Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at the Atlantic, where he oversees business coverage for

Sept. 4 2008 5:39 PMThe Sarah Palin FAQEverything you ever wanted to know about the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 22 2008 11:00 AMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterAfter a week of Olympic-sized schmaltz, the Sap-o-Meter battles adversity.
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Aug. 20 2008 10:41 AMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterNBC reaches yet another milestone on its magically sappy Olympic journey.
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Aug. 19 2008 11:46 AMThe Olympics Sap-o-Meter"We saw people all around this stadium, as we were leaving, in tears, sobbing uncontrollably."
Aug. 15 2008 6:48 PMBig Brother in the Odometer How does the government know how much I'm driving?
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Aug. 14 2008 4:18 PMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterOn a night of dreams, NBC saves its syrup for Michael Phelps.
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Aug. 13 2008 6:57 AMExplainer's Olympics RoundupYour questions about the Games, with answers from our archives.
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Aug. 11 2008 12:08 PMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterFinally, a scientific way to measure the sappiness of NBC's Olympics coverage.
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Aug. 25 2008 1:03 PMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterThe Sap-o-Meter bids a tearful farewell. Plus: the Sappiest Word of the 2008 Olympic Games.
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Aug. 21 2008 10:27 AMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterUsain Bolt might be the world's fastest man, but mom runs away with the night yet again.
Aug. 19 2008 7:22 PMDo White People Really Come From the Caucasus?How Caucasians got their name.
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Aug. 18 2008 12:19 PMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterMore tears, more moms, more dreams, and three new Sap-o-Meter records.
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Aug. 15 2008 11:01 AMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterA new rivalry in the sport of schmaltz: dream vs. mom.
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Aug. 13 2008 10:55 AMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterJust like Michael Phelps: another day, another record.
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Aug. 12 2008 10:50 AMThe Olympics Sap-o-MeterThe sap reaches a record high. Blame mom.


The World

How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 10:39 PM Avengers: Age of Ultron Looks Like a Fun, Sprawling, and Extremely Satisfying Sequel
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
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.