The Oregon Trail, IRLA strange new book tells us exactly what it’s like to head West by covered wagon today. (You might fall in love with your mules.)
The Empire Podcast, Episode 7Slate’s TV Club reviews Empire’s recovery from last week and budding family ambitions—from music aspirations to love interests.
Is the “July Effect” Real?What researchers say about the supposed spike in hospital deaths when new doctors start over the summer.
San Andreas Is a CrockBut there’s a reason West Coast geologists are fixated on the “big one.”
The Ultimate Aurora BorealisA staggering time-lapse video of the northern lights shot over five weeks in Iceland.
Inside the Box
Sock-of-the-Month Clubs, ReviewedTwo skeptical Slate writers find their own personal sock happiness.
Here’s What Twitter’s Smartest Liberals and Conservatives Are Saying About the PBS Democratic Debate
Subway Cars Should Be Like Centipedes Most of the world has figured out this simple solution to overcrowding. Why does the U.S. resist it?
The End of Football Why the sport is no longer justifiable as a thinking person’s pastime.
Scientists Have Finally Detected Gravitational Waves, and They Reveal the Death Spiral of Two Monster Black Holes
Roger Goodell Isn’t a Liar. He’s a Bullshitter. Towards a theory of pro football public relations.