Why Cockroaches Are So Difficult to Crush It could make them excellent rescue robots in disasters.
Hang Up And Listen
The 11th Worst Super Bowl in History How do you measure Super Bowl mediocrity? Slate correspondent Justin Peters stacks them up.
Vinyl Martin Scorsese’s HBO show about ’70s rock ’n’ roll has prestige everything—sets, talent, camera work, visuals—but an ersatz essence.
The Vulgar Dealmaker Donald Trump rallies his New Hampshire base ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
Hingle McCringleberry Still Won’t Stop Pelvis-Thrusting in This New Key & Peele (& Colbert) Sketch
Year of Great Books
Tristram Shandy Was a Runaway Best-Seller. What Did That Mean in 1760? For one thing authors still had to suck up to famous actors.
The Generation Gap Edition Slate’s daily newsletter on Gloria Steinem’s unfortunate comments, the naked careerism of Ted Cruz, and a review of the hilarious Full Frontal.
The Exquisite 19th-Century Infographics That Explained the History of the Natural World
When the Straight Talk Express Rolled Through New Hampshire Ahead of the 2000 Republican primary, Sen. John McCain held 114 town hall meetings in the Granite State and visited every town.
Cracking Down on Anti-Vaxxers May Be Easier Than We Thought Compulsory vaccination laws may soon become the rule, not the exception.
Laws to Protect Women Often Do Just the Opposite Texas’ draconian abortion laws are rooted in a distressing history.
The Trailer for Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta Makes It Look Like a Return to His Classic Women-Centered Dramas
Inside Higher Ed
For Black Men A race-specific learning community at the University of Connecticut draws praise and criticism.
Keeping It Off Prudie counsels a man whose wife hides her overweight past from their daughters.
I Was a Super Bowl Concession Worker What it’s like making less than $13 an hour to serve $13 beers at one of the biggest games on Earth.
Where Did Your Egg Come From? This company is using gold laser engraving to help you track your eggs—and maybe fight foodborne illness.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee In her debut, Bee at once embraced and impaled the gendered expectations around her show. It’s hard to imagine a better start.