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The World Is Coming Up Roses

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War, murder, poverty, and disease: They're all trending downward here on planet Earth.

30 Min

Feb 21, 2018

Free Money City

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Once bankrupt, Stockton, California, will soon test the effects of universal basic income.

26 Min

Feb 20, 2018

Ban the AR-15

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It's a no-brainer: Taking the mass killer's weapon of choice off store shelves would save lives.

26 Min

Feb 16, 2018

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Podcast
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28 min
Feb 15, 2018
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What the Quinn Norton fracas and the latest Twix bar marketing campaign have in common.

22 min
Feb 15, 2018
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Are we hiking the defense budget mostly out of habit?

23 min
Feb 13, 2018
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The White House's fiscal 2019 budget would cut food stamp funding, and tell its recipients what to eat.

24 min
Feb 12, 2018
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This is the Trump administration at rest. Chaos is its equilibrium.

25 min
Feb 9, 2018
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Adam Davidson tries to heal our debt of understanding.

23 min
Feb 8, 2018
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Slate's Joshua Keating says our focus on Iran kept us from putting out fires across the Middle East.

26 min
Feb 7, 2018
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Steve Coll paints a bleak picture of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan. Pakistan has a lot to do with it.

28 min
Feb 6, 2018
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Ian Bremmer says the “America First” doctrine could work, if it were implemented like a long-term strategy—but that’s not happening.

28 min
Feb 6, 2018
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The TV writer's food obsession started with chopped-up garlic.

28 min
Feb 2, 2018
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Both cities have a reputation for being obnoxious. But which is worse?

24 min
Feb 1, 2018
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Without Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, there would be little welfare state for the GOP to undercut in the first place.

30 min
Jan 31, 2018
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The Trump White House nixed a well-qualified candidate who discouraged a preventive military strike against North Korea.

27 min
Jan 30, 2018
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Author Amy Goldstein went to Janesville, Wisconsin, to see how people coped when their local economy vanished. In short: It’s really hard.

25 min
Jan 29, 2018
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The NBA great sees #BlackLivesMatter as a continuation of the civil rights era that shaped his youth.

31 min
Jan 26, 2018
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Carrie Brownstein's series mocks the region she's from just gently enough.

28 min
Jan 25, 2018
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Reporter David Cay Johnston gave the public the first look at Donald Trump’s taxes. He thinks Robert Mueller will show us more.

31 min
Jan 24, 2018
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A mathematical computation about the midterms that's, in the words of our expert, "sort of hideously irrelevant."

30 min
Jan 23, 2018
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Dan Pashman hosts a food podcast—and dinner parties. In both capacities, he’s big on monosodium glutamate.

25 min
Jan 22, 2018
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Conservative Democratic voters are to blame for Chuck Schumer's move on DACA.

31 min
Jan 20, 2018
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The hosts of Slate’s Trumpcast dish on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s first year in office.

27 min
Jan 18, 2018
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Relive the “fake news” media’s greatest mistreatment of the guy who’s just trying to “Make America Great Again.”

26 min
Jan 17, 2018
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The continuing resolution is the worst thing in politics.

30 min
Jan 16, 2018
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President Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?

22 min
Jan 12, 2018
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We’re still learning about how the mind of an adolescent is only half-baked.

28 min
Jan 11, 2018
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Grill him for his deeds, not his ditzy moments.

26 min
Jan 10, 2018
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Books that promise “a new you” often don’t cure us, but they sure can expose our greatest anxieties.

30 min
Jan 9, 2018
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Rwanda’s radio programming fueled the country’s infamous genocide in 1994. Could it also help it heal?

26 min
Jan 8, 2018
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NPR’s media correspondent says Michael Wolff’s new book is kicking off a more honest conversation on the president’s fitness to hold office.

34 min
Jan 5, 2018
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Jen Welter grew up without female role models in the NFL. Then she joined the Arizona Cardinals.

