Sam Adams

Sam Adams writes for the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out New York, the Onion A.V. Club, and the Philadelphia City Paper. Follow him on Twitter.

Brow Beat
April 30 2013 2:28 PMNetflix Is Changing. Beware Streamageddon.
Brow Beat
March 15 2013 5:16 PMDid Veronica Mars Ruin Kickstarter?
Brow Beat
Nov. 13 2012 4:39 PMHow the Coen Brothers’ Most Underrated Movie Explains the Petraeus Affair
July 10 2012 1:36 PMFinally, the Definitive Cut of Kenneth Lonergan’s MargaretOr is it?
Brow Beat
Feb. 10 2012 4:44 PMIs Liz Lemon Becoming “Dumbass Homer”?
Dec. 19 2011 12:20 PMCameron Crowe and His Manic Visionary Dream BoysWe Bought a Zoo reveals what’s gone wrong with a once-great director’s career.
Nov. 21 2011 2:19 PMTwilight, All NightI watched all four movies in a row—in a theater full of superfans—and lived to tell the tale.
Oct. 26 2011 5:25 AMThe Paranormal PhenomenonWhy the franchise is a hit—with major, major spoilers.
April 26 2013 4:59 PMThe Secret Autobiography of Tom CruiseHis surprisingly revealing recent movies.
Brow Beat
Feb. 1 2013 2:52 PMHere Are the Rules for Netflix Spoilers
Aug. 24 2012 12:19 PMThe Films of Norman MailerThey’re like a punch in the face.
Brow Beat
June 4 2012 2:33 PMNew Account of Mel Gibson Makes Anti-Semitic Star Sound Worse Than Ever
Dec. 22 2011 4:45 PMTintin’s Father, Nobody’s SonThe complicated life of Hergé, in two new biographies—one written, one drawn.
Nov. 23 2011 7:32 AM“Mahna Mahna”How a ditty from a soft-core Italian movie became the Muppets’ catchiest tune.
Nov. 3 2011 4:56 PMKevin Smith's ArmyHow his loyal fans prop up a stunningly mediocre career.



The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

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

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Dear Prudence
Oct. 23 2014 6:00 AM Monster Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 8:51 AM The Male-Dominated Culture of Business in Tech Is Not Great for Women
  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. 23 2014 9:00 AM Exclusive Premiere: Key & Peele Imagines the Dark Side of the Make-A-Wish Program
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
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
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.