Sam has reported or edited for the Associated Press, The New Republic, Deadspin, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Oxford American, the Arkansas Times, ESPN, Popular Science, Sports Illustrated, Slate, Grantland, Pacific Standard, and New Times Broward-Palm Beach. He graduated from Northwestern and the University of British Columbia, and still reps Arkansas from Brooklyn.
Dr. Ben Carson Was a Hero of Science Before His Presidential Run Made Him a Punchline
'The Wire' called it 10 years ago: He was the pediatric neurosurgeon everyone wanted to be.
Biden's 'Moonshot' to Cure Cancer Needs the Internet Age, Not the Space Age
Obama's State of the Union Address call to end cancer will never have its moon-landing moment. We must triumph one small step at a time.
The Ludicrous 'Force Awakens' Box Office Was Like 80 Typical Movies in 2015
On its own, the 'Star Wars' sequel beat the totals of nearly every other American weekend at the movies.
Jiwaru, the 2015 Japanese Word of the Year, Expresses How You Love Videos
Before a snippet of digital culture goes viral, it must "grow on you."
Michael Dell's Handwritten Business Card From 1984 Is a Tiny Work of Poetry
On Twitter, the computing magnate posted this relic from a simpler time.
An Unstoppable Fungus Disease Is Wiping Out the World's Banana Plants
Paris Responds to Terrorist Attacks With Red Wine, Rock Music, and Defiance
"This was an attack on our way of life."
Veterans Day Is Amazing for Vintage Family Photos of Soldiers and Military
Remembering the WWI armistice with Twitter is exactly how your gramps would've wanted it.
The Best Man's Speech: A How-To
Rob McNally, the best man in five different weddings, has earned the title. For your next speech, follow his lead.
The 'John Wick' Virtual Reality Game Will Double-Tap Your Oculus Rift
A first-person shooter set in the Continental Hotel.
It's the Summer of Matt McCoy
The counsel you want if you're on HBO.
The 'Wall Street Journal' Invents a Country, and It's Rad
Not even spellcheck knows what's going on here.
Ted Cruz's Homer Simpson Impression Is This Generation's Dukakis Tank Ride
In a way, he's a winner. But in another, more accurate way ...
Scrabble Was Right to Purge Its Curses and Slurs. Mostly.
The game of words can get more fun when you include the bad ones.
This Secluded Bookstore Corner Could Be Your Summer Reading List
'No matter what you feel, it will be OK.'
The Supreme Court Just Legalized Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide, and Twitter Is a Victory Party
Hugging and high-fiving in 140 characters.
Not a Dad Yet? Great. Now's the Time to Push for Paternity Leave.
Fight for your rights before you need 'em.
The Sky Went Bonkers Last Night After a Huge Solar Flare
An aurora borealis gave America an overnight acid trip.
The 'New York Times' Rent or Buy Calculator Has a Gaping Hole in It
Overlooking the major downside of buying: owning during a calamity.
French Taxi Drivers Are Setting Traps for Uber Drivers
Watch out on the mean streets of Marseille.