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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 fo… read more

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TBD | The Rise of the Therapy Apps

April 9th, 2021

26:28

Since the start of the pandemic, usage of apps like BetterHelp and Talkspace has skyrocketed. These apps might make mental health care more …

One Man’s Mission to Protect Chinatown

April 8th, 2021

25:13

In February 2020, Karlin Chan began a group called the Chinatown Block Watch to patrol his New York City neighborhood and act as a “visual deterrent” …

How Worried to Be About Michigan

April 7th, 2021

26:41

Michigan is currently home to 13 of the worst performing metro areas when it comes to the coronavirus. They recently surpassed 10,000 new cases and their curve has “gone vertical”. With vaccine distribution ramping up …

Biden’s Big Swing

April 6th, 2021

25:11

Last week, President Biden rolled out an ambitious infrastructure plan that relies on increased taxes on corporations to fund big changes to …

The Bizarre Origin Story of the Gaetz Scandal

April 5th, 2021

28:30

Last week, The New York Times reported that Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz was under investigation by the Justice Department over his relationships with …

TBD | The Fight Over Vaccine Passports

April 2nd, 2021

26:56

There are at least 17 different “vaccine passport” initiatives underway in the United States. And leaked documents reveal that the Biden administration fears that “a chaotic and ineffective vaccine credential approach …

LA’s Housing Crisis Hits A Boiling Point

April 1st, 2021

25:49

Los Angeles’s Echo Park Lake is home to swan boats, running trails and space for members of it’s rapidly gentrifying community to gather during the pandemic. Up until last week, it was also home to over 100 people …

The Wedge Issue of Republicans’ Dreams

March 31st, 2021

24:32

Most kids in the country aren’t back to school in any way we’d recognize as normal. Republicans have noticed. Now, they’re launching a few trial …

Can a Highway Be Racist?

March 30th, 2021

23:39

Houston residents and elected officials are trying to stop the largest urban highway project of their lifetimes -- one that would clear out more than …

Should Florida Cancel Spring Break?

March 29th, 2021

21:59

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has become a Republican celebrity for his notably lax coronavirus policies, keeping the state mostly open during the …

TBD | The AstraZeneca Saga

March 26th, 2021

26:49

Back in April 2020, AstraZeneca was hailed as a frontrunner in the race to get an effective vaccine to market. A year later, after a series of trial pauses, communication blunders, and PR problems, the vaccine is on the …

One Colorado Man’s Crusade Against Gun Violence

March 25th, 2021

25:48

Colorado Rep. Tom Sullivan counts the number of Fridays since his son was killed in the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. The latest mass shooting in …

Migrant Families Are Still Being Separated

March 24th, 2021

23:01

After four years of President Trump’s harsh immigration policies, many advocates for Central American migrants welcomed a change in administration. …

One Month Without Water

March 23rd, 2021

27:00

Residents of Jackson, Mississippi, were left without water for weeks after a deep freeze hit the south, bursting pipes and forcing people to rely on …

Why Don’t We Know More About the Atlanta Victims?

March 22nd, 2021

28:19

On March 16, a white gunman killed eight people - six of them Asian-American women - during shootings at three different spas in Georgia. The shooter claims he was driven by a “sex addiction,” but his actions fall into …

TBD | Hate, Lies, and AI

March 19th, 2021

27:06

Facebook’s failure to contain the spread of dangerous misinformation is no secret. For years, the company has pledged publicly to fix the problem. …

Why Cuomo Won’t Resign

March 18th, 2021

31:03

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces calls to resign over accusations of sexual harassment and allowing a toxic workplace culture to persist. But to …

Our Year: Emergency Mode Can’t Last Forever

March 17th, 2021

29:13

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed crucial gaps in the public health system, including the government’s inability to gather data quickly and accurately. …

Our Year: 1 Out of 530,000

March 16th, 2021

22:38

When it comes to the past year, we’ve all lost something -- or someone. Time with friends and family. A job. A loved one. But when we think about the 530,000 people in the U.S. who died because of COVID-19, the …

Our Year: Who's “Essential” Now?

March 15th, 2021

33:07

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down cities across the U.S. and forced many people to work from home, others deemed “essential” still had to show up for their jobs. A year later, the gap between the need for …

TBD | Does Google Actually Want to Hire Black Engineers?

March 12th, 2021

25:52

Back in 2014, Google released in-depth diversity data for its workforce for the first time. 1.1 percent of its tech team identified as Black. Six …

The Fight to Reopen Schools in Memphis

March 11th, 2021

23:55

Why did schools stay closed for so long in Memphis? And why weren’t parents clamoring for them to reopen? To answer those questions, you have to tell …

White, Republican, and Vaccine Skeptical

March 10th, 2021

27:07

Nearly a third of republican voters say they’re not interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine. What does that mean for the spread of the virus? 

Guest: Dan Diamond, national health reporter for the Washington Post

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Who Gets to Work on Capitol Hill?

March 9th, 2021

21:00

The 117th U.S. Congress is the most diverse ever. But that distinction does not extend to senior staff on the Hill. How does the makeup of …

Derek Chauvin on Trial

March 8th, 2021

24:11

George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police last year sparked an international protest movement and amplified calls for police …

TBD | The Failing Lifeline for Low-Income Americans

March 5th, 2021

24:48

The federal Lifeline program was intended to bridge the gap between Americans who could comfortably pay for phone and internet service, and those who …

Good Luck Voting in Georgia Next Election

March 4th, 2021

32:02

After Joe Biden’s surprising win in Georgia, Republicans in the state started in on legislation to limit voting access in the state. Their efforts mirror what’s happening in state houses across the country. Is there any …

A National Wave of Anti-Trans Bills

March 3rd, 2021

28:10

As legislative sessions begin across the country, a rash of anti-trans bills have been brought to the floor by Republican legislators. Many of the proposals target trans youth -- both in sports, and access to medical …

Biden’s First Foreign Policy Test

March 2nd, 2021

25:14

President Joe Biden has said he wants to focus his foreign policy on rebuilding international alliances and standing up to China and Russia. But just …

Texans Can't Catch a Break

March 1st, 2021

26:50

The power’s back on in Texas, but many residents are still struggling to clean up after a disastrous winter storm. The cold snap knocked out …

TBD | Australia’s Kinda-Sorta Win Over Big Tech

February 26th, 2021

23:33

Over the last year, the Australian government has been waging a quiet war against Facebook and Google. Through a new law, it plans to force the big tech companies to pay news outlets in exchange for linking to their …

A Biden Pick in Trouble

February 25th, 2021

30:16

After years of policy work in Washington, Neera Tanden is more than qualified to serve as Biden’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget. …

The Marines’ Sexual Assault Problem

February 24th, 2021

29:53

The U.S. military has long had a sexual assault problem. And the Marine Corps - the final service branch to gender-integrate - is no exception. …

Should Student Debt Be Canceled?

February 23rd, 2021

28:00

Democrats are divided over student debt forgiveness. President Joe Biden is trying to get $10,000-per-borrower canceled, while more progressive …

Will Andrew Cuomo Say Sorry?

February 22nd, 2021

26:58

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has attracted national praise for his buck-stops-here leadership throughout the pandemic. But he's made some major missteps in his coronavirus response - the lack of transparency around …

TBD | Why Texas Went Dark

February 19th, 2021

23:56

Over the last week, millions of Texans have been forced to live without power or heat. At least 16 have died since Monday. In a state that’s no stranger to extreme weather and high power demand, how did it all go so …

What Rush Limbaugh Left Behind

February 18th, 2021

31:29

Rush Limbaugh’s radio show provided a roadmap that the Republican Party has been following, more or less faithfully, for decades. 

Guest: Nicole …

A Year of Anti-Asian Violence

February 17th, 2021

27:43

In the year since the pandemic began, the number of attacks against Asian Americans has skyrocketed. The most recent wave of assaults left a number …

When the Vaccine Skeptic Is Your Dad

February 16th, 2021

26:28

Gustavo Arellano’s father is what he would call a ‘pandejo’ - someone who doesn't take COVID safety seriously. Since the beginning of the pandemic, …

TBD | How Clubhouse Cracked China’s Firewall

February 12th, 2021

26:52

For most of the last year, Clubhouse—the audio-only social media app—has been dominated by conversations about business, branding, and Elon Musk. But as users picked up the app around the globe, something extraordinary …

The Fight to Unionize an Amazon Warehouse

February 11th, 2021

25:20

On Tuesday, workers in an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama started voting on whether or not to form a union. Amazon has been fighting the vote …

The Most Powerful Man in Washington?

February 10th, 2021

26:53

As soon as the Democrats won a slim 50-50 majority in the senate, the jokes about President Joe Manchin started flying. The Senate's self described “conservative Democrat” from West Virginia is in a key position to …

Trump on Trial — Again

February 9th, 2021

29:35

After the insurrection at the nation's capitol on January 6th, the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump for a second time. The only …

Philly’s Vaccine Distribution Mess

February 8th, 2021

30:51

The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has been a mess across the country, but the failure has been particularly egregious in Philadelphia. The city entrusted …

TBD | India Turns Off the Internet

February 5th, 2021

22:50

Last week, in response to protests by farmers outside New Delhi, India, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi restricted access to the …

A Sexist Recession

February 4th, 2021

27:04

The pandemic has hit many of us in different ways. But women in particular find themselves at the intersection of multiple crises. Across the …

Where Are the Checks?

February 3rd, 2021

28:51

This week, Senate Republicans offered President Biden a stimulus deal one-third the size of the administration’s plan. With a compromise looking less …

The Marjorie Taylor Greene Problem

February 2nd, 2021

24:58

Dubbed “the QAnon candidate,” Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has her Republican colleagues doing some major handwringing. But does her presence …

Why is Everyone Mad at Gavin Newsom?

February 1st, 2021

27:21

Thousands of people are signing a petition to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom. The Democrat was praised for his response to the coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic, but he has started to lose his …

TBD | Inside the Subreddit That Blew Up GameStop

January 29th, 2021

24:57

The story of how GameStop went from the verge of a bankruptcy to a $15 billion market value isn’t an easy one to wrap your head around. But it helps to go back to the beginning; almost three years ago, in a subreddit …

COVID’s Lasting Toll on Kids

January 28th, 2021

27:24

Back in March, nobody knew how long kids would be learning from home and isolating from their peers. Now, with some kids returning to schools after …

A Republican With an Actual Climate Plan

January 27th, 2021

29:34

Republicans used to lead the way on environmental legislation. Are they about to come back around on the urgency of climate change?  

Guest: Carlos Curbelo, former Republican congressman from Florida.

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The Biden-McConnell Relationship

January 26th, 2021

30:35

There’s a lot riding on the working relationship of President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. They are bonded by their service …

Did the Media Fail the Trump Years?

January 25th, 2021

24:43

Back in 2015, Farai Chideya was a senior writer covering politics at FiveThirtyEight. Her time there was instructive in understanding how the media …

TBD | Why the Vaccine Websites Suck

January 22nd, 2021

30:48

Most people thought developing the vaccine in record time would be the hard part. That, or shipping millions of doses at subzero temperatures to …

What Biden Can Get Done

January 21st, 2021

25:41

At his inauguration, President Joe Biden argued that “unity is the path forward.” But it’s still an open question whether he’ll be able to get …

What It Will Take to Remake America Great

January 20th, 2021

28:58

A new presidential administration begins today. In pivotal moments like this, it’s hard to know what to say. But eight years ago, Richard Blanco was called upon to say something anyway - in front of a million people at …

Congressman Tim Ryan is Pissed

January 19th, 2021

27:46

Almost two weeks after the siege on the Capitol, Rep. Tim Ryan still has questions about why Congress was left with such meager defenses. How is …

TBD | Where the Far Right Is Meeting Now

January 15th, 2021

21:05

After Facebook and Twitter banned thousands of accounts in the wake of the Capitol riots, fringe groups are flocking to platforms like Signal and …

Don’t Forget Georgia

January 14th, 2021

31:19

After the storming of the Capitol, Democrats’ victories in Georgia’s runoff Senate races sort of got lost in the shuffle. But Georgia going blue for …

Working Through L.A.’s COVID Nightmare

January 13th, 2021

27:29

The coronavirus crisis has risen to new levels in California. Even as vaccines get distributed, hospitals are maxing out their ICU capacity, and sick …

The Best Way to Punish Trump

January 12th, 2021

31:43

With just over a week left in the Trump presidency, Congressional Democrats are asking Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and …

He Saw the Storm Coming

January 11th, 2021

28:29

In 2009, Department of Homeland Security official, Daryl Johnson, warned the government that right-wing extremists were building power. After his report leaked to conservative media outlets, the agency sidelined Johnson …

TBD | Deplatforming the President

January 8th, 2021

21:26

This week, in the wake of violent protests at the Capitol, the social media platforms took unprecedented steps to rein in the president. Facebook …

Inside the Capitol Under Siege

January 7th, 2021

30:03

On Wednesday, as Democrats celebrated wins in Georgia that gave them control of the Senate and as U.S. lawmakers convened to certify Joe Biden’s …

One Last Absurd Attempt to Overturn the Election

January 6th, 2021

24:19

Today, Congress will meet in a joint session to confirm Joe Biden’s election as the 46th president of the United States. Even though the process is ceremonial, some Republicans are using it as a last-ditch effort to …

The Vaccine Rollout Hits Some Bumps

January 5th, 2021

27:58

So far, the vaccine roll out in the United States has been underwhelming. States are scrambling to get doses out to patients before they expire. We …

All Eyes on Georgia

January 4th, 2021

28:58

On Tuesday, Georgia voters will decide which party holds the majority in the United States senate. Activists like Nse Ufot have been criss crossing …

Larry Kramer Wouldn't Be Quiet

December 31st, 2020

22:35

Larry Kramer always made sure you heard him loud and clear. He was a playwright, a novelist, but he was perhaps best known for his work as an AIDS activist. In the 1980s and 1990s, Kramer sought to wake up the world to …

Remembering RBG

December 30th, 2020

25:38

On Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87. Her work as a lawyer and a judge forever changed how women are viewed under United States law. As the nation mourns, her absence sparks a fight in the …

Grief, Comedy, and COVID

December 29th, 2020

23:21

Over the summer, comedian Laurie Kilmartin took to Twitter to joke about something that wasn’t funny: Her mom was dying. JoAnn Kilmartin, Laurie’s mother, had contracted the coronavirus in her nursing home and was on …

Teaching Is Hell Right Now

December 28th, 2020

19:18

Hybrid learning is a massive educational experiment playing out in schools across the country. No two classrooms are alike. We took a look at one …

A History of Violent Protest

December 24th, 2020

26:31

The images are familiar now. The police in their face shields, armed with batons and cans of pepper spray. The protestors, sporting bruises, pouring …

He Saw the Coronavirus Coming

December 23rd, 2020

20:36

The coronavirus that gave rise to our present pandemic started in China as a bat virus that eventually made contact with humans. Researchers say this leap between species was highly predictable – so why were communities …

Finally, a Deal

December 22nd, 2020

26:38

Congress has agreed on another stimulus package, but to do so both Republicans and Democrats had to give up on high-priority demands. Why did this …

Could the U.S. Have Stopped Russia’s Hack?

