A Conversation With The New York Times’ A.O. ScottOn the purpose of film criticism, the academy’s diversity problem, and why Leo DiCaprio shouldn’t get an Oscar for 2.5 hours of grunting.
Is This the End of the GOP as We Know It?Historian Rick Perlstein on the rise of Trump, the fall of Reagan, and the fate of contemporary conservatism.
Hillary Clinton Won Sunday Night’s DebateWith a strong defense of President Obama, she got the better of Bernie Sanders.
Obama Just Gave His Cockiest State of the UnionFor his final address, the president was all swagger.
Did El Chapo Want to Get Caught?A veteran observer of the Sinaloa cartel on the strange circumstances of its kingpin’s capture.
North Korea’s Latest Alarming Nuclear Test Is Part of Its Apocalyptic “Final Victory” Strategy
A Conversation With Michael LewisThe best-selling Big Short author on how journalism is like acting, Margot Robbie in a bathtub, and why movie stars are not nearly as handsome in real life.
Was the Boston Globe’s Church Abuse Scoop the Last Great Print Story?Or the first great Web story? A conversation with investigative reporter Walter Robinson.
“Everything Is Not The Wire”David Simon would like you to stop trying to understand what’s going on in Baltimore by quoting his TV show.
Trump Gives Fox News a Taste of Its Own MedicineHow the irascible candidate is using the old Roger Ailes playbook to rattle the conservative media powerhouse.
“It Was Just So Surreal”Jeffrey Toobin on seeing his nonfiction book about the O.J. trial get made into a riveting TV series—The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
A Conversation With Pete WellsThe New York Times’ restaurant critic on puncturing pretension in fine dining, the rise of foodie-ism, and why nothing tastes better than Oreos.
Why Cruz and Trump Are Still WinningThe GOP establishment expected them to collapse on their own. But they’re actually better at politics than their rivals.
David Bowie Almost Played a Bond Villain. He Could Have Been the Most Fascinating One of All Time.
“Iran Is the Arsonist and the Fire Brigade”Middle East expert Karim Sadjadpour on Saudi Arabia’s relationship with Iran, ISIS’s lack of enemies in the region, and whether the Sunni-Shiite split can ever be fixed.
What Do the Oregon Extremists Want?Is this really a dispute over grazing rights—or a sign of a deeper, scarier divide?
Daniel Craig Is Right to Hate James BondSpectre is our most frustrating example yet of the franchise’s push to remake its lead as an antihero.
A Conversation With James WoodThe New Yorker critic on how technology is changing reading, how aging changes critics, and what he’d change about his David Foster Wallace review.
A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe author of Between the World and Me discusses the Charleston shooting, the end of the Obama presidency, and why he never read To Kill a Mockingbird.
Stirred, but Not ShakenI read the books and watched the movies. Here’s what makes Bond great.
Ted Cruz Is Not Eligible to Be President, According to the Most Plausible Interpretation of the Constitution
LED Bulbs Were Once Pricey. Now They’re Cheap, Mass-Produced, and Plentiful. This Is How Efficient Technology Will Take Over.
You, Me, and … Him? Prudie advises a woman whose husband wants to have a threesome with his unattractive best friend.
My Wife Won’t Stop Flirting on Facebook Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee In her debut, Bee at once embraced and impaled the gendered expectations around her show. It’s hard to imagine a better start.
Rick Rubin Is Making a Star Wars-Themed Album Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda and More. Hear Songs Now.
Indian Facebook Users School Mark Zuckerberg on the Kind of Internet Their Country Needs
Why You Hated the Super Bowl It was hard to tell if it was a great defensive contest, or a terrible offensive one.