The “March to Zero” Veers Off Course in Kansas
Gov. Sam Brownback is trying to stamp out the state’s income tax. One journalist explores his family connection to the experiment.
Raising a Trans KidWe ask a doctor who treats transgender youth about how to parent through the transition.
My Disease Became Your Fad DietSlate’s Laura Bennett talks about being gluten-free in the days before it caused waiters to roll their eyes.
A Horse Is a Horse, Unless It’s a NaziIntended as a gift for Hitler, a 10-foot-tall bronze horse now stands in the courtyard of an elite German boarding school.
The Sons and Daughters Lost to ISISReporter Julia Ioffe shares what she learned from the mothers of radicalized converts killed after joining the terrorist organization.
Warning: This Episode Contains SingingMike Pesca has a song in his heart. We found a coach to help him find the key.
Where to Find the Best StoriesMatthew Dicks shares a five-minute routine to make us all better storytellers and slow down the passage of time.
Summer BS EditionMaria Konnikova solves the mysteries of summer, including whether we need to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.
That’s Just Sand in My Eye!Dominated by tributes hits “I’ll Be Missing You” and “Candle in the Wind,” 1997 was the year that Puffy and Elton moved us to tears.
“Dogs Are Never Going to Show Up Drunk”The 10,000th Slate Plus member is a sheep farmer from Alberta. We called him to chat.
BPA! BPS! Are They BS?The infamous “plastics” utterance from The Graduate sends Mike on a journey into the real meaning behind the term BPA-free.
The Man Behind Cabin Boy Sails OnComedy writer Adam Resnick on getting a Letterman internship, Death to Smoochy, and being your own worst enemy.
Bed Bugs Are Unvanquishable and It’s Our FaultThe amazing story of the underground pockets of DDT-resistant bed bugs that emerged after World War II to haunt our dreams.
Work Harder, AmericaAdam Davidson explains what Jeb Bush doesn’t understand about the relationship between productivity and capitalism.
Step Inside the JuiceboxxxIn Part 2 of our series, The Gist’s favorite rapper describes what it’s like to be the subject of his friend’s new book.
Garlic: The Secret to a Long Life With No FriendsSince 3000 B.C., garlic has been touted as a miracle food. At last, Maria Konnikova sniffs out the truth.
Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer Ride the Glass BusWhen making a comedy special, text Aziz and ask him to meet you at a taco stand. Then, shell out for a glass-encased motor coach.
When Comedy Podcasts Were Still in BetaJimmy Pardo of Never Not Funny explains how he fell into alt-comedy and pushed boundaries with one of the first great comedy podcasts.
Simon Rich, the Premise KeeperHis new book Spoiled Brats explores the worst of millennial culture, through a selfish, lazy character named Simon Rich.
How Economists Define PovertyWhen it’s impossible to objectively measure poverty, how valuable are statics like “the poverty line”?
Mike Pesca’s Origin Story, as Told by His ParentsOne December evening in 1971, our host was born in the front seat of a Plymouth Barracuda.
How to Survive Mark SanfordPolitical speechwriter Barton Swaim reveals what it was like to work for the South Carolina Republican, hiking enthusiast, and serial mangler of rhetorical clichés.
Debt Ratings Are Like The EmmysFour years after a scary downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, The Gist turns to the The Sopranos to find out why an economic meltdown failed to materialize.
Trump’s Star Begins to DimThe Donald is polling well, but other numbers reveal he doesn’t have what it takes to win the primary.
Ted Cruz Hits the RoadPolitico’s Manu Raju explains why Ted Cruz freaked out about the highway funding bill.
The Telltale Story of MSGIs monosodium glutamate, often shunned over health concerns, unfairly maligned? We got the ABCs on MSG.
Overcoming the Intraoffice Cold ShoulderEmily Yoffe of Slate’s Dear Prudence column advises a woman who has tried just about everything to resolve a workplace tension.
First Taste of the JuiceboxxxOur two-part series about The Gist’s new favorite rapper begins with friendship, art, and a mind-blowing set.