December 21st, 2020

23:35

The United States is contending with a computer hack unprecedented in scope, and it could take months or even years to understand exactly what …

A Republican in Georgia on the Party's Civil War

December 18th, 2020

24:41

Since the presidential election, local Republicans in states that Joe Biden flipped blue have been arguing about what went wrong. The difference in Georgia is, the election isn’t totally over - and the upcoming runoff …

What Is ICE After Trump?

December 17th, 2020

25:39

Immigration and Customs Enforcement played an outsized role in manifesting Trump’s hard-line immigration policies. How might ICE change under Biden?

Florida’s Fight for COVID Data

December 16th, 2020

24:27

All year, we’ve seen how COVID-19 surges can persuade state officials to take the pandemic seriously. But the resistance in Florida is something …

TBD | Was This Google Ethicist Fired for Doing Her Job?

December 15th, 2020

24:12

Recently, one of the world’s leading AI ethics researchers, Timnit Gebru, left Google. Google says she resigned. Timnit says she was fired. In the days since, Timnit’s departure has turned into a public relations crisis …

Who Gets the Vaccine First?

December 14th, 2020

21:22

After months of anticipation, the first FDA-authorized coronavirus vaccine has begun distribution. But even with an effective vaccine in hand, big questions remain. How are vaccines being distributed? And with so many …

TBD | Everybody Sues Facebook

December 11th, 2020

24:16

This week, the FTC and more than 40 state attorneys general brought antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. And they’re not pulling their punches. They …

What if the U.S. Just Didn’t?

December 10th, 2020

26:10

As Joe Biden assembles his cabinet, he has an opportunity to remake America’s image on the global stage. What if the US was seen as a cooperative partner rather than a big-footed global leader? 


Guest: Peter Beinart, …

What Does the Teachers Union Want?

December 9th, 2020

24:18

Teachers unions are catching flack for obstructing a return to in-person school. The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi …

How Cherokee Nation Is Beating Back COVID

December 8th, 2020

25:16

As COVID ravages the American plains, the Cherokee nation stands alone – an example of how government might work to contain the virus. The tribe long ago gave up waiting for the federal government to come through on its …

The NFL vs. COVID-19

December 7th, 2020

26:31

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the NFL has asserted that they would continue with their regular season this fall. They’ve kept their word. …

TBD | How Hackers Hold Schools for Ransom

December 4th, 2020

23:42

Ransomware attacks--when hackers break into digital systems, encrypt files, and demand payment to unlock them, isn’t new. But 2020 has seen an explosion in the frequency of these hacks, which are often targeted at …

Making a Vaccine Go Viral

December 3rd, 2020

21:45

In the last month, multiple drug companies have announced highly effective vaccines for the coronavirus. But getting everyone vaccinated will be a …

Biden’s Window of Opportunity With Iran

December 2nd, 2020

23:53

The assasination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has made a difficult situation even harder for the incoming Biden …

Can Janet Yellen Save the Economy?

December 1st, 2020

25:33

Janet Yellen’s is a name most Americans will recognize, even if they’re not quite sure why. She’s the former chair of the Federal Reserve and the former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and now, she’s been …

A Contract Tracer on Her Overwhelming Job

November 30th, 2020

28:53

North Dakota has the highest COVID-19 case rate in the country. As infections spiked, contact tracers struggled to keep up. Eventually, their bosses …

A Small Business Finds Opportunity In Crisis

November 25th, 2020

27:09

A Hyde Park store owner supported his neighborhood through a pandemic this spring. The favor was returned during a summer of protests. But this winter will be tough.


Guest: Eric Williams, owner of The Silver Room.


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A House Democrat Reflects on Her Defeat

November 24th, 2020

32:05

The 2020 election has a lot of Democrats asking: What happened? As it turns out, it’s a question one outgoing member of Congress has been asking herself, too.

Guest: U.S. Representative Donna Shalala, Democrat from …

Georgia Runoffs Put Each Party to the Test

November 23rd, 2020

27:02

The last bout of the fight for the U.S. Senate runs through Georgia. And this time, no one has any reason to pull punches. 

Guest: Greg Bluestein, …

TBD | Inside Biden’s COVID Team

November 20th, 2020

25:06

When Joe Biden takes office in two months, the federal government will take on a new stance in its fight to contain the coronavirus. The broad strokes of that strategy have been outlined in debates and on campaign …

The Perils of Prosecuting Trump

November 19th, 2020

28:30

There are two basic camps of thought when it comes to upholding the norms and laws that the Trump administration has broken. On the one hand: How …

What Biden Learned From the Last Crash

November 18th, 2020

26:49

Joe Biden and his chief of staff have negotiated a massive fiscal stimulus package before. How should the incoming administration regard the 2009 …

El Paso’s COVID Spike Didn’t Have To Happen

November 17th, 2020

25:18

Bob Moore has covered all kinds of crises as a journalist in El Paso, Texas. But the COVID-19 surge is enough to make him crack. There’s a time for dispassionate journalism. This isn’t it. 

Guest: Bob Moore, founder of

Worst. Transition. Ever.

November 16th, 2020

29:54

In the summer of 2020, a group of people tried to imagine the most likely outcomes of the presidential election. They nailed it. But what may come next is harder to fathom. 

Guest: Rosa Brooks, co-founder of the …

TBD | How Tough Will Biden Really Be on Big Tech?

November 13th, 2020

24:43

When Barack Obama first won the White House, back in 2008, with Joe Biden as his vice president, the executive branch’s stance towards tech and tech companies was seen as cooperative, progressive, and forward-thinking. …

Not All of the Polls Were Wrong

November 12th, 2020

30:32

In the lead-up to the 2020 election, Iowa polls had Biden and Trump running neck and neck to win the state’s 6 electoral votes. However, one poll in …

Republicans’ Down Ballot Power Grab

November 11th, 2020

29:43

Even though the 2020 presidential race has been called for Joe Biden, President Trump is still baselessly asserting that he is the true winner. His accusations of voter fraud may give republican held legislatures all …

How Democrats Took Latino Voters for Granted

November 10th, 2020

23:46

Some early exit polls showed Joe Biden winning a strong majority of Latino voters but if you look closely there’s a more complicated story. In some …

Biden Won. What Now?

November 9th, 2020

24:34

On Saturday, the US presidential race was called for Joe Biden, making Donald Trump a one-term president. However, the outcome of the down ballot races may spell trouble for an incoming Biden administration. 

Guest:

TBD | How the Gig Economy Won in California

November 6th, 2020

22:56

Companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have always argued that their workers are independent contractors, not employees. This distinction has been …

What We Know So Far

November 5th, 2020

27:30

There’s still a lot that’s unclear about one of the most contentious elections in recent history. Here’s what we do know: that many pollsters …

And Now We Wait

November 4th, 2020

24:59

We still don’t have a winner for the 2020 presidential election. It’s all coming down to states where vote-counting is happening slowly, amid a …

First-Timers: An NBA Player's First Time Voting

November 3rd, 2020

26:23

Larry Nance Jr. is an NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s also a first-time voter. After the NBA players’ ranks exploded with activism this …

First-Timers: A True Independent Voter

November 3rd, 2020

20:28

Jeffrey Yaw lives in the Fingerlakes region of upstate New York. He’s a recent convert to Catholicism who attended the March for Life back in …

A Giant Test for Election Law

November 2nd, 2020

24:53

With just one day to go and several hundred lawsuits around the election still swirling about, which legal cases are raising major red flags? And how …

TBD | The Fight Against Election Day Falsehoods

October 30th, 2020

25:41

The 2016 general election changed the way we think about information online and its power to sway results. Four years later, Americans will vote amid …

Our Pandemic Winter

October 29th, 2020

34:15

There’s actually good news about this virus. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re safe.

Guest: Ed Yong, staff writer for The Atlantic. 

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Still Fighting for Breonna Taylor

October 28th, 2020

34:19

Attica Scott is the only black woman in Kentucky’s state legislature. It turns out, that doesn’t make advocating for Breonna Taylor much easier. 

Guest: Kentucky state Representative Attica Scott

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First-Timers: A New Citizen Votes

October 27th, 2020

18:42

Rafa Lombardino wasn’t planning on becoming a citizen. Originally from Brazil, Rafa has spent nearly two decades in America content with her green card. After Trump's election in 2016, though, she watched increasingly …

What Happens to the Pro-Choice Movement Now?

October 26th, 2020

37:16

The pro-choice movement is in the wilderness. For activists serving women on the margins, that’s been clear for years. 

Guest: Laurie Bertram Roberts, executive director of the Yellowhammer Fund. 

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TBD | A Historic Case Against Google

October 23rd, 2020

23:59

It’s been 22 years since the federal government last brought a meaningful legal challenge to a big tech company. Back then, when the Justice …

Is an Upset Brewing in Iowa?

October 22nd, 2020

24:10

Iowa is home to less than 1% of the U.S. population. So why is this year’s Senate race the 2nd most expensive in U.S. history? Democrats hope to use …

It’s Still Worth Panicking About the Election

October 21st, 2020

22:50

With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, maybe you’re feeling a little uneasy. Jim Newell says, despite Biden’s consistent lead in the …

First-Timers: Out of Prison and Finally Able to Vote

October 20th, 2020

24:42

Winning November’s presidential election will likely mean turning out a whole host of people who have never voted before. In our new series,

Conflict Over COVID Restrictions in Orthodox Brooklyn

October 19th, 2020

27:18

A spike in COVID cases this fall led to new restrictions in several parts of New York. Many of these locations were home to Orthodox Jewish communities which were hard hit early on in the pandemic.

Feeling singled out by …

TBD | Facebook Flips on Holocaust Denial

October 16th, 2020

25:09

Two years ago, Mark Zuckerberg held up Holocaust denial as an example of the type of speech that would be protected on Facebook. The company wouldn’t …

A Former Coronavirus Task Force Member Speaks

October 15th, 2020

31:38

Olivia Troye spent nearly two years in Trump’s White House. In that time, she sat in on meetings about natural disasters, border security - and the …

Democrats, Take The Stimulus Deal Already

October 14th, 2020

26:22

The White House, Senate Republicans and the House Democrats are all on completely separate pages about another coronavirus relief package. With the election just three weeks away, is now the best time to strike a deal? …

Kelly Loeffler Picked the Wrong Fight

October 13th, 2020

30:22

Earlier this summer, Senator Kelly Loeffler leaned into a war of words with the WNBA. She may have underestimated her opponents. 

Guest: Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor at Penn State and cohost of the Burn It All …

TBD | What Landlords Have on You

October 9th, 2020

23:19

Over the last decade, born from the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis, automated tenant screening has grown into a billion-dollar industry. Now, …

The Fight Over Voting Access in Texas

October 8th, 2020

29:46

Who will be able to cast a vote in Texas? And will Texans be able to figure that out before election day -- or after?

Guest: Emma Platoff, justice and …

How Much Is Mike Pence to Blame?

October 7th, 2020

27:01

If Vice President Mike Pence does agree to show up at the debate on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, he’ll have plenty to answer for -- in particular, …

Scandal and COVID Strike a Tight Senate Race

October 6th, 2020

28:20

We have a sitting senator with a COVID-19 positive test. We have his opponent, admitting to an extramarital affair. And we have a surge in mail-in …

The Superspreader In Chief

October 5th, 2020

30:37

The president has tested positive for COVID. Does he realize what that means for the rest of us?

Guest: Slate’s Will Saletan, author of Bearing Right

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TBD | The Attack on Florida’s Latino Voters

October 2nd, 2020

19:57

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Spanish-speaking voters in Florida have been exposed to a steady uptick in falsities and conspiracy theories. This misinformation is shared in WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups, and …

This Devastating School Year

October 1st, 2020

28:49

There have been instances in the past when kids did not go to school for long periods of time. The history and research show that it’s devastating …

The Bottom Line on Trump’s Taxes

September 30th, 2020

29:46

Donald Trump has spent the last four years refusing to release his tax returns. When the New York Times published 20 years worth of them, it revealed a possible reason why. The president’s balance sheet listed huge …

The Most Important Question in Tonight's Debate

September 29th, 2020

22:16

When you settle in to watch the Presidential debate tonight, maybe you’ll be listening to hear how Trump talks about the New York Times story regarding his tax returns. Maybe you’ll want to hear what Joe Biden has to …

Who Is Amy Coney Barrett?

