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.
Summer BS EditionMaria Konnikova solves the mysteries of summer, including whether we need to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.
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.
“Dogs Are Never Going to Show Up Drunk”The 10,000th Slate Plus member is a sheep farmer from Alberta. We called him to chat.
BPA! BPS! Are They BS?The infamous “plastics” utterance from The Graduate sends Mike on a journey into the real meaning behind the term BPA-free.
The Man Behind Cabin Boy Sails OnComedy writer Adam Resnick on getting a Letterman internship, Death to Smoochy, and being your own worst enemy.
Bed Bugs Are Unvanquishable and It’s Our FaultThe amazing story of the underground pockets of DDT-resistant bed bugs that emerged after World War II to haunt our dreams.
Work Harder, AmericaAdam Davidson explains what Jeb Bush doesn’t understand about the relationship between productivity and capitalism.
Step Inside the JuiceboxxxIn Part 2 of our series, The Gist’s favorite rapper describes what it’s like to be the subject of his friend’s new book.
Comedy Isn’t PrettyMike Schur of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation on the correlation between beauty and funny.
A Different StrokeThe guitarist now has short hair, a new album, and an overhauled perspective on being a rock star.
Let’s Grade a Deal (Iran Edition)Mike Pesca plays a game with the host of his favorite arms-control podcast.
Keep News WeirdHow can we ensure that news stories beginning with “A Florida man …” never go extinct?
Easy Listening Wasn’t Easy in 1975Elton John, Neil Sedaka, and KC and the Sunshine Band shared the spotlight with lesser gods during a tumultuous year for Billboard’s singles chart.
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.
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.
Debt Ratings Are Like The EmmysFour years after a scary downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, The Gist turns to the The Sopranos to find out why an economic meltdown failed to materialize.
Trump’s Star Begins to DimThe Donald is polling well, but other numbers reveal he doesn’t have what it takes to win the primary.
Ted Cruz Hits the RoadPolitico’s Manu Raju explains why Ted Cruz freaked out about the highway funding bill.
The Telltale Story of MSGIs monosodium glutamate, often shunned over health concerns, unfairly maligned? We got the ABCs on MSG.
Overcoming the Intraoffice Cold ShoulderEmily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a woman who has tried just about everything to resolve a workplace tension.
First Taste of the JuiceboxxxOur two-part series about The Gist’s new favorite rapper begins with friendship, art, and a mind-blowing set.
American Exceptionalism Rah-RahEurasia Group president Ian Bremmer explains why America needs to commit to a coherent foreign policy strategy.
Smile If You’re a DemocratA new study finds that liberals are happier than conservatives. Is that BS?
The Art of PornGuest host Felix Salmon explores how the art world is blurring the lines between art, pornography, and the law.
Fear Your Shower, Not ISISEveryone with a TV show or presidential bid wants you to be afraid of ISIS. Stephen Walt explains why you should ignore them.