32 min
Jan 4, 2018
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If Democrats want to win back the blue-collar vote, they may need a bigger tent.

27 min
Jan 3, 2018
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Police killed more than 1,100 people last year. And yes, there’s a racial disparity.

28 min
Jan 2, 2018
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Slate podcasters Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons on how Watergate fever compares to today’s investigations into Russia and the 2016 election.

28 min
Dec 29, 2017
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Some comedians have a “kill or be killed” relationship with their audiences. Anjelah Johnson just gives them what they want.

33 min
Dec 28, 2017
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But being aware of that can help you spend it more wisely (or better yet, save it).

30 min
Dec 27, 2017
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The chain’s evangelical founders are spending millions on putting the Bible at the center of American life.

31 min
Dec 22, 2017
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Ken Stern thinks we should quit it with the name-calling.

26 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Why Trump’s economic predictions don’t pass the smell test.

27 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Is it possible that Republicans were damned whether or not they passed their tax bill?

31 min
Dec 20, 2017
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Michael Barbaro and Theo Balcomb share their secrets.

25 min
Dec 18, 2017
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Maria Konnikova tells us about the foods that can dramatically change your skin’s hue ... and when to see a doctor about it.

32 min
Dec 15, 2017
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The comedian’s latest roast takes the conversation around immigration down to the U.S.-Mexico border.

18 min
Dec 14, 2017
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How Chris Hurst became one of Virginia’s newest state representatives, with some indirect help from a petting zoo.

24 min
Dec 13, 2017
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The Alabama election, as much of an upset as it was, restored a sense of normalcy in politics.

28 min
Dec 12, 2017
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Don’t blame a Roy Moore win on low black turnout.

25 min
Dec 11, 2017
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The downside of progress is that someone has to lose. Where does all that energy go? In Alabama, a lot of it is going to Roy Moore.

27 min
Dec 9, 2017
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Our man in Birmingham explains how Roy Moore went from political pariah to anti-establishment champion.

23 min
Dec 7, 2017
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Dahlia Lithwick says Democrats are stuck in a downward spiral of doing the honorable thing and hoping Republicans will meet them halfway.

26 min
Dec 6, 2017
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Senate Democrats are clambering up to secure the moral high ground.

29 min
Dec 5, 2017
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They couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. But did they really put a thumb on the scales of the election?

26 min
Dec 4, 2017
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The Obama presidency, distilled into 5 pounds’ worth of pictures.

26 min
Dec 1, 2017
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And he doesn’t like guardrails on comedy.

26 min
Nov 30, 2017
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It’s a popular game of chance in Korea. It’s also a metaphor for the Korean Japanese experience in Min Jin Lee’s swoonworthy novel.

36 min
Nov 29, 2017
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The on-again, off-again friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

32 min
Nov 28, 2017
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Is the top 20 percent of the country hogging opportunities that would otherwise go to the middle class?

29 min
Nov 27, 2017
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Elliott Abrams wants U.S. support for democracy in the Arab world.

23 min
Nov 22, 2017
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Turns out demons are ripe for comedy.

27 min
Nov 22, 2017
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How a Minnesota senator’s campaign for president set the precedent for Bernie Sanders’ run.

21 min
Nov 20, 2017
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Robert Mugabe can still slow down the coup against him.

30 min
Nov 17, 2017
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Comedian, voice actor, and lifelong hoarder of tiny soaps.

32 min
Nov 16, 2017
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Elizebeth Smith’s code-breaking genius helped America win two world wars, but the FBI took all the credit.

22 min
Nov 15, 2017
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There have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen?

35 min
Nov 14, 2017
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Adam Davidson sizes up Trump’s top economic adviser

24 min
Nov 13, 2017
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Private prisons were billed as a way to bring innovation to incarceration, housing more prisoners for less money. They’ve failed.