September 28th, 2020

29:04

Over the weekend, President Trump announced that Amy Coney Barrett would be his pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. …

TBD | A Vaccine Won’t Be the End

September 25th, 2020

24:20

As of Sept. 24, there are 42 vaccines in clinical trials on humans. At least 92 others are being developed but have not yet gone to trial. For months, the world has tracked the progression of these vaccines closely, …

Could Lindsey Graham Really Lose?

September 24th, 2020

24:00

As Lindsey Graham gears up to push the President Trump's nominee through to the Supreme Court, he’s fighting another battle back home in South …

Democrats Can Still Play Hardball

September 23rd, 2020

24:11

Senate Republicans are almost certainly going to fill Justice Ginsburg’s vacant Supreme Court seat ahead of the election. It may look like Democrats are backed into a corner but they have ways to check a SCOTUS …

When Everything Around You Is Burning

September 22nd, 2020

23:10

Megan Brown’s family has worked their land in Northern California for 170 years. Fire was always a normal part of the ecosystem but Megan says, in recent years, “it’s become a monster.” 


Guest: Megan Brown, rancher from …

Remembering RBG

September 21st, 2020

27:03

On Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87. Her work as a lawyer and a judge forever changed how women are viewed under United States law. As the nation mourns, her absence sparks a fight in the …

TBD | Did the Internet Doom a Pregnancy?

September 18th, 2020

23:34

For pregnant women in the U.S., there are plenty of reasons to mistrust the medical establishment. Mortality rates are high compared to other western countries, and one-third of women in the U.S. give birth by …

Are Democrats Blowing It With Latino Voters?

September 17th, 2020

32:36

Democratic operatives who specialize in Latino voter outreach are sounding the alarm: The Biden campaign assumes Latino support at its own peril. 

Guest: Chuck Rocha, head of Nuestro PAC.  

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Teaching Is Hell Right Now

September 16th, 2020

19:16

Hybrid learning is a massive educational experiment playing out in schools across the country. No two classrooms are alike. We took a look at one …

What Ever Happened to More Stimulus?

September 15th, 2020

24:04

This is what coronavirus purgatory looks like: Our present economic doldrums are brutal for service workers and tolerable for white-collar workers. …

Another Whistleblower Comes Forward

September 14th, 2020

24:27

A new whistleblower complaint alleges that the Trump administration is trying to manipulate national security agencies for political ends. With two …

TBD | The Great Climate Migration Begins

September 11th, 2020

21:28

As the planet warms in the coming decades, many parts of the planet that millions now call home will become uninhabitable. At first, people in these areas will move to the cities, then across international borders. This …

This Fire Season Is Different

September 10th, 2020

23:58

The American West is undergoing one of the most extreme fire seasons on record. With megafires creating apocalyptic scenes across large swaths of …

Can We Trust the Polls This Time?

September 9th, 2020

24:38

For months after Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, pundits labored over how the polls, and the reports surrounding them, had badly misjudged and …

A Post Office Insider On What We're Getting Wrong

September 8th, 2020

23:17

John Nolan worked at the United States Postal Service for a total of 24 years. He retired in 2005. The last couple of months have been a frustrating …

TBD | The Limits of Filming Police Brutality

September 4th, 2020

24:10

In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in 2014, and the national protests that followed, many believed that video shared on social media, along …

Trump's Legal Troubles Are Just Getting Started

September 3rd, 2020

25:09

President Donald Trump’s business dealings have been shrouded in secrecy, but new legal scrutiny on the Trump Organization might turn up some answers …

Will “Law and Order” Save Trump?

September 2nd, 2020

21:50

Nine weeks out from the presidential election, the Trump campaign is trying to make the election about “law and order.” Is that a winning strategy …

A Democratic Mud-Fight in Massachusetts

September 1st, 2020

18:11

The Democratic primary for a Massachusetts Senate seat is becoming a test of progressive bona fides and the strength of the Kennedy family name. So perhaps it’s not surprising to learn that, when it comes to their …

Seven Days of Unrest in Kenosha

August 31st, 2020

22:02

One week ago, a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times, paralyzing him from the waist down. In the immediate …

TBD | QAnon Goes Mainstream

August 28th, 2020

20:22

Not long ago, the QAnon conspiracy theory seemed to have lost momentum. Social media mentions had decreased. 8chan had gone offline. But since March, fueled by the pandemic and social media giants, the conspiracy has …

U.S. Foreign Policy Is Officially Incoherent

August 27th, 2020

19:45

Last week, the Trump administration used shaky reasoning to pursue additional sanctions against Iran. The proposal was rejected by nearly the entire U.N. Security Council, including close allies like the U.K and France. …

The Fight for Belarus

August 26th, 2020

19:45

For the past two weeks, Belarus has been gripped by political protest. The country’s longtime authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, is …

The U.S. Can Fix Its COVID Testing Failures

August 25th, 2020

18:23

Getting tested for the coronavirus has never been as easy as it should be in the U.S. We’ve seen equipment shortages, long delays for test results, …

Another Crackdown On the Border

August 24th, 2020

18:51

The pandemic hasn’t stopped the flow of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border. But it has prompted an emergency crackdown on asylum seekers, and critics …

TBD | What Went Wrong With Contact Tracing Apps

August 21st, 2020

21:08

In the early days of the pandemic, countries around the world invested heavily in new technologies that would help track the movement of the virus. …

Can NY Take Down the NRA?

August 20th, 2020

20:21

New York Attorney General Letitia James surprised many when she announced plans to dissolve the National Rifle Association. James accused the gun …

The QAnon Candidate

August 19th, 2020

22:32

Last week in Georgia’s 14th congressional district runoff, a Republican candidate who believes in the dangerous and baseless QAnon conspiracy theory came out on top. Marjorie Taylor Greene is now a shoo-in to win a seat …

The Battle for Wisconsin's Dairy Farmers

August 18th, 2020

18:16

Having the Democratic National Convention in Wisconsin was supposed to be a way for the Democrats to atone for 2016. Hillary Clinton was the first presidential candidate from either party to not campaign in the state …

Wanted by China

August 17th, 2020

25:07

One day last month, Samuel Chu woke up to the news that the Chinese government wanted him in jail. Chu doesn’t think he’s in danger -- he’s a U.S. citizen, living in Los Angeles. So how did he wind up on the wrong side …

TBD | How Google Search Sold Out

August 14th, 2020

20:52

In the early days of internet search engines, Google set itself apart by providing a simple service. A list of links, inviting you to explore the websites that best matched your query. It was a portal to the rest of the …

Kamala: Historic, Safe, and Complicated

August 13th, 2020

29:36

Kamala Harris is having an historic moment. What does it mean?

Guest: Jason Johnson, political science professor at Morgan State University. 

Slate …

Our Pandemic Learning Curve

August 12th, 2020

20:57

The pandemic moves quickly. The scientific consensus changes slowly. Did we waste time waiting for data when we could have adopted low-cost safety …

Left Out of the Census

August 11th, 2020

21:17

The U.S. Census Bureau has faced setback after setback. And, this year, who makes it into the official population count is going to be a lot more …

What’s Up With the Mail?

August 10th, 2020

26:17

This year, the election runs through the Post Office. And we have reasons to be concerned. 

Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent. 

Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free …

TBD | How One Block Got Through It

August 7th, 2020

22:50

Over the past five months, city blocks have been slipping away. Bars are closed; restaurants are half-empty; retail is shuttered. As the country …

Solving the Child Care Crisis

August 6th, 2020

21:56

Even before the pandemic child care was a long, simmering crisis. With the fall approaching and school reopenings in flux, many parents are asking …

A Teacher Weighs Her Options

August 5th, 2020

24:10

Schools in Oklahoma are preparing to reopen, but special education teacher Nancy Shively won’t be among the teachers going back to school. Shively, …

Republicans Are Freaking Out About Kansas

August 4th, 2020

17:51

Tuesday’s Kansas Senate primary has Republican party leadership concerned. Polls show that Barbara Bollier, a former Republican turned Democrat, …

The U.S. Takes On TikTok

August 3rd, 2020

21:08

The past couple of weeks have seen some alarming developments in the U.S.-China relationship. Among them is how the United States plans to deal with …

TBD | When America Can’t Pay the Rent

July 31st, 2020

25:33

For the last four months, federal and state eviction moratoria have kept Americans in their apartments, even if they couldn’t pay rent. Now, with …

New York’s Mail-In Ballot Failure

July 30th, 2020

22:37

At the height of New York City’s “hot-spot” status during the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo made absentee ballots available to a wider array of voters than ever before. But state and federal agencies …

The Coronavirus Official Who Quit

July 29th, 2020

20:20

Arizona largely avoided the coronavirus when it first reached the U.S., but after a rapid reopening of the state by Governor Doug Ducey, new cases in the state exploded. Arizona now has well over 165,000 COVID cases and …

How DHS Got This Way

July 28th, 2020

20:43

The Department of Homeland Security was built to protect the country from terrorists. But its mission was always expansive. After the bizarre detainments in Portland, we’re seeing a reckoning with what this super-agency …

Senate Republicans Are Stuck

July 27th, 2020

23:52

Back in May, when House Democrats were teeing up additional coronavirus relief legislation, the Senate majority made a bet. Republicans waited to see …

TBD | New Orleans Without Music

July 24th, 2020

23:14

More than any other U.S. city, New Orleans banks on its culture. From music to restaurants to parades, the city relies on a steady stream of tourists …

Will There Ever Be Justice For Breonna Taylor?

July 23rd, 2020

24:01

Twenty-six-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by a Louisville Metro Police officer in March. Four months later, and in the wake of mass …

Inside the NBA Bubble

July 22nd, 2020

23:27

The NBA has announced an ambitious plan to restart the season more than 4 months after it was abruptly halted due to the coronavirus. 22 teams have entered the COVID-free “bubble” at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in …

One on One With Dr. Fauci

July 21st, 2020

21:45

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIAID and member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, talks about the surge in cases, reopening …

What Is Going On in Portland?

July 20th, 2020

19:00

This weekend, disturbing video of unmarked federal agents detaining a protestor in Portland circulated on Twitter. Even the state government of …

TBD | Cities Are Running Out of Money

July 17th, 2020

23:46

After months of coronavirus lockdowns, cities are taking stock of their finances. The situation is bleak. With plummeting sales and property tax revenue, American cities of all sizes may be facing a budget crisis. What …

The First Federal Execution in 17 Years

July 16th, 2020

23:24

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court authorized the federal government to carry out its first execution in 17 years. Daniel Lee was convicted back in the 1990s of murdering an Arkansas family in a …

What To Do About the Schools

July 15th, 2020

22:14

As fall approaches, the Trump administration is calling for a full reopening of schools. Now, districts across the country are scrambling to figure …

Sweden Screwed Up

July 14th, 2020

23:46

Swedish officials eschewed sweeping shutdowns when the pandemic hit. Some reasoned that Sweden could still power down if COVID-19 cases spiked. But …

John Roberts’ Long Game

July 13th, 2020

28:10

The most recent Supreme Court term saw huge progressive wins for DACA recipients, LGBTQ rights and abortion access. However, upon further inspection it’s clear that Chief Justice John Roberts is playing the long game …

TBD | Is “Covid Flight” a Thing?

July 10th, 2020

21:21

Tens of thousands of people leave American cities every year. Normally, they’re replaced by new arrivals seeking jobs, education, and opportunity. But in a world transformed by the coronavirus, what happens if nobody …

Mary Trump’s Truth

July 9th, 2020

28:53

It is impossible to write a surprising book about Donald Trump, but you can’t fault people for trying. Mary Trump writes that her uncle lived an …

How Activists Brought Down a Massive Gas Pipeline

July 8th, 2020

26:08

Local activists never expected the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to go bust. Now they’re asking each other: How did that victory happen? And can it be replicated?

Guest: Lyndsey Gilpin, founder and editor-in-chief of …

How California Created Its Newest COVID Hotspot

July 7th, 2020

18:03

At the end of May, California’s oldest prison, San Quentin, had zero reported cases of COVID-19. Now, the facility has more than 1,300. Guards are …

The Economy Still Has the Virus

July 6th, 2020

24:10

Republicans have begun embracing masks. It’s a welcome change -- but it’s also an economic indicator. 

Guest: Slate’s Jordan Weissmann

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TBD | What's a City Without the Office?

July 3rd, 2020

20:27

Since March, white-collar offices in major cities across the United States have stood empty. Now, with growing evidence that the workforce is equally …

The Godfather of the Anti-Immigration Movement

July 2nd, 2020

20:39

How did a small-town eye doctor mastermind an anti-immigration movement premised on racism?

