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A Business History of Slate

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:41:40 GMT2016-09-30T19:41:40Z

Here’s how Slate founder Michael Kinsley described you readers to the Chicago Tribune in 1999: “Web readers surf. They go quickly from site to site. If they really like a particular site, they may visit it often, but they are unlikely to devote a continuous half-hour or more to any one site the way you might read a traditional paper magazine in one sitting.”

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One Big Barrel of Pathetic

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:19:46 GMT2016-09-30T19:19:46Z

Earlier this week, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries tried to aggressively assert its influence in order to raise the global price of oil. But its actions—and the reaction—were extraordinarily weak. OPEC announced on Wednesday that it would slash oil supplies by 700,000 barrels per day, or about 2.5 percent of its collective daily production of about 33 million barrels. In response, the price of oil shot up by an underwhelming 5 percent.

A gas flame, near the Khurais oilfield, outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2008.

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Massachusetts’ Drug Problem

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:03:34 GMT2016-09-30T18:03:34Z

Annie Dookhan’s goal was simple: Get drug users “off the street” and into prison. Dookhan took pride in her work at a state forensics drug lab, where she tested evidence seized from alleged drug offenders to determine whether the substances were illegal. But Dookhan was more interested in imprisoning defendants than discovering whether they were actually guilty. So she falsified tens of thousands of reports, often marking results as “positive” without testing a substance. When whistleblowers reported Dookhan, the lab silenced them, then covered up her misconduct and allowed her to continue her work. Over her nine-year career, Dookhan tainted the convictions of tens of thousands of people—most of them poor, a majority of them charged with mere possession and then coerced into plea deals.

Annie Dookhan, a former chemist at the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Massachusetts, stands during her arraignment on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Watch TV With Your Kids

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:53:22 GMT2016-09-30T17:53:22Z

For this week’s edition of the Mom and Dad Are Fighting Slate Plus bonus segment, hosts Allison Benedikt and Dan Kois are joined by Slate culture writer Aisha Harris who discusses her experience growing up watching All My Children, in honor of creator Agnes Nixon’s recent death.

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Why Are We Still Doing the Political Gabfest?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:42:56 GMT2016-09-30T17:42:56Z

For Thursday’s edition of the Political Gabfest Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz reminisce about what it’s been like to host the show for the past 10 years. What has the podcast come to mean to them? Has the Gabfest affected their approach to understanding the news, if at all? What’s it like to run into fans in real life? And perhaps most importantly, why do they continue to host the show?

Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz.

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The Six Kids and 12 Nannies Edition

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:22:09 GMT2016-09-30T17:22:09Z

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No One Understands Donald Trump Like the Horny Narcissist Who Created Dilbert

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:17:46 GMT2016-09-30T17:17:46Z

“I’m healthy, single, rich, and totally free to do what I want, whenever I want. My personal life is extraordinary.”

Graphomaniacal blogger and Dilbert creator Scott Adams poses for a portrait with the Dilbert character in his studio in Dublin, California, on Oct. 26, 2006.

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The Making of Winston Churchill

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:40:39 GMT2016-09-30T16:40:39Z

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“I Regard All of My Columns as Failures and Hate Them Equally”

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:10:00 GMT2016-09-30T16:10:00Z

When I asked Jack Shafer to reflect on his Press Box column, which he wrote for Slate from 2002 to 2011, his responses were typically blunt.

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