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 May 10, 2019
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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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The Dangerous Idea Behind the World’s Unrest
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Over the past several months, tensions have escalated in Hong Kong, Kashmir, and the United States. Each for their own reasons. But what if all these headlines are connected?<br><br>Guest: Josh Keating, international editor at Slate<br><br>For more information about this episode please read:<br><br>• “<a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/deporations-ice-chaldeans-iraqis-recalcitrant-countries.html">The Next Jimmy Aldaoud</a>” by Chris Gelardi<br>• “<a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/india-nrc-assam-modi-muslims-citizens.html">India’s Great Disenfranchisement</a>” by Namrata Kolachalam<br>• “<a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/jammu-kashmir-india-pakistan-modi.html">Crossing a Line in Kashmir</a>” by Nitish Pahwa
Aug 23, 2019
The Next Housing Crisis
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Henry Grabar fills in as host, surveying how the Democratic presidential candidates would try to fix the housing affordability crisis. What kinds of local policies have given rise to the crisis in the first place? <br>Guest: <a href="https://www.brookings.edu/experts/jenny-schuetz/">Jenny Schuetz</a>, a fellow at Brookings. <br><br>Related: <a href="https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1141536320038277125?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">Watch Elizabeth Warren explain her plan to boost homeownership among black and brown families</a>. <br><br>Podcast production by Sam Lee with help from Danielle Hewitt. <br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br><br>
Aug 22, 2019
The Danger Around the Corner
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When it comes to pedestrian deaths, the Sun Belt is the most dangerous area in the country. Six of the 10 most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians are located in Florida. Nineteen of the top 20 are in the Sun Belt. How is the way we build our cities and suburbs contributing to the problem? And what can be done to try to reduce traffic deaths across the country?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/schmangee">Angie Schmitt</a>, writer Streetsblog USA
Aug 21, 2019
Writing the New Playbook for Political Women
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Activists invigorated by the Women’s March and the Me Too movement are expanding the definition of what it means to be a female political leader. Meet one woman who’s coaching them along the way. <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/christinejahnke">Chris Jahnke</a>, speech coach to women working in politics. <br>Podcast production by Samantha Lee with help from Danielle Hewitt.<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br>
Aug 20, 2019
Delaware Could Elect the Nation’s First Trans State Senator
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Sarah McBride made waves <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brLZvqiGHMs">at the Democratic National Convention</a> in 2016 as the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention. Three years and many political successes later, McBride is trying to add another win to her résumé. One that would make her the first elected openly transgender state senator in America’s history.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahEMcBride">Sarah McBride</a>, candidate for Senate District 1 in Delaware.<br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Aug 19, 2019
How to Avoid a Recession
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Did your heart skip a beat reading and hearing about all the economic news this week? Today on the show we explain just what’s happening in the markets and try to pin down <em>why</em> things are happening the way they are. Plus, we offer a few possible ways to stave off the worst of an economic downturn.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/JHWeissmann">Jordan Weissmann</a>, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Aug 16, 2019
Hong Kong’s Protesters Have No Good Options
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This week the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong escalated, as activists effectively shut down an airport and beat up suspected imposters. Activists show no sign of letting up, even though the local government has withdrawn the extradition bill that initially sparked outcry. How could this possibly end?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/hong-kong-protests-china-democracy.html">Yvonne Chiu</a>, professor at the U.S. Naval War College.&nbsp; <br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Aug 15, 2019
The Iowa State Fair Will Never Make Sense
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Another presidential primary means another trip to the Iowa State Fair. But the Democratic Party’s new rules for thinning down the field of candidates means a photo-op with a turkey leg isn’t all it used to be. <br><br>Guest: Slate’s politics writer <a href="https://slate.com/author/jim-newell">Jim Newell</a>.
Aug 14, 2019
The Gangs and Corruption Fueling the Border Crisis
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The demographics of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States have changed over the last several decades. What used to be young Mexican men seeking economic opportunity has turned into families seeking refuge from broken Central American governments.&nbsp; Sonia Nazario has spent decades reporting from Honduras, a country where corruption runs rampant and gangs have become the de facto government. She says that the foreign aid that the Trump administration has cut off to Central America is the very aid that could help solve the crisis at the southern border.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/SLNazario">Sonia Nazario</a>, journalist and author of <a href="http://enriquesjourney.com"><em>Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother</em></a>.&nbsp;
Aug 13, 2019
Can Any School Be Massacre-Proof?
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In the absence of new federal laws to address mass shootings, school safety has become a design problem. Guest host Henry Grabar asks: How are architects responding to an era of active shooter drills and bulletproof backpacks? <br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/j9_sk">Jenine Kotob</a>, architectural designer at Hord Coplan Macht. <br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.<br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br><br>
Aug 12, 2019
Ferguson Revisited: A Prosecutor’s Power
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Five years ago Wesley Bell watched as protests erupted across Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. Bell, the son of a police officer, stood between the protestors and the police as he watched Ferguson descend into chaos. In an effort to make lasting change in the community he decided to run for public office. Seven months ago, he won.<br>In our third and final episode revisiting Ferguson, we talk to Wesley Bell about his new role as St. Louis County’s top prosecutor and how he has decided to use his power.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/Bell4STL">Wesley Bell</a>, prosecuting attorney, St. Louis County<br><br>Listen to Parts 1 and 2 of our series, “<a href="https://slate.com/podcasts/what-next/2019/08/the-worst-night-of-protests-in-ferguson">The Worst Night</a>” and “<a href="https://slate.com/podcasts/what-next/2019/08/the-story-vs-the-legacy-of-ferguson">Questioning the Legend</a>.”
Aug 09, 2019
Ferguson Revisited: Questioning the Legend
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There are two stories of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, the day Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson: the story we heard immediately after, and the story we came to know months later.<br><br>In the second part of our three-part series, we ask: If we misremember Michael Brown’s death, does that change Ferguson’s legacy?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnHMcWhorter">John McWhorter</a>, writer, professor, and host of Lexicon Valley.<br><br>Listen to Part 1 of our series, “<a href="https://slate.com/podcasts/what-next/2019/08/the-worst-night-of-protests-in-ferguson">The Worst Night</a>”
Aug 08, 2019
Ferguson Revisited: The Worst Night
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Its been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson in the middle of Ferguson’s Canfield Drive. His death at the hands of a police officer sparked protests across the country and cemented the Black Lives Matter movement into the American consciousness.<br><br>In the first of our three-part series, we ask: "On the worst night of clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, what didn't we see?"<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/byjoelanderson">Joel Anderson</a>, Host of Slow Burn.
Aug 07, 2019
The Last Time We Passed Gun Control
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In 1993, a mass shooting in downtown San Francisco prompted a familiar debate about restricting access to guns and assault weapons. But something unusual happened. Two major gun control bills passed Congress and were signed into law. How did it happen?<br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/hcheadle">Harry Cheadle</a>, senior editor at Vice. Read his piece on the <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmw9z5/when-guns-actually-got-banned-after-a-mass-shooting-florida-gun-control-parkland">101 California Street shooting. </a><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 06, 2019
You’ve Probably Been Hacked
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Capital One is only the latest victim of a massive data breach. Equifax announced millions of users were affected by its data breach back in 2017. The fallout from Equifax’s episode is still playing out today.<br><br>Why is the United States so bad at defending against cyberattacks? And once the damage is done, why can’t we manage the fallout?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/josephinecwolff">Josephine Wolff</a>, assistant professor of cybersecurity policy at Tufts. She’s the author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0262038854/?tag=slatmaga-20"><em>You’ll See This Message When It Is Too Late: The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches</em></a><em>.</em>
Aug 05, 2019
Clemency for Cyntoia Brown
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Advocate <a href="http://mariamekaba.com/">Mariame Kaba</a> explains why the Cyntoia Brown story is compelling, complicated, and deeply frustrating -- why it's wrong to portray Cyntoia Brown as a child, why Brown’s story is deeply familiar to black women in America, and why Kaba considers Brown’s crime a <a href="https://theappeal.org/not-a-cardboard-cut-out-cyntoia-brown-and-the-framing-of-a-victim-aa61f80f9cbb/">radical act of “self-love.”</a><br><br>This episode originally aired January 9th, 2019.
Aug 02, 2019
Red State Democrats Walk the Tightrope
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In just over a month, North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District will hold a special election. The Democratic candidate has been running for over two years and following the red state Democrat playbook to the letter. The new Republican candidate is running as the sensible conservative who will defend the president. Which strategy will prevail? What can that tell us about voters heading into 2020?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/daveweigel">Dave Weigel</a> covers politics for the Washington Post.<br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 01, 2019
A Big Sign of a Slowing Economy
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The Fed will cut interest rates Wednesday for the first time since the Great Recession. Why are they cutting the rate now, and what does that mean for the underlying strength of the economy?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/JHWeissmann">Jordan Weissmann</a>, Senior Economic Correspondent at Slate
Jul 31, 2019
How YouTube's Left is Converting the Far Right
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Here's how a leftist, transgender, PhD dropout is winning over white supremacists and more on YouTube.&nbsp; <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/MicahLoewinger">Micah Loewinger</a>, producer at WNYC's On The Media.
