ClaimedWhen Castro took power, Americans fled Cuba and left a lot of property behind. Now the claims on these contested holdings—land, buildings, cars and more—are exciting speculators and could stand in the way of reconciliation.
Send Seth Stevenson to Umpire CampIf enough people join Slate Plus, I get to write the greatest story of my career.
The Culture Gabfest “Binocular G” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on #peakTV, Documentary Now, and the new Google logo.
The Culture Gabfest “Lite in August” EditionSlate’s Culture Gabfest on Wet Hot American Summer, The End of the Tour, and air conditioning.
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Hillary Wants to Tell You About Her MomClinton appeals to women in her first campaign spots.
A U.S.-Japan Robot Duel Is Coming. Time to Rewatch a Great Transnational Bot-Battle Movie.
I Double-Apple Dare YouI tried to wear an Apple Watch without touching my iPhone. It was infuriating.
Commandant Goodell’s Kangaroo CourtThe NFL’s deflategate punishment was outlandishly excessive.
YouTube Killed the Studio Audience What I learned from going to tapings of every late-night show.
One of My First Journalism Assignments Was About Phantom Menace—and It Made Ron Howard Hate Me
American UltraThe Jesse Eisenberg vehicle turns Jason Bourne into Jason Bong. Puff, puff, pass.
The Slate Archives Podcast: “Extroverted Like Me” Looking back on my Paxil experience, more than 10 years later.
DoubleX Gabfest: The Manic Panic Armpits EditionListen to Slate’s show about long, neon-colored female armpit hair.
Grim CarnivalThe baffling reasoning of the jury that just sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.
Hang Up And Listen
Hang Up and Listen: The Hours of Something Approaching Pleasure EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Deflategate report, Bill Simmons’ departure from ESPN, and the rise of daily fantasy sports.
Is Robert Dear Another John Brown? One pro-life activist made that comparison. It’s actually worth considering.
Cards Against Humanity Asked People to Give It $5 on Black Friday for Nothing in Return. The Stunt Worked.
Hang Up And Listen
The “Violating His Amateur Status” Bonus Segment The Hang Up and Listen hosts cover speedcubing—from the algorithms of Rubik’s Cubes to the sport’s record-breaking competitors.
Can We Trust the Hacker Philanthropists? We now rely on tech billionaires to solve our most pressing problems. That’s a problem, too—and it’s our fault.