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John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

Culture Gabfest
Aug. 27 2014 11:43 AMThe Secret of the Ice Bucket Challenge’s Viral Success
Sports Nut
Aug. 10 2014 2:13 PMTragedy at the Race TrackTony Stewart ran over and killed Kevin Ward Jr. Is he responsible for Ward's death?
June 27 2014 6:51 PMTransformers: Age of ExtinctionTwo Slate staffers try—and fail—to explain what happens in the franchise’s fourth film.
Behind the Scenes
June 16 2014 11:19 AM“We Get Really Nerdy About Why a Headline Works”Slate’s editors in a roundtable about heds, deks, annoying clickbait, and more.
Brow Beat
March 22 2014 8:30 AMWill Hardcore Muppet Fans Enjoy Muppets Most Wanted? Two Slate Critics Discuss.
Brow Beat
March 6 2014 7:30 PMIn Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson Defends Wes Anderson
Brow Beat
Oct. 4 2013 10:20 AMHow Good Is Gravity? Three Slate Writers Discuss.
Sept. 25 2013 7:30 AMEntertaining Rule No. 16: Don’t Make the Bed
Culture Gabfest
Sept. 4 2013 11:27 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Working-Class Slag From a Crap Town” EditionSlate’s podcast about the new film Drinking Buddies, increasing human life expectancy, and Simon Doonan’s latest book The Asylum.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 28 2013 12:49 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Flirting With Vomit” EditionSlate's podcast about the new film The World’s End, Miley Cyrus’ “racy” performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and amusement parks.
Brow Beat
June 20 2013 12:15 AMWhen James Gandolfini Got Even With Slate
Brow Beat
April 1 2013 4:04 PM The Secret Matthew Weiner Doesn’t Want You to Know
Culture Gabfest
March 27 2013 10:56 AMThe Culture Gabfest: Sprang Braake 4eva EditionSlate's podcast about David Mamet’s Phil Spector biopic, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, and Ben-Hur author Lew Wallace.
March 26 2013 5:30 AMThe Passion of Lew WallaceThe incredible story of how a disgraced Civil War general became one of the best-selling novelists in American history.
Culture Gabfest
March 20 2013 11:54 AMThe Culture Gabfest: I Remain Your Ever Fond Servant EditionSlate's podcast about Jane Campion’s miniseries Top of the Lake, David Bowie’s new album The Next Day, and email signoff etiquette.
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 13 2014 4:18 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Goodnight, Robin Williams” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on the late, great Robin Williams; Steven Soderbergh’s new show, The Knick; and how to talk about the weather.
Culture Gabfest
July 2 2014 1:18 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Grief Sandwich” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on They Came Together, HBO’s The Leftovers, and ClickHole
Behind the Scenes
June 19 2014 11:59 PMThis Headline Might Change Your LifeEditorial director John Swansburg chats about a hyperbolic Slate headline with its author.
Culture Gabfest
March 26 2014 10:35 AMThe Culture Gabfest “Green Handshake” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Muppets Most Wanted, High Maintenance, and the evolution of tipping.
Sports Nut
March 21 2014 10:45 AMDear Warren BuffettI have a perfect bracket, 16 for 16. I’m on my way to $1 billion. But I’m willing to negotiate.
Culture Gabfest
Dec. 4 2013 2:27 PMThe Culture Gabfest “Eat My Shortz” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on HBO’s Getting On, the saga of “Diane in 7A,” and the crossword puzzles with Will Shortz.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2013 6:18 PMThe Spoiler Special Podcast, Breaking Bad Edition
Brow Beat
Sept. 13 2013 8:50 AMIs the New Movie About the D.C. Snipers Any Good?
Brow Beat
Aug. 30 2013 3:33 PMFrom New York Times Movie Review Headlines, A Poem
Brow Beat
July 9 2013 11:52 AMWhy the Boston Celtics Should Sign Jason Collins
Brow Beat
April 19 2013 1:15 PMEminem, Nutella, and Edmund Burke: A Close Reading of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Twitter Account
The Chat Room
March 27 2013 5:06 PMHow to Write a Cover Letter for SlateA Reddit Ask Me Anything with Slate editorial director John Swansburg.
Slate Fare
March 26 2013 5:48 PMAsk John Swansburg AnythingJoin Slate’s editorial director for a chat on Reddit.
March 26 2013 5:29 AMLew Wallace, a Life in ArtifactsA letter from Billy the Kid, a portrait by Winslow Homer, a fan note from President Garfield, and more.
Culture Gabfest
March 13 2013 2:48 PMThe Culture Gabfest: Meat Your God EditionSlate's show about the History Channel’s miniseries The Bible, the 2012 Vida Count of women in the literary arts, and the death of the pun.



Medical Examiner

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Are Lighter-Skinned Latinos and Asians More Likely to Vote Republican?

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 12:43 PM Occupy Wall Street How can Hillary Clinton be both a limousine liberal and a Saul Alinsky radical?
Sept. 23 2014 12:36 PM Krispy Kreme Stuffed Half a Million Calories Into One Box of Doughnuts
The Eye
Sept. 23 2014 11:33 AM High-Concept Stuff Designed to Remind People That They Don’t Need Stuff  
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 11:13 AM Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?
  Slate Plus
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Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 11:48 AM Punky Brewster, the Feminist Punk Icon Who Wasn’t
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 10:51 AM Is Apple Picking a Fight With the U.S. Government? Not exactly.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 23 2014 11:00 AM Google Exec: Climate Change Deniers Are “Just Literally Lying”
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.