Jenny Slate and Sara Schaefer On How the Matriarchy Ruined Comedy

Comedian/actress/writer Jenny Slate was on Sara Schaefer's podcast Lies to promote her new book and the two women really dug into some gritty and important issues — you know, pressing topics like how Slate likes that young dong and what an aspiring male comic can do to get ahead in this girl's club that we call comedy. » 10/21/14 5:45pm 27 minutes ago

Spanish Nurse Is Ebola-Free, Family Pet Euthanized Despite Protest

Earlier this month, we brought you the story of María Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to be infected with ebola outside of Africa. Her story was especially heartbreaking because authorities chose to euthanize her dog in fear that he might spread the disease. Ramos is now disease-free.… » 10/21/14 5:10pm Today 5:10pm

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 4:47pm Today 4:47pm

Ebola Panic Really Shows How Clueless Folks Are About African Geography

You would think that most people have at least a semi-firm grasp on the idea that Africa is not one small place with a single culture. That something that occurs in one isolated part of Africa does not mean the entire continent (which has 54 countries and thousands of ethnicities and languages) is similarly affected.… » 10/21/14 3:50pm Today 3:50pm

Can the NFL Change Domestic Abusers? A Conversation with Beth Richie

Beth Richie is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with an extensive body of work in criminology, feminism, violence against women, the carceral state and the sociology of race and ethnicity. She's the current director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy, and was recently named as… » 10/21/14 3:10pm Today 3:10pm

The Identity of Man Negotiating Release of Nigerian Girls Is Suspicious

Last Friday, it was announced that Nigerian officials and leaders of Boko Haram had reached a cease-fire deal in Chad that could potentially lead to the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April. But various sources have become increasingly doubtful of Boko Haram's representative—a Saudi Arabian man named… » 10/21/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

Botched Season 2 Trailer Promises More Awful Plastic Surgery Screw-Ups

"I'm literally dying for a nose job. Who wants to look natural?" says a person in the trailer for the second season of Botched. The E! show that spotlights society's obsession with cosmetic enhancement is returning in 2015, which means more crooked breasts, nose jobs and questionable out-of-country plastic surgery… » 10/21/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Chicago Voter to President Obama: "Don't Touch My Girlfriend"

It's important for a president to get out of D.C. and interact with normal, everyday people every now and then— even when those normal, everyday people happen to be Mike Jones, a Chicago early voter who heckled President Obama with "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend" when Obama happened to be placed next to… » 10/21/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

You'll Be Seeing a Lot More of Leslie Jones on SNL

Comedian Leslie Jones has earned a spot as a season regular on Saturday Night Live (or what they call a featured player). Jones was one of the black writers that SNL hired following heavy criticism over their lack of diversity. The gig started off rocky for her, though, after controversy over her Weekend Update bit… » 10/21/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm