Goodness Gracious: Great Bio of FireJournalist Rick Bragg went deep with Jerry Lee Lewis—and lived to tell the Killer’s story.
Tap the Holiday SpiritLearn how some combination of baby Jesus and Spinal Tap brought Judith Owen and Harry Shearer together.
Orchestral Snoring on the Trans-Siberian RailwayDavid Greene explains how his old desk neighbor, Mike Pesca, drove him into the arms of Vladimir Putin.
The Mingus Method for Toilet Training CatsA jazz legend's incredibly detailed step-by-step guide for moving your cat from litter to porcelain is probably the craziest merch table item ever… but does it work?
Demons and SpiritsBetween family and Ferguson we’ll all need a strong drink. Here are two to get you started.
The Buck Starts HereChuck Todd wonders if we’ll finally see Obama roll the dice after the past six years of risk-aversion.
Afghanistan: 13 Years and CountingWhen the war started going badly, Hamid Karzai’s stock plummeted from Gandhi-like to radioactive.
Pumpkin Spice in July? That’s Too Soon.Mission creep and year-round-peeps: where artificial seasonality and artificial flavors collide.
The Sweet Smell of SurvivalInside an Iranian prison, Maziar Bahari knew he would live to tell of his 118-day ordeal. He didn’t realize Jon Stewart would help him do it.
Heroes Need Not ApplyHow U.S. policy is discouraging medical professionals from joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
We Know Less Than We ThinkThink you know enough about the Dunning-Kruger effect or vexillology? Think again.
Veteran SNL Writer Asks “Who Tooted?”Andy Breckman is coming up with games that are fun for almost the entire family.
Is “Mother’s Intuition” Real?How come mothers sometimes magically know when their children are in danger? Maria Konnikova joins us for a round of “Is This Bulls--t?” on The Gist.
The Uruguayan in ChiefA look back at the outgoing South American president who sprang from poverty and took radical stands on social issues.
Learning Little From the Near-Death ExperienceWe asked Meghan Daum for grand conclusions she learned from a near-death experience. Instead, she taught us something about the craft of writing.
Now Announcing ThanksgivingThe annual celebration of big balloons requires an even bigger voice. Meet Les Marshak.
The Moist Birdie DebateDan Pashman from The Sporkful compares Thanksgiving turkey secrets from a celebrity chef and a certain Grandma Phyllis.
The Kitsch of DeathOver the last 50 years, we’ve turned to horror and fantasy instead of facing the frank reality of death.
Don’t Call It a ComebackTainted writer Jonah Lehrer has returned with a new book. Time for another installment of “Is This Bull?”
To Catch a ProfessorHis student confided that she had sex with faculty members for money. Did he take Dear Prudence’s advice to do the right thing?
How Small Wonder Stirred “Too Many Cooks” The creator of the viral Adult Swim video explains what it’s all about—and whether Smarf really had to die.
Why WKRP Was Called WKRPSecrets from the creator of Cincinnati’s most famous fictional radio station.
Friends With (Slate Plus) BenefitsThe Gist compiles our favorite Slate Plus bonus material from the Culture Gabfest, Political Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen.
JFK’s Brain Is MissingAfter he was killed, the president’s gray matter was kept in a jar. Then it went on a tour of Washington, D.C. Then it disappeared.