Christine Kenneally

Christine Kenneally is the author of The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language. Her writings can be found on the blog

June 20 2011 9:52 AMGoodbye, Genetic BlueprintWhat the new field of epigenetics reveals about how DNA really works.
April 12 2010 7:05 AMThe Mystery of the Messy NotebooksWhy Agatha Christie's method was utterly deranged.
June 3 2009 10:50 AMI Cook, Therefore I AmHow dropping food in fire made us human.
Oct. 13 2008 7:32 AMA Dolphin or a Lonely Transvestite?How best to talk about English in English.
March 17 2008 12:11 PMWhat Slate's Reading This MonthBook reviews in 300 words or less.
Oct. 17 2007 11:37 AMWatch Your LanguageWhat our words reveal about our minds, but not about the world.
Medical Examiner
Jan. 12 2004 2:01 PMFear and LoathingA new study shows that being risk-averse may shorten your life.
The XX Factor
Dec. 3 2010 3:35 PMBook of the Week: "Piano Lessons" by Anna Goldsworthy
Oct. 5 2009 7:03 AMHow Nice Are We?What chimps can teach us about our mess of emotions.
Dec. 1 2008 10:44 AMOf Ants and MenCompare the two civilizations, and who wins?
April 7 2008 7:39 AMThesaurus UnboundIf Roget's is becoming a relic, what lies ahead?
Feb. 1 2008 7:29 AMWinter BooksWhat Slate is reading this winter.
Dec. 30 2004 5:47 PMSurviving the TsunamiWhat Sri Lanka's animals knew that humans didn't.
Nov. 15 2002 4:57 PMHow do you authenticate a sound recording?



The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories to the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
Oct. 22 2014 9:51 AM What Was It Like to Work at NASA During the Challenger and Columbia Disasters?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 9:19 AM Nine Actors Remember Their Famous Horror-Movie Deaths
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 8:43 AM Thunderstruck: Rock Out With Mother Nature’s Evil Side
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 9:39 AM Gertjie and Lammie, a Magical (and Bizarre) Friendship
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.