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A quasi-daily podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration. Journalists Virginia Heffernan, León Krauze, and Yascha Mounk talk to reporters, historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is and why this is happening,…

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    The Waves: Why Being the Chef on a Yacht Could Drive Anyone to Yell “Eat My Cooter!”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 35:35

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate news director Susan Matthews and Waves producer Cheyna Roth talk about one of the most popular reality TV shows: Below Deck. First, they share why they love it even though it is...a bit problematic, and then they bring on Rachel Hargrove, the chef from Seasons 8 and 9. Hargrove dishes on what it's really like to be behind the camera, the backlash she received after her first season, working in the male-dominated yachting industry, and how yachts and their kitchen are making more room for women.  In Slate Plus: More from Susan and Cheyna's chat with Rachel. They talk about what you don't see on television and get Rachel's thoughts on the upcoming season of Below Deck.  Recommendations Susan: The HBO and BBC series I May Destroy You. Cheyna: Setting your parents up with Spotify.   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next TBD: Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 23:24

    Between April and June of this year, Zillow bought nearly 4,000 homes. And they had no intention of holding onto them. The plan was to flip houses, often and at scale, joining the ranks of companies like Opendoor and Offerpad, also known as iBuyers.  So, why did Zillow put their plans on pause last weekend? Can online middlemen really change the way we buy and sell houses? Guests:  Tony Santos, homeowner Patrick Clark, reporter at Bloomberg Host: Henry Grabar Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: How Immunity for Cops Ends

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 31:28

    Once an obscure legal doctrine, the practice of qualified immunity for police has drawn widespread public scrutiny in the past year. But as mainstream support for ending qualified immunity grows, police unions are amping up their opposition.  Guest: Kimberly Kindy, national investigative reporter for The Washington Post. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Is Trump Still On Virginia's Ballot?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 32:18

    Virginia's gubernatorial election is just weeks away, with former Virginia governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, vying against newcomer Republican Glenn Youngkin. Many polls show a slim margin between the two candidates, as they spar over issues like critical race theory and Trump's legacy in an election seen as a bellwether for the upcoming midterm elections. Guest: Ben Paviour, state politics reporter at VPM.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: How Should We Remember Colin Powell?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 32:51


    Colin Powell, known as a “trailblazer” and “pathbreaker” in his military career, leaves behind a complicated legacy. The four-star general became a household name during the first Gulf War as the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later the first Black secretary of state. Thirty years after his rise to national prominence, Powell's death has prompted reflections on the Iraq War and his role in using false intelligence to justify the U.S. invasion.   Guest: Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    What Next: No One's Got Mail

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 27:49

    Democrats spent months fretting last year about the Postal Service and the fate of democracy. Now the Democrats are in charge. So why is the mail slowing down? And could planned changes fix what ails the Postal Service? Guest: Jacob Bogage, business reporter for the Washington Post.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Black to the Land

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 29:13

    California's Governor Newsom recently signed legislation to return Bruce's Beach, beachfront property that had been seized from a Black family after a campaign of racist violence and intimidation. But it's only one of thousands of cases where African American families lost property to everything from extra legal land seizures, to systematic lending discrimination. Professor Thomas Mitchell, a law professor at Texas A&M University and MacArthur Genius Grant winner, joins the show this week to talk about protecting and reclaiming African-American land.  Podcast production by Samira Tazari, Jasmine Ellis, and Asha Saluja This year marks the 25th anniversary of Slate. And for a limited time only, we're offering our annual Slate Plus membership at $25 off. As a member, you'll get no ads on any of our podcasts, unlimited reading on the Slate site, and member-exclusive episodes and segments. Sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/awordplus to keep us going for another 25 years. This special offer goes through Oct. 31st, so sign up now at slate.com/awordplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Finding Hope for Women in the Climate Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 37:02

