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Lexicon Valley

The Eccentric Irregularity of Being

The enduring unusualness of the verb to be.

June 27 2017 12:02 PMPop Music’s Identity CrisisSlate’s Carl Wilson on this year’s best summer tunes and how streaming is disrupting the music industry.
The Gist
June 26 2017 7:14 PMThe Rise and Reign of Unruly WomenIn her new book, author Anne Helen Petersen on how our culture treats women defying norms.
Hang Up And Listen
June 26 2017 5:37 PMHang Up and Listen: The Warriors Derangement Syndrome EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NBA draft, redesigning the NBA logo, and the perils of playing sports while old.
June 25 2017 1:31 PMHow Does an Urban Farmer Work?Greg Willerer grows a fascinating array of edible greens on little more than an acre of Detroit land.
Best of Slate Podcasts
June 24 2017 12:12 AMThe Best of Slate PodcastsOnly have time for one podcast this week? Make it this one.
Political Gabfest
June 23 2017 3:48 PMFree Speech for All?The Political Gabfest on two First Amendment rulings by the Supreme Court.
The Gist
June 23 2017 10:25 AMHow to Persuade Trump’s Most Loyal SupportersMake a moral argument, but choose the right morals.
Live at Politics and Prose
June 23 2017 9:45 AMThe Accidental ActivistManal al-Sharif was arrested for driving in Saudi Arabia.
The Gist
June 22 2017 6:40 PMScaachi Koul on Surviving the TrollsIt helps to stay off Twitter.
Culture Gabfest
June 22 2017 4:00 PMSnowflake, Loser, and Other Political JabsThe Culture Gabfest on the insults and name-calling that have derailed our civic discourse.
June 22 2017 1:49 PMThe “Pity if Something Happened to the FBI” TranscriptRead what Amicus had to say about Comey’s testimony and the legal weight of Trump’s tweets.
I Have to Ask
June 22 2017 7:21 AMI Have to Ask: The Ben Rhodes EditionThe Obama foreign policy adviser on evaluating Obama’s eight years in office and understanding Trump’s pettiness.
The Trumpcare Tracker
June 21 2017 4:09 PMWill the Senate Parliamentarian Halt the Republican AHCA?How abortion politics and Mitch McConnell’s love of the filibuster affect the legislation’s chances.
Dear Prudence
June 21 2017 7:06 AMDear Prudence: The “Dealbreaker” EditionMy son won’t let me talk to my daughter-in-law. Help!
Conspiracy Thrillers
June 20 2017 8:00 AMConspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Conversation and Enemy of the StateBefore 9/11, the idea of constant government surveillance seemed extreme. Now we take it for granted.
The Moment
June 27 2017 7:10 AMAuthor Don Winslow on Loyalty and Crooked CopsThe author of The Force discusses his writing process, the war on drugs, and how he wrote his first novel.
June 26 2017 5:38 PMAll the President’s LiesAlmost all the untruths Trump has told since taking the oath of office.
The Trumpcare Tracker
June 26 2017 4:58 PMCounting the “No” VotesDoes the GOP bill allow states to spend Medicaid funds on stadiums?
Slate Money
June 24 2017 2:04 AMThe Independent Directors EditionSlate Money on Uber, Amazon buying Whole Foods, and initial coin offerings.
The Gist
June 23 2017 7:39 PMDo Radicals Change the World?Author Jeremy McCarter on the five people who changed the course of America in 1917.
The Trumpcare Tracker
June 23 2017 2:36 PMAn All-Out Assault on MedicaidThe Senate health care bill does to Medicaid what Republicans did to welfare in the ’90s.
June 23 2017 9:55 AMThe Bill That Gets Worse and WorseThe new health care bill is nothing short of a nightmare.
June 23 2017 7:26 AMGLOW Star Betty GilpinOn her new Netflix comedy, being typecast in Hollywood, and finding empowerment through wrestling.
Political Gabfest
June 22 2017 5:32 PMThe “Lump of Coal” EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Georgia congressional race, the Senate health care bill, and a Supreme Court case on gerrymandering.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
June 22 2017 2:00 PMMom and Dad Are Fighting: The “Welcome to the Gun Show” EditionSlate’s parenting podcast answers listeners’ questions about playing with toy guns and when to have a second child.
June 22 2017 12:54 PMSenate Backrooms and a Defense for Mitch McConnellHow have Senate Republicans handled the health care bill?
The Gist
June 21 2017 7:31 PMThe Musings of Wallace ShawnThe playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.
Culture Gabfest
June 21 2017 10:26 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Vicarious Nails” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on It Comes at Night, Claws, and Beth Ditto’s solo album Fake Sugar.
The Gist
June 20 2017 8:31 PMIs Terrorism Coverage Racist?A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.
The Gist
June 19 2017 7:41 PMLies vs. BSA handy guide to parsing the president’s tweets.