Guest: Hassan Ahmad, founder of the HMA Law Firm in Virginia. He is suing the University of Michigan to unseal the complete …

The Toxic Combo Behind Colorado’s Police Shootings

July 1st, 2020

25:43

Colorado has one of the highest rates of officer involved shootings in the country. After looking at the data, reporters from Colorado Public Radio …

Sick for 90 Days and Counting

June 30th, 2020

25:06

After a long stretch of travel back in March, Matthew Long-Middle fell suddenly ill. He started to suspect he’d contracted COVID-19. Now, in June, Matthew is still feeling symptoms and has yet to get any clear answers …

What Went Wrong in Texas

June 29th, 2020

27:37

Texas is dealing with a surge of COVID-19 cases, just weeks after it had begun reopening its businesses and considering plans to bring school back in …

TBD | A Hidden Side of Police Abuse

June 26th, 2020

18:32

Responding to protests around the country, the New York City Council passed the POST Act: Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology last week. The …

How the NYPD Gets Away With It

June 25th, 2020

24:56

It was Halloween night when Eric Umansky’s wife asked him to go see what was happening around the corner from their home. She had just seen an …

Grief, Comedy, and COVID

June 24th, 2020

24:35

Last week, comedian Laurie Kilmartin took to Twitter to talk jokingly about something that wasn’t funny –– her mom was dying. JoAnn Kilmartin, Laurie’s mother, had contracted the coronavirus in her nursing home and was …

Is Bill Barr Winning?

June 23rd, 2020

20:51

This past weekend, Geoffrey Berman was suddenly removed from his office as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The removal itself began with Barr announcing on Friday night that Berman was …

TBD | Why Remote Learning Failed

June 19th, 2020

23:12

In March, when schools across the country shut down, few people could have guessed that students wouldn’t return until the fall. Schools weren’t …

The Belated National Embrace of Juneteenth

June 18th, 2020

16:49

Companies from Nike to the New York Times have announced that Juneteenth will be a paid day off this year. What does wider observance of the holiday …

A Politician's Brush with NYPD Abuse

June 17th, 2020

31:04

Police reform is not a new cause in New York. The same proposals have been discussed for years. But when people took to the streets in late May, they …

A Victory for LGBTQ Americans

June 16th, 2020

23:47

On Monday, the conservative Supreme Court extended civil rights protections to transgender and gay Americans. The ruling is not controversial --

Is the Military Turning Its Back on Trump?

June 15th, 2020

22:37

In the past couple of weeks, multiple high ranking military members, active and retired, have spoken out against the Trump administration's use of …

TBD | Is This the End of Facial Recognition?

June 12th, 2020

22:39

This week, three of the leading developers of facial-recognition technology announced they would stop, or at least pause, selling this technology to …

The Antifa Myth

June 11th, 2020

20:13

To hear the president tell it, you would think that antifa activists are blanketing the country -- bringing their campaign of vandalism and looting …

A Momentous Vote in Minneapolis

June 10th, 2020

19:47

This week, nine members of the Minneapolis City Council announced their intention to dissolve the Minneapolis Police Department. And while this …

Ferguson Revisited: The Worst Night

June 9th, 2020

24:59

Looking at the images that have come out over the last few weeks: images of police violence and protest, it’s impossible not to think how similar …

Pandemic & Protest

June 8th, 2020

24:33

It is entirely possible to support the protests while feeling intense anxiety that they will result in additional cases of COVID-19. 

Guest: Dr. …

TBD | Your Delivery Habit Isn't Helping

June 5th, 2020

20:22

In the midst of the pandemic, protests and police lockdowns, restaurants are turning increasingly to delivery apps like DoorDash and Grubhub to stay …

Larry Kramer Wouldn't Be Quiet

June 4th, 2020

24:09

Larry Kramer always made sure you heard him loud and clear. He was a playwright, a novelist, but he was perhaps best known for his work as an AIDS activist. In the 1980s and 1990s, Kramer sought to wake up the world to …

A History of Violent Protest

June 3rd, 2020

24:31

The images are familiar now. The police in their face shields, armed with batons and cans of pepper spray. The protestors, sporting bruises, pouring …

Caught Between COVID and DACA

June 2nd, 2020

27:56

Supreme Court decision days are when Dalia Larios is most nervous. Now a doctor in residency at a hospital in Boston, she spends her time largely thinking about her work, reading the endless amounts of research being …

Minneapolis Was a Powder Keg

June 1st, 2020

22:17

The Minneapolis police lost the faith of their community long before the death of George Floyd. How did things get so bad? 

Guest: Jon Collins, …

TBD | Trump and Twitter Go to War

May 29th, 2020

20:19

On Tuesday, after years of inaction, Twitter fact checked President Trump’s tweets for the first time. Six words were added below the original text, directing readers to outside articles refuting his claims.


Two days …

Are We Headed for a Cold War With China?

May 28th, 2020

21:27

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Hong Kong was no longer considered autonomous from China by the US government. Tensions were already high between the two global superpowers but with this new …

How the US Can Dodge A Depression

May 27th, 2020

23:02

At 14.7%, US unemployment is at its highest rate since the Great Depression. In the coming months, Washington has a narrow window to avert an even bigger economic disaster.


Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior …

When Coronavirus Came to Navajo Nation

May 26th, 2020

15:16

No one was ready for this coronavirus. But what’s happening on native lands is the result of generations of neglect. 

Guest: Wahleah Johns, co-founder …

TBD | What Is Elon Musk Thinking?

May 22nd, 2020

19:08

As the coronavirus shut down manufacturing across California in March and April, Elon Musk only wanted one thing: to start making cars again.


So when local government officials in Alameda County got in his way, Musk took …

A Summer Without Camp

May 21st, 2020

21:57

In a normal year, the next couple of weeks would be when excited campers returned to summer camp. Now, because of the coronavirus, summer camps are …

On A Wild Goose Chase for Masks

May 20th, 2020

27:18

The global scarcity of masks has shown us the federal government’s desperate side. Procurement rules have been loosened. Prices have soared. And a …

Can We Even Trust the Testing Data?

May 19th, 2020

24:32

We closed down the country because we didn’t have enough COVID-19 tests. Now that testing capacity is improving, there’s another problem: figuring out what all this new data means, and who’s reporting accurate figures. 

How Much Trouble Is Senator Richard Burr In?

May 18th, 2020

22:27

A lot happened in February for Senator Ricard Burr (R-NC). He told his constituents that the country was “ready to face the coronavirus.” He told a …

TBD | Decoding the Flood of COVID Data

May 15th, 2020

20:36

Every week, it feels like some new piece of coronavirus information dominates the headlines. Mysterious symptoms, changing government directives. …

Inside a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

May 14th, 2020

21:50

All around the world, scientific research has been put on hold to concentrate resources on one thing: a vaccine for COVID-19. The usual red tape that …

Will Michael Flynn Get Away With It?

May 13th, 2020

26:25

The criminal case against former Trump adviser Michael Flynn has been full of plot-twists. But the biggest about-face came last week, when the …

Italy Emerges From Lockdown. Slowly.

May 12th, 2020

19:17

We spoke to Greta Privitera back in mid-March, a few weeks after she and her family isolated themselves at home in northern Italy. Now, with Italy …

The Shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

May 11th, 2020

21:38

Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead on a Sunday afternoon in southern Georgia. He had been jogging a few miles from his home. The shooting happened on February 23. It took more than two months for officials to make any arrests. …

TBD | Should You Get an Antibody Test?

May 8th, 2020

25:01

Yesterday, New York City announced that it would provide 140,000 free antibody tests to residents who want to know if they have been exposed to the …

Will the Post Office Go Bust?

May 7th, 2020

20:49

For years, the Postal Service has faced financial turmoil. Now, facing a pandemic, mail volume has dropped off and the question has resurfaced: Can …

Orange County vs. Gavin Newsom

May 6th, 2020

19:06

It all started when the weather took a turn for the better. Surfers and beachgoers flocked to Orange County shores, only to find them cordoned off, at the behest of Governor Gavin Newsom. Protestors took to the streets …

A Biden Accuser on the Latest Biden Allegation

May 5th, 2020

23:29

Last spring, Lucy Flores wrote in The Cut that Joe Biden invaded her personal space and sniffed her hair at a campaign event in 2014. She says Biden never reached out to her after she went public. Now, as Joe Biden …

How Extremists Capitalized on the Pandemic

May 4th, 2020

23:55

As the coronavirus continues to leave people sick and out of work, alone and under stress, there’s one particular group of people taking special …

Introducing: Code Switch

May 2nd, 2020

33:42

Today we're introducing you to one of our favorite podcasts, Code Switch!

Hosted by Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji, Code Switch offers some of …

TBD | How the Crisis Could Embolden Big Tech

May 1st, 2020

20:35

This week, the world’s largest tech companies posted their quarterly earnings. And—unlike most other companies in the world—things aren’t looking so bad. With the global economy reeling, and people sheltering indoors, …

The Basketball Coach Who Won’t Hire Men

April 30th, 2020

21:12

This episode originally aired June 2019.

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 …

What Seattle Got Right

April 29th, 2020

26:25

When the first known case of coronavirus in the United States was detected in a suburb of Seattle, the region quickly became the epicenter of the pandemic in the country. Now, almost two months later, Seattle has …

A Small Business Owner's Dilemma

April 28th, 2020

23:41

Georgia has confirmed more than 24,000 cases of COVID-19 and tallied close to 1,000 deaths from the disease. However, Governor Brian Kemp is still allowing a number of the state’s businesses to reopen this week, citing …

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Stimulus

April 27th, 2020

20:24

With 26 million Americans filing for unemployment in the last five weeks, it’s obvious that the economy is still broken. However, Congress hasn’t …

TBD | Can We Really Make a Safe Vaccine in 18 Months?

April 24th, 2020

23:58

There are over 60 vaccines for the coronavirus currently in development. Four of them are already being tested in humans. As researchers move at breakneck speed to find a vaccine, they’re debating breaking (or at least …

What Happened on the Cruise Ships

April 23rd, 2020

27:04

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, cruises were the poster-child of viral spread. For the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Cruise Line, the problems began in February and quickly escalated, as more …

How Sioux Falls Became a Hot Spot

April 22nd, 2020

19:16

More than 700 cases of COVID-19 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota can be traced back to the city’s Smithfield pork packaging plant. Weeks before the coronavirus outbreak was confirmed, employees were asking for protective …

Democrats’ Plan to Win the Senate

April 21st, 2020

22:23

No one thought 2020 was going to be a boring election year. Several key Senate seats are in play, presenting Democrats with a real shot at winning back the chamber. However, with an unstable economy and a critical phase …

What’s Happening in Florida’s Nursing Homes?

April 20th, 2020

28:36

Ever since COVID-19 surfaced in Florida, local journalists began wondering how the virus was going to impact nursing home residents and employees. For weeks the facilities and the state's health department were …

TBD | Can the U.S. Really Track the Coronavirus?

April 17th, 2020

23:58

Before the U.S. can start opening back up, states will need to put systems in place for “contact tracing,” or meticulous tracking of the disease …

What Will Summer Be Like?

April 16th, 2020

25:15

The summer is going to be marked by the slow process of learning to live with coronavirus looming. The United States is going to have to rethink what “normal” means.

Guest: Ed Yong, Science writer for The Atlantic

Slate …

20 Years of Failing to Prepare

April 15th, 2020

28:47

Back in January, the Trump administration was caught flat footed in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Politico’s Dan Diamond took a look back …

Where’s My Check?

April 14th, 2020

24:26

Washington is still struggling to put the U.S. economy on ice while we wait out the coronavirus. Maybe you’re expecting your government check this week. Maybe you’re a small business owner looking for a loan. Is help on …

What America's Biggest Nursing Union Wants

April 13th, 2020

20:33

At hospitals throughout the country another fight is beginning to spill into the public eye. This one between hospital administrators and their workers who have been put in harm's way. As nurses push for better working …

TBD | The Limits of Coronavirus Predictions

April 10th, 2020

20:09

As governments around the world try to predict the toll and duration of the coronavirus, they’re turning increasingly to a handful of forecasting …

Seasick: How the Coronavirus Upended the Navy

April 9th, 2020

26:24

The Navy prides itself on being ready for just about anything. Sailors are even trained to fight fires, if need be. But when the coronavirus started rapidly spreading aboard the USS Roosevelt in early March, the ship’s …

Why COVID-19 Hits Black America Hardest

April 8th, 2020

27:25

By now, Americans are getting used to the patterns of the coronavirus. It largely preys on the elderly and people with certain underlying health conditions. But as cities and towns start compiling the racial data of …

The Fight Over Wisconsin’s Election

April 7th, 2020

26:10

Concerns over the coronavirus outbreak are colliding with partisan trench warfare in Wisconsin. Voters are stuck in the crosshairs. 

Guest: Mark …

Where Social Distancing Is Impossible

April 6th, 2020

25:06

Rikers Island was not built to slow a pandemic. Buildings are decrepit, and the churn of guards and new inmates makes infectious diseases incredibly hard to contain. Over the past several weeks, Rikers has released more …

TBD | Risking Your Life for $8.71

April 3rd, 2020

23:45

This week, workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, and Instacart have announced mass strikes across the country. Though demand for these services is high, …

Jerry Falwell Jr. vs. the Coronavirus

April 2nd, 2020

24:18

“Politically incorrect since 1971.” That’s the unofficial motto of Liberty University, an evangelical college located in Lynchburg, Virginia headed …

Should You Be Wearing a Mask?

April 1st, 2020

21:16

The CDC could soon be changing its guidelines on whether the American public should be wearing masks to combat the spread of COVID-19. What does the …

“It’s Every Man for Himself”

March 31st, 2020

25:14

As COVID-19 cases continue to mount across the country, many states are still preparing for the virus to hit their populations with full force. In …

What New York City Did Wrong

March 30th, 2020

26:28

Just a few weeks ago, officials were saying the coronavirus outbreak posed a relatively low risk for people living in New York City. How did health experts and government officials misread the threat so completely? And …

TBD | Where Are All the Tests?

