David Merritt Johns

David Merritt Johns is a doctoral student with the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Brow Beat
Dec. 27 2013 1:06 PMThe Original Mayonnaise Controversy: Is It French or Spanish?
April 17 2012 8:10 PMBig BirdAre New York’s pigeons getting fatter? An investigation into animal obesity.
Medical Examiner
Oct. 6 2011 7:16 AMThe Brown PerilHow contagious are bedbugs, really?
Sports Nut
March 7 2011 6:53 PMThe Great Carmelo DebateWhy can't basketball stats nerds separate the superstars from the ball hogs?
April 8 2010 10:18 AMDoubts About the Social Plague Stir in the Human Superorganism
Oct. 14 2009 10:36 AMFacial ProfilingCan you tell if a man is dangerous by the shape of his mug?
Nov. 25 2008 7:06 AMHonk if You Know Why You're HonkingThe car horn is beeping useless.
Dec. 27 2013 11:34 AMMayo-phobiaWhy do some people hate mayonnaise so much?
Jan. 10 2012 6:59 AMFree WillyShould prison inmates have the right to masturbate?
July 5 2011 6:53 AMDisconnected?We've heard that obesity and divorce can be passed from one person to another. Critics now wonder how the "social contagion" studies ever passed peer review.
Dec. 7 2010 6:57 AMJust Hold MeDo real men like to cuddle?
April 7 2010 3:43 PMHas a Plague of Social Illness Struck Mankind?
March 25 2009 4:38 PMMy Own Private B.O.Forensic chemists examined my odorprint. Here's what they smelled.



Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.


Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
Damned Spot
Sept. 30 2014 9:00 AM Now Stare. Don’t Stop. The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 30 2014 6:00 AM Drive-By Bounty Prudie advises a woman whose boyfriend demands she flash truckers on the highway.
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.