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A smart round-up of the biggest stories of the day. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for the show every weekday.

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We're in the New York Times
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No big deal. <br><br>Did you see What Next <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/09/business/media/podcasts-daily-newsier-washington-post-npr.html">mentioned in the New York Times</a>? We'll be back with more shows in January. <br><br>Until then, these are some of our favorite episodes:<br><br><a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/gun-owning-doctors-look-to-crack-the-gun-debate.html">The Gun-Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate</a>, Nov. 15th<br><a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/holding-the-roman-catholic-church-accountable-for-the-child-sex-abuse-scandal.html">Sins of the Fathers</a>, Nov. 14th<br><a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/wildfires-are-here-to-stay.html">The Wildfires to Come</a>, Nov. 13th<br><br>Talk to you soon.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dec 09, 2018
Jeff Flake Takes Another Stand
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Sen. Jeff Flake is demanding legislation to protect the Mueller probe. High-profile conservatives are peeling off from the Federalist Society to stand up to the Trump administration. <a href="https://slate.com/author/dahlia-lithwick">Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick</a> explains why she thinks this is a pivotal moment for the Trump administration and its discontents.&nbsp; This episode is brought to you by Merrill Lynch. Get started today at ML.com/you.
Nov 17, 2018
The Gun Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate
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This week doctors from all over America took to social media with the hashtag #ThisIsMyLane (or #ThisIsOurLane). They sent pictures of themselves in blood-drenched scrubs and shared stories of treating victims of gun violence. Much of this was <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/1060256567914909702">in response to the NRA after a tweet they sent last Wednesday</a>.<br><br>Today on the show we talk to Dr. Brendan Campbell – a pediatric surgeon at <a href="https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/">Connecticut Children's Medical Center</a> in Hartford, CT. He has treated victims of gun violence for more than a decade. This week, he and his fellow colleagues<a href="https://www.journalacs.org/article/S1072-7515(18)32155-0/fulltext#sec3.1"> released a new paper in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons</a> recommending new ways to think about gun safety. Not only as doctors who have seen the damage that a gun can do, but because they own guns themselves.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Merrill Lynch. Get started today at <a href="http://ML.com/you">ML.com/you</a>.<br><br>And by ZipRecruiter. Try ZipRecruiter for free at <a href="http://ZipRecruiter.com/WHATNEXT">ZipRecruiter.com/WHATNEXT</a>
Nov 16, 2018
Sins of the Fathers
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Survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have gone after the church in a piecemeal fashion. But the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up of child sexual abuse goes back decades, and experts say it reaches the upper echelons of church leadership. What would it take to go after the Vatican? We talk to someone who’s tried it: <a href="https://foxleadership.upenn.edu/directors-and-affiliates/marci-hamilton">Marci Hamilton</a>, a professor and founder of <a href="https://www.childusa.org/management">Child USA</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Merrill Lynch. Get started today at ML.com/you.
Nov 14, 2018
The Wildfires to Come
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Stephen Pyne has made fire his life’s work. He put them out for 15 summers and has thought about them ever since. Today on the show – the conversation we’re not having about wildfires and why despite the devastation in California this week, he remains hopeful that we can figure this out.<br><br><a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/california-camp-woolsey-wildfires-help-charity-donations.html">Here’s how you can help the victims of the California wildfires</a>.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Merrill Lynch. Get started today at <a href="http://ML.com/you">ML.com/you</a>.
Nov 14, 2018
The Legacy of the Last Florida Recount
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Rick Hasen, founder of the <a href="https://electionlawblog.org/">Election Law Blog</a>, explains how we got here: Shrinking away from the hard election reforms, ignoring the easy reforms, and enacting short-sighted remedies. Hasen is a professor at UC Irvine and a <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.richard_l_hasen.html">Slate contributor</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Merrill Lynch. Get started today at ML.com/you.
Nov 12, 2018
Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform
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Just as he was getting kicked out the door, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted to do one last thing: strongly limit the strength and use of consent decrees moving forward. It’s a move that deals a significant blow to the Department of Justice’s ability to reign in police abuse across the country.<br><br>Today on the show: what is a consent decree? And what happens in one small town in Louisiana when Jeff Sessions takes office and decides to turn a blind eye to its abuses?<br><br>This episode is brought to you Hello Fresh. For a total of $60 off (that’s $20 off your first 3 boxes) visit <a href="http://HelloFresh.com/WHATNEXT60">HelloFresh.com/WHATNEXT60</a> and enter WHATNEXT60.<br><br>And by Merrill Lynch. Get the advice and guidance to help you live the life you want at <a href="http://ML.com/you">ML.com/you</a>.