Jul 30, 2019
The Godfather of the Anti-Immigration Movement
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How did a small-town eye doctor mastermind an anti-immigration movement premised on racism? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/hmaesq">Hassan Ahmad</a>, founder of the HMA Law Firm in Virginia. He is suing the University of Michigan to unseal the complete archives of the late John Tanton.<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br>
Jul 29, 2019
Meet the EPA’s Ghost-Writer
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A scientist on the outer fringes of his field has been patiently making the case that the U.S. government applies far too conservative controls on toxins in the environment. Now, he’s trying to implement his ideas at the EPA -- by writing a sweeping new rule that could make the agency unable to regulate pollution &amp; other contaminants. <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/@susrust">Susanne Rust</a>, reporter for the Los Angeles Times.&nbsp;
Jul 26, 2019
Mueller Speaks
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller appeared determined to do two things in his House testimony on Wednesday: carry no water for partisans, and communicate the national security threat of Russia’s interference in U.S. elections.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Guest: Slate’s <a href="https://slate.com/author/dahlia-lithwick">Dahlia Lithwick</a>, who predicted the Mueller testimony would be a “game of chicken between chickens.”<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 25, 2019
Puerto Ricans Are Fed Up
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The protests in Puerto Rico are about so much more than nasty messages endorsed by the governor. The island’s political grievances were decades in the making -- and even if protesters get the governor to resign, there are more complicated power struggles ahead. <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/nataliarodmed">Natalia Rodríguez Medina</a>, who has been covering Puerto Rico’s protests for <a href="https://www.latinorebels.com/author/nataliarm/">Latino Rebels</a>. <br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=Slow_Burn&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 24, 2019
How to Stop a Racist Politician
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In 1990, David Duke ran for Senate in Louisiana, appalling the Republican establishment and freaking out the Democratic consultant-class. Duke didn’t win -- but he did well enough to feel emboldened, and a year later he launched a campaign for Louisiana governor. The coalition that formed to defeat Duke has some advice for anyone trying to squelch racist policies and rhetoric today. <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/timjacobwise">Tim J. Wise</a>, author of the books <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593764251/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0?tag=slatmaga-20">White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son</a> and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0872865215/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i1?tag=slatmaga-20">Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority</a>.<br><br><br><br>
Jul 23, 2019
The Border Patrol's Secretive Culture
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“I’m 10-15.” That’s the border patrol code for “alien in custody.” It's also the name of a secret Facebook group where a number of Customs and Border Protection agents posted racist and sexist memes. What about this agency allows such rampant misconduct?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/acinvestigates">A.C. Thompson</a>, reporter at ProPublica. <a href="https://www.propublica.org/article/secret-border-patrol-facebook-group-agents-joke-about-migrant-deaths-post-sexist-memes">Read his story</a> on the secret Border Patrol Facebook group.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.
Jul 22, 2019
Deutsche Bank Is Trying to Wash Its Hands of Trump
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Deutsche Bank was the one lender that couldn’t quit Donald Trump. Now the bank holds the key to understanding President Trump’s finances.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/by/david-enrich">David Enrich</a>, finance editor for the New York Times.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks
Jul 19, 2019
How Trump Is Trying to Outsource His Border Crisis
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It was all lined up just how President Trump wanted. A "safe-third-country" agreement with Guatemala was nearly complete, but over the weekend it fell apart. This is the second time the administration has tried to negotiate a safe-third-country agreement with a Central American country. Why is this the thing the Trump administration wants? And where does it leave those who are desperate and seeking asylum in America?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/JonathanBlitzer">Jonathan Blitzer</a>, staff writer at the New Yorker. <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-trumps-safe-third-country-agreement-with-guatemala-fell-apart">Read his story</a> on how the negotiations between the Trump administration and Guatemala fell apart.
Jul 18, 2019
The Plan to Take Down Mitch McConnell
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular senator in the country. Yet, he has represented the state of Kentucky for over 25 years, defeating an array of opponents along the way. Will his challenger in 2020 suffer the same fate as the rest?<br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/RylandKY">Ryland Barton</a>, Capitol Bureau Chief at Kentucky Public Radio.
Jul 17, 2019
Trump's Racist Tweets Have a Backstory
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Over the weekend President Trump's timeline filled with racist comments directed at members of the so-called "Squad." This includes Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. In a press conference on Monday, the president defended his racist rant while at the same time trying to deepen divisions between House Democrats -- divisions that are very real and have become very public. How did the conflict between House Democrats make its way to the President Trump’s timeline?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/ryangrim">Ryan Grim</a>, DC Bureau Chief at <em>The Intercept</em> and author of <a href="https://strongarmpress.com/catalog/weve-got-people/"><em>We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement</em></a>.
Jul 16, 2019
Should Everyone Quit Using Gendered Pronouns?
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Why not go by they/them? Would a gender-neutral world be better? And what would it look like? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/by/farhad-manjoo">Farhad Manjoo</a>, <em>New York Times</em> op-ed columnist. Read their latest, “<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/opinion/pronoun-they-gender.html">Call Me ‘They</a>.’”
Jul 15, 2019
This Bad Legal Argument Could Finally End the ACA
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This week, an appellate court in New Orleans heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the ACA. The argument? That Obamacare is <em>more </em>coercive without a tax penalty.&nbsp;<br><br>This position - one that has lawyers on both sides of the isle scratching their heads - may end up at the Supreme Court. Could this bad legal argument spell the end of the line for Obamacare?<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br>
Jul 12, 2019
The Ambassador Who Was Too Honest About Trump
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The intriguing story of a British ambassador’s hasty resignation, and why it perfectly encapsulates our current geopolitical moment. This story has everything: leaked confidential reports, world trade implications, and a reference to the movie <em>The</em> <em>Terminator</em>. <br><br>Guest: Slate’s <a href="https://slate.com/author/joshua-keating">Josh Keating</a>, international editor.<br><br><br>
Jul 11, 2019
The Cloud Over Joe Biden's Son
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Is there something fishy about the way Hunter Biden made money while his father was serving as vice president? One reporter looked into it. But he didn’t find corruption. He found something far more complicated -- and commonplace. <br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/adamentous">Adam Entous</a>, staff writer for the New Yorker. Read <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/will-hunter-biden-jeopardize-his-fathers-campaign">his piece on Hunter Biden</a>.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 10, 2019
The Long, Ugly Road to Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest
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Over the weekend, multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking. But back in 2003, journalist Vicky Ward had the inside scoop on Epstein: She interviewed two of his victims and wrote up the story for Vanity Fair. And then, her editor spiked the allegations from the story. This is the story of how Epstein used his connections to evade scrutiny... again and again. <br>Guest: Journalist <a href="https://twitter.com/VickyPJWard">Vicky Ward</a>. Her latest book is <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kushner-Inc-Ambition-Corruption-Extraordinary/dp/1250185947/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=kushner%2C+inc&amp;qid=1562623108&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1?tag=slatmaga-20"><em>Kushner, Inc.</em></a>&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br><br>
Jul 09, 2019
A Rare Look Inside a Private Prison
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At a prison in southern Mississippi, guards can’t do basic population counts. They can’t keep cellphones, drugs, and weapons out of the building. They are at the mercy of gang leaders to control the inmates. Is this just what happens when you try to do corrections on the cheap? <br>Guests: <a href="https://www.themarshallproject.org/staff/joseph-neff">Joseph Neff</a> and <a href="https://www.themarshallproject.org/staff/alysia-santo">Alysia Santo</a>, staff writers for the Marshall Project. Read <a href="https://www.themarshallproject.org/2019/06/26/corporate-confession-gangs-ran-this-private-prison">their story on Wilkinson County Correctional Facility</a>.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br><br>
Jul 08, 2019
Can New York Desegregate Its Schools?
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Jumaane Williams has been an activist, a city councilman, and is currently New York City’s public advocate. However, before that, he was a student in New York City’s public education system. As a product of the system, Williams is thinking about ways to address the segregation that exists among public schools in New York City today.<br><br>This show was recorded live at Slate Day 2019.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/JumaaneWilliams">Jumaane Williams</a>, public advocate for New York City.<br><br><br><br>
Jul 03, 2019
The “Busing” Skeleton in the Democrats’ Closet
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Last week, Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden on his record with respect to busing. Most Americans understand busing in the context of the segregated south, but for Kamala Harris, the story is different. What does her experience as a child in the Berkley school system tell us about busing? And why could this issue be a tricky one for some Democrats going into 2020?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/mattdelmont?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Matt Delmont,</a> Professor of History at Dartmouth College&nbsp;
Jul 02, 2019
Can Nipsey Hussle’s Death Bring Peace to L.A.’s Gangs?
