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

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.
May 7 2004 4:43 PMHow Does a Sotheby's Auction Work?First, they let you touch the Renoir.
March 10 2004 6:04 PMCan an Opera Singer Be Too Fat?Do Pavarotti's extra pounds help make him great?
Feb. 16 2004 6:50 PMHow Does Sweeps Week Work?Why networks roll out the big guns—and why advertisers put up with it.
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?
March 25 2004 4:53 PMDo Unbuilt Architects Get Paid?How an architect who produces countless designs but few buildings can be a success.
March 5 2004 10:55 AMHow's Choreography Recorded?Pirouette, port de bras, plié—is there a way to write it down?
Jan. 21 2004 2:56 PMWho Pays $15,000 for a Dress?How couturiers turn a profit.



Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.