Demons and Spirits
Between family and Ferguson we’ll all need a strong drink. Here are two to get you started.
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.
Starving Jake GyllenhaalDirector Dan Gilroy on the actor’s unblinking, crash-dieting performance in Nightcrawler.
Why Political Consultants Prescribe BumpkinSince when did attending hoedowns and getting whacked in the gnards help you get elected?
High Times Rolls OnThe longtime editor of the marijuana bible talks about legal weed, the fight ahead, and exercising while high.
We Work Hard for Less MoneyIn terms of “real wages,” we make less than our grandparents did. At least we have air conditioning.
The Serial Podcast Ending Is TBDPlease don’t let this investigative series turn out to be contemplation about the nature of truth.
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.
Two Families, One MortgageTwo sisters are considering merging households. That sounds like hell to Dear Prudence’s Emily Yoffe.
Don’t Get Ebola in MissouriWhat’s the difference between how New York City and Dallas officials handled Ebola? It’s all about the money.
Tastes Like James JoyceA whiskey sommelier calls out Mike Pesca as a barley-based used-cask kinda guy.