March 27th, 2020

26:50

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When Your Doctor Gets COVID-19

March 26th, 2020

28:40

What happens when the people on the frontlines get sick? An ER doctor shares her experience with coronavirus as doctor and patient.

Guest: Dara Kass, Emergency medicine physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and …

Does 1918 Even Apply Here?

March 25th, 2020

22:40

There’s plenty to be learned from past pandemics. They tend to follow a dramatic arc: denial, blame, and mass mobilization. So far, the coronavirus …

How to Hold an Election During a Pandemic

March 24th, 2020

28:29

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, the United States might have to figure out how to hold an election in a time of social distancing. Will local, …

Can Congress Save the Economy?

March 23rd, 2020

21:39

To understand where the country is right now in battling this pandemic you have to confront some pretty grim statistics. Roughly one in three Americans are under some kind of orders to stay at home. The number of …

WN TBD: Big Tech Eyes the Pandemic

March 20th, 2020

24:59

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Italy's Message From the Future

March 19th, 2020

21:37

Many Americans still can’t imagine how the coronavirus pandemic will upend their lives. In northern Italy, no imagination is needed. Coffins pile up in churches and cemeteries as funeral gatherings remain banned. …

How Long This Could Last

March 18th, 2020

22:03

As the novel coronavirus spreads sickness and anxiety around the U.S., it’s tempting to point fingers at government agencies that seemed wholly …

We Still Have to Talk About Elizabeth Warren

March 17th, 2020

19:07

When Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the end of her presidential campaign, she was asked about the role of sexism in the race. Warren didn’t …

Can Our Economy Handle This?

March 17th, 2020

23:47

In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. political leaders are moving faster than they have in years. But it still might not be fast enough.

An ER Doctor Prepares for the Worst

March 16th, 2020

18:45

Open or closed? Across the country, state governors and mayors are asking themselves that question: Are we safer staying open, or are we safer closing down? 

Over the weekend, more cities and states ordered shutdowns to …

WN TBD: What If They Close All the Schools?

March 13th, 2020

20:00

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Last …

If Prisoners Could Vote

March 12th, 2020

25:29

We talk about polls a lot on this podcast. State polls, national polls, polls that make you shrug and vote for the other guy. Today, we’re talking …

What the World Left Behind in Syria

March 11th, 2020

25:11

Even though Kareem Shaheen left Syria a few years back, the reminders of his time there are everywhere. For nine years a brutal conflict has left millions seeking refuge with millions more still stuck in limbo. This …

Will the Coronavirus Tank the Economy?

March 10th, 2020

23:09

On Monday morning, the Dow saw its biggest one day drop since 2008. This time, the cause was a combination of a volatile oil market and heightened …

Donald Trump Wants Your Digits

March 9th, 2020

24:17

The Trump 2016 campaign had unprecedented success on Facebook. Ever since, Trump's reelection campaign has been pumping out ads and collecting data …

WN TBD: Did the Internet Doom a Pregnancy?

March 6th, 2020

23:31

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For pregnant women in the U.S., there are plenty of reasons to mistrust …

How Biden Made His Comeback

March 5th, 2020

23:13

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Super Tuesday gave Joe Biden a blowout, in part because of a surge from …

He Saw the Coronavirus Coming

March 4th, 2020

19:22

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, started in China as a bat virus that eventually made contact with humans. Researchers say this leap between species was highly predictable – so why were communities and …

Who’s Left Standing for Super Tuesday?

March 3rd, 2020

22:12

The Democratic primary field has been dramatically re-shuffled since Saturday. After Joe Biden swept up votes and delegates in South Carolina, …

Is The Border Patrol Accountable to Anyone?

March 2nd, 2020

22:24

Lower courts have consistently ruled against the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies. But at the Supreme Court, the conservative …

WN TBD: Did Money Corrupt an A.I. Utopia?

February 28th, 2020

21:10

OpenAI was founded in 2015 with a billion dollars and an idealistic mission: Create artificial intelligence that could address humanity’s biggest …

Can Bernie Beat Trump?

February 27th, 2020

24:27

As Bernie Sanders becomes the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, pundits have started wringing their hands about Bernie’s chances of winning in a general election. Are any of these fears grounded in reality?


The Toxic Combo Behind Colorado’s Police Shootings

February 26th, 2020

26:38

Colorado has one of the highest rates of officer involved shootings in the country. After looking at the data, reporters from Colorado Public Radio …

Did Bill Barr Break the Justice Department?

February 25th, 2020

24:44

Attorney General William Barr has lost the confidence of more than 2,600 former Department of Justice employees. We talked to one of them. 

Guest: Donald Ayer, who served in the Department of Justice under George H. W. …

Why Republicans Always Win

February 24th, 2020

19:45

Republicans have relied on one organization in particular to help pass conservative laws in states across the country: The American Legislative …

WN TBD: Inside Facebook’s Supreme Court

February 21st, 2020

23:02

After years of controversial content moderation decisions, from deepfakes to deplatforming, Facebook is trying something new. In January, the social network announced that its new Oversight Board, which will act as a …

Will a Union Spoil Bernie’s Chances in Nevada?

February 20th, 2020

19:16

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has dominated Nevada politics for years. Last week, leaders announced that the union would not endorse any of …

How ICE Is Weaponizing Therapy

February 19th, 2020

28:28

Unaccompanied minors at the border are required to speak to a therapist on a weekly basis. Now, officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement are able to use what was once confidential against these young migrants …

Is Michael Bloomberg Sorry?

February 18th, 2020

26:15

Since he launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, Michael Bloomberg has been trying to distance himself from the legacy of ‘stop and frisk.’ He says stops went down 95 percent by the end of his time as mayor. …

Introducing: The United States of Anxiety

February 14th, 2020

27:49

Every so often, the What Next team wants to share another great podcast with our listeners. This time, it's The United States of Anxiety from WNYC. In its fourth season, host Kai Wright is figuring out how the intense …

WN TBD: Coronavirus Tests China's Surveillance State

February 14th, 2020

20:21

Over the last month, as coronavirus spread across China, Xi Jinping’s vast surveillance and censorship infrastructure went into high gear. But with outrage growing over the death of a beloved doctor, and surveillance …

The Trump Appointee on a Mission to Gut Medicaid

February 13th, 2020

27:02

A few weeks back the Trump administration made an announcement. They rolled out a new health care policy called the Healthy Adult Opportunity. It’s a …

Inside The Base, a Secret Neo-Nazi Group

February 12th, 2020

28:12

This past summer, while Ryan Thorpe was doing his day job as a reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, some frightening posters started appearing around town. They were recruitment posters for a white nationalist …

The Border Patrol’s After School Program

February 11th, 2020

21:39

In border towns across the country, high school students are participating in an after school program run by the U.S. Border Patrol. When journalist …

Los Angeles Confronts Its Housing Crisis

February 10th, 2020

24:03

Homelessness in Los Angeles isn’t a new problem. But it has become a bigger problem. And it’s gotten really easy to see. 

Guests: Theo Henderson, host of the We the Unhoused podcast. Emily Alpert Reyes, City Hall …

WN TBD: Iowa’s App-ocalypse

February 7th, 2020

20:33

On Monday, the Iowa caucuses went off the rails. As the hours stretched into days, and still the results remained unclear, a new piece of election …

Michael Bloomberg’s Shot

February 6th, 2020

28:48

Michael Bloomberg has toyed with running for president many times. He has the money and the political clout, but 2020 is the first time he’s thrown …

A Wake-Up Call From Iowa

February 5th, 2020

18:54

The Iowa caucuses on Monday were a mess. Only 71 percent of precincts were reporting by late Tuesday night. Rick Hasen says, we’re just lucky this disaster happened early on. That means that election officials in other …

Why Don’t D.C. Residents Count?

February 4th, 2020

29:05

This episode originally aired in October 2019.

Growing up in D.C. during the civil rights era made the fight for D.C. statehood deeply personal for civil rights advocate Wade Henderson. He’s said that being unable to …

This Week In Impeachment: A ‘Bullet Proof’ President

February 3rd, 2020

31:57

On Friday, Senate Republicans blocked efforts to hear new witnesses and evidence in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The decision signals an unwillingness to challenge the executive branch, despite several …

WN TBD: Why Is the U.S. Scared of Huawei?

January 31st, 2020

20:27

Recently a special delegation of senior Trump administration officials arrived in the U.K. Their mission? To convince prime minister Boris Johnson to bar Huawei from their new 5G network.


Why is the U.S. so keen to …

Who's Excited About Joe Biden?

January 30th, 2020

25:52

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is making two arguments in the last few days before the Iowa caucuses. One is all about the heart—you know Joe, you love Joe. The other argument is all in the head—Democrats need to …

A Threat to the Separation of Church and State

January 29th, 2020

25:16

Republican lawmakers in Montana came up with a plan to help taxpayers fund scholarships for private schools, including religious ones. But Montana’s …

A Radical Voter Suppression Tactic

January 28th, 2020

29:36

Back in July, President Trump addressed the nation from the Rose Garden. The Supreme Court had just ruled that the 2020 census could not ask the …

This Week in Impeachment: Finally, Some Answers

January 27th, 2020

26:33

The House impeachment managers have wrapped up their oral arguments. The president's legal team is getting started. The only question now, will key witnesses be able to testify?

Guests: Dahlia Lithwick, covers the law …

WN TBD: Which Tech Companies Are Doing the Most Harm?

January 24th, 2020

23:20

Last week, Slate published The Evil List, an expansive attempt to document the most concerning tech companies around the world, according to the …

How Virginia’s Gun Rally Dodged a Bullet

January 23rd, 2020

23:53

Earlier this week, gun rights activists arrived outside the capitol building in Richmond, Virginia to rally against proposed gun control laws. Some …

The Rules of This Impeachment

January 22nd, 2020

30:03

On Tuesday, the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump began in earnest in the Senate. The debate over the rules of engagement lasted into …

Why Trump’s Anti-Refugee Policy Could Backfire

January 21st, 2020

22:10

A new executive order from the Trump administration was meant to curb refugee resettlement and further polarize the country. But most Republican …

WN TBD: The Silicon Valley Dream Was Always a Fantasy

January 17th, 2020

24:03

In 2013, Anna Wiener moved from New York to San Francisco to join the city’s booming tech scene. Over the course of four years, she worked at three companies: an e-book startup, a data analytics company, and an …

The Trouble With the Warren-Sanders Beef

January 16th, 2020

25:50

After Tuesday’s Democratic debate, the beef between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders spilled over onto national television. Derecka Purnell has …

Australia’s Fires and the Upside of Anger

January 15th, 2020

27:32

Australia and the United States have a lot in common: politicians who still deny climate change, a supremely powerful energy industry, and a growing …

What Mike Pompeo Does For Trump

January 14th, 2020

24:05

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has had some serious staying power in the Trump administration. Now with the impeachment trial on the horizon, he’s become even closer to the president. How has he managed to keep his …

What Happened to Lindsey Graham?

January 13th, 2020

23:43

Before President Donald Trump took office, Lindsey Graham was willing to reach across the aisle to work on big issues like immigration reform and climate change. Now, his total loyalty to the Trump administration is …

WN TBD: How Targeted Ads Started Watching Us All

January 10th, 2020

20:48

In 2019, for the first time, more advertising money went toward targeted digital ads in the U.S. than on radio, television, cable, magazine, and …

Will Voter Suppression Backfire in Florida?

January 9th, 2020

23:18

Over a year ago, Florida residents approved the restoration of voting rights for approximately 1.4 million ex-felons in the state. But in the months since, lawmakers have tried to implement new hurdles for former …

Why It’s So Easy To Start A War

January 8th, 2020

23:23

Presidents have always skirted the rules when it comes to gaining authorization from Congress to use military force. President Donald Trump’s …

Bernie Could Win This Thing

January 7th, 2020

20:58

Right now, when it comes to fundraising, it certainly looks like Bernie Sanders is winning. In the last three months, his campaign has raised more money than any other Democrat in the field. And with just a few weeks …

Trump Chooses War

January 6th, 2020

25:28

In a little over a week, tensions in the Middle East have gone from high to fever pitch. What started with one American civilian contractor in Iraq …

This Week in Impeachment: A Senate Trial in Limbo

January 4th, 2020

21:51

President Donald Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives just over two weeks ago. There’s just one hitch: The articles of impeachment that were passed haven’t made it to the Senate … yet. It’s part of a …

WN TBD: Do Algorithms Make Sentencing Fairer?

January 3rd, 2020

20:20

Around the country, states are employing algorithms to help reduce prison populations and predict recidivism. This week, we hear from a Wisconsin …

Billionaires’ Favorite Tax Reform

January 2nd, 2020

25:09

When President Trump passed his tax overhaul in 2017, Democrats and Republicans were excited about the prospect of one specific provision. …

Three Stories We Can't Stop Thinking About

December 30th, 2019

26:39

As 2019 comes to a close, What Next is checking back in on three stories we did this year. From a power struggle in Venezuela to a border wall dispute in Arizona and back to Washington for an impeachment update. Here’s …

WN TBD: A Landmark Privacy Law Takes Effect. Now What?

December 27th, 2019

19:31

On January 1st, a new law will grant Californians the right to see, delete, and stop the sale of personal information collected by tech companies. …

WN TBD | Ring: Your Doorbell Is Watching

December 20th, 2019

20:37

Back in 2013, an entrepreneur named Jamie Siminoff appeared on Shark Tank. He was seeking an investment in a new product he was calling Doorbot, a …

A Year of “Remain in Mexico”

December 19th, 2019

23:37

The “Remain in Mexico” policy was sold as a humane way to throttle the flow of migrant families seeking asylum in the U.S. But the immigration courts …

Are Active Shooter Drills Traumatizing Kids?

