James Traub

James Traub is at work on a book about Kofi Annan and the United Nations.

Feb. 22 2006 4:45 PMSchool of Hard KnocksWhat President Summers never learned about Harvard.
Jan. 14 2005 5:20 PMTsunami Tour With Kofi AnnanThe plight of the plucky Maldives.
Sports Nut
May 13 2003 5:16 PMConfessions of a Chess DadHow to console your son after checkmate.
Sports Nut
March 19 2003 5:25 PMBombs Over ScottsdaleAs war begins in Iraq, Barry Bonds launches shots in Arizona.
May 15 1997 3:30 AMI Was WrongNathan Glazer comes to terms with multiculturalism.
Oct. 24 2005 5:35 AMIvory Tower IntriguesThe pseudo-meritocracy of the Ivy League.
Nov. 22 2004 6:21 PMTraveling With Kofi AnnanDiplomatic theater in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam.
Sports Nut
March 24 2003 6:28 PMGlove ChildAt spring training, I torture my son by making him shag fly balls.
Aug. 10 1997 3:30 AMNew York's Loneliest LiberalRuth Messinger's bad rap.
The City
May 1 1997 3:30 AMHelter ShelterJust try to help the homeless help themselves.



The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

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

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 2:05 PM Paul Farmer Says Up to Ninety Percent of Those Infected Should Survive Ebola. Is He Right?
Business Insider
Oct. 22 2014 2:27 PM Facebook Made $595 Million in the U.K. Last Year. It Paid $0 in Taxes
The Eye
Oct. 22 2014 1:01 PM The Surprisingly Xenophobic Origins of Wonder Bread
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 10:00 AM On the Internet, Men Are Called Names. Women Are Stalked and Sexually Harassed.
  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 2:59 PM Netizen Report: Twitter Users Under Fire in Mexico, Venezuela, Turkey
  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.