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.
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.)
Diversity Won’t Help the GOP Its problems with minority voters go much deeper than its candidates.
Safeway Almost Made a Massive Deal With Theranos. Now It’s Teaming Up With Theranos’ Biggest Rival.
Cards Against Humanity Asked People to Give It $5 on Black Friday for Nothing in Return. The Stunt Worked.
Girl, Uninterruptible Prudie advises a letter writer upset over a college freshman daughter’s lack of contact.
A New Statue in Edinburgh Honors a Bear Named Wojtek That Served in the Polish Military During World War II
Attacks on Abortion Clinics Should Be Prosecuted as Terrorism It’s the right thing, both practically and philosophically.
A Radical Experiment in Democracy Is Happening in Northern Syria. Americans Need to Start Paying Attention.
Help! I Can’t Get Enough Dear Prudence. Prudie answers more of your questions, only for Slate Plus members.
The Best (and Only) Nigerien Remake of Purple Rain: “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It”
Internet-Connected Toys Are Getting Hacked, and It’s As Creepy As We Feared It Would Be
The Fossil of the Day Award is the Best Part of the Paris Climate Summit Activists name and shame, with humor.
Warrior Kings Golden State is currently playing better than any basketball team in history. You might want to watch them.