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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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    What Next TBD: North Korea's Hacking Army

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 23:21

    They've stolen billions of dollars. Is the U.S. ready to crack down? Guest: Jason Bartlett, research associate in the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Reparations for Racist Violence?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 37:44

    The recent massacre targeting the Black community in Buffalo has led to strong words from President Biden and other leaders, denouncing white supremacist violence. But for the remaining survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and their descendants, those words ring hollow. On this week's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Damario Solomon-Simmons, a civil rights lawyer who is leading an effort to win reparations for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors. He won a historic legal victory this month, but argues that the president has failed to follow through on promises to do everything he could to pursue justice for Tulsa.  Guest: Damario Solomon-Simmons is a civil rights attorney, and is leading efforts to win reparations for Tulsa Race Massacre victims and their descendants. He's the Managing Partner of SolomonSimmonsLaw. Podcast production by 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 Reality TV Says About Us

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 29:34

    On this week's episode of The Waves, historian and original Waves host, Marcia Chatelain is joined by sociologist Danielle Lindemann to talk all things reality TV. They discuss Danielle's new book, True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us and why we don't take reality television as seriously as we should. Later in the show they talk about why women are more successful at monetizing their reality TV brand and how the genre takes us on a tour of the class system.   In Slate Plus: Is The Bachelorette feminist?  Recommendations: Marcia: The True Crime Obsessed podcast, Let the Women Do the Work Danielle: The Netflix series Selling Sunset   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.  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: How Buffalo Could Transform Social Media

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 21:19

    The shooting in Buffalo raises questions about the effectiveness of content moderation. Is the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism the answer to how social media can moderate extremist content? Guest: Emma Llansó, director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology Host: Ray Suarez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: China's Zero-COVID Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 27:55

    When China first instituted its zero-COVID policy, it was a success: as other countries struggled with soaring infection rates and overburdened hospitals, life for many Chinese citizens began to look normal again within months—so long as they weren't infected. But the omicron variant changed the game. Now, people are speaking out against draconian lockdown measures they say are inappropriate to face the current level of threat. How did zero-COVID evolve from being the most effective virus prevention strategy in the world to a disproportionate and punitive system? And how has that evolution expanded state control? Guest: Dake Kang, journalist in the Beijing bureau of the Associated Press. 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 Lone Wolves

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 29:14

    A shooting Saturday at a supermarket in a predominantly-Black neighborhood in Buffalo left at least 10 people dead and three more injured. The suspected shooter left a manifesto riddled with racist ideology, laying out plans to specifically target Black people and citing the so-called “great replacement theory” as his motivation.  How much will white supremacist violence be a part of the everyday lives of Americans — and what's being done to stop it? Guest: Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist covering race in 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: How Corporations Are Taking Advantage of Inflation

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 29:36

    Consumers are paying higher prices almost everywhere as inflation continues to rise. But corporate earnings calls have revealed that many companies are using inflation as a cover to jack up prices and increase profits — all on the backs of customers. Guest: Lindsay Owens, executive director of the Groundwork Collaborative.  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 Evolution of Pro-Choice Messaging

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 31:38

    The likely end of Roe v. Wade marks a bitter setback for the pro-choice movement. But the success of abortion legalization campaigns in Ireland and Argentina may be models for a way forward.  What are the ingredients for effective public messaging? What can American activists learn from the examples of international movements? Guest: Anat Shenker-Osorio, communications researcher and campaign advisor, host of the podcast “Words To Win By.” 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 TBD: Inside Trump's Twitter Clone

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 21:39

    Trump's Truth Social network was supposed to be the right's answer to Twitter. What happens to the company if Elon takes over? Guest: Drew Harwell, reporter for the Washington Post Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Is Big Tech Pro-Choice?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 25:00

