Sean Rocha

Sean Rocha is a former columnist for the Cairo Times and a frequent commentator on cultural and international political issues. He can be reached at laconvivencia@yahoo.com.

Book Blitz
Oct. 15 2004 7:54 PMWhat's With All the "National Best Sellers"?How so many books get to the top of the charts.
Explainer
May 7 2004 4:43 PMHow Does a Sotheby's Auction Work?First, they let you touch the Renoir.
Explainer
March 10 2004 6:04 PMCan an Opera Singer Be Too Fat?Do Pavarotti's extra pounds help make him great?
Explainer
Feb. 16 2004 6:50 PMHow Does Sweeps Week Work?Why networks roll out the big guns—and why advertisers put up with it.
Foreigners
June 16 2004 7:09 PMWhy Does Gaza Matter?How come so many groups are wary of a plan that seems like a step in the right direction?
Explainer
March 25 2004 4:53 PMDo Unbuilt Architects Get Paid?How an architect who produces countless designs but few buildings can be a success.
Explainer
March 5 2004 10:55 AMHow's Choreography Recorded?Pirouette, port de bras, plié—is there a way to write it down?
Explainer
Jan. 21 2004 2:56 PMWho Pays $15,000 for a Dress?How couturiers turn a profit.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Politics

Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

The Ludicrous Claims Women Are Pitched at “Egg Freezing Parties”

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Behold
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
  Business
Business Insider
Oct. 1 2014 12:21 PM How One Entrepreneur Is Transforming Blood Testing
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 11:59 AM Ask a Homo: A Lesbian PDA FAQ
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 10:54 AM “I Need a Pair of Pants That Won’t Bore Me to Death” Troy Patterson talks about looking sharp, flat-top fades, and being Slate’s Gentleman Scholar.
  Arts
Television
Oct. 1 2014 12:19 PM Homeland Is Good Again For now, at least.
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM Watch a Crowd Go Wild When Steve Jobs Moves a Laptop in This 1999 Demonstration of WiFi
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 12:01 PM Rocky Snow
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.