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John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor.

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.
TV Club
April 5 2015 10:54 PMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2The not-so-triumphant return of Horny Don.
Plus Roundups
March 20 2015 2:00 PM“I’ve Convinced Them to Let Me Write About Pretty Much All My Other Obscure Interests”Here are John Swansburg’s favorite reads from Slate this week, from the good old Grateful Dead to ex-con voting rights. 
Slate Plus
Jan. 29 2015 1:04 PMListen to Our January Music RoundupBeat the chill with our winter playlist, exclusively for Slate Plus members.
History
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PMThe Self-Made ManThe story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
History
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?
Movies
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.
Entertaining
Sept. 25 2013 7:30 AMEntertaining Rule No. 16: Don’t Make the Bed
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?
TV Club
April 7 2015 3:00 PMMad Men Zinger of the Week: “Severance”Slate’s TV Club picks their favorite Mad Men lines of the episode. 
TV Club
April 2 2015 3:26 AMMad Men, Season 7, Part 2Why I’ve reached a Zen-like state about the end of Mad Men.
Brow Beat
Feb. 11 2015 2:41 PMHow the Rise of Jon Stewart Hastened the Demise of Brian Williams
Brow Beat
Dec. 26 2014 1:02 PMThe Best Sheee-it Ever
History
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?

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April 17 2015 11:37 AM What Happened at Slate This Week? Chad Lorenz talks about running the home page, writing headlines, and his favorite picks from the magazine this week.