The Incredible Lucas Brothers
Why twins should avoid mushrooms and other life lessons from stand-up comedy duo Keith and Kenny Lucas.
When Did Late Night Stop Being Fun?Comedian Guy Branum on the “controlled fun” of late night, and how Talk Show: The Game Show promises to fix that.
The Clinton Campaign Tell-AllIn Shattered, Jonathan Allen and his co-author, Amie Parnes, detail an organization beset by infighting, fatalism, and a fundamentally weak candidate.
When the ’80s Went ProIn 1987, the big acts got bigger. Hair metal got hairier. Slick pop stars got slicker. And Michael Jackson was Bad as ever.
What Happened to the Crack Epidemic?In 100:1 The Crack Legacy, Christopher Johnson draws a line between the ’80s epidemic and overpolicing today.
The Gist Presents the GriftA special presentation of Maria Konnikova’s new podcast, about long cons and the characters who perpetrate them.
Improv Is Hard, Writing Is HarderJake Johnson and Joe Swanberg on the hectic process behind the new poker comedy Win It All.
When Protesters Pull the Fire AlarmDoes your right to free speech entitle you to silence the speech of someone else? Mike Pesca debates Slate’s Osita Nwanevu.
Lovable Losers With Scott SimonThe NPR host on the changing nature of his fandom for the Chicago Cubs.
Trump’s Victory Made a GOP Breakup More Likely, Not LessPhilip Wallach talks to The Gist about partisan realignment and the demise of the Whig Party.
Where Is the Republican Resistance?GOP strategist Mike Murphy on why Democrats won’t get an “Aaron Sorkin moment” where the whole party righteously turns on Trump.
Russia Doesn’t Have Any FriendsWhat are we missing in all the coverage of the Kremlin’s election skullduggery?
How Political Parties CollapseThe Whigs were destroyed in the 1850s by divisions over nativism, free trade, and government spending. Sound familiar?
Feet off the Couch, PleaseAlyssa 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.
The Populists Cannot WinSlate columnist and Harvard lecturer Yascha Mounk on what we can learn from the rise of populism in Europe.
Moshe Kasher Is Not an ActivistComedy Central’s Problematic is part talk show and part town hall, tilting at a variety of incendiary topics and urging candid discussion. Can it also be funny?
The Road to S-TownHost and producer Brian Reed on finding the podcast’s story and how the town reacted to the spotlight.
Ariel Levy Was HereIn her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, Levy ponders the price of her own plucky, third-wave feminism.
The Handmaid’s FailIs The Handmaid’s Tale really the most fitting dystopian novel we could be reading right now? Guest host Alexandra Petri talks to Slate’s Mallory Ortberg.
Why David Letterman Still MattersIn his book, The Last Giant of Late Night, reporter Jason Zinoman explains how The Late Show was like nothing else on TV.
Shots Fired. What Now?How does President Trump’s attack on a Syrian air base fit into U.S. policy toward the Assad regime?
A More Human Kind of Sci-Fi Charlie McDowell imagines a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven in his film The Discovery.
An Outsider’s Take on America’s GameFor 15 years, Tabitha Soren followed a group of baseball minor league draft picks with a camera. The results are stirring.
The Return of Mystery Science Theater 3000Creator Joel Hodgson and head writer Elliott Kalan on the return of the iconic movie-riffing show that changed comedy.
What Is Homeopathy, Exactly?Resident myth-debunker Maria Konnikova returns to trace the spotty history of homeopathic remedies.
Step Away From the ScreenShould your favorite video game or Netflix show come with a surgeon general’s warning?
Slobs vs. SnobsThe Free Beacon’s film critic reviews the delightful romp that is our conservative vs. liberal political death match.