The Best Slate Covers of 2014

Slate’s designers make their selection from the home page top shelf.

Design by Holly Allen, Photo by iStock

The United Steaks of America
If every state had an official meat, what would it be?

Design by Holly Allen, Bedroom design by Denise Foley Design Inc., Photo by Kent Wilson Photography via

The Case for Separate Beds” 
I love my husband, but I want my own bed.

Design by Holly Allen, Photo by iStock

Take Me Out to the Ballpark—All of Them
How to visit all 30 major-league stadiums in 30 days.

Design by Holly Allen, Photo by iStock

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

Design by Holly Allen, Photo by iStock

The United States of Dunkin’ Donuts
What America would look like if our state borders were based on fast-food density.

Design and photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photo of bamboo by iStock/Thinkstock. Overlaid artwork from the cover for Colorless Tsuruku Tazai and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, published by Knopf.

Haida’s Story
A folktale from Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo, Photo by  iStock /Thinkstock.

Gnarly Birthday, High Times!
Forty years in, can an outlaw magazine survive the mainstreaming of pot?

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo, Photos by Thinkstock

Down and Out
The single fact that powerfully explains why black Americans have such a hard time climbing the economic ladder. 

Design by Natalie Matthews-Ramo, Illustration by Robert Neubecker

Labels for Less
Faking a pricey bottle of wine is a lot easier than you’d think.

Design & Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Chart downward by iStock, trashcan by iStock.

Off the Market
We have stacks of research to explain why stocks rise and fall—but most of it is all wrong.

Design by Derreck Johnson

Design by Derreck Johnson, Photo by iStock

‘Hang In There!’ – Arthur Schopenhauer
Quotation websites and the outsourcing of erudition.

Design by Derreck Johnson; Photo byallanswart

What would actually happen if Tea Partiers controlled Congress and Rand Paul was president?

Design by Derreck Johnson

Is It Time to Kill Autocorrect?
What happens when you get a bunch of people to turn off autocorrect for a week.

Design by Derreck Johnson

Design by Derreck Johnson, Photo by allanswart / iStock

Beyond Energy Efficiency
We’re not just reducing demand for electricity—we’re destroying it.

Design by Derreck Johnson, Photo by Nina Malyna / iStock

Hard Knocks
I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.