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In the days after rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed, members of rival gangs across Los Angeles came together to mourn his death. In the months since, that mourning has turned into action as gang leaders attempt to broker peace within their warring factions. Now that some have reached a tentative cease-fire, the question now is: Will it last?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/cindychangLA">Cindy Chang</a>, a reporter covering L.A. police for the Los Angeles Times.<br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 01, 2019
Supreme Court Hands Democrats Small Win and Big Loss
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On Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census and delivered a staggering win for the Republican party in the case of partisan gerrymandering. Is this just another case of a small win for progressives and a huge win for conservatives? And what do the decisions tell us about the roles of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh on the court moving forward?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/mjs_DC?lang=en">Mark Joseph Stern</a>, covers courts and the law for Slate<br><br><br>
Jun 28, 2019
Oregon Republicans Walked Out, Democrats Caved
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Republican state senators in Oregon are refusing to go to work. In a state legislature where Democrats hold a supermajority, the walkout is one way Republicans can put a halt to their rivals progressive agenda. With several statehouses throughout the nation being held by a supermajority, is walking out going to become more common?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/jason_a_w">Jason Wilson</a>, journalist and columnist at The Guardian<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jun 27, 2019
Mayor Pete’s Policing Problem
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Eric Logan, a black resident in South Bend, Indiana, was shot and killed by a police officer in the early morning hours on Father’s Day. Mayor Pete Buttigieg returned to the city, putting a halt to his presidential campaign, to deal with the fallout. The return home hasn’t been so welcoming.<br>Guest: Adam Wren, contributing editor at POLITICO and Indianapolis Monthly<br><br><br><br>
Jun 26, 2019
A Polluted Town Fights for Its Right to Breathe
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For years the residents of St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana thought their town was simply the victim of bad luck. Suffering more than their share of illnesses. Almost everyone in the town knows someone that has died of cancer. It was only in July 2016 that the EPA informed the people of St. John that the local neoprene plant was emitting carcinogens leaving the small town with the highest risk of cancer from air pollution in the whole nation. With the residents in a fight for their very lives, what could the way politicians reacted to another town’s poisonous air pollution tell us about why nobody has acted to save St. John, Louisiana?<br>Guest: Sharon Lerner, environmental reporter at <em>The Intercept</em><br><br><br><br>
Jun 25, 2019
An Iran Deal Architect Watches It Get Nuked
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Last week, a series of escalations brought the US to the brink of a strike on Iran. But only a few short years ago, the leaders of both countries were celebrating a landmark nuclear agreement. What changed? One of the architects of the Iran Nuclear Deal takes us through the journey, and lays out the Trump Administration’s limited options in the coming weeks.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.belfercenter.org/person/ambassador-wendy-r-sherman">Ambassador Wendy Sherman</a>, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs<br><br><br><br>
Jun 24, 2019
The Smugglers Getting Rich Off Trump’s Policies
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Mexico has agreed to crack down on immigration in response to threats from President Trump. But that isn’t stopping the flow of migrants -- it’s pushing it further underground.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/emilytgreen">Emily Green</a>, freelance reporter. You can read her latest story on <a href="https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/zmpkz8/a-migrant-smuggling-coyote-told-us-trumps-policies-have-been-great-for-business">VICE News</a>.<br><br><br>
Jun 21, 2019
He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.
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For a long time, Brandon Flood kept his criminal history quiet - he worked in the Pennsylvania state government, and didn’t want his former convictions to detract from his career success. But now, that history makes him uniquely suited for his new job as secretary of the state’s Board of Pardons. How did he go from submitting his own pardon application - to one year later, leading the body that helps make those clemency decisions? This episode was originally posted in April. <br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/flood_brandon?lang=en">Brandon Flood</a>, Secretary of the Pennsylvania state <a href="https://www.bop.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx">Board of Pardons</a>. &nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks<br><br><br>
Jun 20, 2019
How Pelosi Holds the Line on Impeachment
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s political philosophy is an elegant one: If you want to do something bold, you must follow public sentiment, not lead it. Now why can’t House Democrats seem to shape public sentiment? And what makes them so afraid to cross their caucus leader? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/push-to-impeach-trump-stalls-amid-democrats-deference-to--and-fear-of--pelosi/2019/06/16/d6df3d44-8d2c-11e9-8f69-a2795fca3343_story.html?utm_term=.accdd4474914">Rachael Bade</a>, Congress reporter for the Washington Post.
Jun 19, 2019
Strange Alliances on the Supreme Court
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It’s June, which means it’s the season of highly anticipated Supreme Court rulings. We’re taking a look at two cases that shook up the typical partisan fault line on the bench. How did conservative and liberal justices find themselves making unusual alliances on double jeopardy and racial gerrymandering?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/author/mark-joseph-stern">Mark Joseph Stern</a>, Slate’s courts correspondent.
Jun 18, 2019
For Women’s Soccer, An Elusive Goal
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At the Women’s World Cup this year, the U.S. players talk about living in a “bubble” -- thinking of nothing but the game, eschewing any distractions. What looms outside that bubble is their lawsuit against their federation for gender discrimination, and it’s already shading the reactions to their games. <br>Guest: <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/staff/7439/nancy-armour/">Nancy Armour</a>, sports columnist for USA TODAY.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jun 17, 2019
What Bernie Gets Wrong About Socialism
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The Bernie Sanders campaign billed his speech on Wednesday as a “major address on how democratic socialism is the only way to defeat oligarchy and authoritarianism.” Besides being a mouthful, the speech was an attempt for Bernie to explain why he calls himself a socialist. However, he gets a key element of the pitch wrong. Was it an accident or is Bernie intentionally trying to change what being a socialist in America means? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/JHWeissmann">Jordan Weissmann</a>, economics and policy writer at Slate.
Jun 14, 2019
How Facebook Made an Enemy of Nancy Pelosi
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Mark Zuckerberg used to avoid traveling to Washington, D.C., leaving a lot of the political outreach Facebook needed to do to COO Sheryl Sandberg. Now? He’s personally putting in phone calls to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (who won’t return his calls). What does the incident concerning the distorted video of Pelosi that went viral show us about how the social media giant’s relationship with policymakers is changing? And what does it mean for the 2020 elections? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/lizzadwoskin">Elizabeth Dwoskin</a>, Silicon Valley correspondent for the Washington Post<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jun 13, 2019
It’s Mitch McConnell’s Swamp. We Just Live in It.
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If you walk to the Ohio riverfront from Owensboro’s City Hall, past the Courthouse, and the Museum of Science and History, you’ll get to McConnell Plaza. <em>Mitch</em> McConnell Plaza. For years, this town has been courting the Senate majority leader and, recently, its paid off. What does the relationship between his office and his wife, Elaine Chao’s, office have to do with the grants this small city is receiving? Are ethics being violated?<br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/TSnyderDC">Tanya Snyder</a>, transportation reporter at POLITICO. <a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/10/mcconnell-elaine-chao-1358068">Read her latest story on Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao</a>.
Jun 12, 2019
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Here to Charm You
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Elizabeth Warren might be a different kind of presidential candidate. Is America ready for that? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/elizabeth-warren-and-the-women-who-love-her.html">Dahlia Lithwick</a>, Slate writer and host of the <a href="https://slate.com/podcasts/amicus">Amicus</a> podcast.
Jun 11, 2019
Why Gun Bills in Virginia Always Die
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Before Chris Hurst was a legislator in Virginia’s House of Delegates, he was a local news anchor. Working out of the same newsroom as his then-girlfriend, Alison Parker. Alison was tragically shot and killed on live TV alongside her colleague Adam Ward nearly four years ago. In the years that followed Chris has been a proponent of gun control in a state that is reluctant to change its gun laws. In the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Beach on May 31, Virginia’s democratic governor called for a special legislative session to consider new gun laws in the state, but will the Republican Legislature rise to the occasion?&nbsp;<br><br>Guest: Chris Hurst, delegate in the Virginia House of Delegates for the state's 12th District.
Jun 10, 2019
Who Wants to Tax a Millionaire?
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As Democrats try to find an economic message that can win in 2020, a group of like-minded millionaires is making the rounds, telling any politicians who will listen, “We want to pay more in taxes.” Why, though?<br>Guest: Morris Pearl, chair of <a href="https://patrioticmillionaires.org/">Patriotic Millionaires</a>.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br>
Jun 07, 2019
A Health Care Tale of Two States
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Washington and Connecticut set out to change health care in their own states using “public option” legislation. With the 2020 candidates discussing Medicare for All, these two states may serve as an example on the kinds of resistance the idea will meet in practice.<br><br>Guest: Jordan Weissmann, writer at Slate.
Jun 06, 2019
The Crowd-Funded Border Wall Is Not a Joke
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The strange tale of how a group of Trump supporters started building the border wall themselves, and why the southern border has become a proving ground and businesses and politicians who want to catch the president’s eye.<br><br>Guest: Politico reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/SchreckReports">Ben Schreckinger</a>. Read his <a href="https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/05/31/a-diy-border-wall-rises-in-the-desert-227034">latest story from the Southern border</a>.
