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Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryWhy Angry Men Kill Laura L. Hayes It’s rage, not mental illness, that often prompts massacres. Here’s how we can stop them before they …

Operation Sea Lion: Hitler's plan to invade Britain marked with publication of Nazi war charts

It was the most fearful moment in the history of modern Britain – when Adolf Hitler’s shock troops lined up along the coast of France and prepared to …

In pictures: Vivien Leigh

Recognised for her outstanding performances in <i>Gone with the Wind</i> (1939) and <i>A Streetcar Named Desire</i> (1951), the award-winning actress Vivien Leigh is …

The faces of America: Ellis Island portraits were full of hope

Ellis Island portraits<p>The faces that became America<p>1911<p>First opened in 1892, the immigration station at Ellis Island in New York harbor processed …

Genealogy

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

My Brother's Keeper

After years of prison and addiction, my brother went silent. So I visited his rehab.<p><b>I’ve seen my younger</b> brother Zach in person a handful of times in the past eight years. He’s spent a little over two of those years incarcerated — not counting time in county jail awaiting trial or the times he …

'What Have We Done to You, Rosie?' Distraught Rose Kennedy on the Lobotomized Daughter She Didn't See for 20 Years

<i>More than seven decades after JFK s troubled sister Rosemary was left disabled by a disastrous lobotomy, two new books reveal the heartbreaking</i> …

Disability

Ivory Trade and Slave Trade Linked Throughout History

Changing Planet<p>The trade in elephant ivory dates at least back to the days of the slave trade in Africa.<p>Investigative Journalist Bryan Christy visits the home of renowned 19th Century slave trader and ivory merchant Tippu Tip in Zanzibar. “Throughout history, human trafficking and ivory trafficking …

Endangered Species

Jesse Eisenberg's New Book Gets Seriously Absurd (And A Little Serious)

If you've ever seen Jesse Eisenberg's byline in The New Yorkeror on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and thought, "Wait, <i>that</i> Jesse Eisenberg?" — the answer is yes.<p>Eisenberg, best-known as an Oscar-nominated actor, is also a writer — the author of numerous plays and, now, a collection of comedy writing …

Jesse Eisenberg

The Racial Reality of Policing

Police bias and misconduct are serious problems—but so is the epidemic of homicide among young black men<p>It was one of the more effective training exercises that I saw during my years in the New York Police Department.<p>The instructor would call up four cops, two black and two white, to the front of …

Justice

Emma Stone on Woody Allen, whitewashing and why Hollywood pairs her with older men

She’s equally at home in comic-book blockbusters, arthouse fare and awards bait, but could this coolly unflappable screen presence have made her first career missteps by returning to work with Allen on Irrational Man, and courting controversy in Aloha?<p>In the boiling mid-afternoon heat, Emma Stone …

Woody Allen

The Republicans Are Now Officially the Party of White Paranoia

ABC News published an intriguing poll the other day, one that spelled out a growing racial divide:<p>"Nonwhites see Trump negatively by a vast 17-79 …

Republicans

Black couple uses housing law to sue over slurs, threats

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Citing a sliver of civil rights-era legislation more commonly used as protection against discriminatory landlords, a black couple is suing their former neighbor and a north Georgia city they say failed to stop him from harassing them.<p>Gregory and Sophia Bonds say the slurs …

The Danish Girl director Tom Hooper: Trans actors need more access in Hollywood

<i>The Danish Girl</i> director Tom Hooper says he’d champion a shift leading to more access for trans actors in Hollywood. The filmmaker, accompanied by …

9 music documentaries to binge on Netflix this Labor Day Weekend

It's Labor Day weekend, you're free from responsibility and you've already seen <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> in theaters. What's next?<p>If you're in a musical …

15 Shocking Revelations About Hollywood’s Celibate Celebs

Taylor Lautner<p>Taylor Lautner, star of great films like <i>The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl</i> and <i>Twilight</i> and its three sequels, became an overnight …

Celebrity News

Danish Girl director Tom Hooper: film industry has 'problem' with transgender actors

The film industry has a “problem” with transgender actors, with many unable to secure roles despite a “huge pool of talent”, according to film director Tom Hooper, whose latest film The Danish Girl – starring Eddie Redmayne as a pioneering recipient of gender-reassignment surgery – receives its …

Transgender

Top Ten Binge Worthy TV Shows on NetFlix That You Might Have Missed

I think this is one of the all-time best TV comedies EVER. It was a tragedy that the show never got enough network support and was canceled after …

The faces of transgender teen America

The faces of transgender teen America<p>The faces of transgender teen America<p>Katherine, a gentle 19-year old from Brooklyn, is many things: Bangladeshi …

Here’s the best way to guess correctly on a multiple choice test

Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions. But are first instincts always the best?<p>Psychological research has shown many times that no, they are often no better—and in many cases worse—than a revision or change. Despite enormous popular belief that …

Psychology

Quentin Tarantino Misses the Point About Hollywood Blockbusters

READ MORE: Tarantino Opens Up About ‘Hateful Eight,’ Disses Cate Blanchett and ‘True Detective’<p>In the pantheon of contemporary American filmmakers …

Blockbusters

The Narrative of Privilege

<i>Today we welcome Luckett to the blog. Her biography is at the end of the post.</i>‘Miss,’ she said, as I bit my tongue. I was choking on the worst insult …

Medical Education

Meet Sweden’s Natural Hair Trailblazers: Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta on Their Twinning Looks

Perhaps the last place you’d expect to find two of Instagram’s biggest beauty stars would be bounding through Sweden’s snow-laden woodlands, running past reindeer, cooking beside fires they’ve built, and scaling mountainous ranges. But then again, <b>Elizabeth Lejonhjärta</b> and <b>Victoria Lejonhjärta,</b> the …

Hair

Scholars Clash Over Authenticity of ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’

The truth may be finally emerging about the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," a highly controversial papyrus suggesting that some people, in ancient times, believed Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.<p>Debate about the credibility of the "gospel" began as soon as Harvard University professor Karen King …

Theology

Photos: The Siblings of Our Presidents