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
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse
An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really 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.
Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.