Jun 05, 2019
The GOP Operative Haunting Republicans From the Grave
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Tom Hofeller was a dedicated Republican operative, committed to achieving GOP political dominance and doing it with utmost discretion. Now, his political legacy is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court—and all because his daughter shared his old computer archives with the wrong group of lawyers.&nbsp; <br><br>Guests: <a href="https://www.commoncause.org/people/bob-phillips/">Bob Phillips</a>, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. <a href="https://twitter.com/davedaley3">David Daley</a>, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1631491628/?tag=slatmaga-20"><em>Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy</em></a>.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br>
Jun 04, 2019
The Basketball Coach Who Won’t Hire Men
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Notre Dame basketball coach Muffet McGraw wasn’t planning on making a speech about feminism and gender equality. But at a press conference before the Final Four tournament, that’s just what she did, launching into a screed about the dearth of women in government, politics, corporate C-suites, and sports. “We don’t have enough female role models,” McGraw said. “Men run the world!” The viral moment was a lifetime in the making. <br>Guest: <a href="https://und.com/coaches.aspx?rc=592&amp;path=wbball">Muffet McGraw</a>, head coach of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br><br>
Jun 03, 2019
Why Can’t California Fix Its Housing Crisis?
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“<em>California is full.</em>” That’s effectively what some residents and lawmakers in the state said when they chose to punt on a bill that would build more financially sane housing across its biggest metropolitan areas. What does the story of that bill tell us about policymaking for housing and transportation in America? And in a state where homelessness is increasing at an alarming rate, how long will it take California to build the housing it desperately needs?<br><br>Guest: Farhad Manjoo, a New York Times opinion columnist, who covers technology, global affairs, and culture.
May 31, 2019
Mueller Would Like You to Read His Report, Please
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller breaks his silence to reiterate the conclusions of his investigation’s report -- and remind the American people to read it. <br>Guest: Slate’s <a href="https://slate.com/author/dahlia-lithwick">Dahlia Lithwick</a>, host of the <a href="https://slate.com/podcasts/amicus">Amicus</a> podcast.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 30, 2019
Brexiteers Receive Milkshakes and Results
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It was the election that was never supposed to happen in the UK in the first place. Several delays, a few milkshakes, and a resignation later the British found themselves voting over the weekend for European Parliament. How did Brexiteers and Remainers fare in this past weekend’s vote? And what does it mean for the UK and Europe writ large?<br><br>Guest: Josh Keating, International Editor at Slate
May 29, 2019
Why Trump Keeps Losing in Court
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Everywhere President Trump turns, he’s finding himself hemmed in by the courts. But could upcoming rulings from the Supreme Court make lower court judges take a more expansive view of the president’s executive powers? <br><br>Guest: Slate writer <a href="https://slate.com/author/mark-joseph-stern">Mark Joseph Stern</a>.
May 28, 2019
The "American Taliban" Goes Free
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In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. forces scoured Afghanistan for Taliban fighters. They weren’t expecting to find John Walker Lindh, a young man from California who had converted to Islam and moved abroad to study the Quran. Lindh was dubbed the “American Taliban,” but his case ended in a plea deal, leaving his treatment while in custody a secret. At the time, Lindh’s story seemed uncomplicated: He was associating with extremists. Now, years later, his case feels like a missed opportunity. How did it happen that he went through our criminal justice system, but we learned so little about extremism and the nation’s treatment of detainees?<br><br>Guest: Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law. Her book is <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X2FE1RI/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&amp;btkr=1">Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
May 24, 2019
Losing the Abortion Fight in Georgia
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Last week, Georgia joined the wave of states passing stringent anti-abortion laws in a bid to topple <em>Roe v. Wade</em>. One Democratic state senator says she hasn’t lost her resolve to fight for women’s bodily autonomy. <br>Guest: Georgia state Sen. <a href="https://www.jen4ga.com/">Jen Jordan</a>, representing parts of Atlanta and its northwestern suburbs<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
May 23, 2019
Smile! You're on Amazon's Camera
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Sheriff’s offices across the country are signing up to beta-test a facial recognition tool made by Amazon. Law enforcement proponents say the technology helps find perpetrators who otherwise may go free. But civil liberties advocates have questions about the accuracy —and the constitutionality—of these tools.<br><br>Guest: Reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/drewharwell">Drew Harwell</a>. Read <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/30/amazons-facial-recognition-technology-is-supercharging-local-police/?utm_term=.c8d981e7a9b5">his latest in the Washington Post</a>.
May 22, 2019
Billionaire Gifts Can’t Fix College Debt
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Over the weekend, billionaire Robert F. Smith ended his commencement address to the Morehouse Class of 2019 with an extraordinary pledge: He would pay off the entire class’s student debt. Smith’s pledge will undoubtedly transform the lives of those students, but what about everyone else? What does student debt relief look like on a national scale? And what can we learn from studying the Morehouse Class of 2019?&nbsp;<br><br>Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
May 21, 2019
Why No One Takes Bill de Blasio Seriously
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When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would run for president, the mockery was swift. City tabloids were typically disdainful (New York Post: “Everyone Hates Bill!”). New York’s attorney general quipped, “Why?” Even de Blasio’s former staffers have declined to voice support for their old boss’s presidential bid. Here, now, an explanation for why New Yorkers are so sure their mayor would be a bad fit for the White House.&nbsp;<br><br>Guest: Henry Grabar, Slate staff writer.&nbsp;
May 20, 2019
Who Got Hacked in Florida?
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For the past couple years, politicians in Florida have been raising concerns about election security and making vague allusions to Russian hackers gaining access to voter databases. With the Mueller report, we finally got confirmation—but that’s about all we got. Are voters ever going to get the full picture of how Florida election information networks might have been compromised in 2016? And, if we want our systems to remain secure … should we want the full picture to be available, even to our enemies?<br><br>Guests: Politico reporter <a href="https://www.politico.com/states/staff/gary-fineout">Gary Fineout</a>, and Leon County Elections Supervisor <a href="https://www.leonvotes.org/General-Information/Meet-the-Supervisor">Mark Earley</a>.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 17, 2019
Harvard's Harvey Weinstein Mess
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Ronald Sullivan joined Harvey Weinstein’s defense team in January. This set off a wave of protests and sit-ins across the Harvard campus asking for the removal of Sullivan as faculty dean at the university. And those student protests worked. On Saturday, Harvard University <a href="https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/877-harvard-letter-winthrop-house/62dd9758ae971129b5a9/optimized/full.pdf#page=1">announced</a> that it was declining to renew the appointments of Ronald Sullivan and his wife, Stephanie Robinson, as faculty deans of Winthrop House. What precedent does this decision set? And is it fair for the university to strip them of their positions?<br>Guest: Lara Bazelon, an associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br>
May 16, 2019
John Bolton’s One-Man Show
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If the U.S. stumbles into a war with Iran, it’ll be largely one of John Bolton’s making. The national security adviser appears to be running the foreign policy show at the White House and has a taste for regime change in several countries, including Iran. Who’s the surprising person inside the administration reining him in? And can the U.S. recover from four years of antagonizing our allies and expanding our enemies list?<br>Guest: Dexter Filkins, staff writer at the New Yorker<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 15, 2019
The Trade War Escalates
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Monday marked another escalation in the trade war with China. And yes, even by the academic definition, our guest says <em>this is a full-blown trade war</em>. Who’s feeling the effect most, and how is the administration handling the fight it began with the world’s second biggest economy? Plus, how are the politics of tariffs playing out for Trump?<br>Guest: Jordan Weissmann, senior writer at Slate<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Ethan Brooks.<br><br><br>
May 14, 2019
A Battle Over Abortion in Alabama
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Anti-abortion activists in Alabama are rushing to topple Roe v. Wade. But have they crafted an abortion ban that’s too extreme, even for Alabama’s Republicans? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/staff/12375/brian-lyman/">Brian Lyman</a>, reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
May 13, 2019
The Progressive Critic Inside the Church
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Last weekend, Slate published an obituary for Rachel Held Evans, the blogger who championed liberal values and challenged evangelicals on their politics. She was known to her devoted readers as RHE, and she represented something new in evangelical Christian communities, as some began to shift toward a progressive ideology nevertheless rooted in faith. That movement is now expanding beyond churches and into the political sphere, where Christians are no longer assumed to be conservative.<br><br>Guest: Slate staff writer <a href="https://slate.com/author/ruth-graham">Ruth Graham</a>.<br><br><br><br><br>
May 10, 2019
The Mayoral Scandal Gripping Baltimore
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On May 2nd, Catherine Pugh resigned as mayor of Baltimore - making her the second mayor in less than ten years to leave office amid corruption allegations. The scandal forcing her to step down involved a children’s book, an FBI raid, and a host of ethically dubious business relationships at the highest levels of city government. What happens next for Charm City? <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/lukebroadwater?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Luke Broadwater</a>, reporter at the Baltimore Sun.
