John Swansburg
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John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

Culture Gabfest
May 10 2017 10:22 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Dana Works Blue” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on American Gods, David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon, and Dove’s new body wash bottles.
Movies
Jan. 13 2017 11:21 AMPatriots DayPeter Berg’s docudrama can’t lend meaning to the Boston Marathon bombing, so it lends you Mark Wahlberg instead.
Mom and Dad Are Fighting
Sept. 16 2016 4:55 PMA Puppeteer Babysat My Kid. That’s Not the Weird Part.Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting talks about babysitter red flags.
Politics
July 14 2016 5:45 AMDonald Trump’s FriendsThe unnamed Mexicans, Muslims, Israelis, farmers, doctors, and truckers who have shaped the candidate’s policies.
Sports Nut
May 16 2016 5:45 AMWhy Does the World’s Best Basketball Player Wear Such Corny Sneakers?The mystery of the Curry Two.
Brow Beat
Dec. 15 2015 10:39 AMHow to Quote From Star Wars: A Practical Guide    
Brow Beat
Aug. 19 2015 2:51 PMAll the Wardrobe Mistakes in Straight Outta Compton—and Why They Actually Matter
TV Club
May 21 2015 2:18 PMMad Men Zinger of the Week: “Person to Person”Slate’s TV Club writers pick their favorite Mad Men lines of the episode.
TV Club
May 18 2015 5:44 PMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2Did everything have to end quite so neatly?
History
May 12 2015 11:49 AM“I Realized It Was Dishonest Not to Include Myself”How do you tell the story of gayness? J. Bryan Lowder and his editor John Swansburg discuss.
TV Club
May 5 2015 4:39 PMMad Men Zinger of the Week: “Lost Horizon”Slate’s TV Club writers pick their favorite Mad Men lines of the episode.
Im
May 1 2015 4:39 PMAvengers VirginsTwo Marvel newbies who don’t know a Ragnarok from an Infinity Stone watch the new movie.
TV Club
April 27 2015 1:52 AMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2This is exactly what I hoped the last half-season of Mad Men would be.
TV Club
April 20 2015 12:15 PMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2Joan’s meet-cute with Richard was a little too cute.
TV Club
April 13 2015 4:16 PMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2Why does Mad Men keep introducing new relationships we don’t care about?
Brow Beat
Jan. 25 2017 5:33 PMThe Funniest Episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show Is a Brilliant Rumination on Death
Brow Beat
Dec. 23 2016 8:03 AMThe Best Version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Isn’t Dr. Seuss’s Book. It’s the Animated Special.
Politics
July 28 2016 4:35 PMDonald Trump Made Some New FriendsJapanese friends, rich friends who don’t get audited, a friend who planned a trip to France.
Hang Up And Listen
May 17 2016 5:33 PMWhat Is Russell Westbrook Wearing Today?Hang Up and Listen decides if the basketball player is fashion-forward or not.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 26 2016 2:41 PMAesthetics or Athletics?The NBA turns heads by showing some leg, and Slate’s Hang Up and Listen hosts discuss.   
Slate Plus
Oct. 2 2015 8:14 AMA White Cop Killed a Black Civilian. What Happened Next May Surprise You.A writer and his editor discuss the case of Randall Kerrick.
Movies
Aug. 14 2015 10:32 AMStraight Outta ComptonLike its subject, the NWA biopic is exhilarating, abrasive, and peaks early.
TV Club
May 20 2015 9:38 AMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2We’ve never had a better depiction of the banalities and joys of office life.
TV Club
May 14 2015 4:26 PMMad Men Zinger of the Week: “The Milk and Honey Route”Slate’s TV Club writers pick their favorite Mad Men lines of the episode.
TV Club
May 11 2015 2:03 AMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2Betty gets redeemed at last.
TV Club
May 4 2015 1:13 PMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2Why Don’s road trip to Racine was so compelling. 
TV Club
April 30 2015 8:17 PMMad Men Zinger of the Week: “Time & Life”Slate’s TV Club writers pick their favorite Mad Men lines of the episode.
TV Club
April 21 2015 1:49 PM Mad Men Zinger of the Week: “The Forecast”Slate’s TV Club writers pick their favorite Mad Men lines of the episode. 
Slate Plus
April 14 2015 1:35 PMMad Men Zinger of the Week: “New Business”Slate’s TV Club picks their favorite Mad Men lines of the episode.
Behind the Scenes
April 8 2015 2:41 PMIf You Didn’t Catch Our Mad Men Premiere PartyA podcast from our live event, exclusively for Slate Plus members.

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