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The Pit Boss of House of Cards

Guest Beau Willimon told Kevin Spacey that he wanted to create a character that would eclipse all the others. In Frank Underwood, they did.

March 26 2015 7:11 PMImmigrants Don’t Steal JobsOne economist makes his case for immigration reform, which would make us all rich—and give South Dakota a football team.
March 24 2015 6:52 PMThe Wizard of OozeEverett Dirksen was a man of unbending principles, the first of which was to be flexible at all times.
March 23 2015 4:04 PMThe #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. 
March 19 2015 6:56 PMPuppy LoveCan animals feel emotions? Maria Konnikova explains what recent studies reveal about animal feelings.
March 17 2015 7:07 PMMy Big Fat German DebtComparing Greek debt to the subprime mortgage crisis with Adam Davidson.
March 13 2015 7:20 PMTips for Your Office FridgeDan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast sizes up the Slate office fridge and offers tips for improving your communal kitchen.
March 11 2015 6:00 PMBitter DelightsThe Gist travels all the way to the neighborhood bar to learn about locally grown cocktail bitters. 
March 9 2015 6:42 PMSongs That Almost Killed the American SongbookHow “The Doggie in the Window” and other confections nearly erased one of the greatest eras in music. 
March 5 2015 8:34 PMRepublicans: Report to Spring TrainingBaseball players can be ranked by their earning potential, popularity, and toughness. Why not do the same for likely primary candidates?
March 3 2015 9:21 PMOne Condiment to Rule Them AllThe Gist travels to New York’s Maille boutique to meet the city’s first mustard sommelier.
Feb. 27 2015 6:07 PMWorld Saved by Jet-Skiing ComedianOn behalf of chickens and goats, Kurt Braunohler roared down the Mississippi on the dumbest form of transportation.
Feb. 25 2015 5:58 PMGet HappierAfter earning notoriety with The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin talks about her new foray into podcasting with Slate’s new Panoply network.
Feb. 23 2015 5:49 PMISIS’s Self-Destruct Button While denouncing ISIS, Western leaders are dismissing core principles that could help defeat the group.
Feb. 19 2015 7:12 PMTargeted by PutinOne investment fund manager tangled with the Russian leader and lived to tell the tale. His associates were not so lucky.
Feb. 17 2015 6:35 PMWhat Cubans and Mormons Have in CommonSome cultural groups seem to have a knack for success. Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have narrowed it down to three core traits.
March 25 2015 6:01 PMPractical YolksEggcellent news! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is about to drop a long-standing guideline on cholesterol.
March 23 2015 6:48 PMThe #NotAMovie Challenge BeginsTweet us an imaginary movie title, and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song. 
March 20 2015 7:32 PMScharpling 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.
March 18 2015 6:08 PMPolitical KryptoniteAmong the flock of aspiring Republican presidential candidates, who will steal the most votes and money from Jeb Bush?
March 16 2015 6:30 PMA Matter of ChorusHow has an emphasis on branding changed the relationship between a song’s title and chorus?
March 12 2015 6:27 PMHigh Maintenance DeliversOne of the best joints on television is actually a Web series.
March 10 2015 6:26 PMDo Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect PatentsEarly Monopoly was a left-wing teaching tool for railing against monopolists.
March 6 2015 9:37 PMPaid to PlayThree professional gamers talk about turning Call of Duty into goofy YouTube videos, millions of views, and six-figure incomes.
March 4 2015 8:39 PMHe 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.
March 2 2015 7:38 PMSmell The Roses  Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth about aromatherapy. Is that a whiff of bulls--t?
Feb. 26 2015 7:31 PMThe Quiet Dignity of BearsDo bears enter human communities because they’re being pushed out of their natural habitats, or because our garbage is tasty?
Feb. 24 2015 6:05 PMIs Illegal Immigrant Offensive, Accurate, or Both?Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas says that illegal immigrant is a hurtful term, but Mike Pesca isn’t convinced that undocumented is more accurate.
Feb. 20 2015 7:41 PMThe Cuddle CureCan more snuggling really help me keep the flu away?
Feb. 18 2015 7:07 PMHow Many LBJs Did You Skew Today?Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., explains what it’s like to watch the film Selma as a black American history scholar.
Feb. 13 2015 5:54 PMThe Read Meets the SpielThe podcast world is filled with white hosts and white audiences. Kid Fury and Crissle from The Read are changing that.