May 09, 2019
The Constitutional Tug-of-War Is Just Getting Started
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The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, for failing to provide a full and unredacted copy of the Mueller report. It’s the latest in a series of clashes between the legislative and executive branches—clashes that don’t show any signs of letting up. Was our 230-year-old Constitution designed for this highly partisan, highly confrontational moment?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/NoahRFeldman?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Noah Feldman</a>, Harvard Law School professor and host of <a href="https://luminarypodcasts.com/listen/pushkin-industries/deep-background-with-noah-feldman-luminary-exclusive/73b41a4e-c27c-4f90-98bd-5c127f7f5efd?country=US"><em>Deep Background</em></a>, available on Luminary.
May 08, 2019
(Fixed) An ERA Advocate On Why She’s Optimistic
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We got our files mixed up this morning! This is the corrected show for Tuesday, May 7. <br><br>The proposed Equal Rights Amendment is simple: It would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. To become part of the U.S. Constitution, the ERA has to be passed not just in Congress, but in 38 state legislatures. In 2017, Nevada became the 36th state to pass it. Last year, Illinois became the 37th. And last week, Congress held a hearing on the plan. <br><br>Guest: <a href="http://www.eracoalition.org/team.php">Carol Jenkins</a>, co-president and CEO of the <a href="https://twitter.com/ERACoalition?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">ERA Coalition</a> and the <a href="http://fundforwomensequality.org/">Fund for Women’s Equality</a>.&nbsp;
May 07, 2019
Why Don’t Democrats Want to Run for Senate?
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With all the breathless enthusiasm for the presidential race, no one seems very interested in the U.S. Senate. Why not?<br>Guest: Slate writer <a href="https://slate.com/author/jim-newell">Jim Newell</a>.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin, with help from Samantha Lee.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 06, 2019
The Bank That Holds Trump’s Financial Secrets
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Deutsche Bank was the one lender that couldn’t quit Donald Trump. Now the bank holds the key to understanding President Trump’s finances. <br>Guest: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/by/david-enrich">David Enrich</a>, finance editor for the New York Times. &nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin, with help from Samantha Lee.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
May 03, 2019
The Battle Over the Mueller Report
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Attorney General William Barr showed up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify, but the spotlight was also on his colleague, Special Counsel Robert Mueller. What will it take to resolve the growing divide between these two men and their views of the Mueller investigation?<br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/author/jeremy-stahl">Jeremy Stahl</a>, senior editor at Slate.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin, with help from Samantha Lee.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
May 02, 2019
What Does Joe Biden Owe to Anita Hill?
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Back in 1991, when a 35-year-old law professor named Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, it was Joe Biden who got to decide how to handle the allegation. Why does Hill think Biden failed her and all subsequent women who would bring a harassment allegation before the Senate? And what does Biden owe those women now, as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president?<br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/author/dahlia-lithwick">Dahlia Lithwick</a>, writer for Slate and host of the Amicus podcast.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin, with help from Samantha Lee.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
May 01, 2019
An Uprising at Brigham Young
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At Brigham Young University, students and alumni are forcing a conversation about the severe enforcement of the school’s strict Honor Code. How did BYU’s high standards lead to some students feeling less safe?&nbsp; <br>Guest: <a href="https://www.sltrib.com/author/ealberty/">Erin Alberty</a>, reporter for the <a href="https://www.sltrib.com/">Salt Lake Tribune</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 30, 2019
Inside the Crisis at the NRA
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The NRA is in a financial mess of its own doing. A number of executives, vendors, and contractors have used their positions to enrich themselves, extracting hundreds of millions of dollars from the organization in the process. How did secrecy, poor judgement, and sweetheart deals toss the NRA into an existential crisis?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/mikespiesnyc">Mike Spies</a>, reporter at The Trace.
Apr 29, 2019
How Black Feminists Exposed the Alt-Right Online
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Back in 2014, a mysterious hashtag started trending on Twitter: #EndFathersDay. The accounts tweeting the extremist sentiments appeared to be the accounts of black women. But black feminists on Twitter knew something was amiss. So they got to the bottom of the hashtag—and used their own to fight back.&nbsp; <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/heyydnae?lang=en">Rachelle Hampton</a>, Slate writer.&nbsp;
Apr 26, 2019
This Immigration Judge Has a Fix for Immigration Courts
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Immigration judges walk into work everyday knowing that the system they operate in is broken. It has been for decades, through multiple administrations. So what’s the fix? The answer isn’t as radical as you might think.<br><br>Guest: Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, immigration judge in Los Angeles and president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.
Apr 25, 2019
How to Break the Census
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The Trump administration wants to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, and the proposal has former Census directors up in arms. If the Supreme Court votes to allow the citizenship question, what could happen to the nation’s decennial headcount?<br><br>Guest: NPR correspondent <a href="https://www.npr.org/people/177498291/hansi-lo-wang">Hansi Lo Wang</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 24, 2019
He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.
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For a long time, Brandon Flood kept his criminal history quiet: He worked in the Pennsylvania state government and didn’t want his former convictions to detract from his career success. But now, that history makes him uniquely suited for his new job as secretary of the state’s Board of Pardons. How did he go from submitting his own pardon application to, one year later, leading the body that helps make those clemency decisions?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/flood_brandon?lang=en">Brandon Flood</a>, secretary of the Pennsylvania <a href="https://www.bop.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx">Board of Pardons</a>.
Apr 23, 2019
The Case for Impeachment
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You’ve heard the legal argument for starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Maybe you’ve heard the moral argument supporting impeachment. But what is the political case for impeachment? What could House impeachment proceedings possibly achieve, given that the Senate is controlled by the President’s party?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/column/jamelle-bouie">Jamelle Bouie</a>, New York Times opinion columnist.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 22, 2019
Are You There, Congress? It’s Me, Mueller.
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What is Washington to do with a report that is damning, but doesn’t condemn? Slate’s legal team takes a look at the case made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. <br>Guests: <a href="https://slate.com/author/dahlia-lithwick">Dahlia Lithwick</a>, <a href="https://slate.com/author/jeremy-stahl">Jeremy Stahl</a>, and <a href="https://slate.com/author/mark-joseph-stern">Mark Joseph Stern</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 19, 2019
A Fox Guarding the Henhouse at the Interior Department?
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The new head of the Department of the Interior has close ties to industry and a penchant for relaxing environmental regulations. He’s also the subject of an ethics investigation. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt represents a new phase in the Trump administration: the shift from a cabinet of flashy, venal outsiders to savvy, ideological insiders. <br>Guest: <a href="https://www.revealnews.org/author/lance-williams/">Lance Williams</a>, senior reporter for Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting.&nbsp;<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 18, 2019
What Ilhan Omar Gets Right
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How did a March speech by Rep. Ilhan Omar get shrunk down to a single phrase and turned into an attack on her character?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/author/aymann-ismail">Aymann Ismail</a>, Slate writer and host of the upcoming podcast, Man Up.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br>
Apr 17, 2019
Trump’s Plan to Politicize the Fed
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President Donald Trump has floated the idea of nominating former presidential candidate Herman Cain and conservative pundit Stephen Moore to policy seats on the Federal Reserve’s board. Would Cain and Moore alone swing interest rates? Probably not. But their appointments could erode non-partisan standards that make the Fed one of the most important economic institutions in the world. &nbsp;<br><br>Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
Apr 16, 2019
Democrats Could Lose Wisconsin Forever
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Last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race got ugly, fast. The Republican favorite, Judge Brian Hagedorn, eked out a win by about 6,000 votes. Our guest today says it’s hard to overstate the political fallout from this result. It could mean that conservatives dominate Wisconsin for years to come.<br><br>Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, covers the courts and the law for Slate.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Apr 15, 2019
Mexico Fuels the Humanitarian Crisis on the Border
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To understand what’s happening on the border, you have to look at the policies and leaders on both sides of it. So, how has Mexico, under its new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, changed its approach to refugees and migrants fleeing north? And how has the Mexican president changed, himself?<br>Guest: León Krauze, columnist for Slate, co-host of Trumpcast, and news anchor for Univision.<br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br>
Apr 12, 2019
The Trash Crash
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Here’s something you may not know. You (listener) are a member of the global trash trade. Every time you recycle a Coke bottle or throw a banana peel away, you’re entering a market of buyers, sellers, and fierce competition. Today on the show, why the market for your trash crashed and how American recyclers are course correcting.<br><br>Guest: Meleesa Johnson, president&nbsp; of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin and Marathon County’s director of solid waste disposal.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Apr 11, 2019
Bernie Hasn’t Really Changed
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Bernie went from virtual unknown in the 2016 election to front-runner with the highest campaign contributions in the first quarter of the 2020 race. And while some things have changed since he last ran four years ago, a lot about his campaign looks pretty much the same. Do voters appreciate someone who sticks to the issues? Or will Bernie’s resistance to getting personal hurt him this time around? <br><br>Guest: Slate politics writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/jim_newell?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Jim Newell</a><br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 10, 2019
When A Border Wall Isn't Enough
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Nogales is the biggest port in Arizona, and has been a focal point of Trump’s increasingly aggressive tactics on the border. How do the president’s efforts to shut down the border change a place like Nogales? <br><br>Note: We first aired this episode on February 2, 2019.<br>&nbsp;<br>Guest: Mayor of Nogales, Arturo Garino.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <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.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 09, 2019
California Weighs When Police Can Use Deadly Force
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Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18th, 2018. He was black. He was unarmed. Last month, the Sacramento DA decided not to press charges against the two officers who fatally shot Clark citing an honest and “reasonable” threat to the police officers' safety. In California, and across much of America, the word “reasonable” is enough to get officers off the hook when deadly force is used. Will the California state Legislature change that?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/LaurelRosenhall">Laurel Rosenhall</a>, reporter at CALmatters and host of <a href="https://calmatters.org/articles/force-of-law-podcast-episode-one-cycles/"><em>Force of Law</em></a><em>, </em>a narrative podcast series following the debate in California on the use of deadly police force.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 08, 2019
Brexit Isn’t Over and Everything Hurts
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This week, we learned something: A messy, “no-deal” Brexit is likely off the table. This means that Britons can look forward to a slightly less messy, negotiated Brexit – provided that government officials can agree on what that looks like. With Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in charge of negotiations, reaching that consensus will be tough.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.economist.com/topics/anne-mcelvoy">Anne McElvoy</a>, senior editor at <em>the Economist</em>, head of <a href="https://www.economist.com/blogs/podcasts">Economist Radio</a>, and host of the chat show, <a href="https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2019/03/29/what-lessons-should-europe-take-from-brexit">The Economist Asks</a>.&nbsp; <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 05, 2019
Liberals Treat Puerto Ricans Like Second-Class Citizens, Too.
