Outta That Holler

“The rural poverty that created Dolly Parton.”

Source: Slate
Published: Oct 13, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,948 words)

You Could Make This Place Beautiful

Great,” she says resignedly. “What I’ll always be known for is writing this poem about how bad things are, and maybe they could be better, but they’re bad.”

Author: Dan Kois
Source: Slate
Published: Oct 6, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,647 words)

The Store That Called the Cops on George Floyd

“A teenage clerk dialed 911. How should the brothers who own CUP Foods pay for what happened next?”

Source: Slate
Published: Oct 6, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,862 words)

“It Was Gone Overnight”

One restaurant’s struggle to weather the pandemic.

Source: Slate
Published: Apr 5, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,440 words)

The Bible That Oozed Oil

A small Georgia town, a prophecy about Donald Trump, and the story of how a miracle fell apart.

Source: Slate
Published: Feb 27, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,852 words)

Heard but Not Seen

“Now that hip-hop is no longer seen as a threat, the way it was when I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, it’s become the default ambiance in the kinds of high-end spaces that include few Black people.”

Source: Slate
Published: Jan 27, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,775 words)

“Hot Topic”: The Complete Annotated Lyrics

A guide to the 57 champions of queer feminism name-dropped in Le Tigre’s most joyous song.

Author: Tammy Oler
Source: Slate
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,260 words)

Theodore McCarrick Still Won’t Confess

He’s living at a friary in Kansas (the only place that would take him) on the condition that he not leave the grounds, still insists he hasn’t harmed anyone, and life goes on in the small town that surrounds him: it’s the best and worst of Catholicism in a microcosm.

Source: Slate
Published: Sep 3, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,844 words)

The Mad Rush to Bulletproof American Schools

With no help from Congress, architects and school administrators are now responsible for redesigning schools to stop mass shootings. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees that the best approach is to make buildings safe without making them resemble prisons.

Source: Slate
Published: Aug 27, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,890 words)

Why I Printed My Facebook

“I needed to convert my Facebook into something like a physical book, flip through its pages, prop open a window with it, and feel its weight in my hands. All of this would prove difficult, I later learned, because my Facebook was more than 10,000 pages long.”

Source: Slate
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,928 words)