December 18th, 2019

23:17

Preparing for an active shooter is becoming a disturbingly normal part of the school experience. And while companies are developing new methods for …

Black Voters Fight to Count in Georgia

December 17th, 2019

19:43

It’s hard to keep track of all the things that have happened in Georgia to tweak voter rights and poll access over the past several years. But a new …

How McKinsey Became a Villain

December 16th, 2019

20:56

Public sector consulting is under a new kind of scrutiny. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has thrust his former employer, McKinsey, into …

WN TBD: Inside The Influence Economy

December 13th, 2019

19:02

Over the past decade, the world of influencers has grown from a fringe marketing movement to a multibillion-dollar industry. Now, tactics and …

The Ugly Truth About America’s Longest War

December 12th, 2019

22:28

On Monday, the Washington Post published a damning account of America’s war in Afghanistan. Titled “The Afghanistan Papers,” the report features …

HIV’s Threat to Rural America

December 11th, 2019

23:15

Two maps can help tell the story of a looming public health problem in rural America. One, published by the CDC, shows 220 of the most vulnerable …

Inside Trump’s Impeachment Bunker

December 10th, 2019

23:48

Underneath the Oval Office there’s this room. It’s a windowless place with terrible cell phone reception but, right now, it’s home to a team crafting President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense strategy. Former Florida …

Harry Reid's Impeachment Prediction

December 9th, 2019

17:52

Former U.S. Senator Harry Reid thinks the expected impeachment trial in the Senate will fail to convict. And Reid should know -- he was in the Senate …

WN TBD: What Is Google After Larry and Sergey?

December 6th, 2019

19:50

On Tuesday, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page announced that they are stepping down from their respective roles as president and CEO of …

A Toxic Mess Reaches The Supreme Court

December 5th, 2019

25:16

Residents of Opportunity, Montana have a problem: their town is infected with a century’s worth of toxins from copper mining. The responsible company, Arco, and the E.P.A. have come up with a plan to fix that, but the …

Will Republicans Derail Jerry Nadler?

December 4th, 2019

22:31

The next impeachment hearing will be in the House Judiciary Committee, where Corey Lewandowski made a mockery of Democrats in September. So perhaps it’s by design that the testimony planned for Wednesday seems rather …

Why Not Cory Booker?

December 3rd, 2019

23:34

Senator Cory Booker still hasn’t made the cut for the next Democratic debate, despite having all the moderate bona fides that a suburban voter could …

The Woman Who Turned on Stephen Miller

December 2nd, 2019

27:01

When she was a staff writer at Breitbart News, Katie McHugh exchanged hundreds of emails with Stephen Miller, who is currently one of President Trump’s senior advisors. Then, McHugh was a champion of the alt-right and a …

This Week In Impeachment: “Presidents Are Not Kings”

November 27th, 2019

22:16

For months, White House lawyers have argued that many of the president’s aides can sidestep congressional subpoenas because of their proximity to Trump. This week, a judge rejected that claim, setting the stage for …

How Vaping Escaped Stiff Regulation

November 26th, 2019

27:08

This summer, the explosion of vaping-related illnesses sent medical researchers on an urgent quest to figure out why teenagers were showing up at the hospital unable to breathe. Years before this became a public health …

The Anxiety of Being Muslim in India

November 25th, 2019

20:24

In India, Muslims are watching the secular democratic principles of their country crumble. What is it like when your country rejects your family and …

This Week in Impeachment: Are We There Yet?

November 23rd, 2019

30:32

With two weeks of public impeachment hearings in the books, how will the next phase of the inquiry take shape?

Guest: Jim Newell, senior politics …

WN TBD: Is TikTok Really a National Security Threat?

November 22nd, 2019

22:18

TikTok now has over 1.5 billion downloads, putting it in the company of social media giants like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. While all of these companies have faced scrutiny from lawmakers in one form or another, …

America’s Top Elections Official Isn’t Happy

November 21st, 2019

20:30

The Federal Election Commission was designed to prevent the parties from going rogue with overly punitive campaign finance regulations. But what’s …

Pete Buttigieg Surges

November 20th, 2019

25:27

Pete Buttigieg will take the stage at the fifth presidential democratic debate as the front-runner in the Iowa polls. His rise, while surprising for …

The Backstory to Bolivia’s Coup

November 19th, 2019

23:52

Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, was pushed out of office this month after attempting to secure an unprecedented fourth term. Now, …

What Is Devin Nunes Thinking?

November 18th, 2019

24:57

Rep. Devin Nunes has been in Congress for over a decade. In those years he built up a lot of political capital in the Republican party–Nunes is …

This Week in Impeachment: New Evidence

November 15th, 2019

24:58

Testimony of a phone call between President Donald Trump and EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland has set the stage for a dramatic Week 2 in the inquiry. What does the revelation of that call tell us about how House …

WN TBD: How WhatsApp Got Hacked

November 15th, 2019

22:11

Recently, Facebook filed a lawsuit against a little-known Israeli spyware firm called NSO Group. Facebook is accusing NSO of supplying technology …

Virginia Democrats’ Chance to Gerrymander

November 14th, 2019

21:56

The latest round of elections in Virginia brought in a new Democratic majority to the state Legislature. It’s the first time Virginia’s government …

Impeachment Goes Public

November 13th, 2019

21:18

Today, when the House Intelligence Committee comes to order to host the first public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, Michael …

DACA's Day in Court

November 12th, 2019

21:04

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have an enormous effect on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people known …

The Televangelist Inside the White House

November 11th, 2019

23:44

Many past presidents have had a spiritual advisor. President Trump’s party faithful are an extension of his brand — white, evangelical. And his most …

What Next Impeachment: The Tortoise and the Hare

November 8th, 2019

27:14

This week, in impeachment inquiry news: Gordon Sondland revised his memory, Lev Parnas said he’d cooperate with inquisitors, and Donald Trump, Jr. insisted that we focus on the whistleblower. 

Guests: Dahlia Lithwick, …

WN TBD: The Uber Drivers Who Don’t Want to Be Employees

November 8th, 2019

18:45

California recently passed a law that would classify rideshare drivers across the state as employees, rather than contractors. Among many other …

8chan, the Hate Site That's Hard to Kill

November 7th, 2019

23:43

The 8chan message board has become synonymous with hate speech. It’s been a go-to forum for mass shooters’ manifestos. It courts devotees of the …

What Is Tulsi Gabbard’s Deal?

November 6th, 2019

24:39

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, has always had a maverick streak. But since launching a presidential campaign, her tactics have …

Does Warren’s Medicare Plan Add Up?

November 5th, 2019

22:30

At the last Democratic primary debate, Elizabeth Warren refused to say that her plan for Medicare for All would require raising taxes on the middle …

California’s Wildfire Problem Goes Beyond PG&E

November 4th, 2019

16:42

In California, thousands of people have evacuated their homes in yet another season of dangerous wildfires. Thousands of other residents have had their power shut off in an effort to help prevent incidents along power …

This Week In Impeachment: Let's Make It Official, Again

November 1st, 2019

28:33

This week, Alexander Vindman testified with firsthand knowledge of the Ukraine call and the House voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry. Plus, …

WN TBD: The Price of Automating Aviation

November 1st, 2019

17:38

This week, Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg appeared in front of Congress. He was there to answer questions about what his company knew, and when, before two 737 Max airplanes crashed and claimed the lives of 346 people. 


Partisan Gerrymandering Is Over in North Carolina

October 31st, 2019

22:01

State court rulings have ended partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina on both the state and congressional levels. The rulings could lead the way …

Jailed Over Medical Debt

October 30th, 2019

23:42

There’s a story unfolding in the courtroom of a small town in Kansas. It’s a story about runaway medical costs, aggressive debt collectors, and jail. 

What It Took To Close Rikers

October 29th, 2019

22:49

This month, the New York City Council approved a plan to close Rikers Island in 2026. The jail has become a potent symbol for those fighting to …

Can Trump Save Kentucky’s Republican Governor?

October 28th, 2019

19:24

Kentucky’s Republican Gov, Matt Bevin won a decisive victory in 2015 and has tethered himself to President Donald Trump ever since. But now, he’s up …

This Week in Impeachment: Storming the SCIF

October 25th, 2019

20:11

We survey this week’s developments: the testimony from Ambassador Bill Taylor, a stunt at the SCIF, and what the founding fathers might have thought of our reticence to impeach. 

Guests: Dahlia Lithwick and Jim Newell

WN TBD: Inside Facebook's Political Ad Mess

October 25th, 2019

21:06

Over the last week, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have been under fire for declining to fact-check political ads. But a former insider says this is …

Russia’s Play for the Middle East

October 24th, 2019

22:12

Syria is in the midst of a civil war, a refugee crisis, a war on terror, and a massive demographic shift. Why does Russia want a piece of it? 

Guest: Deb Amos, international correspondent for NPR. 

Slate Plus members get …

The “Detective” Behind the Wealth Tax

October 23rd, 2019

21:19

Gabriel Zucman and his co-authors have become known for releasing these charts that go megaviral. In a new book, Zucman claims to have found that the 400 richest Americans now pay a lower tax rate than the bottom 50 …

How El Chapo’s Son Got Away

October 22nd, 2019

22:20

Last Thursday, in the city of Culiacán, a massive gun battle between Mexican government forces and the Sinaloa cartel erupted in broad daylight. It …

Warren and Obama: It Got Messy

October 21st, 2019

27:01

Guest: Alex Thompson, covers the Elizabeth Warren campaign for Politico.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Mara …

This Week in Impeachment: Testifying Anyway

October 18th, 2019

25:25

One week ago, the White House released a letter effectively stating to House Democrats: no more witnesses, no more documents. This week, witnesses in …

Meanwhile At Fox News

October 17th, 2019

18:36

There have been indications of discord at Fox News -- tension between the news division and the more opinion-driven shows on the network. Shepard Smith and Tucker Carlson hashed out their differences on air. And then, …

What the Kurds Are Fighting For

October 16th, 2019

22:27

When the US abandoned its Kurdish allies, it not only left the Kurds vulnerable to devastating attacks from Turkey, but it also abandoned Rojava, the …

Impeachment Froze the Democratic Primary

October 15th, 2019

17:30

The impeachment inquiry has crowded out all but the most urgent news about the 2020 presidential election. In doing so, it’s frozen the Democratic primary in ways that have helped Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the expense of …

This Week in Impeachment: Obstruct and Distract

October 11th, 2019

25:28

As the impeachment inquiry rolls on, it’s easy to get lost in the paperwork and characters surfacing each week. We’re here to help sort through it …

Why Don’t DC Residents Count?

October 10th, 2019

26:51

Growing up in D.C. during the civil rights era made the fight for D.C. statehood deeply personal for civil rights advocate Wade Henderson. He’s said that being unable to secure a voting representative in Congress is one …

America's Top Elections Official Isn't Happy

October 9th, 2019

20:13

The Federal Election Commission was designed to prevent the parties from going rogue with overly punitive campaign finance regulations. But what’s …

A Dream Supreme Court Term for Conservatives

October 8th, 2019

26:24

The Supreme Court embarks on its new term with a solidly conservative majority and a sense of urgency when it comes to settling legal questions that …

How Long Will Affirmative Action Last?

October 7th, 2019

22:06

Last week, a contentious affirmative action case came to a temporary resolution. In a lawsuit filed against Harvard by Asian American students and …

Between Trump and the Snake Moat

October 4th, 2019

23:01

How independent can a Trump cabinet official be? Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan is testing the limits.

Guest: Nick Miroff, Washington Post reporter covering immigration enforcement and the Department of Homeland …

Adam Schiff's Inquiry

October 3rd, 2019

18:09

Adam Schiff was elected to Congress as part of the blowback against House Republicans after the Clinton impeachment saga in the late 1990s. Now he’s …

The Ukraine Scandal Was in Plain Sight

October 2nd, 2019

24:18

In the late spring and early summer of 2019 there were these stories. Stories that ran in the New York Times and BuzzFeed News about Rudy Giuliani …

How Green is Amazon’s Future?

October 1st, 2019

21:45

A growing contingent of Amazon employees has been pushing the company to be a leader in the fight against climate change. Recently, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos promised to reduce carbon emissions and add thousands of electric …

Jeff Flake Talks Impeachment and More

September 30th, 2019

31:21

In a week that saw the talks of impeachment boil over into Congressional action, a former Republican Senator says Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right to …

In the Words of the Whistleblower

September 27th, 2019

26:48

On Thursday morning, the House Intelligence Committee publicly released a whistleblower complaint providing evidence of President Trump’s alleged abuse of presidential power. The complaint came just before the Acting …

The Struggle for School Integration

September 26th, 2019

25:06

Parents in Howard County, Maryland, are pushing back against a school redistricting plan that would address overcrowding and a lack of diversity. …

So, This Is Impeachment

September 25th, 2019

22:37

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Tuesday evening. After a year of Democratic leadership …

Will Canada Dump Trudeau?

September 24th, 2019

21:20

Last week, Time Magazine released photos of a 29-year-old Justin Trudeau in blackface. In the days following, the Canadian Prime Minister admitted to …

The White House vs. The Whistleblower

September 23rd, 2019

28:06

Somewhere in Washington right now there is a whistleblower. We don’t know who they are, what their job is, or if they’re a man or a woman. The only …

Trump and Modi’s Rodeo

September 20th, 2019

26:35

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first rally in the U.S. when he was elected in 2014. Now, he’s coming back to appear in front of 50,000 people in Houston, Texas. The other person expected to take the stage is …

The Price of a Peanut Allergy

September 19th, 2019

21:26

A buzzy new drug to help treat people with a peanut allergy was recommended for approval by an FDA advisory board this week. It would be the first …

Are College Athletes About to Get Paid?

