The Hypnotic Appeal of the KardashiappsKim, Kylie, and the other sisters’ apps got 1 million subscriptions in a week. I think I know why.
“This Is a Shady Business We In, Fam”The rise and fall and likely rise again of parody Twitter.
Laugh FactoryIt’s not just the Fat Jew. A whole online ecosystem exists to cut, paste, and cash in on other people’s jokes.
The Women! They’re Using Gadgets and Having Sex!Panic over hookup technology like Tinder is out of control—and always has been.
“WE’RE GOING VIRAL!!”How parents Sam and Nia Rader extracted pee from a toilet to become famous (again) on YouTube.
Shorts WarsAmanda Hess and Troy Patterson chat about rising hemlines, trend pieces, and men’s short shorts.
"I Feel Particularly Bad About That Last One"When using friends and family to make an argument feels right, and when it feels wrong.
The Disgusting Coverage of Caleb Bratayley’s DeathReporters didn’t care about the YouTube child vlogger until he died.
DoubleX Gabfest: The Text Me You Love Me EditionListen to Slate’s show about the Internet’s addiction to personal essays.
Constant ConnectionWe used to believe technology made us lonely. A whole new body of research says it doesn’t.
The Culture Gabfest “Will There Be a Zombie Around the Corner?” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Fear the Walking Dead, and the Ashley Madison hack.
How Should I Feel About the Ashley Madison Leak?The confusing moral compass of a hack targeting a cheating website and the cheating cheaters, and wannabe cheating cheaters, who use it.
The Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever EditionListen to Slate’s show about the post-debate feud between Donald Trump and Fox News, the reordering of Google’s corporate structure, and the one-issue presidential bid of law professor Lawrence Lessig.
“I Knew I Was This Outsider Swooping Into a Really Intimate Community”Amanda Hess on the challenges of reporting on suicide intervention and social media.
Behind the Scenes
Sweet Dreams Are Made of ThisDo recurring dreams mean anything? Slate staffers discuss.
Ready for Bernie? What to expect from the Vermont senator in his first Democratic primary debate.
The “Turn Up Your Drawl” Bonus Segment Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz debate the influence of regionalized accents in the political arena.