The “How Does a Book Editor Work?” EditionCulture writer Aisha Harris asks book editor Jordan Pavlin how she can tell when a manuscript is a potential best-seller.
Warning: This Episode Contains SingingMike Pesca has a song in his heart. We found a coach to help him find the key.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Lower Your Expectations EditionListen to Slate’s parenting podcast on college costs and family vlogging.
Slate Voice: “Grillax, Bro”Listen to Jacob Brogan read his piece about grilling, feminism, and masculinity.
The Culture Gabfest “Lite in August” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Wet Hot American Summer, The End of the Tour, and air conditioning.
The “Keeping Up” Bonus SegmentDavid Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss how they keep up with the news cycle while they’re away on vacation.
The Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder Radio Show Is on the Air … FinallyTwo of New York City’s finest comedians talk about the long road to landing a deal at SiriusXM and how it tested their friendship.
Summer BS EditionMaria Konnikova solves the mysteries of summer, including whether we need to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.
What Do We Mean When We Ask What Something Is Like?Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss “A literary history of the strange expression ‘what is it like?’ ”—an article by lexicographer Anne Seaton.
The “Nine German Shepherds and One Raccoon” EditionListen to Slate's show about the first 2016 GOP primary debates, Joe Biden’s potential run, and the anniversary of Ferguson.
That’s Just Sand in My Eye!Dominated by tributes hits “I’ll Be Missing You” and “Candle in the Wind,” 1997 was the year that Puffy and Elton moved us to tears.
The Audio Book Club
The Audio Book Club Returns to Maycomb With Go Set a WatchmanSlate critics debate Harper Lee’s newly published novel.
How to Survive Mark SanfordPolitical speechwriter Barton Swaim reveals what it was like to work for the South Carolina Republican, hiking enthusiast, and serial mangler of rhetorical clichés.
The Live Long and Prosper EditionAuthor Manu Saadia joins Slate Money to discuss the economics of the Star Trek universe.
The Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever EditionListen to Slate’s show about the post-debate feud between Donald Trump and Fox News, the reordering of Google’s corporate structure, and the one-issue presidential bid of law professor Lawrence Lessig.
How Economists Define PovertyWhen it’s impossible to objectively measure poverty, how valuable are statics like “the poverty line”?
Where to Find the Best StoriesMatthew Dicks shares a five-minute routine to make us all better storytellers and slow down the passage of time.
How Does a Retail Manager Work?Read what Slate culture writer Aisha Harris asked a manager of a New York “fast fashion” chain about customer service staff deserving respect—and what to do when you knock something over.
Mike Pesca’s Origin Story, as Told by His ParentsOne December evening in 1971, our host was born in the front seat of a Plymouth Barracuda.
Hang Up And Listen
Hang Up and Listen: The How Does He Even Have a Computer? EditionSlate’s sports podcast on record-breaking swimmer Katie Ledecky and accusations of racism against Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Plus, an interview with WNBA star Elena Delle Donne.
The “How Does a Retail Manager Work?” EditionThe manager of a New York “fast fashion” chain explains why customer service staff deserve respect—and a heads-up when you knock something over.
The Marriage EditionJenny Anderson joins Slate Money to discuss the economics of weddings, chores, and adultery.
Live at Politics & Prose
Exploring Food Culture in a Taxicab, From Buenos Aires to New YorkLayne Mosler lets her stomach be her guide in Driving Hungry, a culinary memoir.
The Slate Archives Podcast: “The Recline and Fall of Western Civilization”Listen to a former flight attendant talk to Slate editor Dan Kois about his polarizing airplane-seat proposal.
How Does a Debate Moderator Work?Read what Slate culture writer Aisha Harris asked Intelligence Squared U.S. moderator Jon Donvan about successful debates, good questions, and the art of interruption.