    In light of the threat to Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates are asking many companies –including in the tech industry– to take a stand. But many industry leaders are silent, and could be poised to profit from data that tracks abortion providers, advocates, and patients. On this week's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Bärí Williams, an expert on diversity in tech and artificial intelligence. They talk about the political, financial, and social priorities that may be keeping tech leaders quiet about the abortion issue.  Guest: Bärí Williams, an expert on diversity in tech and AI. She's also the COO of Bandwagon Fan Club, Inc., a data and identity analytics tech company focused on sports and entertainment.  Podcast production by 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: How the Fall of Bitch Media is a Sign of Disastrous Things to Come.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 27:21

    On this week's episode of The Waves, we're reflecting on the impact of Bitch Media, which started as a zine in the 90s, and grew into a print publication and website . Slate staff writer Heather Schwedel is joined by Bitch co-founder Andi Zeisler to talk about the history of Bitch. Then, they explore why feminist media is struggling, despite maybe being more necessary than ever.  In Slate Plus: Is asking if things are feminist, feminist? Recommendations:  Heather: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton Andi: Time Zone J by Julie Doucet Mentioned in the Show:  “Bitch and the End of Independent Feminist Media” by Jude Ellison S. Doyle  Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery. 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 A.I. Know What You're Feeling?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 20:06

    Companies are developing and selling A.I. products intended to tell your boss or your teacher how you're feeling. Guest: Kate Kaye, reporter for Protocol Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: The Future of IVF Post-Roe

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 27:24

    As the country awaits a final decision on whether the Supreme Court will overturn Roe. v Wade, fertility doctors are sounding the alarm about what that could mean for the future procedures like IVF.  Guests: Dr. Natalie Crawford, OBGYN and reproductive endocrinologist at Fora Fertility in Austin, Texas.  Emily, an IVF patient in West Virginia. Emily asked Slate to withhold her last name so she could speak freely about her fertility treatments.  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: Russia's Next Target?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 29:24

    Curious explosions in a Russian stronghold of Moldova have the world wondering if Putin is making his next play. Why is a tiny country on Ukraine's western border of such strategic importance? Guest: Monika Pronczuk, Brussels-based 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

    What Next: Ukrainian War, American Intelligence

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 29:24

    It's not unusual for the U.S. to lend intelligence to another country. It's a little more unusual for the U.S. to talk about it.  Why is the American military confirming reports that it's helping Ukraine vanquish Russian targets? Could that candidness lead to an expansion of the war? Or will it be the deciding factor in finishing the conflict? Guest: Shane Harris, reporter covering intelligence and national security 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: How Connecticut Became An Abortion Safe Haven

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 25:46

    In the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating that Roe v. Wade will soon be a thing of the past, some states are rushing to fortify the right to an abortion within their borders. Nowhere has gone as far as Connecticut, though, which has expanded the field of people permitted to perform abortions and created legal protections for anyone who aids in the procedure. But will it make a difference when abortion will likely soon be outlawed in half the country?  Guest: Matt Blumenthal, State Representative for Connecticut's 147th District. 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: Joy and Pain: Navigating Grief

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 33:40

    With one million dead from COVID, many Americans are suffering through profound grief. And for Black Americans, the pandemic combined with the racial reckoning has made the mourning feel endless. On this week's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson talks with writer Marisa Renee Lee about her new book Grief Is Love: Living With Loss, and about making space for joy in the midst of grief.  Guest: Marisa Renee Lee, a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. Her new book is Grief Is Love: Living With Loss. Podcast production by 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

    What Next TBD: Is Free Speech Online Just a Myth?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 26:32

    A conversation with one of the smartest First Amendment lawyers in the country. Guest: Jameel Jaffer Host: Lizzie O'Leary Thanks Avast.com! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: What Amber Heard's Make-up Palette Says About the Legal System. (Plus: Roe v Wade)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2022 52:58

    On this week's episode of The Waves, we start with a conversation with upcoming Slow Burn: Roe v Wade host, Susan Matthews and Slate senior producer Cheyna Roth about the implications of the recently leaked Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe.  In the main show, we shift focus to gender violence as the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial continues. Cheyna sits down with Dr. Nicole Bedera about what happens when fans try to play detective and how we should actually be talking to victims of violence. Later in the show they talk about Men's Rights Activists and the broader implications of suing people who accuse someone of assault.  In Slate Plus, is Mother's Day feminist?   Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery. 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 the Internet Rescue Abortion Access?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 20:06

