A Bet Against Reality
None of the conventions of politics stuck to President Donald Trump during his campaign. Will that change now that he’s in office?
The 12-Step Program of Highly Effective PeopleHow comedian Nick Thune survived Alcoholics Anonymous, black-market therapy, and Seattle.
Can the Democrats Obstruct Everything for Four Years?The Atlantic’s Norm Ornstein on the best way forward for congressional Democrats facing Trump.
How Should We Talk About Whiteness? Professor Marc Lamont Hill on how to have a real conversation about identity politics in the Trump era.
Would the Onion’s “Diamond” Joe Biden Support Trump?Head writer Chad Nackers on the veep’s alter ego and how to satirize the Trump administration.
The Secret to Meaningful WorkBehavioral economist Dan Ariely mines his research for lessons on happiness, employment, and the folly of common sense.
The Paradox of ShavingMaria Konnikova returns to take on one of life’s great mysteries: When you shave a lot, does your hair grow back faster?
Ralph Nader’s Animal InstinctsThe author and advocate on his new book, Animal Envy, and predictions for the Trump presidency.
Good GriefComedian Laurie Kilmartin has tips to help you boost your Twitter following and mourn your dying parent at the same time.
When There Was No Ducking DiscoListening back to Billboard hits of 1976, the year that gave us “Disco Duck.”
We’re Going Into LaborJournalist Steven Greenhouse says union membership has plummeted in the past 50 years, and Democrats haven’t done enough to fight Republican-backed anti-labor measures.
Thank God for HedonistsWork hard, play harder, build a global economy? Author Steven Johnson says frivolity, not necessity, is the mother of invention.
Do Strict Voter Laws Make a Difference? Voting law expert Rick Hasen on the many ways Republican states try to suppress turnout.
Vladimir Putin Plays the Long GameObama’s second ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, on the Rex Tillerson nomination and how the U.S. should approach Russia post-hacking.
Don’t Tell Kyle Kinane What to DoThe comedian from Netflix’s Love is still fuming about all those “I voted” stickers.
Trial by Firing LineHow conservative champion William F. Buckley Jr. argued with his friends, how he argued with his foes, and why he thought there should be no argument about Donald Trump.
Jamelle Bouie on the Trump CabinetSlate’s chief political correspondent on Trump’s picks, from the mildly acceptable to the downright disturbing.
Twenty-Four Grueling Hours in TrumplandSlate’s Fred Kaplan on Rex Tillerson’s hearing and the unverified dossier connecting Trump and Russia.
How the Onion Remade Joe BidenHead writer Chad Nackers on how his satirical site turned the veep into a Trans Am–loving metal head.
Unpacking PeanutsGuidelines out this week say toddlers should be exposed to peanuts early. Marion Nestle on the new science of kids and allergies.
Mara Wilson’s Post–Child Star LifeBetween Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street, Wilson is a defining part of many childhoods. Her new book looks at life after early fame.
Bob Boilen: Tiny Desk, Big EffectThe man who brought us NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts asked a bunch of musicians about their influences. Guess which artists picked their own songs?
The Home Movie That Changed AmericaAbraham Zapruder captured a presidential assassination by accident. Now his granddaughter wrestles with his legacy.
The Year of Bill CampThe actor who brought us the “subtle beast” in HBO’s The Night Of imagines the Salem witch trials with a Long Island accent.
Who in History Came Closest to Winning the Heisman and a Nobel?The Gist’s Mike Pesca has got a few ideas.
Our Inflamer in ChiefSparks of international conflict are snuffed out around the world before we ever hear about it. How could that change under the Trump administration?
We Could Use Jon Stewart Right NowChris Smith is the compiler of new oral history The Daily Show (The Book), which focuses on Stewart’s cultural legacy.
Let’s Talk About RexHouston Chronicle energy reporter James Osborne on Trump’s prospective left-field pick for secretary of state.
Getting Held Back in Racial Justice ClassWhat did the Black Lives Matter movement accomplish? Writer Jeff Chang reflects on a complicated year.