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The Best of Slate Podcasts

In this edition of our members-only podcast digest, listen to the best segments of the week:

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The Protection Money Edition

Listen to Episode No. 183 of Slate Money

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Investors in the Panama Trump Tower Included a Notorious Criminal Who Laundered Drug Money

Donald Trump has made little effort to hide the fact that, as president, he continues to profit off the dozens of properties either that he owns or that bear his name. According to a new report by the anti-corruption organization Global Witness, some of those profits may include money that was laundered by Colombian drug cartels through a Panama property carrying the Trump brand.

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The Angle: Gray Areas Edition

Undefined: We wondered how people identify ‘sexual harassment‘ in their own lives. Christina Cauterucci asked, and 56 people were willing to describe and analyze encounters both upsetting and ambiguous.

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At Home With Gilbert Gottfried

Listen to Episode 873 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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Another Obstruction Angle

This piece was originally published on Just Security, an online forum for analysis of U.S. national security law and policy.

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Prepping for Turkey

It‘s less than a week until Thanksgiving. We hope that means you‘ll soon be taking some time off, ingesting a lot of good food, and not having terribly awkward conversations with family.

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The Boston Celtics Are Athlete‘s Foot

As his Golden State Warriors built a first-half lead over the Boston Celtics, Steve Kerr told TNT sideline reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude that the Celtics were ‘the best team in the league.‘ It seemed like dubious praise at the time, the words of a coach of an unbeatable team puffing up the opposition. By the time the Celtics had overcome a 17-point deficit to beat Golden State 92-88-Boston‘s 14th win in a row, giving them a leagu

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A Guide to Understanding a Million vs. a Billion vs. a Trillion

This story was originally published on the Conversation and was republished here with permission.

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The Best Rolling Luggage

This article originally appeared on the Strategist.

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Joyless Division

Wisconsin‘s game against Michigan on Saturday is the biggest college football match-up of the week and of the Badgers‘ season to date. It‘s the fifth-ranked, 10-0, national title contender‘s chance to demonstrate its bona fides to the country and the College Football Playoff committee by defeating a blue-blood program, a Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan squad that [checks clipboard] actually, hang on a minute. It turns out that

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I Was a Virtual Reality Nonbeliever

‘There‘s 57 channels and nothin‘ on,‘ Bruce Springsteen sang in 1992. How quaint. Twenty-five years later, there are at least 10 times that many channels, instant access to more films than anyone can watch in a lifetime, and 400 hours of new video uploaded to YouTube every minute. Sisyphus himself might pity me for all the shows, movies, and videos I feel obligated to inhale in a single day. With these pre-existing media b

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Should This Thing Be Smart? Socks Edition.

Welcome to Should This Thing Be Smart?, a new series. Each month, Justin Peters will examine a new smart object and try to determine whether there is any good reason for its existence-and how likely it is to be used for nefarious reasons. Read the first installment, which looked at a 60 smart fork.

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I Tried a Bottle of the New Synthetic Wine

Thanks to poor yields due to extreme weather, global wine production recently fell to the lowest levels in 56 years. While it becomes increasingly clear that climate change will cause major changes in food production, this year‘s wine harvests have been a reminder that the world‘s most famous wine regions could also continue to be adversely affected, potentially rendering them unable to produce the cherished wines for which they are k

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Trumpcast Live From San Francisco

To listen to this episode of Trumpcast, use the player below:

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A History of Bunk

To listen to this episode of Trumpcast, use the player below:

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How Doug Jones Can Win

Doug Jones has a chance. Allegations of sexual assault have turned Judge Roy Moore‘s already divisive campaign toxic, opening the door to a Democratic Party upset. But to make that happen, the Jones campaign has two major tasks. First, he has to build out his base, i.e., the black voters who form the foundation for Democratic Party performance in the state. Second, he has to win an unprecedented share of white voters. And for as much as the

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu

Listen to Represent:

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A Good Cry

Listen to Episode No. 175 of Live at Politics and Prose:

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The Kremlin Defense Fund

This piece was originally published on Just Security, an online forum for analysis of U.S. national security law and policy.

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Big Tobacco. Big Pharma. Big Tech?

Everyone‘s talking about ‘Big Tech‘ these days. They‘re talking about it on Capitol Hill, where according to an Oct. 25 New York Times headline, ‘Big Tech‘s Rivals Pounce at Chances to Win in Washington.‘ They‘re talking about it on Wall Street, where Bloomberg recently compiled ‘Five Numbers That Show Just How Strong Big Tech Is Right Now.‘ They‘re talking about it in London, wher

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Slate News Quiz

Welcome to Slate‘s weekly news quiz. It‘s Friday, which means it‘s time to test your knowledge of the week‘s news events. Your host, Ray Hamel, has concocted questions on news topics ranging from politics to business, from culture to sports to science.

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Corrections

In a Nov. 16 Browbeat, Laura Miller misidentified Al Franken‘s 2017 autobiography as Master of the Senate. Franken‘s book is titled Giant of the Senate. Master of the Senate is a biography of Lyndon B. Johnson by Robert A. Caro.

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Tesla Unveiled Its New Semi Truck-and a Surprise Sports Car

The automotive world was expecting to see a new Tesla semi truck on Thursday night. It got that-and then, just for fun, the back of the semi trailer opened, and out rolled a new Tesla Roadster, which CEO Elon Musk is billing as the quickest production car ever made.

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