The Most Hated Merger in America
Customers, companies, and even regulators mistrust Comcast. No wonder its deal to buy Time Warner Cable fell apart.
Tab Roulette!Slate’s business and tech writers share what they’re reading, whether they want to or not.
Stop Vilifying AlmondsYes, they use up a lot of water in drought-afflicted California. But the story gets a lot more complicated from there.
Together but Not EqualMixed-income neighborhoods are supposed to improve the lives of the poor. So why do low-income boys still suffer there?
What Happened at Slate This Week?Alison Griswold describes her experience reporting on the Germanwings tragedy.
How to Stop the Stadium WarsCities and suburbs compete for the privilege of wasting millions on new sports complexes. Obama has an idea to end the madness.
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.
The Wolf of Wall TweetA Web-reading bot made millions on the options market. It also ate this guy’s lunch.
How to Speak UberBrag about all the jobs you’re creating. Ignore the fact that they’re not actual jobs.
The “How Does a Customs Broker Work?” TranscriptRead what Adam Davidson asked Larry Lieberman about his workday.
Should You Cut the Cord?Use Slate’s calculator to see if dropping cable TV and paying for streaming services will really save you money.
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.