Good Riddance to Little LeagueOrganized youth sports have become stressful, oversized monstrosities. Let them die.
“Just Call Me ‘Bean Bag’!”The first late-night show ever was insane. Why have we never heard of it?
Turn It Around, McDonald’sI don’t want to live in a world of “fast casual” and “better burgers.”
What Happened at Slate This Week?Justin Peters takes a tour around the magazine to celebrate his 10 years at Slate.
My Secret Life as a Game Show ContestantEverything the Slate office asked me, Justin Peters, about my Millionaire appearance.
They Couldn’t Breathe, EitherEvery time William Bratton has taken over a police department, excessive-force incidents have followed.
Understanding Charlie HebdoYes, its depictions of Islam can be odious. But they belong to a tradition that’s as French as Champagne.
A Collage of Usual MomentsWhat I learned by taking a photo of myself each day for the last five years.
The Sony Emails Are Fair GameNo, Aaron Sorkin, reporting on the hacked documents is not “spectacularly dishonorable.”
Loose Cigarettes Today, Civil Unrest TomorrowThe racist, classist origins of broken windows policing.
“Where Are the Police?”When cities spasm with violence for complicated reasons, that’s the only question CNN wants to ask.
Stop Calling Children’s Gun Deaths “Accidental”They’re the fault of criminally negligent parents and guardians—who must be prosecuted.
Why Bill O’Reilly Won’t Share Glenn Beck’s FateThey’re both obsessed with conspiracies, but only Beck’s kind damaged the Fox News brand.
Young GunsWhen cops shoot kids holding toy weapons, they’re rarely held accountable. That has to change.
I Wanted to Be a MillionaireHow failing colossally on a game show changed my life for the better.
The Longform GoodbyeWhen alternative publications shutter, their staffs don’t go so easily.
Dumb and Dumber and DumbererMeet the men who set the gold standard for criminal incompetence in 2014.
The New York Times’ Obscene Profanity PolicyWhat’s more important to the paper of record, reporting the news or protecting its readers’ delicate sensibilities?
The Best Police Blotter in America The procedural poetry of the Sheriff’s Calls column in the Point Reyes Light.
McDonald’s, Unable to Fix Its Dismal Monthly Sales Numbers, Will Now Just Stop Sharing Them
It's Not Just Josh Duggar—A String of Sex-Abuse Scandals Have Recently Rocked Christian Fundamentalism
Behind the Scenes
A Day in the Life A behind-the-scenes look into how Slate’s daily podcast, The Gist, is made.
The NYT’s Summer Reading List Is All Books From White Writers. That’s Not Its Only Problem.
Play It Out Before You Live It Out Are ethical video games the future of on-the-job training?
How Things Break Ali fought Liston 50 years ago. Two legends were born, but another was broken.