About Me

I’m Slate's executive editor and the host of “Hang Up and Listen”, a weekly sports podcast featuring Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca.

You can read the stories I’ve written for Slate here.

Before I came to Slate I was an intern at Washington City Paper. I’ve also freelanced for the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, GQMen’s Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine.

I graduated from Brown University with degrees in computer science and history. I was born and raised in New Orleans, and I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. since 2002.

E-mail: josh at josh dash levin dot com 
Twitter: @josh_levin

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The Hardest-Working Hand in Show Business: How ventriloquist Jeff Dunham became the country’s most popular stand-up comedian. Slate, Feb. 18, 2009

Television Outside the Box: Are you ready for 3-D TV? The Atlantic, April 2009

AXXo You Are a God”: The secrets of BitTorrent’s top movie pirate. Slate, Nov. 11, 2008

Solitaire-y Confinement: Why we can’t stop playing a computerized card game. Slate, May 14, 2008

Meet the Charlatans: Another terrible spoof movie from the nongeniuses who brought you Date Movie and Epic Movie. Slate, Jan. 30, 2008

Dead Run: How did movie zombies get so fast? Slate, Mar. 24, 2004

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The R. Kelly Trial

Long Live the Little Man Defense!: How R. Kelly got off. Slate, June 13, 2008

The R. Kelly Trial: Week 2, featuring a visit to the log cabin, a call for a forensic hairstylist, and the ghost sex defense. Slate, June 3, 2008

The R. Kelly Trial: Week 1, featuring the Shaggy defense, the Little Man defense, and Sparkle. Slate, May 21, 2008

R. Kelly: The Audiobook: The author reads all eight dispatches from the R. Kelly trial. Slate, 

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The Welfare Queen

The Welfare Queen: In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government. Her other sins—including possible kidnappings and murders—were far worse. Slate, Dec. 19, 2013

The Political Gabfest: A conversation about the welfare queen with David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. Slate, Dec. 20, 2013

The Truth Behind the Lies of the Original Welfare Queen: An interview with All Things Considered’s Melissa Block. NPR, Dec. 20, 2013

The Real Story of the Welfare Queen: An interview with On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone. NPR, Dec. 20, 2013

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The Other Blind Sides: The Michael Oher story may have been amazing, but was it unique? Slate,

Bill Simmons: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut: The Sports Guy’s The Book of Basketball is a crude, fantastic mess. Slate, Nov. 11, 2009

Shake Me Down at the Ball Game: Modern parks make watching the national pastime a rich man’s pursuit. Sports Illustrated, June 23, 2008

Opening Soon: Rhinoceros Pines!: How to name your golf course. Play, March 2, 2008

What’s Wrong With Sports Illustrated: And how to fix it. Slate, Oct. 31, 2007

One Giant Lift for Mankind: The race for the 1,000-pound bench press. Slate, Aug. 9, 2004

Checkered Flag: Why flag football is America’s dirtiest college sport. Slate, Feb. 26, 2004

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New Orleans

The Other Katrina Hospital Mystery: What that New York Times Magazine story missed about the Memorial Medical Center tragedy. Slate, Sept. 4, 2009

Dispatches From New Orleans: A year after Katrina, pieces on my family’s decision to stay in the city, Katrina humor, and anger in the Lower Ninth Ward. Slate, Aug. 29, 2006

Dispatches From New Orleans: Six months after Katrina, pieces on the mayoral race, my grandparents’ return to the city, and Antoinette K-Doe. Slate, April 18, 2006

Dispatches From New Orleans: A series of stories filed from the scene a week after Hurricane Katrina. The people who won’t evacuate, what the rescue workers find, what it smells like, and the holes in the house I grew up in. Slate, Sept. 8-12, 2005

Mourning My New Orleans: Our family has lived there for a century. Where will we go now? Slate, Aug. 31, 2005

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