    The pandemic changed the way abortion care could be provided online. So what happens now? Guest: Dr. Mai Fleming, family medicine physician and Fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health. Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Depp v. Heard

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 27:29

    Johnny Depp's defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard is making headlines—not just for the spectacle taking place within the courtroom, but for its implications for victims of domestic violence.  In a case of domestic ugliness, is it possible to know the truth? And does trying to uncover it through legal action serve anyone's best interests? Guest: John Culhane, professor at the Delaware Law School. 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 Tips Its Hand

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 32:11

    This week, Politico published a shocking leak from within the Supreme Court, indicating that a majority of the judges have voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. Beyond who leaked the draft opinion, questions remain about what the rollback of the landmark constitutional law will mean for abortion rights in America.  Guest: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate courts and law writer and host of 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

    What Next: The Michigan Democrat Who Said “Enough”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 30:18

    Michigan state Senator Mallory McMorrow went viral in April for striking back at an extreme characterization made by a Republican colleague. The video of McMorrow's speech—viewed over 14 million times—tells a bigger story about how national political rhetoric is affecting local political debates. But is the senator really demonstrating how to reset the terms of debate? Or is she just one more person who went viral for speaking to her echo chamber? Guest: Mallory McMorrow, Michigan state senator representing Grand Oak and the suburbs north of Detroit.  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: Mexico's Disappearing Women

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 26:20

    The body of 18-year-old Debanhi Escobar was discovered in late April, inside a water tank in a motel on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico—weeks after she went missing. The identity of her killer is still unknown. The case has prompted a national outcry over the Mexican government's consistent failure to deliver justice for missing women. But femicide in Mexico isn't new, and past protests haven't yielded meaningful change. Will this time be any different? Guest: Oscar Lopez, reporter for the New York Times based in Mexico City. 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: Could Musk Kill Black Twitter?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 31:25

    Black Twitter has grown into a community where jokes, memes, and activism flourish. But with Elon Musk taking over, many users fear the most vital conversations will be silenced. On today's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Omar Wasow, a pioneer in online culture, and the co-founder of the BlackPlanet social network. They discuss what Musk's definition of free speech and his record on race could mean for the future of Black Twitter, and whether it's time to leave the platform. Guest: Omar Wasow, assistant professor of politics at Pomona College Podcast production by 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

    What Next TBD: The Fantasy of Internet for All

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 19:06

    Today on the show: Can Starlink ever fulfill its promise of connecting the world, especially places left behind by traditional internet? Or will it be just another toy for the rich?  Guest: Meaghan Tobin, reporter at Rest of World Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Edible Arrangements Is Getting Into the Wellness Industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 41:03

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate senior writer, Christina Cauterucci and Slate science editor Shannon Palus, talk pineapples on sticks. Christina's new piece, “What's Eating Edible Arrangements” on the changes at Edible Arrangements sparked a conversation about gender roles that likely led do the creation of the company that now goes by Edible. Then they unpack the company's pivot to CBD and what its attempt at “wellness culture” really means.  In Slate Plus, are workout selfies feminist? Recommendations: Shannon: Harry & David fruit boxes. Christina: Season 2 of HBO's The Flight Attendant.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery. 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 Elon Wants With Twitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 23:33

    Twitter is the platform of choice for politicians, journalists, academics, and many other agenda-setters. Twitter influences conversations that take place in newsrooms and statehouses. What happens if the company's placed in the hands of a pugnacious, provocative plutocrat like Elon Musk? Guest: Will Oremus, tech reporter for the Washington Post Host: Seth Stevenson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: L.A.'s Alarming Latino Mortality Rate

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 25:38

    People may want to throw their masks in the trash, but in communities with the highest COVID-19 mortality rates, the pandemic is not over. Guest: Dr. Don Garcia, medical director at Clínica Romero in Los Angeles.  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 Crisis in Special Education

