on different continents.
Stop Trying to Make Financial Literacy HappenIt’s a noble distraction from actual consumer protection. That’s why the financial services industry loves it.
Don’t Tax College Savings YetPresident Obama is right that 529 accounts benefit the wealthy. But they could become an important tool for the middle class.
The DIY Safety NetWe feel good when we crowdfund people’s medical bills. We should feel worse that we even need to.
Those Protesting Harvard Professors Have a PointWe’re all still paying too much for our health care.
The Year in UberThe world’s brashest startup spent 2014 expanding aggressively and infuriating just about everyone.
Frequent CriersAmericans love to complain about cramped flights and extra fees. So why do they keep choosing them?
The Year’s Best AdvertisementsBudweiser puppies, Woo Woo, the return of Salt-N-Pepa, and more of 2014’s best commercials.