Nov 10, 2018
What to Watch After Sessions’ Ouster
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<a href="https://www.lawfareblog.com/contributors/bwittes">Ben Wittes</a> of Lawfare and the Brookings Institution tells us four things to watch for in the wake of the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. For more from Wittes on this, check out the latest episode of <a href="https://www.lawfareblog.com/lawfare-podcast-special-edition-sessions-out"><em>The Lawfare Podcast</em></a>. Plus, <a href="https://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/mary-mccord/">Mary McCord</a>, who used to lead the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, explains why she remains hopeful that her old agency can keep its blinders on and stay above politics.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter – the smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free at <a href="http://ZipRecruiter.com/WhatNext">ZipRecruiter.com/WhatNext</a>.<br><br>And by Merrill Lynch. Get the advice and guidance to help you live the life you want at <a href="http://ML.com/you">ML.com/you</a>.
Nov 09, 2018
What Won for the Democrats?
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Democrats ran all sorts of different campaigns and won (or lost) in all sorts of different ways. Is there a lesson they could take from the midterms and carry into the next election? Plus, how did racism figure into the Florida and Georgia governor’s races? Jamelle Bouie joins the show to nurse our election hangover.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Merrill Lynch. Get the advice and guidance to help you live the life you want at <a href="http://ML.com/you">ML.com/you</a>.
Nov 07, 2018
Happy Election Day?
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Alfredo Corchado calls in from the border to talk about voter enthusiasm in his area. Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report shares her tips for watching election night returns. Slate’s Molly Olmstead explains why she’ll be eyeing the teacher candidates tonight. The Root’s Jason Johnson is our man in Atlanta following the Georgia gubernatorial contest. <br><br>This episode is brought to you by Merrill Lynch. Get the advice and guidance to help you live the life you want at <a href="http://ML.com/you">ML.com/you</a>.
Nov 06, 2018
What Story Will This Election Tell Us?
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With less than 36 hours to go until the final voting deadline for the midterm elections, it's important to know what's at stake. Amy Walter, a host on <a href="https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/takeaway/amy_walter"><em>The Takeaway</em></a> and National Editor of the Cook Political Report, knows that each election tells us a story and this one is no different. She joined us today to talk about what signals and trends she's looking out for and what that means for our future as a country and how we understand ourselves.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/slate">citrix.com/slate</a>.<br><br>And by Merrill Lynch. Get the advice and guidance to help you live the life you want at <a href="http://ML.com/you">ML.com/you</a>.
Nov 05, 2018
They Forecast a Hate Wave in 2008
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Daryl Johnson tried to warn Homeland Security about the growing momentum behind right-wing extremists. He was not well-received. On Friday’s show, how the actions of the Obama and Trump administrations fueled far-right violence. Plus, there’s election shadiness happening in Kansas. Slate’s <a href="https://slate.com/author/mark-joseph-stern">Mark Joseph Stern</a> explains. <br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/slate">citrix.com/slate</a>.
Nov 02, 2018
The State of Red State Democrats
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President Trump wanted to make this the election of the caravan. For red state democrats, that’s becoming the case. So with only days to go until midterms how will Trump’s immigration rhetoric shape close races? <em>Slate’s</em> Jim Newell joins us today to discuss the state of red state democrats. Plus, <em>BuzzFeed’s</em> Caroline O’Donovan spent the day in Mountain View, CA at Google’s headquarters to cover the walkout of its employees in protest of what they say is the company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. She joins us to debrief on the day out West.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/slate">citrix.com/slate</a>.
Nov 01, 2018
Understanding the Crisis in Yemen
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Eric Nagourney, an international desk editor for the New York Times, explains the paper’s decision to publish harrowing photographs of malnourished Yemeni children. And Fatima Alasrar, a Yemeni and a senior analyst for the Arabia Foundation, explains why she thinks assigning blame for Yemen’s famine is complicated. <br><br>We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. Tell us what you think: <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. <br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show, our weekend reading lists, and occasional posts about pita chips.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon. Engineering by Terence Bernardo.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/slate">citrix.com/slate</a>.
Oct 31, 2018
"And Subject to the Jurisdiction Thereof..."
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There's a clause in the 14th amendment that people wanting to change it continue to come back to: "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Today on the show, Professor Garrett Epps of The Atlantic joins us to explain why its absurd for Trump to think he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order and, also, why it's not absurd to talk about him wanting to change it.
