This month, Slate is republishing some of our favorite stories. Here‘s today‘s selection: Matthew J.X. Malady‘s Good Word columns were a delight for dedicated linguists and word dabblers alike. This one from 2014 shed light on the verbal complexities and fascinations of Pennsylvania. Plus, Natalie Matthews-Ramo‘s delightful illustrations will have you speaking like a Keystone State native in no time. -Abby McIntyre
When President Kennedy announced the Apollo Program, he famously argued that we should go to the moon because it is hard. Solving the technical challenges of space travel is a kind of civilizational achievement on its own, like resolving an interplanetary Rubik‘s Cube.
Stephen Kotkin is a historian and the author of Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 19291941. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Stalin‘s differences from the autocrats of today, what Stalin and Hitler did and didn‘t share, and the secret to getting inside the head of a dictator.
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-The day after an exciting, historic election is a bit like the day after an exciting, historic football game. The high of victory has dissipated, and everyone is interested in breaking down what just happened. That was the atmosphere at Fife‘s Restaurant, a long-running and well-liked diner in the city‘s downtown on Wednesday morning. There was some typical morning small talk, but most of the conversation among the
It‘s never been an easy job covering the ins and outs of Congress, but with the Republicans making multiple efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act earlier this summer and recently passing their tax bill in the Senate in a late-night vote, it‘s safe to say it‘s been quite a year.
Huzzah: Alabama‘s black voters stood up for Doug Jones in a big way, and now the Democratic Party must remember what it owes them, Jamelle Bouie writes. The Republican Party, on the other hand, should see this as a reckoning, but Reihan Salam doubts it will. And Isaac Chotiner proposes-only half in jest-that Doug Jones, a candidate who won in a red state without compromising his blue positions, should consider a run for president.
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Aug. 3, 1981, when 12,000 air traffic controllers walked off the job.
The best virtuoso artists always deploy the same structure in their performances: They impress their audience by doing feats that seem impossibly improbable, juggling 13 iPhones or eating 17 snakes. And then, just as the audience thinks that they have seen it all, they take their performance to another level, adding nine selfie sticks to their juggling act or going on to devour three alligators.
Imagine you‘re a Republican who saw Barack Obama‘s 2008 victory as an opportunity for the GOP to re-examine its priorities. The Iraq War and the financial crisis had contributed to a stunning rebuke from voters, and it seemed as though Democrats could be in power for a generation. Now was the time for the Republican Party to reinvent itself, ideally by doing more to advance the interests of working-class families.
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Are intelligent extraterrestrials trying to communicate with or study us? Some scientists think that‘s a possibility-and that it‘s happening right now. Starting at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, researchers with the Breakthrough Listen initiative began pointing a powerful radio telescope toward a mysterious object visiting the solar system, hopeful they could detect signs that the interstellar interloper is actually of alien origin.
The first time I met Alex Kozinski was in 1996. I was clerking for the chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and there was an orientation for new clerks in San Francisco. One of my co-clerks and I were introduced to the already legendary, lifetime-tenured young judge at a reception, and we talked for a while. I cannot recall what we talked about. I remember only feeling quite small and very dirty. Without my prompting, my former c
By the time most pharmaceutical commercials wrap up all their legalese about a medication‘s adverse effects, you find yourself wondering why anyone would want it. That‘s not the case with this spot from Briteside. It‘s immediately clear what kind of relief this product offers: Whether you‘re a stressed-out mom or an uninspired artist with arthritis-that‘s one very specific demographic there-Briteside provides just th
Doug Jones‘ victory over Roy Moore on Tuesday night elated Democrats across the country, and not just those Democrats passionately opposed to the election of child predators. With what will only be a two-vote margin in the upper chamber after Jones is seated, Republicans will have a much more difficult job passing their agenda next year. Moreover, with prime pickup opportunities in Nevada and Arizona, Democrats‘ odds of recapturing th
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On Tuesday night, Doug Jones upset Roy Moore to become Alabama‘s junior senator. This result was made possible by a number of factors, including the credible allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Moore from several Alabama women. The fact that the women were as young as 14 when the incidents were said to occur did not stop the president from heartily endorsing Moore, a fellow birther who once stated that homosexual conduct sh
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This month, Slate is republishing some of our favorite stories. Here‘s today‘s selection: Michael Lewis has an astonishing talent for making any true story both gripping and meaningful. In this piece from 2003, he turns that talent on himself, as an ice skating accident transforms into a rumination on bad parenting, hard work, and personal identity-with a twist of a self-loathing kicker to boot. (We didn‘t know at the time that
First up: An enthusiastic endorsement from Prudence for walking out of movies you don‘t like! Then, academic and pop culture writer Anthony Oliveira joins to tackle your letters: How do I get my husband to stop using a body spray that makes me ill? I told my ‘social justice warrior‘ kids I‘m questioning my gender, and they‘re threatening to skip the holidays. My husband and I married young-should we open up our marri
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A nursery of newborn stars in outer space might sound adorable and sparkly, but the reality is something much more violent. Stars are gigantic spheres of gas and dust, and when they‘re infants, they tend to be a lot like human babies, spewing out gobs of hot carnage in every direction. Bring a truckload of these things into one tiny little region of space, and you suddenly have a cosmic patch of tempestuous, astrophysical hell.