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Cold Serial

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:02:00 GMT2016-10-26T20:02:00Z

Slate Plus members get access to the awesome American Values Club crossword, edited by Ben Tausig. This week’s puzzle is rated 3.5/5 in difficulty.

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Has the Republican Feminist Awakening Begun?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:06:31 GMT2016-10-26T18:06:31Z

Tuesday night on Fox News, host Megyn Kelly drove Donald Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich into a contemptuous, finger-jabbing rage by insisting that Trump’s alleged history of sexual predation is a story worth covering. Gingrich, the thrice-married co-author of a novel featuring a “pouting sex kitten” Nazi spy, sneered at his uppity female interlocutor: “You are fascinated by sex and you don’t care about public policy.” Then, like a man barking orders in bed, he demanded that Kelly repeat his words about Bill Clinton: “I want to hear you use the words, ‘Bill Clinton, sexual predator.’ Say, ‘Bill Clinton, sexual predator.’ ” The segment ended with Kelly telling Gingrich, “You can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them.”

Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich.

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The Culture Gabfest “Beige Goo” Edition

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:41:37 GMT2016-10-26T16:41:37Z

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 423 with Julia Turner, Dana Stevens, and Stephen Metcalf with the audio player below.

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Hatchet Job

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:30:58 GMT2016-10-26T16:30:58Z

I’ve always liked the idea of throwing sharp objects with extreme precision. What could be more impressive than splitting the hair on someone’s head with a well-aimed knife? What could be cooler than slicing a watermelon with a weaponized playing card? Nothing. But go down to the park and start hurling hatchets at Frisbee players and they’ll lock you up (thanks, Obama), so I’ve never been able to determine whether I truly have a talent for bladesmanship.

A place to throw hatchets away from the grind of city life.

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The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on His 1995 Song “Cubs in Five”

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:48:14 GMT2016-10-26T15:48:14Z

It’s 2016. The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945, and are preparing to do to the Cleveland Indians what they’ve done to everybody else who’s gotten in their way this year: defeat them, expertly and methodically, relying on a pitching staff that sports the league’s best combined ERA, Game 1 loss or no. If you’ve been following the Cubs for a while, this is, if not an entirely surprising turn of events, a still somewhat miraculous one. It has been an historically long drought.

Chicago Cubs fans cheer after the Cubs’ 8–4 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday in Los Angeles.

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Dear Prudence: The “Good Intentions” Edition

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:15:00 GMT2016-10-26T11:15:00Z

Nancy Ortberg, aka Mallory’s mom, joins us for questions today. How do you talk to a stepdad who tries to boost your confidence by making borderline-creepy remarks about your appearance? How can you stop your parents from complaining to you about their marriage? Plus: Anti-vaxxers, job promotion etiquette, and telling strangers that you don’t need their opinions about your efforts to adopt.

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We’ve Misdiagnosed the Problem With Donald Trump

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:15:00 GMT2016-10-26T09:15:00Z

Lately, I have been having dreams about Donald Trump. In one, I’m in the audience as he walks out onto the debate stage, and the version of Hillary Clinton who follows him out is bald and deranged. In another, I’m waiting for Kanye West to perform at Madison Square Garden, but Trump does instead. No matter the dream, I wake up feeling the same way: scared.

Donald Trump during a campaign rally on Monday in Tampa, Florida.

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Dan Savage Diagnoses Donald Trump

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:23:08 GMT2016-10-26T00:23:08Z

Listen to Episode 605 of Slate’s The Gist:

Dan Savage speaks onstage during the Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City in 2011.

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