Christopher Beam

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.

Police State
Oct. 20 2010 10:17 AMPolice AcademyHow to build a police department from scratch.
Police State
Oct. 19 2010 7:01 AMMP Stands for MultipurposeWhat happens when you ask soldiers in Afghanistan to be diplomats?
Police State
Oct. 18 2010 8:14 AMReal World: KandaharThe soldiers of the 372nd MP Company have one of the toughest jobs in Afghanistan: fixing the Afghan National Police.
Oct. 14 2010 6:46 PMPorn Star ZeroDoes anyone track the sex lives of adult-film performers?
Obama's Facebook Feed
Oct. 8 2010 3:48 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedRick Sanchez, Lou Dobbs, and Rahm Emanuel's new campaign slogan.
Low Concept
Oct. 5 2010 10:56 AMThe Facebook Movie Facebook FeedThe making of The Social Network.
Sept. 29 2010 6:56 PMThe Other Social NetworkIt launched first. It had cooler features. Why did Columbia's Campus Network lose out to Harvard's Facebook?
Obama's Facebook Feed
Sept. 24 2010 4:06 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedChristine O'Donnell, DADT, and why Michelle hates being first lady.
Aug. 10 2010 7:16 PMNo-Fly ZoneWhy do so many planes crash in Alaska?
Aug. 4 2010 6:37 PMAnti-Anti-IncumbencyThe 2010 election meme that refuses to die.
July 30 2010 7:29 PMRed-HandedWill Republicans return the money donated by the Wyly brothers?
July 27 2010 6:32 PMTaxonomyBeyond "hikes" and "cuts."
Obama's Facebook Feed
July 23 2010 5:34 PMBarack Obama's Facebook FeedShirley Sherrod, Tony Hayward, and the Great Liberal Conspiracy.
July 22 2010 4:18 PMBreitbart's BackThe man behind the Shirley Sherrod shakeup.
Low Concept
July 20 2010 5:26 PMGod Is Great. Inspire Is Not.Tips for al-Qaida's lame new magazine.
Oct. 19 2010 9:56 PMGuess WhoWhen political prognostication goes wrong.
Police State
Oct. 18 2010 8:14 AMMilitary Police in Afghanistan
Oct. 15 2010 7:06 PMThe Not-So-Great DebatesThe four kinds of political debates this campaign season.
Oct. 11 2010 10:07 AMThey Shoot Horses, Don't They? The life of an equine movie star.
Oct. 6 2010 6:09 PMAd HominemHow much has the Citizens United case changed campaign finance in 2010?
Oct. 1 2010 6:40 PMNation of Anti-IslamIs there more Muslim-bashing in the Netherlands than other countries?
Sept. 24 2010 4:48 PMCopywrongCould David Letterman sue Joaquin Phoenix for using his Late Show appearance in I'm Still Here?
Aug. 11 2010 6:46 PMFinishing SchoolThe case for getting rid of tenure.
Obama's Facebook Feed
Aug. 6 2010 6:17 PMBarack Obama's Facebook Feed
Aug. 2 2010 6:34 PMHow Does Stoning Work in Iran?From the size of the stones to who gets first throw.
July 29 2010 6:43 PMRangel AgonistesCharlie Rangel chooses between his party and his job.
July 26 2010 6:57 PMHow Communist Is China?They sure buy a lot of cars for a society built on collective ownership.
July 22 2010 6:19 PMMad in ChinaCan Chinese fishermen sue over an oil spill?
July 21 2010 6:41 PMFriends Without BenefitsWhy Republicans oppose an extension of unemployment insurance.
July 19 2010 9:51 PMSkim, Baby, SkimHow would a Republican president have handled the Gulf oil spill?




Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.