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  • Announcing Slate Plus

    21 April 2014, 12:32 am by: David Plotz

    Slate doesn’t exist without its readers. That’s not a metaphor. Traditional magazines and newspapers are printed, bound, and distributed, whether or not anyone ever reads them. But Slate literally doesn’t come into being until someone—you, I…
  • This Bot Does Windows

    20 April 2014, 11:35 pm by: Seth Stevenson

    Cleaning windows is so arduous and dangerous that it earned its own 20th-century catchphrase. “I don’t do windows”—a warning that the speaker may be desperate but still has limits—was a frequent sitcom one-liner in the ’70s. The meme grew popular…
  • Slate Plus Sneak Peak: The Game of Thrones Podcast with Willa Paskin and Dan Kois

    20 April 2014, 10:01 pm by: Dan Kois

    This Game of Thrones Slate Plus bonus podcast is free to all Slate readers and listeners to introduce you to our new membership program, Slate Plus. We post a new podcast every week right after new episodes of Game of Thones air on HBO, and Slate Plus members…
  • Rethinking Spring Cleaning

    20 April 2014, 9:31 pm by: J. Bryan Lowder

    In New York, you know it’s finally spring when the light changes. There’s usually a morning when I wake up acutely aware of the shift outside my window: The glint off the still-salty sidewalks is more vibrant, the tiny starbursts snuggled in the dints and…
  • Cuts and Shutdowns Are Hurting Science

    20 April 2014, 7:23 am by: Rachael Jolley

    On Oct. 1 last year, the U.S. federal government shut its doors after Congress failed to pass a budget. For 16 days, around 800,000 government employees twiddled their thumbs. Many of them were scientists.
  • The Longform Guide to Cuba

    19 April 2014, 6:45 am by: Max Linsky

    There was a lot of attention this week on Yasiel Puig's escape from Cuba, with features in both Los Angeles and ESPN the Magazine. Both pieces were great, and they got us thinking about other stories about Cuba in our archive, particularly those about…
  • High Maintenance

    18 April 2014, 7:12 pm by: Dana Stevens

    The Web series High Maintenance, about which I’d been hearing good things at a low rumble for the past couple of months, had a few hurdles to clear before it could reach whatever stratum of my media awareness separates “oh, I should catch up with that”…
  • British Airways Is Going Back to the Future

    18 April 2014, 5:43 pm by: Jim Festante

    In an attempt to combat rising fuel prices, British Airways is channeling their inner Doc Brown. The airline's new project, know as GreenSky, will convert garbage and waste into jet fuel. Sound familiar? It should. It's basically the Mr. Fusion device last…
  • How Not to End Racial Discrimination

    18 April 2014, 3:14 pm by: Jamelle Bouie

    The right has always been against race-conscious remedies to racial discrimination, touting “colorblindness” as the “constitutional” approach to making policy. But it’s only been in the last five years—since the election of Barack Obama—that…
  • Warren’s World

    18 April 2014, 1:38 pm by: David Weigel

    Elizabeth Warren only ever encounters three kinds of human obstacles: proud, tragic, or pathetic. You can plunk Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus into the “pathetic” column. In A Fighting Chance, her new memoir, the senator from Massachusetts recalls when she…

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