“I Don’t Believe in Magic Potions, But My Friend Used Some To Turn Into a Fly”Making sense of traditional healing culture in South Africa.
Questions for Jonathan Gruber The MIT professor explains his approach to health care and what he is up to next.
Thomas the Imperialist Tank Engine, Christian Terrorism, and DebtpocalypseThe week's most interesting Slate stories.
Cranky Little Bastards, Carmageddon, and Bachmann's "Ex-Lesbian" FriendThe week's most interesting Slate stories.
The Brain Fag Syndrome, Cuddly Men and Harry Potter VirginsThe week's most interesting Slate stories.
Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics, MIT The economics professor who is shaping health care reform at the national and state level.
Gay Bars, Sharkonomics, and Living on GrouponThe week's most interesting Slate stories.
How the Founder of the Fugees Became a Big-Time Political Donor Without Anyone Knowing The musical artist chose to fund a super PAC through opaque, legal, and increasingly popular means.
Inside Higher Ed
Criticism Unwelcome The United Arab Emirates blocked an NYU professor who questioned its policies. Is academic freedom at risk?
The XX Factor
Nashville Prosecutors Reportedly Offered Women Plea Bargains in Exchange For Sterilization
The “How Does a U.N. Official Work?” Transcript What’s it like to manage the U.N.’s Ebola response? Read a transcript of Adam Davidson’s conversation with the assistant secretary-general for field support.
“A Public Menace” How the fight to ban The Birth of a Nation shaped the nascent civil rights movement.
“I’d Rather Not Rewrite All the HTTP Stuff Myself” Fascinating early posts from the founders of eBay, Amazon, Google, and others.