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What it was like to grill President Obama and how it happened in the first place.

slate.com — riday morning, Marc Maron-whose "WTF" podcast has featured some of the most raw and riveting interviews with comedians of all time-interviewed President Obama. This was not something Maron had ever expected to do. And yet months ago, Obama's people reached out to Maron's people, and then the plans kept inching...
Jun 20, 2015

An interview with Marc Maron on what it was like to grill Obama. slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jun 19, 2015

I talked to Marc Maron after his Obama interview, and he was feelin pretty great: slate.com/blogs/browbeat… pic.twitter.com/gxc5IHA5mN

Jun 19, 2015

Slate's Laura Bennett talked to Marc Maron about what it was like to interview the president: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jun 19, 2015

RT @junethomas: Slate's Laura Bennett talked to Marc Maron about what it was like to interview the president: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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Slate editor Laura Bennett on the sites that converted her into a loyal reader.

slate.com — A year or so ago, I wrote a piece about "media diets" and interviewed some journalists about just how much they'd fudged their self-reported news consumption. Media diets are bogus, I concluded. No one actually reads 19 magazines and watches an hour of Al Jazeera before breakfast. But now that...

'Mad Men' not much like real life in birth of original Coke ad

tampabay.com — On the finale of the fictional Mad Men, a Don Draper brainstorm produced the legendary "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercial. Slate phoned Bill Backer, the real-life ad man who came up with the concept, at his farm in Virginia for his thoughts.

An interview with the real life ad man who created Coca-Cola's "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" campaign.

slate.com — On last night's Mad Men finale, an epic Don Draper brainstorm produced one of the most legendary commercials of the 20th century, in which a group of multicultural young people sing "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" on a grassy hill. But the real-life ad man who came up with the Coca-Cola concept is...
May 18, 2015

Want to know how that classic Coke ad really came about? @lbennett spoke with its creator, Bill Backer: slate.me/1B8l087

May 18, 2015

"I'm no Don Draper," said the very charming real-life ad man who created that Coke commercial: slate.com/blogs/browbeat… pic.twitter.com/TxBYXsCF30

May 18, 2015

.@lbennett got an interview with the real-life ad man who created that Coca-Cola commercial from the Mad Men finale: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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Selfish, Kim Kardashian West’s book of selfies, reviewed.

slate.com — Kim Kardashian has been taking selfies since 1984. That was the year she first immortalized her own face in an admiring close-up-round cheeks filling the frame, flash shining in her toddler eyes like a premonition. Some other baby Kardashian wails beside her, unmoved by the photo op, but Kim confronts...
May 06, 2015

"I’ve never seen someone make so little effort to be interesting—a banality so confident it feels like a revelation." slate.com/articles/arts/…

May 06, 2015

RT @Slate: Kim Kardashian’s 445-page book of selfies is borderline insane. I can’t recommend it enough. slate.me/1F6fyJT pic.twitter.com/5nQLtpvE5J

May 06, 2015

"her masterpiece ... riveting ... a classic marriage plot" — @laurabennet reviews @KimKardashian's SELFISH slate.com/articles/arts/…

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Why this might be a bad move for the web series.

slate.com — It was perhaps inevitable that High Maintenance-the sensational web series about a weed dealer from Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld-would make its way to HBO. The appeal for the network is clear: High Maintenance is low-key and likable, arty without being alienating, just the right brand of millennial-bait to dangle...

Laura Bennett on her week at Slate.

slate.com — Hi Slate Plus! I'm Laura Bennett-a senior editor in the culture section, one of 3,000 Lauras who work at Slate, and your guest editor for this week's newsletter. I've only been at Slate for about two months, though it feels like a lot longer-I'm pretty sure I've sampled all lunch...

From Brian Krakow on My So Called Life to Stevie on Mad Men.

slate.com — Mad Men, in the spirit of importing as many strains of nostalgia as possible, loves to borrow actors from bygone teen soaps. Harry Hamlin (Jim Cutler) murdered Veronica Mars' best friend. Dan Scott (Ferguson Donnelly, the McCann exec who fires Cosgrove in last night's episode) was the most loathsome villain...
Apr 06, 2015

I was one of the millions of people who yelled "THAT'S BRIAN KRAKOW!" @lbennett talked with Devon Gummersall: slate.me/1Jhtkr7

Apr 06, 2015

Mad Men is an elaborate excuse for Matthew Weiner to gather his fave teen soap stars and make them kiss each other slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Larry Wilmore starts with a bang: Why his Comedy Central debut was so impressive

salon.com — Larry Wilmore is not playing around. The first episode of his political humor late-night talk show, "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore," was a bit uneven, as first episodes tend to be. The show's current structure is a monologue followed by a panel-a format that evokes British news shows and Bill Maher more than it evokes Wilmore's former coworkers Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

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Jul 29, 2015

How many superhero movies will get made before you die? @chrkirk's awesome calculator will tell you: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jul 27, 2015

Could not be more delighted to have the wise, witty @magiciansbook joining @Slate.

Jul 23, 2015

I love this video history of teens climbing through each others' windows in movies: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jul 21, 2015

Here is a terrific @xwaldie piece on the rise of "sneaky" feminism, mysteriously every critic's favorite adjective: slate.com/blogs/lexicon_…

Jul 17, 2015

RT @Deardarkness: Put a Mockingbird on it! My review for @Slate of GO SET A WATCHMAN: slate.me/1HSI6So

Jul 16, 2015

.@Highline produced another great story today, about the limits of boycotts and the myth of the "ethical shopper": highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/th…

Jul 14, 2015

"It IS my fault if I knocked you off the chair": @benwallacewells on TNC is such a good intellectual profile. nymag.com/daily/intellig…

Jul 14, 2015

RT @IChotiner: "It's hard to see this as a new moment."--@tanehisicoates on race relations today in my @slate interview slate.com/articles/arts/…

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