A Private MatterAm I hurting my local public schools—and hurting America—by sending my kids to expensive private schools?
A Little Charity Goes a Long WayDonating internationally packs more punch than giving money locally.
Christmas ConfusionAre holiday "adopt-a-family" programs a waste of my charitable giving?
And the Winner Is ...Does the Nobel Peace Prize improve the world, or is it just a money-wasting ego trip?
The 50-Cent RuleIf a charity spends less than half its funds on its programs, does that mean it's ineffective?
Volunteer VacationsHow to be of service while you travel—and not get swindled in the process.
A Socially Conscious ChristmasThe best ways to support worthy causes by buying cool products.
Typhoon in Burma! Tsunami in Samoa!What's the absolute best way to help after a natural disaster abroad? Should I send cash?
Paralyzed by Health Care ReformI want to act, but I don't remotely understand the issues. What should I do?
Thou Shalt Be Debt FreeWhich is more important: tithing or paying off my $13,000 credit-card debt?
No Friends? No Problem.I want to join an "activist community," but I'm shy. What do I do?
Charity MuggersI avoid street canvassers for do-gooding organizations. Does that make me a jerk?
TODAY IN SLATE
Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Alabama’s Insane New Abortion Law Gives Fetuses Lawyers and Puts Teenage Girls on Trial
Alabama’s Insane New Abortion Law Gives Fetuses Lawyers and Puts Teenage Girls on Trial Putting teenage girls on trial may finally be too much for the Supreme Court.
Tattoo Parlors Have Become a Great Investment
A Year Ago I Decided to Never Fly Again. It’s One of the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made.
A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently
Big Problems With the Secret Service Were Reported Last Year. Nobody Cared.
Beautiful, sexy, and fascinatingly mean.
Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.
The Secret Service’s Big Problems Were Reported Last Year. Nobody Cared.
It Wasn’t a Secret A 2013 inspector general report detailed all of the Secret Service’s problems. Nobody cared.
Why Can’t States Do More to Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills? It’s complicated.
Behind the Scenes
Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
If Someone Secretly Controlled What You Say, Would You Notice? What cyranoid experiments reveal about how people act.
The Panic Virus How public health officials are keeping Americans calm about the Ebola threat.
Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?