Sex WorkersUniversity of Michigan professor Anne Curzan discusses -ess, -ette, -trix, and other feminine endings in the English language.
The Many Lives of Anna KareninaJournalist and author Masha Gessen discusses the challenge of translating a literary masterpiece.
What Does It Mean to Sound Gay?Listen to Slate’s show about the myths and realities of the stereotypical gay man’s voice.
Did the Word Quiz Result From a Bet?Listen to Slate’s show about a supposed historical wager and the neologism it spawned, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
The Etymology of Cockamamie Is Just ThatListen to Slate’s show about the Yiddish-inflected origin of a crazy word, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
Too Much Grog Will Make You Groggy. But Where Does Grog Come From?Listen to Slate's show about the etymology of an 18th-century quaff, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
Help Solve the Mystery! Where Did Get One’s Goat Come From?Listen to Slate’s show about the etymology of a thoroughly caprine phrase, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.
Why the Feds Can’t Charge Darren Wilson They should, but the Supreme Court gutted the civil rights law he violated when he killed Michael Brown.
How Clinton Responds to Questions About Her Email Will Tell Us How a Clinton White House Would Operate
Slate Voice: “Shag the Dog” Listen to Will Saletan read his 2001 essay about the merits of zoophilia.
A New Approach to Designing Educational Technology Is the biggest learning disability an emotional one?