September 18th, 2019

21:57

A star college athlete can help rake in millions for the schools they attend but never see a cent for themselves because of existing NCAA rules. …

What Does It Mean to Be "for Impeachment”?

September 17th, 2019

25:03

Last week the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines on new investigative procedures the panel will use as they inch closer and closer to possibly writing articles of impeachment. So, has the impeachment …

Is Texas Moving on Guns?

September 16th, 2019

19:29

Last week the lieutenant governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, came out in support of modest background checks for gun sales. In the past, even the mere suggestion of tighter gun laws was a career ender for Texas Republicans. …

Trump Takes On the Auto Industry

September 13th, 2019

29:23

There’s a fight brewing between four auto makers and the Trump administration. This fight is largely about environmental regulations -- but it’s also …

Chasing Joe Biden

September 12th, 2019

23:31

Vice President Joe Biden still holds a wide lead in Democratic primary polls. Candidates who want to attack him at tonight’s primary debate do so at …

Bolton Exits, But It’s Still Trump’s Show

September 11th, 2019

20:32

President Donald Trump and his now former national security adviser, John Bolton, have had their differences. From North Korea to Iran, the two have …

Coal Country Has Been Burned Before

September 10th, 2019

19:22

A group of unpaid miners has blockaded a railway in Harlan County, Kentucky. The goal? Stop a train car full of their former employer’s coal from …

How the Electoral College Will Crumble

September 9th, 2019

24:30

Twice in two decades, the Electoral College has created great, big questions about presidential legitimacy. Is it time for a tune-up?

Guest: Slate’s …

When Is It Okay to Out Political Donors?

September 6th, 2019

25:50

Last month, Representative Joaquin Castro tweeted out a list of Trump donors living in his district in San Antonio. Actress Debra Messing asked for an attendance list at a Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Both efforts …

Anarchy in the U.K.

September 5th, 2019

22:54

Just weeks into his role as prime minister, Boris Johnson has kicked the U.K.’s Brexit drama into high gear. It culminated yesterday in a vote that …

There's Something in the Water

September 4th, 2019

27:04

When Christopher Werth saw some paint chips falling off a radiator in his daughter’s New York City classroom, he picked one up and sent it to get …

Scrapping the Senate Filibuster

September 3rd, 2019

18:10

What would it look like if the U.S. Senate ditched its filibuster rule, allowing legislation to pass with just a simple majority?

Guest: Slate staff …

Mexico’s About-Face on Immigration

August 30th, 2019

18:19

How has Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador changed his country’s approach to migrants heading north?

Guest: León Krauze, Slate columnist, …

Listening to Ilhan Omar

August 29th, 2019

20:56

Back in March, Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke passionately about pro-Israel political forces that “push for allegiance to a foreign country.” She later …

The Recycling Crisis

August 28th, 2019

17:37

Henry Grabar explains why the global market for your trash collapsed, and how American recyclers are course-correcting.

Guest: Meleesa Johnson, …

Court-Packing Is Not That Extreme

August 27th, 2019

20:38

Some of your favorite presidents have tried to pack the Supreme Court. So why does it sound like such an extreme tactic? And how did some of the top Democrats running for president come to embrace it?

Guest: Mark Joseph …

Reconsidering Joe Biden’s Record

August 26th, 2019

20:56

Joe Biden might be the favorite to defeat President Trump, but that doesn’t mean Biden would defeat Trumpism. 

Guest: Jamelle Bouie, New York Times …

The Dangerous Idea Behind the World’s Unrest

August 23rd, 2019

21:49

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?

Guest: Josh Keating, international editor at …

The Next Housing Crisis

August 22nd, 2019

22:06

Henry Grabar fills in as host, surveying how the Democratic presidential candidates would try to fix the housing affordability crisis. What kinds of …

The Danger Around the Corner

August 21st, 2019

16:52

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. …

Writing the New Playbook for Political Women

August 20th, 2019

20:13

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. …

Delaware Could Elect the Nation’s First Trans State Senator

August 19th, 2019

24:10

Sarah McBride made waves at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 as the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention. Three …

How to Avoid a Recession

August 16th, 2019

19:42

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 why things are happening the way they are. …

Hong Kong’s Protesters Have No Good Options

August 15th, 2019

21:51

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 …

The Iowa State Fair Will Never Make Sense

August 14th, 2019

19:46

Another presidential primary means another trip to the Iowa State Fair. But the Democratic Party’s new rules for thinning down the field of …

The Gangs and Corruption Fueling the Border Crisis

August 13th, 2019

21:50

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 …

Can Any School Be Massacre-Proof?

August 12th, 2019

21:13

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 …

Ferguson Revisited: A Prosecutor’s Power

August 9th, 2019

21:07

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 …

Ferguson Revisited: Questioning the Legend

August 8th, 2019

21:14

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 …

Ferguson Revisited: The Worst Night

August 7th, 2019

27:00

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 …

The Last Time We Passed Gun Control

August 6th, 2019

22:08

In 1993, a mass shooting in downtown San Francisco prompted a familiar debate about restricting access to guns and assault weapons. But something …

You’ve Probably Been Hacked

August 5th, 2019

20:46

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.

Why is the …

Clemency for Cyntoia Brown

August 2nd, 2019

18:36

Advocate Mariame Kaba 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 …

Red State Democrats Walk the Tightrope

August 1st, 2019

20:41

In just over a month, North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District will hold a special election. The Democratic candidate has been running for over …

A Big Sign of a Slowing Economy

July 31st, 2019

18:14

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?

Guest: Jordan Weissmann, …

How YouTube's Left is Converting the Far Right

July 30th, 2019

22:30

Here's how a leftist, transgender, PhD dropout is winning over white supremacists and more on YouTube. 

Guest: Micah Loewinger, producer at WNYC's On The Media.

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The Godfather of the Anti-Immigration Movement

July 29th, 2019

19:38

How did a small-town eye doctor mastermind an anti-immigration movement premised on racism?

Guest: Hassan Ahmad, founder of the HMA Law Firm in Virginia. He is suing the University of Michigan to unseal the complete …

Meet the EPA’s Ghost-Writer

July 26th, 2019

21:40

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 …

Mueller Speaks

July 25th, 2019

24:55

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. …

Puerto Ricans Are Fed Up

July 24th, 2019

22:05

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 …

How to Stop a Racist Politician

July 23rd, 2019

26:14

In 1990, David Duke ran for Senate in Louisiana, appalling the Republican establishment and freaking out the Democratic consultant-class. Duke didn’t …

The Border Patrol's Secretive Culture

July 22nd, 2019

25:27

“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 …

Deutsche Bank Is Trying to Wash Its Hands of Trump

July 19th, 2019

21:55

Deutsche Bank was the one lender that couldn’t quit Donald Trump. Now the bank holds the key to understanding President Trump’s finances.

Guest: David …

How Trump Is Trying to Outsource His Border Crisis

July 18th, 2019

21:02

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 …

The Plan to Take Down Mitch McConnell

July 17th, 2019

17:45

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, …

Trump's Racist Tweets Have a Backstory

July 16th, 2019

22:35

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 …

Should Everyone Quit Using Gendered Pronouns?

July 15th, 2019

21:40

Why not go by they/them? Would a gender-neutral world be better? And what would it look like?

Guest: Farhad Manjoo, New York Times op-ed columnist. …

This Bad Legal Argument Could Finally End the ACA

July 12th, 2019

20:32

This week, an appellate court in New Orleans heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the ACA. The argument? That Obamacare is more coercive without a tax penalty. 

This position - one that has lawyers on both …

The Ambassador Who Was Too Honest About Trump

July 11th, 2019

20:51

The intriguing story of a British ambassador’s hasty resignation, and why it perfectly encapsulates our current geopolitical moment. This story has …

The Cloud Over Joe Biden's Son

July 10th, 2019

24:31

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 …

The Long, Ugly Road to Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest

July 9th, 2019

22:49

Over the weekend, multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking. But back in 2003, journalist Vicky Ward had the inside …

A Rare Look Inside a Private Prison

July 8th, 2019

17:51

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. …

Can New York Desegregate Its Schools?

July 3rd, 2019

18:18

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, …

The “Busing” Skeleton in the Democrats’ Closet

July 2nd, 2019

22:43

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 …

Can Nipsey Hussle’s Death Bring Peace to L.A.’s Gangs?

July 1st, 2019

17:46

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 …

Supreme Court Hands Democrats Small Win and Big Loss

June 28th, 2019

24:32

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 …

Oregon Republicans Walked Out, Democrats Caved

June 27th, 2019

21:05

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 …

Mayor Pete’s Policing Problem

June 26th, 2019

24:40

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 …

A Polluted Town Fights for Its Right to Breathe

June 25th, 2019

25:22

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 …

An Iran Deal Architect Watches It Get Nuked

June 24th, 2019

18:49

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 …

The Smugglers Getting Rich Off Trump’s Policies

June 21st, 2019

16:56

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.

Guest: Emily Green, freelance reporter. You …

He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.

June 20th, 2019

17:31

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 …

How Pelosi Holds the Line on Impeachment

June 19th, 2019

24:39

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. …

Strange Alliances on the Supreme Court

June 18th, 2019

24:19

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 …

For Women’s Soccer, An Elusive Goal

June 17th, 2019

23:44

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 …

What Bernie Gets Wrong About Socialism

June 14th, 2019

22:07

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 …

How Facebook Made an Enemy of Nancy Pelosi

June 13th, 2019

20:57

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. …

It’s Mitch McConnell’s Swamp. We Just Live in It.

June 12th, 2019

20:34

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. Mitch McConnell Plaza. For years, this town has been courting the …

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Here to Charm You

June 11th, 2019

24:16

Elizabeth Warren might be a different kind of presidential candidate. Is America ready for that?

Guest: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate writer and host of the

Why Gun Bills in Virginia Always Die

June 10th, 2019

24:47

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 …

Who Wants to Tax a Millionaire?

June 7th, 2019

19:55

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 …

A Health Care Tale of Two States

June 6th, 2019

19:26

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 …

The Crowd-Funded Border Wall Is Not a Joke

June 5th, 2019

16:22

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 …

The GOP Operative Haunting Republicans From the Grave

June 4th, 2019

22:46

Tom Hofeller was a dedicated Republican operative, committed to achieving GOP political dominance and doing it with utmost discretion. Now, his …

The Basketball Coach Who Won’t Hire Men

June 3rd, 2019

20:10

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 …

Why Can’t California Fix Its Housing Crisis?

May 31st, 2019

24:02

California is full.” That’s effectively what some residents and lawmakers in the state said when they chose to punt on a bill that would build more …

Mueller Would Like You to Read His Report, Please

May 30th, 2019

22:00

Special Counsel Robert Mueller breaks his silence to reiterate the conclusions of his investigation’s report -- and remind the American people to read it.

Guest: Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, host of the Amicus podcast. 

Brexiteers Receive Milkshakes and Results

May 29th, 2019

22:39

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. …

Why Trump Keeps Losing in Court

May 28th, 2019

19:48

Everywhere President Trump turns, he’s finding himself hemmed in by the courts. But could upcoming rulings from the Supreme Court make lower court …

The "American Taliban" Goes Free

May 24th, 2019

24:58

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 …

Losing the Abortion Fight in Georgia

May 23rd, 2019

25:32

Last week, Georgia joined the wave of states passing stringent anti-abortion laws in a bid to topple Roe v. Wade. One Democratic state senator says …

Smile! You're on Amazon's Camera

May 22nd, 2019

25:54

Sheriff’s offices across the country are signing up to beta-test a facial recognition tool made by Amazon. Law enforcement proponents say the …

Billionaire Gifts Can’t Fix College Debt

May 21st, 2019

20:24

Over the weekend, billionaire Robert F. Smith ended his commencement address to the Morehouse Class of 2019 with an extraordinary pledge: He would …

Why No One Takes Bill de Blasio Seriously

May 20th, 2019

23:17

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would run for president, the mockery was swift. City tabloids were typically disdainful (New …

Who Got Hacked in Florida?

May 17th, 2019

21:58

For the past couple years, politicians in Florida have been raising concerns about election security and making vague allusions to Russian hackers …

Harvard's Harvey Weinstein Mess

May 16th, 2019

20:09

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 …

John Bolton’s One-Man Show

May 15th, 2019

25:55

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 …

The Trade War Escalates

May 14th, 2019

18:35

Monday marked another escalation in the trade war with China. And yes, even by the academic definition, our guest says this is a full-blown trade war

A Battle Over Abortion in Alabama

May 13th, 2019

26:07

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?

Guest: Brian Lyman, reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. 

The Progressive Critic Inside the Church

May 10th, 2019

23:40

Last weekend, Slate published an obituary for Rachel Held Evans, the blogger who championed liberal values and challenged evangelicals on their …

The Mayoral Scandal Gripping Baltimore

May 9th, 2019

20:31

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 …

The Constitutional Tug-of-War Is Just Getting Started

May 8th, 2019

19:46

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 …

(Fixed) An ERA Advocate On Why She’s Optimistic

May 7th, 2019

24:40

We got our files mixed up this morning! This is the corrected show for Tuesday, May 7.

The proposed Equal Rights Amendment is simple: It would …

Why Don’t Democrats Want to Run for Senate?

May 6th, 2019

19:28

With all the breathless enthusiasm for the presidential race, no one seems very interested in the U.S. Senate. Why not?