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President Trump’s naked disdain for Puerto Rico’s struggles might be rhetorically jarring. But it reflects long-standing U.S. policies toward the territory.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://yarimarbonilla.com/">Yarimar Bonilla</a>, political anthropologist and author of the book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Aftershocks-Disaster-Puerto-Before-After/dp/1642590304?tag=slatmaga-20"><em>Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm</em></a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 04, 2019
Security Clearances Were Hard to Get. Then Trump Won.
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Late last month, someone paid a call to Congress. She wanted to talk about the Trump administration’s disregard for established national security protocols. The call was coming from inside the house -- inside the White House, that is. <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/nedprice">Ned Price</a>, Director of Policy and Communications at National Security Action.&nbsp;<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 03, 2019
Mick Mulvaney Is Trump’s Chief Enabler
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Mick Mulvaney is not here to rein in the president. How Trump’s new acting chief of staff has the White House pursuing a Freedom Caucus agenda.<br><br>Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Apr 02, 2019
Is the Measles Panic Warranted?
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Officials in New York’s Rockland County declared a state of emergency after yet another measles outbreak. In Brooklyn, more cases of measles have cropped up over the last several months as well. Both places are home to a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish population that has become increasingly skeptical of vaccinations. Why is this particular community so susceptible to the disease? And how are they getting their information about vaccines? Rockland County has gone so far as to bar unvaccinated children from public places. So, is this the right approach? And is all this news coverage just making hysteria worse?<br>Guests: <a href="https://twitter.com/GwynneFitz?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Gwynne Hogan</a>, health reporter at WNYC <a href="https://twitter.com/danengber?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Dan Engber</a>, Slate’s science columnist<br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br>
Apr 01, 2019
A Pilot on Whether He’ll Ever Trust Boeing Again
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After the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10—and the Indonesian Airlines crash before that, in October—country after country began grounding the deadly Boeing 737 Air Max fleet, and the U.S. belatedly followed suit. This week, Congress held hearings with Boeing and the FAA, questioning them about how the planes were certified and what went wrong. There were a lot of public apologies and a lot of corporate humility. But questions remain: Who’s to blame for the deadly crashes, whom do we hold accountable, and how do we prevent this from happening again? <br>&nbsp;<br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/jetwhine?lang=en">Rob Mark,</a> commercial pilot and publisher of <a href="http://www.jetwhine.com/about-1/">Jetwhine.com</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Mar 29, 2019
Is the Court Ready to Curb Gerrymandering?
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This week, the Supreme Court returned to the subject of partisan gerrymandering. After kicking the can down the road last time, will the court finally decide on the constitutionality of drawing election maps to rig elections? And who’s the most interesting justice to watch? <br><br>Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, who covers the courts and the law for Slate. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 28, 2019
Trump is Trying to Kill Obamacare, Again
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The president’s week was off to a great start. The Attorney General’s letter regarding Mueller’s Russia investigation largely exonerated him of any crimes. So why did Trump start talking about health care again? It’s anybody’s guess, but Democrats are ecstatic.<br><br>Guest: Dan Diamond, Health Care Reporter at Politico<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. Follow us on<a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/"> Instagram</a> for updates on the show.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 27, 2019
New York City’s School Segregation Problem
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New York City’s top public high school has a diversity problem. How did the crown jewel of the city’s public education system come to look so unlike the public?<br><br>Guest: Mara Gay, writer for the New York Times Editorial Board.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 26, 2019
About That Mueller Report
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What we know about the Mueller report. Spoiler: not a whole lot.<br><br>Guest: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s legal correspondent and host of the Amicus podcast.&nbsp; Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br>
Mar 25, 2019
How Long Will It Take the Death Penalty To Die?
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California has a new moratorium on executions, despite the fact that voters upheld capital punishment twice in recent statewide elections. Could this mark the beginning of a lasting policy change? <br>Guest: <a href="https://law.utexas.edu/faculty/jordan-m-steiker">Jordan Steiker</a>, director of the Capital Punishment Center at the University of Texas School of Law.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br><br>
Mar 22, 2019
When Are We Going to Start Planning For Floods?
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This week, we’re following the enormous flooding in the Midwest. Climate change is magnifying the shortcomings of our river policies. We build in the flood plains, and we bracket our rivers with dams and reservoirs. But is it folly to think that we can control where the rivers run?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/">Tony Messenger</a>, metro columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 21, 2019
Court Packing Is Not That Extreme
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Some of your favorite presidents have tried to pack the Supreme Court. So why does it sound like such an extreme tactic? And why are top Democrats finally embracing it as a way out of the wilderness?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/author/mark-joseph-stern">Mark Joseph Stern</a>, Slate’s legal correspondent.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 20, 2019
How the Internet Makes Murderers
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The Christchurch shooter lurked in corners of the internet that most people don’t understand. But there are ways to fight extremists who are radicalized online -- and the U.S. has done it quite recently.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/IwriteOK?lang=en">Robert Evans</a>, writer for <a href="https://www.bellingcat.com/author/robertevans/">Bellingcat</a> and host of the podcast <a href="https://www.behindthebastards.com/">Behind the Bastards</a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 19, 2019
Why is Beto Running?
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After weeks and weeks of mulling a decision, Beto O’Rourke finally entered the 2020 presidential race. What is he bringing to the table? Anything?<br><br>Guest: Josh Voorhees, Senior Writer at Slate.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Mar 18, 2019
How to Dodge a Presidential Pardon
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This week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of 7½ years in prison. Here’s how his case is one of the best examples of a special counsel making sure that those who did wrong serve the time.<br>Guest: Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham Law. <br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 15, 2019
The Side Door Into College
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The FBI submitted indictments this week into the largest college admissions scam they’ve ever prosecuted. Celebrities, millionaire parents, and college sports coaches are among the dozens charged in a scheme that sought to get wealthy kids through a “side-door” of college admissions. One that guaranteed them entry to top-tier universities.<br><br>The admissions system has always favored the wealthy. Can that be fixed?<br><br>Guests: <a href="https://twitter.com/arthomason?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Andy Thomason</a>, editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education. And <a href="https://twitter.com/DeanJulie?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Julie Lythcott-Haims</a>, former Stanford dean and author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/How-Raise-Adult-Overparenting-Prepare/dp/1250093635"><em>How to Raise an Adult</em></a><em>.<br></em><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Mar 14, 2019
Big Banks Say “No” to Private Prisons
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If you made your way up to 1185 Park Ave. on the Upper East Side of New York, you’d find an apartment building that looks like a castle. It’s the apartment of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase. Back in February protesters stood on the sidewalk and chanted up at him hoping to end JP Morgan Chase’s business with the private prison industry.<br><br>It worked.<br><br>Who are the protesters looking at next?<br><br>Guests: Tracy Jan, reporter at the Washington Post, and emoji activist Jennifer 8. Lee.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 13, 2019
Joe Biden's Laundered History
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There's really never been a national political conversation about Joe Biden's record. Partly because much of the focus today is about the time he spent as Vice President under Barack Obama. If he decides to run, what other ugly skeletons will the public find?<br>Guest: Jamelle Bouie, New York Times Columnist<br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 12, 2019
Is Mark Zuckerberg Gaslighting You?