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate staff writer Rebecca Onion is joined by Grace Lynch, host of As She Rises, a podcast that centers the poems of artists around the world to explore the climate crisis. The pair talk about the dangerous impact climate change has on the lives of women—emotionally, physically, and, in some cases, as mothers. Is there hope? Depends on how you look at it. In our Slate Plus “Is This Feminist” segment, Rebecca and Grace debate if “Bond girls” are feminist. Recommendations: Rebecca: The Trouble With White Women, by Kyla Schuller and the Netflix show Midnight Mass. Grace: The podcasts Encyclopedia Womanica and Fall of Civilizations.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next TBD: The Return of Hacktivism

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 25:23

    Over the last month, the domain company Epik and the streaming service Twitch have fallen prey to massive-scale hacks. The hackers revealed not just email addresses, but detailed personal information too. For Twitch, it was the entire source code for their site.  But the attackers aren't holding this data for ransom. In fact, they don't seem to want much of anything. What's motivating this new wave of activist hacks? And who suffers? Guest: Drew Harwell, tech reporter at the Washington Post Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Strike That Could Paralyze Hollywood

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 23:27

    For as glamorous as Hollywood often seems, the workers behind the scenes rarely experience the star treatment. They do everything from sound design and makeup to cinematography and lighting, and they've had enough with the industry's dizzying production pace and long hours that stretch into the early morning. Motivated by shifts in the industry due to the pandemic, workers from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union are gearing up for a strike that could halt movie and show productions alike. Guest: Anousha Sakoui, entertainment industry writer for the Los Angeles Times.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Is Someone Brain-Zapping American Operatives?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 23:58

    The Havana Syndrome sounds like something straight out of a spy novel: microwaves are being directed towards U.S. embassies, causing hearing loss, headaches, and in some cases, permanent brain damage. The Biden administration is taking these “anomalous health incidents” very seriously. Should we? Guest: Micahel Wilner, a Senior National Security and White House Correspondent for McClatchy.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: When Airbnb Takes Over Your Neighborhood

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 25:09

    Galveston is a small island off the south east coast of Texas. It's become a hot spot for short term rentals through start-ups like Airbnb. But what the city has gained in tourism dollars, they've lost in actual residents.  Guest: Peter Holley is a senior editor at Texas Monthly.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Supreme Injustice

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 22:41

    The Supreme Court is back in session and its public support is in free fall. But the unpopular court seems poised to radically alter the lives of millions of Americans. On today's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by political analyst Elie Mystal to discuss what's on the docket, and why so many Americans are braced for the Court to shred their rights.   Guest: Elie Mystal, MSNBC political analyst and the justice correspondent for The Nation Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Can You Really Have a Feminist Wedding?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 40:24

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate's news director, Susan Matthews sits down with former colleague and host of the Why Oh Why relationship podcast, Andrea Silenzi to talk about all things weddings. They get into the weirdness of weddings, the sexist nature of some of the traditions, and how to reckon with all that while still having a good time on the dance floor.  In Slate Plus: Is The New York Times Vows column feminist?  Recommendations: Susan: The new album, An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins.  Andrea: A brand new pasta shape called Cascatelli.   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next TBD: Will the Facebook Whistleblower Make a Difference?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 26:41

    The last month has seen a steady drip of leaked documents from inside Facebook, each seemingly more damning than the next. This week, the whistleblower behind the leaks revealed her identity. What motivates Frances Haugen? And can she do real damage to the social media giant? Guest: Jeff Horwitz, tech reporter at the Wall Street Journal.  Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Congress Plays Chicken

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 29:11

    Congressional Republicans are forcing Democrats into a game of chicken over the debt ceiling where the stakes are the well-being of the global economy. It's a showdown that has played out time and again since 2011, but it doesn't have to be this way.  Guest: Jordan Weissmann, senior editor for Slate If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 28:41

    You might think that the wreckage caused by COVID-19 would be enough to make the U.S. take pandemic planning seriously. But a close look at current pandemic preparedness efforts reveals that's far from the truth. It's not too late, though, to get ready for the next Big One - if we're willing to make serious investments beyond fighting germs. Guest: Ed Yong, a staff writer at The Atlantic covering science. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Democrats' Gerrymandering Dilemma

