Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer is Slate's chief explainer. He also writes How and Why and Ecologic for the Washington Post. Email him at Follow him on Twitter.

Aug. 27 2014 3:00 PMWhich U.S. City Has the Worst Drivers?A Slate investigation.
Medical Examiner
July 18 2014 8:38 AMWhy Does Your Body Do These Strange Things?Doctors explain Reddit’s list of bizarre and secret bodily behaviors.
Medical Examiner
June 19 2014 3:52 PM“Did All the Girls PT?”Free pregnancy tests are a good way to fight fetal alcohol syndrome. Condoms are better.
Medical Examiner
June 3 2014 4:28 PMQuacking All the Way to the BankNaturopaths are winning insurance coverage for medical nonsense.
Medical Examiner
May 27 2014 11:22 AMRoll Over! Shake! Smell This Mole!Are dogs really a good way to screen for cancer?
May 5 2014 11:52 PMIf Your Veterinarian Offers Acupuncture, Find a Different VetSticking needles in your dog won’t make it feel better.
Medical Examiner
April 23 2014 7:27 AMShould You Buy Illegal Foreign Sunscreens?
History of Innovation
April 13 2014 9:21 PMJonas Salk: Good at Virology, Bad at EconomicsHe didn’t patent his vaccine, but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t.
Feed the World
April 2 2014 8:31 AMWhy Does China Not Have Famines Anymore?Two competing explanations for the end of 2,000 years of starvation.
Medical Examiner
March 26 2014 11:10 AMFertility Clinic Data Means Bad MedicineSuccess rates are misleading and often dishonest.
March 16 2014 10:45 PMBehold the Tiny Diamond That Revealed an Ocean’s Worth of Water
Medical Examiner
March 13 2014 11:32 AMShould It Really Take 14 Years to Become a Doctor?It’s time to experiment with medical school.
Medical Examiner
March 7 2014 11:38 AMGod Is Dead. Long Live Downward Dog.How Americans replaced therapeutic prayer with therapeutic yoga.
Future Tense
Feb. 28 2014 10:01 AMThis Deep-Diving Suit May Save You From Cancer
Medical Examiner
Feb. 18 2014 11:43 PMHimalayan Bath Salts Will Not Save Your LifeWhy are so many Facebook friends sharing preposterous stories from Natural News?
Medical Examiner
Aug. 21 2014 12:11 PMHave a Great Day, Honey, and Don’t Get EbolaAre we doing enough to protect U.S. health care workers?
Medical Examiner
June 26 2014 9:01 AMThe Shortest Route to GodWhy religious pilgrimages are incredibly dangerous.
Medical Examiner
June 13 2014 8:44 AMMellow, Paranoid, Happy, or MeanWhy do people respond so differently to the same drugs?
Medical Examiner
May 27 2014 2:57 PMDid Elliot Rodger’s Therapists Fail?What prevents law enforcement and mental health professionals from stopping a killer?
May 19 2014 6:45 AMAre No-Kill Shelters Good for Cats and Dogs?The animal welfare world’s vicious fight about what it means to be humane.
Medical Examiner
May 1 2014 8:26 AMHow Bad Is Marijuana for Your Health?What recent press coverage gets wrong.
Medical Examiner
April 14 2014 2:36 PMAllergies Are the Real Midlife CrisisIs there a way to stop allergies from re-emerging during your 30s?
April 10 2014 5:04 PMAre Hackathons the Future of Medical Innovation?A new way to think about progress in health care.
Medical Examiner
April 1 2014 11:31 PMMitochondrial Disease or Medical Child Abuse?Justina Pelletier’s case is a study in diagnostic challenges.
Medical Examiner
March 20 2014 7:48 AMLet’s Get Quackery Out of Cancer CareReiki and reflexology have no place in hospitals.
March 14 2014 1:24 PMMeasles Is Back, This Time in New York City. Should I Get Revaccinated?
March 10 2014 6:12 PMTerrorists Have Not Claimed Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Does That Mean It Wasn’t a Terrorist Attack?
March 5 2014 9:15 AMWhat Is the Answer to Zeno’s Paradox?Why Achilles actually can catch a tortoise in a race.
Medical Examiner
Feb. 27 2014 11:44 PMGet Ready for the Next Big Medical FightIs sensory processing disorder a real disease?
Feb. 3 2014 3:17 PMWhat’s in “Bad Heroin”?The mysterious drug cocktail that may have killed Philip Seymour Hoffman.



Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

Hidden Messages in Corporate Logos

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

How Can We Investigate Potential Dangers of Fracking Without Being Alarmist?

My Year as an Abortion Doula       

  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Dear Prudence
Sept. 16 2014 6:00 AM Can of Worms Prudie offers advice to a letter writer who wants to blackmail a famous ex with tapes of his fetish.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 15 2014 4:49 PM Cheetah Robot Is Now Wireless and Gallivanting on MIT’s Campus
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 15 2014 11:00 AM The Comet and the Cosmic Beehive
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.