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.
Immigrants Don’t Steal JobsOne economist makes his case for immigration reform, which would make us all rich—and give South Dakota a football team.
The Wizard of OozeEverett Dirksen was a man of unbending principles, the first of which was to be flexible at all times.
The #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.
Puppy LoveCan animals feel emotions? Maria Konnikova explains what recent studies reveal about animal feelings.
Tips for Your Office FridgeDan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast sizes up the Slate office fridge and offers tips for improving your communal kitchen.
Bitter DelightsThe Gist travels all the way to the neighborhood bar to learn about locally grown cocktail bitters.
Songs That Almost Killed the American SongbookHow “The Doggie in the Window” and other confections nearly erased one of the greatest eras in music.
Republicans: Report to Spring TrainingBaseball players can be ranked by their earning potential, popularity, and toughness. Why not do the same for likely primary candidates?
One Condiment to Rule Them AllThe Gist travels to New York’s Maille boutique to meet the city’s first mustard sommelier.
World Saved by Jet-Skiing ComedianOn behalf of chickens and goats, Kurt Braunohler roared down the Mississippi on the dumbest form of transportation.
Get HappierAfter earning notoriety with The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin talks about her new foray into podcasting with Slate’s new Panoply network.
ISIS’s Self-Destruct Button While denouncing ISIS, Western leaders are dismissing core principles that could help defeat the group.
Targeted by PutinOne investment fund manager tangled with the Russian leader and lived to tell the tale. His associates were not so lucky.
Practical YolksEggcellent news! The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is about to drop a long-standing guideline on cholesterol.
The #NotAMovie Challenge BeginsTweet us an imaginary movie title, and you might inspire a new They Might Be Giants song.
Scharpling 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.
Political KryptoniteAmong the flock of aspiring Republican presidential candidates, who will steal the most votes and money from Jeb Bush?
A Matter of ChorusHow has an emphasis on branding changed the relationship between a song’s title and chorus?
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect PatentsEarly Monopoly was a left-wing teaching tool for railing against monopolists.
Paid to PlayThree professional gamers talk about turning Call of Duty into goofy YouTube videos, millions of views, and six-figure incomes.
He 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.
Smell The Roses Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth about aromatherapy. Is that a whiff of bulls--t?
The Quiet Dignity of BearsDo bears enter human communities because they’re being pushed out of their natural habitats, or because our garbage is tasty?
Is 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.
How 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.