On this episode of BackStory, Nathan, Joanne, and Brian look at the deep roots of advocacy in journalism.
Virginia Heffernan talks to a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Mimi Rocah, about what her prosecutions of organized crime units for the SDNY can tell us about the Michael Cohen case.
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to April 30, 2011 when President Obama stepped up to the podium at the White House Correspondents' Dinner to deliver a dig and dig for a laugh.
The Founder of Data 4 Black Lives on how tech companies can use their data as a tool of oppression—or a force for racial justice.
Gaby explores the maddening and bizarre history of the gender pay gap - and discovers a startlingly simple potential solution.
How Brendan Baker and Chloe Prasinos created a sound-rich world for Marvel’s Wolverine: The Long Night.
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the musical Small Ball with Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins to talk about why the NFL is bad at scouting quarterbacks, and The Good Place’s Mike Schur explains his love for Dan Le Batard.
Fiona Reeves, the Director of Presidential Correspondence. Every day Reeves and her staff sort through thousands of letters and emails that President Obama receives from his constituents.
God, guns, sex, and mutually exclusive concepts of liberty. The Way Brothers' Netflix docuseries Wild, Wild Country tells a story that's about as American as it gets.
A slow motion constitutional crisis may be upon us. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Lawfare blog editor and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Ben Wittes, to assess the threats to the rule of law posed by presidential pique.
Slate Money on Rusal sanctions, lawyers, and credit default swaps
In which Gaby talks about that thing too many white people are scared to talk about.
Jacob Weisberg talks to former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa and The New Yorker's Adam Davidson about the raid on Michael Cohen's office.
A preview of the Mark Zuckerberg hearings with some of the lawmakers who will be questioning him.
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss Patrick Reed’s Masters win with Slate’s Jim Newell. The Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur also joins to talk about the Humboldt bus crash, and the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh helps assess Shohei Ohtahi’s amazing week.
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Syrian regime's latest chemical-weapons attack and an unnoticed benefit of the U.S.-China trade war.
Louisa May Alcott fictionalized (and sanitized) her childhood reality in her novel Little Women; she left out life in a commune, starvation, 19th century action thriller stories, and becoming the family breadwinner at a young age.
Love is like umami. Adulthood is accepting the schmo you are. Wordplay and worldbuilding with novelist Meg Wolitzer.
Virginia Heffernan is joined by host of Slate's El Gabfest, Leon Krauze, to discuss Trump's renewed nativist delusions.