28 min
Nov 10, 2017
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Loudon Wainwright III reflects on his uneasy relationship with his father, now that he can “appreciate the difficulty of the job.”

24 min
Nov 9, 2017
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As president, George H.W. Bush was tight-lipped, decorous, and self-abnegating—loath even to use the word 'I.'

24 min
Nov 8, 2017
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If Tuesday’s election results were a canary in a coal mine, it’s a really expansive mine and a somewhat unreliable canary.

24 min
Nov 7, 2017
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A black former Navy commander considers peaceful protest in the age of Trump.

30 min
Nov 6, 2017
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How do you curate a quagmire?

25 min
Nov 3, 2017
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What’s around the corner from this moment of reckoning?

23 min
Nov 2, 2017
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His views on New York sports teams, the sexual prowess of various athletes, and the basketball skills of Justin Bieber.

27 min
Nov 1, 2017
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Birgitta Jónsdóttir explains what Iceland’s Pirate Party is all about. PROMO: What Can We Learn From Iceland’s Pirate Party?

23 min
Oct 31, 2017
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It doesn’t take much to see the racial stereotypes in Theodor Seuss Geisel’s works. Does that mean we shouldn’t read them to kids?

22 min
Oct 30, 2017
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How fear and adrenaline can wreck our health.

28 min
Oct 28, 2017
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The New Jersey senator says that if you’re not trying to make it legal, you’re part of the problem.

24 min
Oct 26, 2017
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These two women hate how we talk about sex.

23 min
Oct 25, 2017
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The oppo research that brought us the “pee tape” was sleazy, but don’t equate it with collusion with a hostile power.

26 min
Oct 24, 2017
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Why the head of Amazon isn’t No. 1 among the world’s CEOs.

30 min
Oct 23, 2017
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What if you got to read your own obituary? That’s kind of what Audible’s Mortal City is going for.

32 min
Oct 20, 2017
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How bad does a beef have to be for a comedian to refuse to go on WTF With Marc Maron?

27 min
Oct 19, 2017
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Why flags make good symbols but bad historical records.

24 min
Oct 18, 2017
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How long-term probability misleads our short-term observations.

31 min
Oct 17, 2017
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Because the thought-leader/life-hacker/productivity-optimizer trope was ripe for parody.

32 min
Oct 16, 2017
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Is Obamacare bending the cost curve? Would its demise cause more people to die? Sarah Kliff from Vox weighs in.

29 min
Oct 13, 2017
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Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual harassment was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret. What allowed two news giants to put it in print within days of one another?

28 min
Oct 12, 2017
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Aymann Ismail’s video series takes a look at what it’s like being Muslim in America.

24 min
Oct 11, 2017
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Low tax rates, failing public services, and a governor who thinks prayer will fix the budget deficit. Why can’t Oklahoma get it together?

24 min
Oct 10, 2017
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Actor Jason Kravits sings from a lesser-known American songbook—the one he creates, on the spot.

28 min
Oct 6, 2017
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The U.S. has liberalized over time. Why hasn’t Russia?

24 min
Oct 5, 2017
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How big tech killed innovation and acquired too much information on us.

25 min
Oct 4, 2017
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A retired military man explains why any show of force against North Korea will hurt our allies in the south.

23 min
Oct 3, 2017
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How the world changed the presidency and doomed the office to failure.

27 min
Oct 2, 2017
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Author Masha Gessen on what we get wrong when we try to explain the psychology of mass shooters.

26 min
Sep 28, 2017
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Can the left and right ever agree?

23 min
Sep 27, 2017
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Being a territory helped Puerto Rico. Just not enough.

28 min
Sep 26, 2017
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The author of one of the most polarizing columns of the past year thinks you may have misunderstood his argument.

27 min
Sep 25, 2017
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A former Obama speechwriter on why a president needs to get the joke.

25 min
Sep 22, 2017
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In 2007, hip-hop and R&B dominated the charts, but digital sales are what mattered.

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