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Facebook is reshuffling its priorities and making moves that could help it evade antitrust regulators. Will it affect users that much? No. Is it solving a problem users have been talking about? Not really. So what is Mark Zuckerberg’s latest blog post all about?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://slate.com/author/will-oremus">Will Oremus</a>, Slate’s senior tech writer and co-host of the podcast <a href="https://slate.com/technology/if-then">If/Then</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 11, 2019
The Scandal Catching Up to Justin Trudeau
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A scandal involving Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is putting Canada’s warts on display.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/JesseBrown">Jesse Brown</a>, publisher of the <a href="https://www.canadalandshow.com/about-canadaland/">Canadaland</a> news site and podcast network.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 08, 2019
Listening to Ilhan Omar
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House Democrats have scuttled a plan to chide Rep. Ilhan Omar over remarks she made about the U.S.-Israel relationship. Why were her words so triggering? Is she making a fair point? And what should she do now?<br><br>Guest: Slate economics and policy writer Jordan Weissmann.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 07, 2019
Things That Should Scare You More Than Momo
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The Momo challenge doesn’t appear to be much of a threat, but the fact that parents are worried about it reveals a real anxiety about the videos that YouTube pushes toward kids.&nbsp; <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/author/taylor-lorenz/">Taylor Lorenz</a>, writer for the Atlantic.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 06, 2019
The National Emergency Isn’t Really Trump’s Fault
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President Trump’s national emergency declaration is headed for a showdown. More and more Senate Republicans are peeling away from their caucus to reject it. Sen. Rand Paul says his “political soul” hangs in the balance. But Sen. Mitch McConnell is keeping his opinions to himself. and waiting for Trump’s veto to send the issue to the courts. Why are Republicans leaders supporting what their colleagues call a blatant executive branch power grab?<br><br>Guest: Slate politics writer <a href="https://twitter.com/jim_newell">Jim Newell</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br>
Mar 05, 2019
Reconsidering Michael Jackson
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If you’re watching the <em>Leaving Neverland</em> documentary about Michael Jackson’s alleged child sexual abuse, you probably want to talk to someone about it: What it left out, what it wants to accomplish, and how it complicates our view of victimhood. <br>Guest: Slate senior writer <a href="https://twitter.com/stevensonseth"><em>Seth Stevenson</em></a>.<br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mar 04, 2019
Sins of the Fathers
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For years now, survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have sought accountability at the local level, taking claims to their parish or bishop. But the Roman Catholic Church is a global institution, and experts say its cover-up of child abuse reaches the upper echelons of church leadership. What would it take to go after the Vatican? <br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Guest: <a href="https://foxleadership.upenn.edu/directors-and-affiliates/marci-hamilton">Marci Hamilton</a>, founder of <a href="https://www.childusa.org/management">CHILD USA</a>. This episode first aired on Nov. 14, 2018.&nbsp; Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Mar 01, 2019
The Gun-Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate
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Last fall, 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 shootings. They were responding <a href="https://twitter.com/NRA/status/1060256567914909702">to a tweet from the NRA</a> chiding them for speaking out about gun violence. Who are these doctors who have seen the worst results of gun violence—and still own guns? Guest: Dr. Brendan Campbell, pediatric surgeon at <a href="https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/">Connecticut Children's Medical Center</a> in Hartford, Connecticut.&nbsp; This episode first aired on Nov. 15, 2018.&nbsp; Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 28, 2019
Civil Rights Cold Cases Find Teenage Allies
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It started as a simple lesson in civil rights and ended as a bill President Trump signed into law. How did a class of New Jersey high school students create a piece of legislation to help solve civil rights crimes?<br><br>Guests: Oslene Johnson, former student at Hightstown High School. Stuart Wexler, history teacher at Hightstown High School.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>.&nbsp;<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Feb 27, 2019
Venezuela’s Crisis Deepens
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As violence erupts on the Venezuelan border, Vice President Mike Pence makes his way to Colombia to reaffirm American support for the opposition leader, Juan Guaido. How far is the U.S. willing to go? And will this be remembered as the weekend everything changed? <br><br>Guest: Ana Vanessa Herrero, reporter at the New York Times. Joshua Keating, international editor at Slate. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <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. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 26, 2019
The Laquan McDonald Case Isn’t Over
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Chicago’s mayoral election is Tuesday. The race has been crowded, contentious, and very much shaped by the Laquan McDonald case.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/jamiekalven">Jamie Kalven</a>, a journalist with the <a href="https://invisible.institute/about">Invisible Institute</a>. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 25, 2019
Who Wants to Be a (Heavily Taxed) Millionaire?
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As Democrats try to find an economic message that can win in 2020, a group of like-minded millionaires is making the rounds, telling any politicians who will listen, “We want to pay more in taxes.” Why now?<br><br>Guest: Morris Pearl, chair of <a href="https://patrioticmillionaires.org/">Patriotic Millionaires</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 22, 2019
Meet the EPA’s Ghost-Writer
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A scientist on the outer fringes of his field has been patiently making the case that the U.S. government applies far too conservative controls on toxins in the environment. Now, he’s trying to implement his ideas at the EPA -- by writing a sweeping new rule that could make the agency unable to regulate pollution &amp; other contaminants.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/@susrust">Susanne Rust</a>, reporter for the Los Angeles Times. <a href="https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-secret-science-20190219-story.html">Read her story here</a>. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 21, 2019
The Fight to Change Frat Culture
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People who believe the fraternity system is broken have been trying every which way to force changes -- something, anything, to stop the parade of injuries, sexual assaults, and deaths that have happened at frat houses. Last week, we saw yet another attempt to change frat culture -- this time in a lawsuit filed against Yale University. On Wednesday's show, how have fraternities evaded comeuppance for so long?<br><br>Guest: Doug Fierberg, attorney and founder of The Fierberg National Law Group.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 20, 2019
Utah’s Medicaid Battle
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Voters during the 2018 midterms favored the expansion of Medicaid, but it’s being met with some pushback by conservative legislators. What can Utah’s Medicaid episode teach us about how health care fights may roll out over the coming years?<br><br>Guests: Utah 25th District Rep. Joel Briscoe. Rachana Pradhan, health care reporter for Politico. Eric Eddings, co-host of <em>The Nod</em>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Feb 19, 2019
A Cautionary Green New Deal Tale
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The Green New Deal brought attention back to the idea of high-speed rail in America. This week California squandered it. What lessons should Americans be taking from the failed high-speed rail project in California?<br><br>Guest: Henry Grabar, staff writer at Slate.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Feb 15, 2019
Has Anything Changed Since Parkland?
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After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, we saw a group of students speed through the stages of grief and go directly to action. One year later, have they made any lasting changes to the gun control debate? <br><br>Guest: Dave Cullen, author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Parkland-Dave-Cullen/dp/178747707X?tag=slatmaga-20"><em>Parkland</em></a>. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 14, 2019
The Democratic Divide Over Israel
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President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign after her anti-Semitic remarks this past weekend. She has since apologized, but the episode revealed a bigger problem that is bound to keep rearing its head for the Democratic Party: its stance on Israel.<br><br>Guest: Joshua Keating, Slate's International Affairs Writer.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 13, 2019
When a Border Wall Isn’t Enough
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Feb 12, 2019
How to Get Away With Highway Robbery
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Reporters in South Carolina schlepped to all 46 courthouses in the state to document every civil asset forfeiture case in a three-year period. What they found was an impossibly flawed law that rewards bad police-work.<br><br>Guests: <a href="https://www.greenvilleonline.com/staff/10595/-anna-lee/">Anna Lee</a>, reporter for the Greenville News. Read the paper’s series, <a href="https://www.greenvilleonline.com/news/taken/">TAKEN</a>. David Smith, a lawyer and defender of civil asset forfeiture laws, when properly applied.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 11, 2019
How an Abortion Bill Started the Mess in Virginia
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Virginia is in chaos as racist stunts and allegations of sexual assault threaten to upend the political careers of four top state officials. How did we get here? It all started with a debate over an abortion bill. <br>Guest: <a href="https://www.vox.com/authors/anna-north">Anna North</a>, senior reporter for Vox. <a href="https://www.vox.com/2019/2/6/18213902/ralph-northam-justin-fairfax-mark-herring-blackface-virginia-governor-line-of-succession">Read her story</a> on what the nasty politicking has to do with abortion rights. <br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin<br><br><br><br><br>
Feb 08, 2019
How Trump’s Inaugural Committee Got Into Trouble
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Inaugurations are ethically dubious in the best of times. So why is the Trump inaugural committee under investigation? Consider the scale of the swindle.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/ilyamarritz">Ilya Marritz</a>, co-host of <a href="https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/trumpinc">Trump Inc.</a>, a podcast produced by WNYC and ProPublica.<br> <br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Feb 07, 2019
Which State of the Union? Which Medicare for All?
