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The Rules According to Malcolm Gladwell

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:30:51 GMT2016-09-29T22:30:51Z

Listen to Episode 588 of Slate’s The Gist:

Malcolm Gladwell in Hong Kong on Nov. 6, 2014.


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The Ballad of Balloon Boy

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:22:36 GMT2016-09-29T22:22:36Z

At 2:42 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2009, CNN afternoon anchor Kyra Phillips interrupted a live broadcast of a town hall by President Obama to bring viewers a breaking story as alarming as it was irresistible. A large silver helium balloon had broken loose and was racing through the windy skies of Colorado—with a small boy trapped inside. By any journalistic criteria, a little boy trapped inside a runaway experimental balloon counts as a good story; by the reductive standards of cable news, which prize emotional simplicity and evocative imagery above all, the incident must have seemed like the greatest story of all time. Cable-news scientists in a hermetically sealed clean room could not have created a more perfect CNN segment. CNN vowed to stay with the story until Balloon Boy was brought safely home.


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The Angle: When a Charity Is Not a Charity Edition

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:48:02 GMT2016-09-29T21:48:02Z

A charity by any other name: Law professor and tax expert Adam Chodorow breaks down what we know about the workings of the Trump Foundation, and finds that the IRS should probably refer the businessman to the Justice Department for investigation.

Visiting the Sick, Abraham Bosse, 17th century.


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How Hot or Not Invented a Brave New World of Online Connection

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:15:23 GMT2016-09-29T21:15:23Z

Humans have been judging each other’s relative attractiveness since the beginning of sex, but with the rise of the internet, that animal activity got a digital boost. When Hot or Not launched in 2000, most of us thought of it as a silly game—albeit one charged with the excitement of numerically rating strangers and having ourselves, if we uploaded a photo, rated in turn. Within a month of its launch, the site was among the top 25 domains on the internet in advertising revenue, with more than a million visitors per day.


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Trump vs. Clinton: Who’s Winning Today’s Forecasts of Who Will Win the Election?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:15:00 GMT2016-09-29T21:15:00Z

This election, predictor extraordinaire Nate Silver is offering not one but three sets of probabilities for the general election result. (You can read Silver’s explanation of the different forecasts here.) The question is: Which gives the most accurate account of the chances that Donald Trump will become president of the United States?

Cpl. Irwin Goldstein (foreground) sets the switches on one of the ENIAC's function tables at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering.


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20 Years of Slate

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:10:15 GMT2016-09-29T21:10:15Z

This is an excerpt from Heads of Slate, a special 20th anniversary podcast about the history of the magazine that features Editor-in-Chief Julia Turner in conversation with former editors Michael Kinsley, Jacob Weisberg, and David Plotz. To read or listen to the full conversation, join Slate Plus.


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Small Misunderstandings

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:57:37 GMT2016-09-29T20:57:37Z

When I told my friends and colleagues that I would be writing on nanotechnology for our September Futurography course, a few were bemused. “You mean like tiny robots?” one asked with a smirk. “I didn’t think that stuff was real.”

A cancer treatment with magnetic nanoparticles, which can be transported in liquids into the body.


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This Is the Florida Man Election

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:05:33 GMT2016-09-29T20:05:33Z

On Sept. 19, Donald Trump’s campaign passed through Fort Myers, Florida, on the Gulf Coast. “Oh boy, what a crowd,” the candidate marveled as he stepped on stage. “And outside, we have many more people than this outside. It’s incredible, incredible. Really incredible. Thank you very much, and it’s great to be back in Florida, my second home, as you know.”

Donald Trump, part-time Floridian, makes an appearance at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on March 6 in Doral, Florida.


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Here’s What It’s Like to Put Together an Exhibit on the History of Slavery

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:59:54 GMT2016-09-29T19:59:54Z

On the most recent episode of Working, Slate’s Jacob Brogan talked to Mary Elliott, a museum specialist at the Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. Alongside colleagues, Elliott has worked for years to open an exhibit on the history of slavery. In this episode, she talks to Brogan about different aspects of her job—from hunting down artifacts, to writing captions for the exhibits, and designing the museum’s floor plans.


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