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 27:05

    Federal law guarantees that students with disabilities have access to special educators. But widespread teacher shortages mean that these students are often being taught by people without the mandated qualifications – or by no one at all. Guest: Dylan Peers McCoy is an investigative reporter on WFYI's education team. 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: Florida's Most Powerful Flak

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 23:47

    How one spokesperson with an itchy Twitter-finger is sparking a moral panic. Guest: Ben Mathis-Lilley, a senior 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: The Librarians Fighting Book Bans

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 22:55

    Carolyn Foote was furious when Republican lawmakers in Texas singled out hundreds of books about race or sexuality for removal from school libraries. So she and a group of other librarians stepped into the fray to push back against what they see as harmful censorship. Guest: Carolyn Foote, former librarian for schools outside Austin, Texas. 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 Lives Matter: More Money, More Problems?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 35:51

    The Black Lives Matter movement has emerged as a major political force. Now, questionable spending by the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has sparked questions about whether key movement leaders have lost their way. On today's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Sean Campbell, an investigative journalist whose report on the foundation was published in New York Magazine. He addresses what he uncovered about the foundation's finances, including the purchase of a $6 million dollar home in Malibu under the guidance of its former leader, Patrisse Cullors. Guest: Sean Campbell, writer, and investigative journalist. Podcast production by 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

    What Next TBD: A New High-Tech Weapon in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 22:20

    The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is uncovering new wartime applications for facial recognition technology. Guest: Aric Toler, director of research and training at Bellingcat Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: Ecofeminism Isn't Just For Hippies

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 37:59

    On this week's episode of The Waves, senior producer Cheyna Roth is joined by freelance science writer Eleanor Cummins to talk about the possible resurgence of Ecofeminism. Eleanor recently published “Is Ecofeminism Due for a Comeback?” in The New Republic. They discuss how the term came to be “passe,” what places are embracing the concept of combining feminism and the environment (and trying to save the Amazon in the process), and why the time is right for feminists to embrace the planet.   In Slate Plus, the waves of Ecofeminism, and where the term “tree-hugger” came from.  Recommendations: Cheyna: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman  Eleanor: Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery. 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 COVID Data Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 25:30

    Are we facing down yet another COVID wave right now? Does it matter? Guest: Katherine Wu, staff writer for The Atlantic Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Putin's Hunger for Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 27:09

    Bill Browder has been sounding the alarm about Vladimir Putin for decades. Formerly one of Russia's largest foreign investors, Browder has made it his life's work to expose corruption in the country. Unsurprisingly, he's one of Putin's personal targets. Browder believes that money is what's really driving the war in Ukraine. Guest: Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management. Browder ran the largest foreign investment firm in Russia until 2005, when he was kicked out of the country. His new book is Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath.  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: Biden's Immigration Mess

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 27:50

    Pro-immigration advocates had high hopes when the Biden administration came to office that some of the harsher policies imposed by Trump would ease. Instead, immigration policy has been a mess inside the White House. The move to rescind Title 42 – a health policy that the Trump administration used to restrict migration at the U.S.-Mexico border is now further dividing Democrats.  Guest: Tyler Moran, former deputy assistant to President Biden and senior advisor for migration. Moran co-founded the Immigration Hub and has 20 years of experience developing and implementing immigration policy.  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 Caseworker Quits Over Texas' Trans Kids Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 22:18

    Morgan Davis saw his job as an investigator in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a calling. As a transgender man, he joined the child welfare agency to be the advocate he never had while growing up. But Davis eventually quit, following Governor Greg Abbott's order to investigate the families of transgender children. While Abbott's order is currently paused due to an injunction, many families are still left in limbo due to open cases – and other child welfare workers are handing in their notices. Guest: Morgan Davis, investigator at the Travis County office of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  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: Cracking Down on Ghost Guns

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 24:48

    The Biden Administration recently announced a new policy aimed at cracking down on ghost guns—homemade weapons without serial numbers, making them harder to trace. But with gun violence on the rise, will this particular move make a meaningful difference? Guest: David Chipman, senior policy advisor at Giffords, a gun violence prevention organization.  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: Holy Roller Racism?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 29:03

