Michael Hobbes

Michael Hobbes

Journalist & Animator

Contributing editor and producer at Highline. Former human rights consultant.

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My Parents Almost Stayed in Iran For Too Long.

Tehran in 1979 was not a great place to be a Christian missionary.


Michael Hobbes

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How My Parents Accidentally Got Caught Up in the Iranian Revolution

Dave was in his office at the university when he got the call. “There’s a plane leaving Shiraz in three hours.” The voice on the other end was Dave’s f ......

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Would America Elect a Poor President? Why the World Needs More Leaders Like José Mujica.

Listen to Episode 151 of Slate’s The Gist: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab  Today on The Gist, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg o ......

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Some of the Most Striking Images and Memorable Events of the Year

Editor’s note: Some of the following images are graphic, viewer discretion advised. A Coast Guard helicopter flies along the Hudson River, which is ful ......


How Negative Campaigning Won George H.W. Bush the Presidency

Listen to Episode 21 of Whistlestop: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS Feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. ......

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I Picked My Daughter up at the Camp I Went to 36 Years Ago. Camp’s the Same, She’s Changed.

When I look at my phone, I see my daughter leaving for camp on my home screen. She stands at the bottom of an airport escalator, an orange backpack ove ......

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The Doonesbury creator on his stamina, the difficulty of satirizing Obama, and the most bizarre attack on his strip ever.

This week, Garry Trudeau publishes 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, a huge and gorgeous collection from the most important, and most hilarious, comic st ......

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Atheists Used to Take the Idea of God Seriously. That’s Why They Mattered.

Nick Spencer begins his spirited history of atheism with a fairy tale. Once upon a time, people lived in ignorant superstition, offering sacrifices to ......

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Edward Snowden Has Just One Regret

A day after Citizenfour won the Oscar for best documentary feature, its subject, Edward Snowden, appeared on Reddit for an “Ask Me Anything” question-a ......


Heavy metal for hipsters.

The longevity of heavy metal may not be news—spend enough time in any small town and you'll spy some dude wearing a jean jacket held together by a giga ......

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The French Ambassador to the United States Is Subtweeting America

France’s ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud, has taken on a much more prominent role in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, including leading a Ma ......


What book mesmerized you in college?

Click hereto read more from Slate's "College Week." In celebration of College Week, Slate asked journalists, cable-news personalities, novelists, Holly ......

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Why humans are so quick to take offense, and what that means for the presidential campaign.

"No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense."—Thomas Carlyle ......

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Is Garfield Supposed To Be Funny?

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Caroline Zelonka, creative director: Garfield was created to fill a marketing niche, not to be fu ......