James Hughes

Brow Beat
June 5 2014 2:14 PMThe Mighty Duke! John Wayne’s Forgotten Hockey Movie
Brow Beat
Dec. 31 2013 8:00 AMWhy “The Hockey Sweater” Is Canada’s Answer to A Christmas Story
Oct. 17 2013 8:45 AMPop’s Lamest LyricAnd why Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and others can’t resist it.
Aug. 29 2013 12:27 PMA Long Time Ago …Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor and his wife Dee recall their adventures shooting Star Wars and Dr. Strangelove.
Brow Beat
May 15 2013 4:54 PMWhen Alfred Hitchcock Pushed for Gun Control
Dec. 4 2012 5:00 AMThe Power of Powers of TenHow the Eames’ experimental film changed the way we look at Chicago—and the universe.
Sept. 7 2012 11:14 PMCan’t Get You Out of My HeadThe history of advertising jingles, a truly American art form.
Oct. 20 2011 7:23 AMTraces of LifeHow Sherlock Holmes helped crack the case of a missing father.
Feb. 21 2014 3:42 PMEmmanuel Lubezki Is on InstagramAnd the Gravity cinematographer is just as gifted with still images as he is with moving ones.
Dec. 23 2013 2:15 PMBirth of a MediumHow WWI midwifed the movies.
Oct. 3 2013 1:39 PMThe Forgotten FrontierCan Gravity rekindle our love of space-based storytelling?
July 19 2013 1:48 PMThe Greatest Music Cue of All TimeNicolas Winding Refn explains how he uses music in his films—and names his favorite song choice in cinematic history.
April 8 2013 12:16 PMHome AloneJohn Hughes’ son on Chicago without Ebert.
Dec. 3 2012 5:38 PMThe Making of Powers of Ten
Feb. 17 2012 7:15 AMOut on a LimbThe search for the perfect cinematic tree.



The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 11:40 AM The U.S. Has Spent $7 Billion Fighting the War on Drugs in Afghanistan. It Hasn’t Worked. 
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 1:12 PM George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Right of Free Speech
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
Future Tense
Oct. 21 2014 4:14 PM Planet Money Uncovers One Surprising Reason the Internet Is Sexist
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
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.