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 25:35

    With the results of the 2020 census in hand, all 50 states have begun the process of redistricting. Extremely thin margins in the House of Representatives mean that this hyper-local process has big implications on the balance of power at a national scale. After aggressive Republican gerrymandering in the 2011 redistricting cycle, many Democrats came out in favor of creating non-partisan commissions to draw new voting maps. But how much of a moderating force are they really? And what happens if either side decides not to play by the commissions' rules? Guest: Nick Riccardi, a western political writer for AP. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Supreme Court Confronts Its Critics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 33:18

    As the U.S. Supreme Court begins a new session, several justices are trying to reassure the public of the court's nonpartisanship. But, as Slate's Dahlia Lithwick argues, when you dig into the recent decisions of the court, you'll see it becoming steadily more political.  Guest: Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Las Vidas Negras Importan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 26:48

    The 2020 Census revealed that a growing number of Latino Americans are acknowledging their Black heritage. But that choice has never been simple. Professor Tanya Hernández of Fordham University School of Law joins Jason Johnson to talk about the bias Afro-Latinos have faced across the Americas, from their governments and even their own families. They also explore how Afro-Latinos pressing for greater representation in entertainment, media, and politics. You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Guest: Professor Tanya Hernández, Fordham University School of Law Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel, Jasmine Ellis, and Asha Saluja Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Does the New Clinton Impeachment Show Do Monica Lewinsky Justice?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 41:57

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate executive producer of podcasts Alicia Montgomery and The Waves producer, Cheyna Roth talk about the Clinton impeachment and the why, decades later, we can't seem to let go of this story. They start out by unpacking Ryan Murphy's new show, American Crime Story: Impeachment and how feminist thinking has evolved since the mid-90s. After the break they talk about the characters surrounding Monica Lewinsky, and whether the show treats them fairly.  In Slate Plus's “Is This Feminist” segment, Alicia and Cheyna talk about whether the ongoing Britney Spears saga is feminist.  Recommendations: Alicia: Diving headfirst into Fall.  Cheyna: Lindy West's new Substack Butt News.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next TBD: What Instagram Does to Teens

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 25:24

    Since 2018, internal research teams at Facebook have been studying the effect on Instagram on mental health. Their results couldn't be more clear: Instagram is causing problems, especially for teen girls.  Why has it taken so long for their research to surface? And what can be done to improve the relationship between kids and the platform? Guest: Georgia Wells, tech reporter at the Wall Street Journal.  Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Vaccine Holdouts in the NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 25:41

    The 2021-2022 NBA season will be underway in less than a month. The league has set strict testing and distancing rules for unvaccinated players. Largely, that strategy has worked but there are some vocal holdouts. Guest: Bomani Jones is an ESPN commentator and the host of the Right Time with Bomani Jones podcast.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Vaccine Holdouts in the NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 25:41

    The 2021-2022 NBA season will be underway in less than a month. The league has set strict testing and distancing rules for unvaccinated players. Largely, that strategy has worked but there are some vocal holdouts. Guest: Bomani Jones is an ESPN commentator and the host of the Right Time with Bomani Jones podcast.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Why a Hollywood #MeToo Organization Imploded

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 26:41

    Time's Up was founded in 2018 in the wake of the #MeToo movement to fight sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace. How, then, was the organization felled by accusations of a toxic work environment and close associations with abusers?  Guest: Lili Loofbourow, staff writer at Slate. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: A Doctor's Hardest Call

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 27:59

    It's hard to imagine, but many states had a plan for how they would make tough calls about the distribution of scarce medical resources during a pandemic. As our present crisis has dragged on, and hospitals have become overwhelmed, those plans are beginning to go into effect -- with some interesting caveats.  Guest: Sheri Fink, correspondent at The New York Times.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Death and Desperation at Rikers Island