    Although church and state are supposed to be separate, white evangelical power is a potent force in American politics. And it has historically been used to battle against racial equity. On today's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by Professor Anthea Butler, the author of White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. They discuss the resurgence of white evangelical influence in politics, and why so much of that movement has been focused on thwarting civil rights for African Americans.  Guest: Anthea Butler, chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis and Sam Kim 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: How TurboTax Tricks Taxpayers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 22:36

    How did Intuit build its TurboTax empire? Guest: Justin Elliott, reporter for ProPublica Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    One Year 1977 Rewind: Anita Bryant's War on Gay Rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 66:30

    This is a reprise of the first episode of our season on 1977. Miami, 1977: Pop singer and orange juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant takes a stand against a local ordinance—and becomes the leader of a national anti-gay movement. Her campaign against gay rights, and the gay community's fight against her, would change America. One Year is produced by Josh Levin, Evan Chung, and Madeline Ducharme. Mixing by Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Waves: The Vagina Et. Al.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 40:28

    On this week's episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor Shannon Palus is joined by science journalist, Rachel E. Gross to talk all about female anatomy. They discuss Rachel's new book, Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage and how much science has to learn when it comes to diagnosing female maladies. Then they get into ovaries and all the misconceptions about these “egg baskets.” In Slate Plus, is the term “pussy” feminist?  Articles discussed in this episode:  The Word for Anatomy That Shouldn't Be “Vulgar”  by Zoe Mendelson  Seventeen Years of Bad Sex by Allyson Rudolph  Ovaries Are Prone to ‘Exhaustion' and ‘Fatigue.' Or Are They? By Rachel Gross Recommendations: Shannon: Wearing wide-legged jeans.  Rachel: Showing yourself some, ah-hem, love.    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.  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: Elonnnnnnnnnnnnn!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 20:49

    Is Musk's bid to take Twitter private a genuine attempt to mold the social network in his image? Or is he just going to have some fun, make some money, and walk away? Guest: Felix Salmon, host of Slate Money and chief financial correspondent for Axios Host: Lizzie O'Leary Get Surfshark VPN at https://surfshark.deals/TBD - Enter promo code TBD for 83% off and 3 extra months free!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Next: Is France About to Elect a Far-Right President?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 25:33

    In the French presidential election five years ago, Marine Le Pen lost badly to Emmanuel Macron. Now, Le Pen is back for a rematch—and this time, polls are pretty tight.  Guest: Henry Grabar, 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: Disney vs. DeSantis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 26:45

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Walt Disney Company are at odds over a controversial Florida law dubbed “don't say gay,” which would limit instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools. While DeSantis is a big supporter of the legislation, Disney's CEO Bob Chapek eventually came out against it, vowing to work to repeal the law and setting up a showdown between the governor and the entertainment giant. Guest: Mary Ellen Klas, Capitol bureau chief for the Miami Herald in Tallahassee, Florida. 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: Pennsylvania's Nutty Senate Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 30:22

    Pennsylvania's got a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs, and the primary is shaping up to be a showdown between moderate, establishment candidates and those on the fringes of each party.  Guest: Jonathan Tamari, national political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.  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: From Homeless to Housing Reporter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 28:28

    How the experience of living in his car years ago helped reporter Ethan Ward focus his coverage of homelessness and housing in Los Angeles.  Guest: Ethan Ward, unhoused communities reporter for KPCC and LAist. 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 TBD: Uber Makes Nice With Cabs

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 22:43

    The rideshare company's founder once called taxis “evil.” Now, Uber might need them to survive. Guest: Preetika Rana Host: Lizzie O'Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Word: Taxes, Death, and Trouble

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 27:46

    It's tax season, a stressful time for millions of Americans. But for many Black Americans, financial issues are complicated year-round by the “Black Tax;” that's the complex web of structural bias in finance, banking, and housing policy that can make it harder for African Americans to build wealth. On today's episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by financial advice author Lynnette Khalfani-Cox to discuss the biggest tax and financial hurdles for African Americans, and how to overcome them. Guest: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, a personal finance expert and author of several books on financial planning and strategy. Podcast production by Sam Kim 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

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