John Swansburg John Swansburg

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

March 21 2012 11:37 AMA Conversation With Matthew WeinerThe Mad Men master talks about Peggy’s evolution, Betty the bad mom, and Flashdance.
March 15 2012 7:00 AMWhere Fashion Is the F-WordPatagonia makes gear for demanding climbers and itinerant surfers. How’d it catch on with the rest of us?
The Chat Room
Feb. 6 2012 7:47 PMBeckham’s Bod and Clint’s PoliticsSlate staffers chat with readers about this year’s Super Bowl commercials.
Brow Beat
Jan. 20 2012 1:29 PMThe Charming Twitter Bot Devoted to a Single Grammatical Error
Brow Beat
Aug. 18 2011 1:46 PMJay-Z and Kanye: The Early Years
July 28 2011 2:32 PMShould You See Crazy, Stupid, Love?An IM debate.
July 13 2011 6:43 PMThe Mysteries of Ancient Malta
July 12 2011 2:33 PMA Boozy Maltese Easter
July 8 2011 5:07 PMWelcome to Malta
Culture Gabfest
May 4 2011 7:36 AMThe Culture Gabfest, "Where Are Our Manners?" EditionListen to Slate's show about the U.S. reaction to the death of Osama Bin Laden, the royal wedding extravaganza, and the comedic talents of Brian Williams.
March 31 2011 6:12 PMJake's on a TrainJake Gyllenhaal has eight minutes to prevent commuter-rail tragedy in Source Code.
Brow Beat
March 21 2011 5:50 PMA Video Obituary for Nate Dogg
Sports Nut
March 16 2011 5:14 PMTeams We HateDuke, Akron, and five more odious schools in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Feb. 18 2011 7:05 AMI Hate My iPadCan my tablet-loving Slate colleagues convince me I didn't just waste $600?
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 16 2011 2:03 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Church of High Modernism and Puppies" EditionListen to Slate's show about MoMA's "Abstract Expressionist New York," John Adams' Nixon in China at the Met, and the Westminster Dog Show.
March 15 2012 9:50 AMThe Dirt Bags of the Patagonia Catalog
Culture Gabfest
March 14 2012 12:17 PMThe Culture Gabfest, “Wild Oversimplification” EditionListen to Slate's show about Kony 2012, Game Change, and Werner Herzog’s On Death Row.
Sports Nut
Feb. 3 2012 7:05 AMBeli-chic: Is Bill Belichick Quietly the NFL’s Best Dressed Coach?
Culture Gabfest
Nov. 30 2011 12:29 PMThe Culture Gabfest, “Don We Now Our Gay Apparel” EditionListen to Slate's show about The Muppets, home decor, and Christmas carols.
The XX Factor
Aug. 2 2011 9:09 AMWhy Were the Producers of "The Bachelorette" So Cruel to Ashley Hebert?
July 14 2011 4:36 PMMalta’s Unhappy Visitors
July 13 2011 4:52 PMHarry Potter VirginsTwo muggles who have never read a page of J.K. Rowling watch the last movie.
July 12 2011 10:54 AMThe Art and Armor of the Knights of the Order of St. John
Brow Beat
May 6 2011 11:16 AMImprovisational Structure in "Dark Star," 1969-1972.
Culture Gabfest
April 20 2011 12:16 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Daddy, Can I Keep This Direwolf?" EditionListen to Slate's show about HBO's new fantasy series Game of Thrones, Will Ferrell's going-away party for Steve Carell on The Office, and the new documentary about "On the Street" photographer Bill Cunningham.
Brow Beat
March 29 2011 11:49 AMFire Roger Sterling
March 18 2011 10:19 AMLimitlessBradley Cooper as a failing writer who finds an awesomely helpful drug.
Feb. 24 2011 11:37 AMYou Hate Your iPads, TooWell, some of you do anyway. Slate readers debate the virtues of Apple's tablet.
Brow Beat
Feb. 17 2011 11:21 AMA Computer Won Jeopardy!, But Can a Computer Write Literature?
Feb. 14 2011 7:09 AM"Eyes Gazing Into the Distance As If in Memory of Ages Past"The accidental poetry of American Kennel Club breed standards.




More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. Then I Married Someone Like Him.

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 2:57 PM ISIS Helps Snuff Out Conservative Opposition to Government Funding Bill
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 1:59 PM Ask a Homo: Secret Ally Codes 
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 1:26 PM Hey CBS, Rihanna Is Exactly Who I Want to See on My TV Before NFL Games
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 1:01 PM A Rare, Very Unusual Interview With Michael Jackson, Animated
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 12:35 PM IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.