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 30:44

    In the past year, twelve inmates on Rikers Island have died and it's corrections staff has started refusing to come to work. The jail is slated for closure in 2027, but what can be done now to alleviate its problems?  Guest: Jan Ransom is a metro investigative reporter focused on criminal justice for the New York Times. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Is Overthrowing Capitalism the Best Path to More Consensual Sex?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 35:16

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate staff writer and co-host of the podcast Outward, Christina Cauterucci sits down with author Amia Srinivasan to discuss her new book The Right to Sex. They talk about why false rape accusations are like plane crashes—greatly feared, but not as prevelant as we think. Then they dig into what could help us all start having a better kind of sex, and why just giving women money could go a long way in preventing domestic violence.  In Slate Plus, we debut our new segment, “Is This Feminist?” Slate News Director Susan Matthews and The Waves producer Cheyna Roth discuss Dr. Jill Biden's decision to keep teaching while also carrying out her First Lady “duties”.  Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Texas Political Power Twins

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 22:30

    Recorded as part of the Texas Tribune Festival, this week's episode is a conversation with brothers US Representative Joaquin Castro and 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro. The brothers join Jason to discuss how the Biden administration is measuring up on the issues that were important to their own campaigns, the potential ripple effects of Texas' new extreme abortion legislation, and the importance of Latino representation in the media.  Guests: Joaquin Castro, US Representative for Texas' 20th District, and Julián Castro, former Secretary of HUD and 2020 presidential candidate  Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel, Jasmine Ellis, and Asha Saluja. You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next TBD: Are We Getting COVID Testing All Wrong?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 30:32

    In the U.S., the PCR test is the gold standard for COVID testing. Common knowledge would have it that the test is more accurate—and therefore more effective at containing the spread of the dease—than the rapid antigen test.  What if that isn't quite true?  Guest: Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health  Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    TRAILER: This Is Critical

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 10:00

    Introducing a new podcast from Trumpcast host Virginia Heffernan! Fearless, sophisticated culture criticism for all generations. Nothing is off-limits, nothing dumbed down. With American culture on the rocks, we're split into fake "wars" about everything from avocados to bicycles to medical masks. It's time we took a critical lens to every facet of our shared experience. And that's what Virginia Heffernan is prepared to do. To hear more, be sure to subscribe to This Is Critical wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: How Biden's Agenda Could Fall Apart

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 28:51

    Congressional Democrats are struggling to bring together their moderate and progressive factions to pass an infrastructure bill and its gigantic sidecar, a budget plan filled with tax hikes, climate-related legislation, and social spending. With the party divided, is Biden's agenda about to hit the skids? Guest: Jim Newell, Slate's senior politics writer and author of the weekly newsletter, The Surge.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Haitian Refugees Blocked at the Border

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 28:16

    By last weekend, nearly 14,000 migrants primarily from Haiti had amassed along the border in Texas. Then the Biden administration began a massive deportation effort. Now, Haitians facing violence and instability at home are caught at the intersection of multiple disasters and an American president whose immigration goals remain murky, with many migrants saying they were never given the chance to make an asylum claim in the first place. Guest: Jacqueline Charles, Caribbean correspondent for the Miami Herald If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Did Gen. Milley Go Too Far?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 31:58

    General Mark Milley, the nation's top military officer, is making sure the press knows about the role he played in safeguarding democracy under President Trump. How singular were his efforts? And what do they reveal about our governmental institutions?  Guest: Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories correspondent and author of the book, The Bomb. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: God Doesn't Want Me Vaccinated

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 29:50

    Who are the people seeking a religious exemption to the Biden administration's vaccine mandate? What are their religious claims? And how do workplaces decide who has a real claim to belief versus a convenient letter from a pastor-for-hire?  Guest: Ruth Graham, reporter for the New York Times.   If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Cancelling the “Black Friend” Excuse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 26:33

