Finally, 2017 is about to come to an end. Let’s wrap up the year with some reads.
Looks like everyone got an Amazon Echo this Christmas. If you’re one of the newly anointed, here’s how a few households have welcomed (sometimes begrudgingly) Alexa into their homes.
Road fatalities have gone up in the past two years, and smartphone use is likely a major factor. But curbing distracted driving is a deeply complicated issue, and autonomous cars likely won’t solve it either.
The “silver tsunami” is coming! Even though the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age, many will continue working, and American workplaces are woefully ill-equipped to handle the needs of an aging workforce. Meanwhile, Meals on Wheels—one of our best senior programs—also remains chronically underfunded.
Not From Slate
- In New York’s profile of Reality Winner, the alleged leaker reportedly told her sister, “I keep telling myself to act more like I did something wrong.”
- What happened when a journalist set out to unmask alt-right trolls on the internet.
- This year’s solar eclipse was not only awe-inspiring; for a writer at the Outline, it also provided a rare communal moment in a year full of antagonism.
- Guests who’ve appeared on Dr. Phil for help with their addictions say the show further put their health at risk.
Turn Up the Volume
With the end of the year comes Slate’s Music Club. This time ’round, we’ve got critics Carl Wilson, Ann Powers, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Chris Molanphy, and others assessing the year in music, like: the end of the empowering pop anthem and the rise of mumbling men; how country music played with personal ethics; how the “browning of America” infiltrated pop music; and the hopeful anthems we escaped with in 2017. Catch up on all the features here.
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