Guest: Slate writer Jim Newell

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin, …

The Bank That Holds Trump’s Financial Secrets

May 3rd, 2019

22:01

Deutsche Bank was the one lender that couldn’t quit Donald Trump. Now the bank holds the key to understanding President Trump’s finances.

Guest:

The Battle Over the Mueller Report

May 2nd, 2019

18:36

Attorney General William Barr showed up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify, but the spotlight was also on his colleague, Special Counsel …

What Does Joe Biden Owe to Anita Hill?

May 1st, 2019

21:23

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 …

An Uprising at Brigham Young

April 30th, 2019

22:17

At Brigham Young University, students and alumni are forcing a conversation about the severe enforcement of the school’s strict Honor Code. How did …

Inside the Crisis at the NRA

April 29th, 2019

18:04

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, …

How Black Feminists Exposed the Alt-Right Online

April 26th, 2019

18:24

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 …

This Immigration Judge Has a Fix for Immigration Courts

April 25th, 2019

17:26

Immigration judges walk into work everyday knowing that the system they operate in is broken. It has been for decades, through multiple …

How to Break the Census

April 24th, 2019

18:28

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 …

He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.

April 23rd, 2019

17:15

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 …

The Case for Impeachment

April 22nd, 2019

17:41

You’ve heard the legal argument for starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Maybe you’ve heard the moral argument supporting …

Are You There, Congress? It’s Me, Mueller.

April 19th, 2019

25:11

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.

Guests: Dahlia Lithwick, Jeremy Stahl, and Mark Joseph …

A Fox Guarding the Henhouse at the Interior Department?

April 18th, 2019

21:54

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 …

What Ilhan Omar Gets Right

April 17th, 2019

20:36

How did a March speech by Rep. Ilhan Omar get shrunk down to a single phrase and turned into an attack on her character?

Guest: Aymann Ismail, Slate writer and host of the upcoming podcast, Man Up. 

Podcast production by …

Trump’s Plan to Politicize the Fed

April 16th, 2019

21:06

President Donald Trump has floated the idea of nominating former presidential candidate Herman Cain and conservative pundit Stephen Moore to policy …

Democrats Could Lose Wisconsin Forever

April 15th, 2019

17:48

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 …

Mexico Fuels the Humanitarian Crisis on the Border

April 12th, 2019

18:01

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 …

The Trash Crash

April 11th, 2019

17:22

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 …

Bernie Hasn’t Really Changed

April 10th, 2019

18:29

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 …

When A Border Wall Isn't Enough

April 9th, 2019

15:04

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?

Note: We …

California Weighs When Police Can Use Deadly Force

April 8th, 2019

19:57

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 …

Brexit Isn’t Over and Everything Hurts

April 5th, 2019

22:29

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 …

Liberals Treat Puerto Ricans Like Second-Class Citizens, Too.

April 4th, 2019

21:04

President Trump’s naked disdain for Puerto Rico’s struggles might be rhetorically jarring. But it reflects long-standing U.S. policies toward the …

Security Clearances Were Hard to Get. Then Trump Won.

April 3rd, 2019

18:19

Late last month, someone paid a call to Congress. She wanted to talk about the Trump administration’s disregard for established national security …

Mick Mulvaney Is Trump’s Chief Enabler

April 2nd, 2019

21:37

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.

Guest: …

Is the Measles Panic Warranted?

April 1st, 2019

24:27

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 Pilot on Whether He’ll Ever Trust Boeing Again

March 29th, 2019

22:37

After the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10—and the Indonesian Airlines crash before that, in October—country after country began grounding the …

Is the Court Ready to Curb Gerrymandering?

March 28th, 2019

18:43

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 …

Trump is Trying to Kill Obamacare, Again

March 27th, 2019

21:45

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 …

New York City’s School Segregation Problem

March 26th, 2019

20:59

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 …

About That Mueller Report

March 25th, 2019

28:57

What we know about the Mueller report. Spoiler: not a whole lot.

Guest: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s legal correspondent and host of the Amicus podcast.  …

How Long Will It Take the Death Penalty To Die?

March 22nd, 2019

24:38

California has a new moratorium on executions, despite the fact that voters upheld capital punishment twice in recent statewide elections. Could this …

When Are We Going to Start Planning For Floods?

March 21st, 2019

20:28

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 …

Court Packing Is Not That Extreme

March 20th, 2019

20:09

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?

Guest: Mark Joseph …

How the Internet Makes Murderers

March 19th, 2019

25:03

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.

Guest: Robert …

Why is Beto Running?

March 18th, 2019

16:56

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?

How to Dodge a Presidential Pardon

March 15th, 2019

18:22

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 …

The Side Door Into College

March 14th, 2019

23:20

The FBI submitted indictments this week into the largest college admissions scam they’ve ever prosecuted. Celebrities, millionaire parents, and …

Big Banks Say “No” to Private Prisons

March 13th, 2019

18:12

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 …

Joe Biden's Laundered History

March 12th, 2019

21:06

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 …

Is Mark Zuckerberg Gaslighting You?

March 11th, 2019

22:06

Facebook is reshuffling its priorities and making moves that could help it evade antitrust regulators. Will it affect users that much? No. Is it …

The Scandal Catching Up to Justin Trudeau

March 8th, 2019

19:35

A scandal involving Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is putting Canada’s warts on display.

Guest: Jesse Brown, publisher of the Canadaland news site and …

Listening to Ilhan Omar

March 7th, 2019

20:31

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 …

Things That Should Scare You More Than Momo

March 6th, 2019

14:30

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. 

Guest: Taylor Lorenz, writer for the …

The National Emergency Isn’t Really Trump’s Fault

March 5th, 2019

22:00

President Trump’s national emergency declaration is headed for a showdown. More and more Senate Republicans are peeling away from their caucus to …

Reconsidering Michael Jackson

March 4th, 2019

26:38

If you’re watching the Leaving Neverland 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 …

Sins of the Fathers

March 1st, 2019

19:27

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 Gun-Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate

February 28th, 2019

22:06

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 …

Civil Rights Cold Cases Find Teenage Allies

February 27th, 2019

25:27

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 …

Venezuela’s Crisis Deepens

February 26th, 2019

20:20

As violence erupts on the Venezuelan border, Vice President Mike Pence makes his way to Colombia to reaffirm American support for the opposition …

The Laquan McDonald Case Isn’t Over

February 25th, 2019

17:18

Chicago’s mayoral election is Tuesday. The race has been crowded, contentious, and very much shaped by the Laquan McDonald case.

Guest: Jamie Kalven, a journalist with the Invisible Institute.

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Who Wants to Be a (Heavily Taxed) Millionaire?

February 22nd, 2019

25:02

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 …

Meet the EPA’s Ghost-Writer

February 21st, 2019

22:12

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 …

The Fight to Change Frat Culture

February 20th, 2019

15:21

People who believe the fraternity system is broken have been trying every which way to force changes -- something, anything, to stop the parade of …

Utah’s Medicaid Battle

February 19th, 2019

20:31

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 …

A Cautionary Green New Deal Tale

February 15th, 2019

14:29

The Green New Deal brought attention back to the idea of high-speed rail in America. This week California squandered it. What lessons should …

Has Anything Changed Since Parkland?

February 14th, 2019

17:35

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 …

The Democratic Divide Over Israel

February 13th, 2019

17:02

President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign after her anti-Semitic remarks this past weekend. She has since apologized, but the …

How to Get Away With Highway Robbery

February 11th, 2019

20:34

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 …

How an Abortion Bill Started the Mess in Virginia

February 8th, 2019

15:56

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 …

How Trump’s Inaugural Committee Got Into Trouble

February 7th, 2019

15:50

Inaugurations are ethically dubious in the best of times. So why is the Trump inaugural committee under investigation? Consider the scale of the swindle.

Guest: Ilya Marritz, co-host of Trump Inc., a podcast produced by …

Which State of the Union? Which Medicare for All?

February 6th, 2019

24:46

It was a long speech that often meandered from pleas for bipartisanship to accusations of “ridiculous partisan investigations.” What do we make of …

Larry Krasner and the System That Fought Back

February 5th, 2019

19:06

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 …

The Ferguson Effect

February 4th, 2019

15:47

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 …

Anti-Vaxxers Brought Back the Measles

February 1st, 2019

16:52

The latest measles outbreak in the Pacific-Northwest is a self-inflicted wound. One that Texans, and Americans alike, should all pay attention to.

Don't Call Him El Chapo

January 31st, 2019

13:44

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 …

Howard Schultz and the Ghost of Ross Perot

January 30th, 2019

17:35

Howard Schultz's potential independent presidential candidacy has gotten off to a rough start. Why are Democrats and Republicans alike upset about …

How Big Tech Is Bleeding American Journalism

January 29th, 2019

19:55

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 …

The Gun Rights Case Headed to the Supreme Court

January 28th, 2019

18:06

Why it matters that the Supreme Court is taking on a gun rights case now, after keeping its powder dry for years.

Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, who covers courts & the law for Slate.

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The Opposition Comes for Venezuela’s Maduro

January 25th, 2019

21:19

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 …

Congress Does Something

January 24th, 2019

20:00

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.

Guest: Jim Newell, who covers Congress for Slate.

Kamala Harris & the Rise of Progressive Prosecutors

January 23rd, 2019

23:30

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?

Guest: Lara Bazelon, associate professor at the …

The Women Fleeing Saudi Arabia

January 22nd, 2019

21:21

What Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power has meant for women in Saudi Arabia.

Guest: Journalist Sarah Aziza. Read her latest reporting in the New Yorker.

Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flips the Script

January 18th, 2019

22:51

Why aren’t conservatives’ usual tricks working on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

Guest: Slate writer Lili Loofbourow. Read her piece here.

Tell us what …

The L.A. Teachers' Strike

January 17th, 2019

26:25

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 …

The Gymnast Who Went Megaviral

January 16th, 2019

21:02

UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi wowed the internet this week with a viral video of her college gymnastics floor routine. As Ohashi’s star rises, the U.S. …

Pardons, Presidential Power, and Worry About Bill Barr

January 15th, 2019

26:22

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 …

The Three-Headed Beast Leading U.S. Foreign Policy

January 14th, 2019

17:44

Slate’s Fred Kaplan explains how two different Trump advisers, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, are trying to carry out U.S. foreign policy in the Middle …

The Threat of National Emergency

January 11th, 2019

20:02

What would a national emergency look like, and why hasn't Trump declared one yet? Dahlia Lithwick has answers. Plus: Was it weird that Ruth Bader …

How We Became Shutdown Nation

January 10th, 2019

20:21

How could congressional leaders end the current government shutdown? Come to think of it, how could they put an end to shutdowns altogether?

Guests: …

Clemency for Cyntoia Brown

January 9th, 2019

17:53

Advocate Mariame Kaba 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 …

Battling 2020 Fatigue

January 8th, 2019

22:54

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 …

The Republican Party Shake-Out in Kansas

January 7th, 2019

19:21

The rightward shift of the Republican Party is kind of like global warming: Each political ecosystem is feeling it differently. In Kansas, lifelong …

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January 4th, 2019

1:36

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December 9th, 2018

1:57

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Did you see What Next mentioned in the New York Times? We'll be back with more shows in January.

Until then, these are some of our …

Jeff Flake Takes Another Stand

November 17th, 2018

22:19

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. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains why …

The Gun Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate

November 16th, 2018

29:22

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 …

Sins of the Fathers

November 14th, 2018

20:05

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 …

The Wildfires to Come

November 14th, 2018

18:30

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 …

The Legacy of the Last Florida Recount

November 12th, 2018

21:22

Rick Hasen, founder of the Election Law Blog, 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 …

Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform

November 10th, 2018

20:45

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 …

What to Watch After Sessions’ Ouster

November 9th, 2018

21:05

Ben Wittes 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 The …

What Won for the Democrats?

November 7th, 2018

22:16

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 …

Happy Election Day?

November 6th, 2018

28:22

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 …

What Story Will This Election Tell Us?

November 5th, 2018

17:52

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 …

They Forecast a Hate Wave in 2008

November 2nd, 2018

22:02

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 …

The State of Red State Democrats

November 1st, 2018

23:05

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? Slate’s

Understanding the Crisis in Yemen

October 31st, 2018

20:45

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 …

"And Subject to the Jurisdiction Thereof..."

October 30th, 2018

13:22

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 …

Words Matter

October 29th, 2018

18:27

Slate’s April Glaser explains the futility of expelling bigots from one social media platform, only to see them find safe harbor on another. 

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The Blame Game

October 26th, 2018

25:24

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 …

Does Corruption Matter?

October 25th, 2018

16:19

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 …

Midterm Trolls - Online and Off

October 24th, 2018

20:17

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 Messing With the Enemy, "Oh yeah." Today on the show, the …

Turkey Makes the Most of Its Moment

October 23rd, 2018

24:03

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.  We’ll be piloting What …

The Health Care Turnabout

October 23rd, 2018

19:59

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 …

Just an Old Sweet Song

October 19th, 2018

24:13

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.

 We’ll be piloting What Next in public for the next several weeks. …

Now Is a Good Time to Cheat on Your Taxes

October 18th, 2018

18:31

Budget cuts have crippled the IRS allowing tax cheats to run rampant. ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger says the agency's ability to pursue criminal cases …

From One Caravan to Another

October 17th, 2018

22:45

Mary Harris is joined by Vox’s 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?

We’ll be piloting What …

Could the Saudi Monarchy Fall Over This?

October 16th, 2018

28:48

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 …

Trailer: Introducing What Next

October 1st, 2018

2:48

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.

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