    Your barista, your golf buddy, your ex-college roommate...just because you are friendly with a Black person doesn't mean you're friends. And even if you are, you can still be a racist. Scholar Khalil Gibran Muhammad explores the “Black buddy” myth of racial healing this through his podcast “Some of My Best Friends Are…”, which he co-hosts with his white best friend, Ben Austen. On today's episode of A Word, Muhammad joins Jason Johnson to talk about interracial friendships, and evolving views about how they reflect racial progress in America.  Guest: Khalil Gibran Muhammad is a historian, author, and the co-host of “Some of My Best Friends Are…,” a new podcast on the Pushkin network. Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Where Have All The Teen Magazines Gone?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 37:57

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate staff writers Rebecca Onion and Heather Schwedel dive into girls' and women's magazines. Many outlets like Sassy and CosmoGirl have been shuttered or moved to online-only editions. With the recent resurrection of teen magazine icon Atoosa Rubenstein in the media, Rebecca and Heather talk about what made these types of magazines pop and how problematic they were for their audience​​—especially the young girls. Then they dig into the lasting impact these relics have in the digital age.  Recommendations: Rebecca: The 2016 PBS show Victoria and Nicola Griffith's book Ammonite. Heather: Listening to music, especially if you usually listen to podcasts.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next TBD: China vs. Video Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 18:33

    Recently, China restricted video game playing to just three hours a week for its young people: 8pm to 9pm, Friday through Sunday. And that's not the only change. Over the last few months, private tutors, diehard celebrity fans, and tech giants have all faced fresh restrictions from Beijing. What's behind this new wave of crackdowns? Guest: Brenda Goh, technology correspondent for Reuters Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Plight of the Delivery Worker

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 30:51

    In the last few years and particularly during the pandemic, New York City's delivery workers have become a key part of the food industry's infrastructure, allowing restaurants to do business with customers too stressed to leave their desks or too afraid of catching a dangerous virus to show up themselves. But a growing incidence of violent attacks and bike thefts has laid bare just how vulnerable the people who bring you your takeout are. Why is it that such essential workers have been exploited by the apps that rely on them, abandoned by the police and the city, and forced to band together just to get by? Guest: Josh Dzieza, an investigations editor and feature writer at The Verge covering technology, business, and climate change. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Plight of the Delivery Worker

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 30:51

    In the last few years and particularly during the pandemic, New York City's delivery workers have become a key part of the food industry's infrastructure, allowing restaurants to do business with customers too stressed to leave their desks or too afraid of catching a dangerous virus to show up themselves. But a growing incidence of violent attacks and bike thefts has laid bare just how vulnerable the people who bring you your takeout are. Why is it that such essential workers have been exploited by the apps that rely on them, abandoned by the police and the city, and forced to band together just to get by? Guest: Josh Dzieza, an investigations editor and feature writer at The Verge covering technology, business, and climate change. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Steve Bannon's “War Room” is Mobilizing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 31:48

    Listeners of Steve Bannon's “War Room” podcast have mobilized to take over the GOP from the ground up. Convinced the 2020 election was stolen, many far-right Republicans are moving to run elections themselves as precinct officers.  Guest: Isaac Arnsdorf, national politics reporter for ProPublica. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Why College Professors Have Had It

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 22:33

    As the fall semester begins at U.S. universities, faculty and staff and institutions of higher education are at a breaking point. Widespread feelings of burnout were laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic, but the conditions leading to them were present long before.  Guest: Lindsay Ellis, senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Empty Shelves Everywhere

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 26:14

    The coronavirus pandemic has left no part of the world untouched, including global manufacturing supply chains. The complex system that keeps goods moving throughout the world has struggled to catch up ever since it was disrupted in early 2020. Now, 18 months later, product delays aren't going anywhere.  Guest: Austen Hufford, U.S. manufacturing reporter for The Wall Street Journal.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Is Larry Elder the Best of Black Republicans?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 26:36


    Black Republican Larry Elder is leading the race to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom. For decades, the GOP was the default choice of millions of Black voters. But that changed during the civil rights era, as that party emerged as the home of segregationists, white supremacists, and their sympathizers. On today's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Michael Steele, Maryland's former lieutenant governor, and ex-chair of the RNC to talk about Black Republican leadership and the future of Black conservatives. Guest: Michael Steele, former chair of the RNC, and a political analyst for MSNBC Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Waves: Did Elizabeth Holmes Kill the Concept of the Girlboss?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 35:20

