What Next | Daily News and Analysis

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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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Kamala Harris & the Rise of Progressive Prosecutors

January 23rd, 2019


The Women Fleeing Saudi Arabia

January 22nd, 2019


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flips the Script

January 18th, 2019


The L.A. Teachers' Strike

January 17th, 2019

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

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

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

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


How We Became Shutdown Nation

January 10th, 2019

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

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

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

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

We're Back Monday, January 7th

January 4th, 2019

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December 9th, 2018

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Jeff Flake Takes Another Stand

November 17th, 2018


The Gun Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate

November 16th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Blame Game

October 26th, 2018

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

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


Turkey Makes the Most of Its Moment

October 23rd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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