Oct 30, 2018
Words Matter
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Slate’s April Glaser explains the futility of expelling bigots from one social media platform, only to see them find safe harbor on another. <br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/slate">citrix.com/slate</a>.
Oct 29, 2018
The Blame Game
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While we wait for news on the bomb suspect, a debate between Slate’s Mike Pesca and Mary Harris: Can we blame the potential explosives on provocative political speech? <br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/next">citrix.com/</a>slate.
Oct 26, 2018
Does Corruption Matter?
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When it comes to the people we vote for, how corrupt is too corrupt? With Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent for USA Today and The Record. We take a whirlwind tour of the U.S. politicians hitting the campaign trail with a dark cloud hanging over their heads. We land in New Jersey, where Senate Democrats suddenly have to worry about a tighter race. The reason? Their incumbent, Bob Menendez, narrowly escaped corruption charges last year. <br><br>We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. Tell us what you think: <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>.&nbsp; Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show, our weekend reading lists, and occasional posts about pita chips.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon. Engineering by Terence Bernardo. <br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/next">citrix.com/</a>slate.
Oct 25, 2018
Midterm Trolls - Online and Off
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US Cyber Command launched its first cyber operation to deter Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections, but is it too late? Clint Watts, the author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Messing-Enemy-Surviving-Terrorists-Russians/dp/0062795988"><em>Messing With the Enemy</em></a>, "Oh yeah." Today on the show, the continued assault on our information space. Plus, the bomb scares that targeted high-profile Democrats.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/how">citrix.com/</a>slate.
Oct 24, 2018
Turkey Makes the Most of Its Moment
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Slate senior editor Josh Keating explains why Turkey has seized on the disappearance of a foreign journalist to stick it to Saudi Arabia. And Slate writer Aymann Ismail reconsiders going on hajj.&nbsp; We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. Tell us what you think: <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>.&nbsp; Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show, our weekend reading lists, and a picture of a young Aymann Ismail going on “baby hajj.” Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon. Engineering by Terence Bernardo. <br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/next">citrix.com/</a>slate.&nbsp;
Oct 23, 2018
The Health Care Turnabout
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Andrew Gillum began his candidacy as a "Medicare for All" supporter. His subtle slide from that position to another is a small, but telling one. Today on the show, a look into the health care debate in the lead up to midterms. Plus, Slate's Mark Joseph Stern on the Trump administration's effort to roll back civil rights protections for transgender people.<br><br>This episode is brought to you by Citrix. Start working smarter today at <a href="http://citrix.com/how">citrix.com/</a>slate.
Oct 23, 2018
Just an Old Sweet Song
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Kai Wright of WNYC and Slate’s Jamelle Bouie on the governor’s race in Georgia. Plus, Deadspin’s Dvora Meyers explains the implosion of USA Gymnastics.<br>&nbsp;We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. Tell us what you think: <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>.&nbsp; Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/gistplus">Slate.com/whatnextplus</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show, our weekend reading lists, and occasional posts about pita chips.&nbsp; Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon. Engineering by Terence Bernardo.
Oct 19, 2018
Now Is a Good Time to Cheat on Your Taxes
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Budget cuts have crippled the IRS allowing tax cheats to run rampant. <em>ProPublica's</em> Jesse Eisinger says the agency's ability to pursue criminal cases is in collapse because of budget cuts and the fact that the agency still has the same number of auditors it had in 1953. So who benefits from this? And why does it matter?
Oct 18, 2018
From One Caravan to Another
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Mary Harris is joined by <em>Vox’s</em> Dara Lind to discuss how the latest caravan from Honduras is shining a light on the danger and red tape facing asylum seekers. Plus, what else did you miss today?<br><br>We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. Tell us what you think: <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. '<br><br>Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/gistplus">Slate.com/whatnextpus</a>. <br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show, our weekend reading lists, and our occasional posts about pita chips.
Oct 17, 2018
Could the Saudi Monarchy Fall Over This?
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Host Mary Harris talks to Dexter Filkins of the New Yorker on the fraught relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Plus, Slate’s Jim Newell explains why you should care about the final debate tonight between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke.&nbsp; <br><br>This is the debut episode of What Next, Slate’s new daily news show. We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. Tell us what you think: <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>.&nbsp; <br><br>Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at <a href="http://www.slate.com/gistplus">Slate.com/whatnextpus</a>. <br><br>Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show, our weekend reading lists, and our occasional posts about pita chips. &nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.&nbsp;
Oct 16, 2018
Trailer: Introducing What Next
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A smart round-up of the biggest stories of the day. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for the show every weekday afternoon.
Oct 01, 2018