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Feet off the Couch, Please

Alyssa Mastromonaco, who served as deputy chief of staff in Obama’s White House, on why mess ups like the Kellyanne Conway couch photo actually matter.

March 23 2017 6:39 PMSlobs vs. SnobsThe Free Beacon’s film critic reviews the delightful romp that is our conservative vs. liberal political death match.
March 21 2017 7:36 PMJames Comey’s Slow DripThe president’s allies are being investigated for connections to Moscow. Are we making a big enough deal of this?
March 17 2017 5:24 PMWhat’s Next for Travel Ban 2.0Typically, judges aren’t supposed to use campaign-trail speech to evaluate official policy. Slate legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick says the travel ban case isn’t typical.­
March 15 2017 4:04 PMStretching the Truth With Maria KonnikovaThe New Yorker writer returns to investigate whether stretching is really a warm up or a huge safety hazard.
March 13 2017 6:35 PMSee You in Court!Lawfare’s Ben Wittes on some lingering questions about President Trump’s new executive order on immigration.
March 9 2017 6:43 PMTrump’s Azerbaijan ProblemThe New Yorker’s Adam Davidson looked into one of the Trump Organization’s most questionable deals and found lots of red flags.
March 7 2017 7:03 PMMoneyball for the Israeli MilitaryIn his latest book, Michael Lewis studies the Israeli psychologists who changed decision-making forever.
March 3 2017 7:12 PMThe Year “Gangnam” Was RobbedWhen everyone was spoofing “Call Me Maybe” and a Swedish song factory in Sweden was taking over the charts.
March 1 2017 7:12 PMComing to America With Maeve HigginsThe Irish comedian tells disparate, inspiring, scary tales of immigrants coming to America in her podcast.
Feb. 27 2017 6:38 PMGonzo JournalismBrad Meltzer delves into the story of Jim Henson’s life and legacy in the latest installment of his biography series for kids.
Feb. 23 2017 6:38 PMAn Experiment to Save Local News in Nevada Veteran reporter Jon Ralston on his independent news startup and covering politics in the ultimate purple state.
Feb. 21 2017 7:34 PMFacing the News Like a Poker ChampGuest host Maria Konnikova speaks with Annie Duke about how champion card players stay calm during hard times
Feb. 16 2017 6:09 PMWould a Narcissist Do This?The good news is the president doesn’t have narcissistic personality disorder. The bad news is he seems to be inured to distress.
Feb. 14 2017 7:14 PMJohn Darnielle Talks About Words and SnakesThe Mountain Goats’ lead singer on his horror novel, Universal Harvester, and accidental creative inspiration.
Feb. 10 2017 6:34 PMOh, How This Feels Like MoscowThe Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe and BuzzFeed’s Miriam Elder pour out the contents of their reporters’ notebooks from Russia.
March 22 2017 7:11 PMHealth Care! It’s Trump’s Problem Now.Slate’s Jordan Weissmann and Jim Newell look at Trump’s no-win situation, a day before the AHCA gets a House vote.
March 20 2017 7:10 PMCold, Hard Facts With Wendy ZukermanThe Science Vs. host takes on everything from climate change to ghosts on her weekly podcast.
March 16 2017 6:46 PMDangerous Times With Kelly McEversThe host of All Things Considered and Embedded reflects on her career as a war reporter and the roots of her new podcast.
March 14 2017 5:19 PMTodd Barry Would Rather Be DrummingWhy stand-up is better than substitute teaching but not as cool as playing the bongos.
March 10 2017 7:18 PMSurvey Says …Toggling between red and blue Facebook to take the nation’s political temperature? There’s a better way.
March 8 2017 6:39 PMA Beautiful Health Care Plan, Just TerrificVox writer Sarah Kliff returns to break down the new health care bill.
March 6 2017 7:10 PMThe Fonz Talks About FontsActor and author Henry Winkler on Happy Days and how he came to terms with dyslexia through his Hank Zipzer books.
March 2 2017 7:04 PMThe Bard of FloridaHumorist Dave Barry stands up for the Sunshine State. Someone has to.
Feb. 28 2017 7:43 PMA World Disorder DoctrineDon’t worry about China. Do worry about North Korea. And reassure global allies. Foreign policy expert Richard Haas has some advice for the president.
Feb. 24 2017 7:04 PMGeorge Saunders’ American GhostsWith his first novel, Saunders traverses the afterlife with Abraham Lincoln’s son.
Feb. 22 2017 6:29 PMOn Saddam Hussein’s CaseFormer CIA analyst John Nixon spent years studying former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein—his rise to power, his frustration with the U.S., his bad poetry.
Feb. 17 2017 6:05 PMAndy Zaltzman Is Back at Exactly the Right TimeThe British satirist reboots his influential comedy show The Bugle, just in time for Brexit and a Trump White House.
Feb. 15 2017 7:10 PMA Late Show for Grown-UpsChris Licht is helping to turn The Late Show With Stephen Colbert into the heir-apparent of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show
Feb. 13 2017 7:00 PMDavid Frum Beseeches You to FocusThe Atlantic’s David Frum says Never Trumpers can’t afford to splinter apart now.
Feb. 9 2017 7:06 PMElvis Costello’s High-Fidelity LifeIn his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, the English legend reflects on his place in music history. 

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