Gretchen Gavett

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April 13 2013 7:30 AMThe Good, the Bad, and the GayThe Longform guide to marriage.
July 21 2012 7:00 AMThe Longform Guide to the OlympicsMunich, the Dream Team, and all those condoms: the highs and lows of Olympic history.
June 16 2012 8:52 AMThe Longform Guide to “The Rise and Fall of ...”Stephen Glass, Myspace, Kirby Puckett …They seemed like they had it all. Until they didn’t.
Nov. 5 2011 7:45 AMThe Guide to KidnappingThe best stories about Patty Hearst, Elizabeth Smart and other infamous abductions.
April 6 2013 8:00 AMHow to Chase a KillerThe Longform guide to manhunts.
July 1 2012 6:00 AMThe Guide to FireGreat stories about arsonists, fire fighters, church burners, and, of course, Burning Man.
Nov. 24 2011 7:18 AMThe Guide to GunsGreat stories about guns and the people who love, hate, and sell them.


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 11:33 AM Planned Parenthood Is About to Make It a Lot Easier to Get Birth Control
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 21 2014 8:00 AM An Astronaut’s Guided Video Tour of Earth
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.