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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.

Episode Date
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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Nogales is the biggest port in Arizona and its wall just became the symbol of Trump’s aggressive tactics on the border. How is the city's mayor dealing with a newly weaponized border wall?<br><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>. 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 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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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