The Trip of a Lifetime

In the context of some recent reads on psychedelic drugs, Laura Miller looks at Michael Pollan’s new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. In it, Pollan says that drugs such as psilocybin and LSD got a bad rap after some flawed scientific experimentation and images of burned-out, ’60s counter-culture hippies soured Americans on exploring the medical benefits these drugs might offer, suggesting that their mind-altering abilities might help free us from cognitive patterns that are holding us back.

Source: Slate
Published: May 14, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,320 words)

Surrender Donald! A Queer Call to Action Since 1989

Long before Donald Trump even ran for President, in 1989, he was the subject of a protest by AIDS activists. Steven Vider recalls ACT UP’s descent on Trump Tower to protest a lack of housing for homeless people with AIDS while Trump received tax breaks.

Source: Slate
Published: Dec 1, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,071 words)

Dark Meat

An unflinching look at the grueling, dangerous work of the poultry workers who process millions of turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving.

Source: Slate
Published: Nov 21, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,566 words)

Bob Timberg’s Scars

“Robert ‘Bob’ Timberg’s funeral was Sunday in Annapolis. He was 76 and the bravest man I knew.”

Source: Slate
Published: Sep 12, 2016
Length: 6 minutes (1,568 words)

The ISIS Correspondent

A fascinating discussion with Rukmini Callimachi, The New York Times reporter on the al Qaeda and ISIS beat. The interview reveals the very human aspects of a reporter who is dedicated to revealing the very human aspects of terrorists.

Source: Slate
Published: Jul 12, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,984 words)

Angels in America: The Complete Oral History

Twenty-five years after its premiere, the behind-the-scenes story of Tony Kushner’s landmark play.

Source: Slate
Published: Jun 28, 2016
Length: 68 minutes (17,161 words)

The Imperfect Victim

Galen Baughman was an active spokesman for sex offender rights, and then he lost his credibility.

Source: Slate
Published: Apr 29, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,779 words)

The Fight for the Future of NPR

Two decades ago, the median age of NPR’s audience was 45. Today it’s 54. Will it find a way to reach new, younger audiences?

Source: Slate
Published: Apr 10, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,435 words)

Is a Surrogate a Mother?

A battle over triplets raises thorny questions about the ethics of the surrogacy industry. Goldberg provides a narrative account of the California case, contextualized with a history of surrogacy’s legal battles.

Source: Slate
Published: Feb 15, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,669 words)

I Was a Super Bowl Concession Worker

At Slate, Gabriel Thompson describes what it’s like to be a food-service worker at Levi’s Stadium at Super Bowl 50 — and explores the low-wage, part-time workforce of Silicon Valley.

Source: Slate
Published: Feb 9, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,966 words)