Vincent D’Onofrio on Introversion and ActingMike asks the accomplished character actor a question no one has ever asked him before.
Expired ExschmiredHow seriously should we take the sell-by dates on our foods? Maria Konnikova will know.
TED Talks Shame the DevilAuthor Megan Hustad found the crescendo of conviction at TED reminiscent of a tent revival sermon. It freaked her out.
Shakespeare Without the ScriptWherefore art thou a Chicago Improvised Shakespeare Company? A long running Chicago show mixes the bard with unscripted comedy.
Gunfight at the Walmart CorralShould shareholders have a say in the products a business sells? Why Trinity Church has called for a duel.
Immigrants Don’t Steal JobsOne economist makes his case for immigration reform, which would make us all rich—and give South Dakota a football team.
The Wizard of OozeEverett Dirksen was a man of unbending principles, the first of which was to be flexible at all times.
The #NotAMovie ChallengeTo Cleaver by Half. Gerunding Gerald. The Girl With the Unfortunate Toes. Tweet us an imaginary movie title and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song.
Puppy LoveCan animals feel emotions? Maria Konnikova explains what recent studies reveal about animal feelings.
Tips for Your Office FridgeDan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast sizes up the Slate office fridge and offers tips for improving your communal kitchen.
Bitter DelightsThe Gist travels all the way to the neighborhood bar to learn about locally grown cocktail bitters.
Songs That Almost Killed the American SongbookHow “The Doggie in the Window” and other confections nearly erased one of the greatest eras in music.
Republicans: Report to Spring TrainingBaseball players can be ranked by their earning potential, popularity, and toughness. Why not do the same for likely primary candidates?
Risk Lives Up to Its NameKevin Allison on the dark, kinky, and filthy storytelling podcast that’s too hot for public radio.
The Moment Has ArrivedFilmmaker Brian Koppelman’s podcast explores how people who accomplish amazing things use inflection points as fuel.
Targeted by PutinOne investment fund manager tangled with the Russian leader and lived to tell the tale. His associates were not so lucky.
What’s a Walking Bass Line?Chris Molanphy steps us through the low-end hooks that make songs like “Good Times” and “Billie Jean” so infectious.
The Pit Boss of House of CardsGuest Beau Willimon told Kevin Spacey that he wanted to create a character that would eclipse all the others. In Frank Underwood, they did.
Practical YolksEggcellent news! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is about to drop a long-standing guideline on cholesterol.
The #NotAMovie Challenge BeginsTweet us an imaginary movie title, and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song.
Scharpling and Wurster Do It BestTom Scharpling and Jon Wurster aren’t used to talking about what makes their imaginative radio comedy work, but we’ll make them try.
Political KryptoniteAmong the flock of aspiring Republican presidential candidates, who will steal the most votes and money from Jeb Bush?
A Matter of ChorusHow has an emphasis on branding changed the relationship between a song’s title and chorus?
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect PatentsEarly Monopoly was a left-wing teaching tool for railing against monopolists.
Paid to PlayThree professional gamers talk about turning Call of Duty into goofy YouTube videos, millions of views, and six-figure incomes.
He Stared Down the SovietsA veteran of the Pentagon and State Department on the possibility of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and the impact of Bibi Netanyahu’s speech before Congress.