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?
Five-ring Circus
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.
Five-ring Circus
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.



Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Votes to Remain in U.K.

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

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

Can Democrats Keep Counting on Republicans to Offend Women as a Campaign Strategy?


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.