Mourning at the Magic Kingdom

A day after burying her father after his sudden death at age 67, Nicole Chung and her young family go on a long-planned vacation to Disney World, where she finds that making new family memories is one way to honor old family memories.

Source: Slate
Published: Sep 25, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,151 words)

Brett Kavanaugh and the Cruelty of Male Bonding

It’d be really great if y’all could figure out a way to impress each other than didn’t involve assaulting or demeaning women.

Source: Slate
Published: Sep 25, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,963 words)

Sex and Hotels

Slate has done us all a solid by bringing Geoff Dyer’s classic Nerve essay back to the internet, which examines why sex in hotel rooms is so much sexier than in other locations.

Author: Geoff Dyer
Source: Slate
Published: Jul 31, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,613 words)

Junot Díaz and the Problem of the Male Self-Pardon

For Slate, staff writer Lili Loofbourow suggests that men accused of harming women should center the injured in any attempt at amends.

Source: Slate
Published: Jun 24, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,386 words)

It’s Not Easy Being Evergreen: An Oral History of the Muppets

Studio 360, the public-radio show and Slate podcast, shares an oral history of the Muppets. The piece covers the endearing appeal of these personality-packed foam and felt creations and how creator Jim Henson struggled to find the right setting for his cast of characters in the early years before Sesame Street and The Muppet Show made them famous. Did you know they actually had a brief stint on Saturday Night Live?

Author: Studio 360
Source: Slate
Published: May 29, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,214 words)

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)