The Mouse Trap
Septic ShockYears of research into inflammatory disease, costing billions of dollars in research funding, has been wasted on the lowly mouse.
A-Rod Hearts HGHWill a crackdown on (supposedly) performance-enhancing growth hormone just make the drug more popular?
The Culture Gabfest: Falling Off the Treadmill Vomiting EditionSlate's podcast about the year in movies, The Biggest Loser, and the decline of the American shopping mall.
The Unanswered Questions, 2012 EditionWhy do the rich and famous always sunbathe topless? Plus other bafflers from the Explainer's year-end roundup.
Head GamesSteve James’ new concussion documentary overstates the evidence on head injuries in sports.
Jonah Lehrer’s Mea Sorta CulpaHis problem cannot be solved with “standard operating procedures.”
Why Do the Rich and Famous Always Sunbathe Topless?An answer to the Explainer's 2012 Question of the Year.
In Defense of Mike ShanahanWhy the Redskins coach shouldn't be attacked for playing Robert Griffin III.
The Culture Gabfest: Trapped in a Glass Box With Dwarves EditionSlate's podcast about The Hobbit, the A&E series Duck Dynasty, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.
Are Humans Monogamous or Polygamous?Archaeologists, anthropologists, and biologists agree: It’s complicated.
The Internet Blowhard’s Favorite PhraseWhy do people love to say that correlation does not imply causation?
A Fine Whine
Take a One-Way Trip From Tatty to Natty In defense of looking nice for your flight or train ride.
Pennsylvania’s School Funding Is So Screwed Up That It Almost Upended Its Whole Tax System to Fix It
Hang Up And Listen
The “Classic, Irrational New York Exuberance” Bonus Segment The Hang Up and Listen crew discusses the hype over Kristaps Porzingis and his extraordinary height.
Claire Vaye Watkins’ Tin House Essay “On Pandering” Has a Very Limited Definition of “Male Writers”
The Case for Nancy Lieberman If it were just a matter of résumé, she’d be an NBA head coach in no time.
How Much Did the Pentagon Pay Your Favorite Sports Team for Its Patriotism? Find Out With This Chart.