Wednesday, September 19

Longform Podcast #7: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of The Beautiful Struggle.

"I was 24 when my son was born. People always say that kids get in the way, right? But actually it had the opposite effect on me. I feel like I could have spent my twenties doing all sorts of self-destructive things--that was my natural inclination--but having a kid suddenly makes that not OK ... The stakes of everything just went up. I think I'm the type of person where, for any reason, I only respond to pressure. That kid just so raised the pressure, for everything ... So I started writing for the Washington Monthly, and the Monthly pays shit, everybody knows that, right? They were paying ten cents a word at this point. But because they have these big-shots writing for them, nobody ever calls for the check! But I would say, 'no, I need you to send me that check. Yeah, I know it's only $150, but I actually need that check, you really need to send that check.'"


Show Notes »

Neil Young Comes Clean

At 66, Young sobers up.


My Embed in Red

On a week spent immersed in right wing media.

Tuesday, September 18


Pink Slime

Inside the cluttered Los Angeles apartment of lo-fi auteur Ariel Pink.


Bad to the Bone

A medical device company experiments on humans.


'Moral' Robots

The debate over autonomous lethal drones.

Monday, September 17


The Honor System

On Teller, his magic, and his response to a stolen trick.


The Cranky Wisdom of Peter Kaplan

The former editor of the New York Observer, profiled.


In Plain View

How child molesters get away with it.


Cheating Upwards

Why so many smart kids are cheating on tests.

Sunday, September 16

The Longform Guide to Writing Nonfiction

The Longform Guide to Writing Nonfiction

Capote, Talese, Orwell, Boo—masters of the craft, in their own words. New at Slate.


Take a Number

Why people keep dying on Mount Everest.