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate Money co-host Emily Peck and Slate senior editor Shannon Palus talk all things #girlboss. They explore how the concept went from being a sought-after status to a ridiculed slogan. Then they dive into the upcoming trial of possible former (and current?) girlboss Elizabeth Holmes and talk about whether potential trial strategies and defenses are sexist.  Recommendations: Shannon: Jessica Knoll's 2015 novel, The Luckiest Girl Alive.  Emily: The Cathy comic strip podcast, Aack Cast.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to thewaves@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next TBD: Can This River Be Saved?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 22:26

    The Colorado River Basin is experiencing its 22nd year of drought. Its reservoirs are at their lowest-ever levels. The water stored in the system is at just 40 percent of its capacity. How did the situation on the Colorado become so dire? And what does the shortage mean for the 40 million people who rely on its waters? Guest: Abrahm Lustgarten, senior investigative reporter at ProPublica Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: What 9/11 Did to My Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 39:05

    For Muslim Americans, the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks marks a full generation of routine Islamophobia. In the years that followed, the war on terror wounded the nation's Muslim communities in ways that still feel fresh today.  Guest: Aymann Ismail, staff writer at Slate.  If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Dying of COVID to Own The Libs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 25:52

    Four conservative talk radio hosts have died of COVID-19 this summer, further revealing the consequences of a politicized pandemic. Why aren't prominent right-wing figures doing more to embrace the coronavirus vaccine?  Guest: Brian Rosenwald, fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Talk Radio's America. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Texans Fighting for Abortion Access

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 22:28

    Texas has passed a new law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, enforced by citizens launching lawsuits against anyone suspected of “aiding and abetting” the procedures. And the Supreme Court has declined to stop it - effectively ending the precedent set by Roe v. Wade. How are Texas organizations supporting reproductive rights adapting?  Guest: Anna Rupani, Co-Executive Director of Fund Texas Choice. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you'll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Haiti's DIY Recovery

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 27:07

    Haiti was already reeling from a presidential assassination when a massive earthquake struck in August. And organizations that have “helped” Haiti in the past have exploited its people, filled their own pockets, and left the country off worse than before. On A Word, Jason Johnson talks about the Haitian crisis with Professor Marlene Daut, a professor of African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. She's also the author of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World.  Guest: Marlene Daut, professor of African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at slate.com/awordplus for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: What's Next for TV's White Guys?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 36:25


    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate TV critic Willa Paskin and Vulture staff writer Kathryn VanArendonk talk about the precarious position of white men on TV this summer. Their conversation, inspired by Kathryn's recent piece in Vulture, TV's White Guys Are in Crisis, surveys the history of white men on TV, from the good-guy dad to the complex antihero, through to our current moment, where shows like Rutherford Falls and Kevin Can F**k Himself position their white guys as obstacles, and The White Lotus overtly asks, would we prefer white guys to disappear entirely? Willa and Kathryn get into it.  After the break, our hosts contrast these shows to their glaring exception, Apple TV's Ted Lasso, which allows its white guy lead to be uncomplicatedly beloved. Is his charming take on progressive masculinity too good to be true?  For Slate Plus members, Willa and Kathryn contribute to our regular segment, Gateway Feminism, where they talk about one thing that helped make them feminists. For Willa, it's the young adult series The Baby-Sitter's Club, by Ann M. Martin, and for Kathryn it's the Western TV drama Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.  Recommendations Kathryn recommends three things: Felco garden clippers, the Toniebox, and the TV series What We Do in the Shadows. Willa thinks you should check out Richard Powers' novel The Overstory. Podcast production by Asha Saluja filling in for Cheyna Roth. Editorial oversight by Susan Matthews and June Thomas.  Send your comments and thoughts about what The Waves should cover to thewaves@slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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