I Read Only News for Kids for an Entire WeekThe hot ed-tech startup Newsela wants kids to forget about what a mess our country is. That’s why it’s not the news.
Joy to the World, Joy to the World, Joy to the World, Joy to the …I forced myself to listen to nothing but Christmas music to cure my election blues. It worked.
The Only Place in Journalism Where the World Still WorksI was completely sick of election coverage. So I read nothing but trade publications.
Hatchet JobA visit to Stumpy’s Hatchet House, the indoor ax-throwing playground I never knew I needed.
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The Ballad of Balloon BoySeven years ago, an incredibly stupid mystery captivated CNN. Today, thanks to cable news, Balloon Boys are everywhere.
Do Americans Still Care About the Olympics?Ratings were way down for NBC. Is that because the U.S. is too good at winning medals?
Olympics Jerk Watch: The Alleged Ticket-Scalping, Butt-Showing European Sporteaucrat
I’m Starting to Hate That Moment When Olympic Runners Helped Each Other to the Finish Line
Salt Boilers, the Rip Entry, and Tiny Towels: Everything You Need to Know About Olympic Diving
Naïveté is the New RealismTom Friedman’s oracular pretensions have never felt more ridiculous than they do in his latest best-seller.
Journalists Should Be TerrifiedA free press has rarely been so necessary. And we have every reason to believe that Trump will try to bring it to heel.
I Sold Bill Murray a Beer at Wrigley FieldAnd other World Series tales from a Chicago Cubs vendor.
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Do Happy Cubs Fans Buy More Beer?Slate’s sports podcast talks about vending at Wrigley Field during the playoffs.
Does the New York Times Have a False Balance Problem?Its public editor dismisses the criticism as irrational. She should take it a lot more seriously.
Oh No, a Rhythmic Gymnast Just Did a Hoop Routine to the Theme from Schindler’s List
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Are We Supposed to Hate Alex Rodriguez?The Hang Up and Listen crew chats about the New York Yankees legend’s retirement.