Rachel Withers
Rachel Withers

Rachel Withers is a Slate Brow Beat assistant.

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Nov. 5 2018 2:22 PMVoice-Enabled DemocracyHow Alexa, Siri, and Google Home answer questions about the midterms.
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Oct. 22 2018 5:20 PMDown With the “Spanish Flu”The 1918 pandemic didn’t start with Spain nor was it particularly bad there.
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Oct. 11 2018 11:18 AMAmazon Owes Wikipedia Big-TimeSmart speakers are taking advantage of the free labor of Wikipedia volunteers.
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Oct. 4 2018 7:30 AMSiri Is Not Your New Celebrity GossipmongerAn updated Siri is keeping up with the Kardashians—but only when they get married, have kids, or die.
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Sept. 30 2018 8:00 PMJournalists Just Can’t Quit Microsoft Word. But Some Are Trying.We’re not quite ready to Accept This Change.
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Sept. 13 2018 6:39 PMThe Weather Channel Uses Video Game Simulation to Convey the Severity of the Hurricane ThreatWill this open the floodgates to actually useful news simulations?
The Slatest
Sept. 10 2018 11:26 PMThat Racist Serena Williams Cartoon Is Sadly Illustrative of Australian Cartoonists
Brow Beat
Aug. 31 2018 6:55 PMThe Comedy Cellar’s Owner Has Clearly Been Waiting to Let Louis C.K. Back on Stage Since Day One
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Aug. 31 2018 12:30 PMEminem Says He Received a Visit From the Secret Service After His Anti-Trump Rap
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Aug. 30 2018 11:54 AMPeople Are Leaving Heartbreaking Comments on the Trailer for Facebook’s Sorry for Your Loss
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Aug. 29 2018 6:52 PMFirst Impressions of First Man Are Sky-High
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Aug. 28 2018 5:58 PMK-Pop Sensations BTS Steal One of Taylor Swift’s Remaining Crowns
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Aug. 27 2018 5:57 PMAsia Argento Has Been Removed as a Judge on X Factor ItalyShe will still appear on the pre-taped shows.
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Aug. 27 2018 12:40 PMCrazy Rich Asians Has Another Crazy Rich Weekend at the Box OfficeAsian moviegoers are still turning out in droves, but non-Asian audiences are starting to catch up.
Brow Beat
Aug. 24 2018 5:25 PMYou Can Thank Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory Coming to an EndThank you, Jim Parsons.
Future Tense
Oct. 26 2018 4:56 PMNever Google Punctuation Marks or Accents AgainStop searching for “em dash”—and start using more em dashes.
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Oct. 17 2018 6:09 PMHalloween Pun Names on Twitter Refuse to DieThe jokes distract from a truly horrifying news cycle—and not in a good way.
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Oct. 9 2018 4:45 PMPeople Ages 27 to 45 Can Now Get the HPV VaccineBut will it be covered by insurance?
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Oct. 2 2018 7:03 PMElon MuzzledTesla has been ordered to put in place “controls and procedures to oversee Musk’s communications.” Does that include the ones about the aliens, pedos, and “the D”?
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Sept. 21 2018 4:27 PMAustralia: Social Media’s Lab RatWhen Facebook, Spotify, and Tinder want to test out features, they go to Oz.
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Sept. 11 2018 5:24 PMIPhones Should Be DTFWe need a Laissez-Swear Mode. Is that too ducking much to ask for?
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Sept. 10 2018 11:42 AMLet Your Unread Tabs Pile UpThere is no shame in having a gazillion to-be-read articles in your browser.
Brow Beat
Aug. 31 2018 6:36 PMLady Gaga Is “Sensationally Good” in A Star Is Born, Say First Reviews
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Aug. 30 2018 3:52 PMCritics Are Already Calling Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma a Likely Best Picture Nominee
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Aug. 30 2018 8:00 AMGold, Tulip Bulbs, Rai Stones?Finding the best analogy for cryptocurrencies.
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Aug. 29 2018 12:11 PMHBO Is Pulling Out of the Porn BusinessThe internet is for porn, so HBO’s isn’t needed.
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Aug. 28 2018 1:21 PMRotten Tomatoes Expands Its “Tomatometer-Approved” Critics to Include More Writers and PlatformsYour tweets still won’t count.
Future Tense
Aug. 27 2018 4:59 PMThe Wedding ShamersWedding-shaming groups are a semiprivate public place to spill the Champagne.
Aug. 24 2018 5:36 PMAustralia Changes Prime Ministers for the Fifth Time in Eight YearsWhy the country has been plagued by chaotic “leadership spills.”
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Aug. 24 2018 2:30 PMSony Admits Posthumously Released Michael Jackson Songs Might Be FakeBut only to point out that they wouldn’t be liable if they were.

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