John Swansburg John Swansburg

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PMThe Self-Made ManThe story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Sept. 29 2014 11:18 AMSlate Voice: “The Self-Made Man” Listen to Slate’s John Swansburg read his story on the myth of the self-made man.  
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.
Sept. 29 2014 11:18 AM“It Wasn’t Just Character. It Was Circumstances.”John Swansburg and his editor Jessica Winter talk about how his history of the self-made man came to life.
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 29 2014 11:17 AMThey Can’t Buy BackboneFathers, sons, and the lesson of Herman Blume in my Slate essay about self-made men.
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.



The World

How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 6:30 PM The Tragedies That Have Shaped Canada's Gun Politics
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 4:10 PM Skinny Mark Wahlberg Goes for an Oscar: The First Trailer for The Gambler
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.