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It was a long speech that often meandered from pleas for bipartisanship to accusations of “ridiculous partisan investigations.” What do we make of this state of the union?<br><br>Plus, it’s anyone’s guess what 'Medicare for All' really means on the 2020 campaign trail.<br><br>Guests: Jim Newell, Politics Writer at Slate. And, Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s Senior Business and Economics Correspondent.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin
Feb 06, 2019
Larry Krasner and the System That Fought Back
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Larry Krasner promised a sea change when he was elected to serve as Philadelphia’s district attorney. It should surprise no one that his policies are making waves.<br><br>Guest: Philadelphia Inquirer reporter <a href="http://www.philly.com/author/palmer_chris/">Chris Palmer</a>. Read his <a href="http://www.philly.com/news/larry-krasner-philadelphia-district-attorney-staff-reform-cases-first-year-20190106.html">story about Krasner’s first year in office</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Feb 05, 2019
The Ferguson Effect
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There's a new prosecutor in St. Louis County taking on decades of racial injustice. How will Wesley Bell, buoyed by the political movement after the death of Michael Brown, deliver on his progressive promises?<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. <br><br>Follow us on<a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/"> Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Feb 04, 2019
Anti-Vaxxers Brought Back the Measles
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The latest measles outbreak in the Pacific-Northwest is a self-inflicted wound. One that Texans, and Americans alike, should all pay attention to.<br><br>Guest: Dr. Peter J. Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. Follow us on<a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/"> Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Feb 01, 2019
Don't Call Him El Chapo
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Joaquín Guzmán operated in Mexico’s shadows for decades. His trial is shining a spotlight on who the man is and the chaos he sowed on a country . How are Mexicans dealing with the explosive allegations made against former presidents? And what are we all missing by sensationalizing the drug lord's trial?<br><br>Guest: León Krauze, Columnist for Slate, co-host of Trumpcast, and news anchor for Univision.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.
Jan 31, 2019
Howard Schultz and the Ghost of Ross Perot
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Howard Schultz's potential independent presidential candidacy has gotten off to a rough start. Why are Democrats and Republicans alike upset about the Starbucks CEO entering the 2020 fray? And will it even matter?<br><br>Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 30, 2019
How Big Tech Is Bleeding American Journalism
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More than 1,000 journalists lost their jobs last week. The reason is pretty simple: Big tech is beating digital media to the money. To save journalism, what rules should the public be fighting for?<br><br>Guest: Will Oremus, Slate’s Senior Technology Writer.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Anna Martin.
Jan 29, 2019
The Gun Rights Case Headed to the Supreme Court
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Why it matters that the Supreme Court is taking on a gun rights case now, after keeping its powder dry for years.<br><br>Guest: <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.mark_stern.html">Mark Joseph Stern</a>, who covers courts &amp; the law for Slate.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt. &nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Jan 28, 2019
The Opposition Comes for Venezuela’s Maduro
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How Venezuelans reached a breaking point, and how a team of savvy politicians orchestrated the break. No one expected the greatest threat of a proxy war to come out of South America -- right?<br><br>Guests: <a href="https://twitter.com/anavherrero">Ana Vanessa Herrero</a>, reporter for the New York Times. <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.joshua_keating.html">Josh Keating</a>, senior editor of foreign affairs for Slate.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Jan 25, 2019
Congress Does Something
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The Senate is readying a vote on two bills to fund the government. The measures aren’t expected to pass, but they might signal the beginning of the end of the shutdown.<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://twitter.com/jim_newell">Jim Newell</a>, who <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.jim_newell.html">covers Congress for Slate</a>. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 24, 2019
Kamala Harris & the Rise of Progressive Prosecutors
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More and more reform-minded district attorneys are taking office as self-avowed progressive prosecutors. Why don’t some advocates think Kamala Harris deserves the label?<br><br>Guest: <a href="https://larabazelon.com/">Lara Bazelon</a>, associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, contributing writer for <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.lara_bazelon.html">Slate</a>, and author of the book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rectify-Restorative-Justice-Wrongful-Conviction/dp/0807029173?tag=slatmaga-20"><em>Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction</em></a><em>. </em>Read her op-ed, “<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/opinion/kamala-harris-criminal-justice.html">Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor</a>,’” in the New York Times. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 23, 2019
The Women Fleeing Saudi Arabia
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What Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power has meant for women in Saudi Arabia. <br>Guest: Journalist <a href="http://www.sarahaziza.com/">Sarah Aziza</a>. Read her <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/the-saudi-governments-global-campaign-to-silence-its-critics">latest reporting in the New Yorker</a>. <br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Jan 22, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flips the Script
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Why aren’t conservatives’ usual tricks working on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? <br>Guest: Slate writer <a href="https://slate.com/author/lili-loofbourow">Lili Loofbourow</a>. <a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/01/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-sexism-female-politicians-looks-beauty.html">Read her piece here</a>. <br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.<br><br>
Jan 18, 2019
The L.A. Teachers' Strike
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What makes the Los Angeles teachers’ strike different from the strikes that swept the country last year? In L.A., a robust charter school sector competes with the traditional public schools for funds. <br><br>Guest: <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/by/dana-goldstein">Dana Goldstein</a>, education reporter for the New York Times. <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 17, 2019
The Gymnast Who Went Megaviral
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UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi wowed the internet this week with a <a href="https://twitter.com/uclagymnastics/status/1084325320935657472">viral video</a> of her college gymnastics floor routine. As Ohashi’s star rises, the U.S. women’s gymnastics program is imploding. Fans of the sport wonder: What is the price of being world-class?<br><br>Guest: Slate contributor <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.rebecca_schuman.html">Rebecca Schumann</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Jan 16, 2019
Pardons, Presidential Power, and Worry About Bill Barr
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More than 25 years after serving as Attorney General under George HW Bush, Barr is set to return to the role this week. What should we expect? And what should the senators at the confirmation hearing be asking?<br><br>Guest: Noah Feldman, professor of constitutional law at Harvard University and columnist at Bloomberg.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.&nbsp;
Jan 15, 2019
The Three-Headed Beast Leading U.S. Foreign Policy
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Slate’s <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.fred_kaplan.html">Fred Kaplan</a> explains how two different Trump advisers, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, are trying to carry out U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Jan 14, 2019
The Threat of National Emergency
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What would a national emergency look like, and why hasn't Trump declared one yet? <a href="https://slate.com/author/dahlia-lithwick">Dahlia Lithwick</a> has answers. Plus: Was it weird that Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn't at work this week?<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 11, 2019
How We Became Shutdown Nation
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How could congressional leaders end the current government shutdown? Come to think of it, how could they put an end to shutdowns altogether?<br><br>Guests: Tom Davis, former Republican congressman from Virginia, and Slate’s <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.jim_newell.html">Jim Newell</a>.<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 10, 2019
Clemency for Cyntoia Brown
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Advocate <a href="http://mariamekaba.com/">Mariame Kaba</a> explains why the Cyntoia Brown story is compelling, complicated, and deeply frustrating -- why it's wrong to portray Cyntoia Brown as a child, why Brown’s story is deeply familiar to black women in America, and why Kaba considers Brown’s crime a <a href="https://theappeal.org/not-a-cardboard-cut-out-cyntoia-brown-and-the-framing-of-a-victim-aa61f80f9cbb/">radical act of “self-love.”</a><br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Jan 09, 2019
Battling 2020 Fatigue
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Jamelle Bouie sees each presidential election like a grand experiment. On today’s show, he shares some of his hypotheses going into the 2020 campaign season. Will the rift grow between President Trump and the establishment GOP? Will Democrat presidential hopefuls continue to propose bold policies unthinkable 10 years ago? Will white Democratic candidates be able to appeal to black and brown Americans without triggering latent racism among voters?<br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show.<br><br>Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.<br><br><br><br>
Jan 08, 2019
The Republican Party Shake-Out in Kansas
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The rightward shift of the Republican Party is kind of like global warming: Each political ecosystem is feeling it differently. In Kansas, lifelong Republicans are finding themselves without a habitat.&nbsp; <br><br>Guests: Barbara Bollier Kansas state senator, and Patrick Miller, political science professor at the University of Kansas.&nbsp; <br><br>Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to <a href="mailto:whatnext@slate.com">whatnext@slate.com</a>. Follow us on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/whatnextpod/">Instagram</a> for updates on the show. Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.
Jan 07, 2019
We're Back Monday, January 7th
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Every weekday morning. 5AM. Don't start your day without knowing <em>What Next!</em>
Jan 04, 2019
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;
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><br>
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>
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><br>
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>
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><br>
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><br>
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><br>
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.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
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>
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.&nbsp;<br><br>
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>
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><br>
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.&nbsp;<br><br>
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?&nbsp;<br><br>
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.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
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><br>
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.&nbsp;<br><br>
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><br>
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