What Next | Daily News and Analysis

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 for new episodes every weekday morning.
Pardons, Presidential Power, and Worry About Bill Barr
Jan 15 • 26 min
More than 25 years after serving as Attorney General under George HW Bush, Barr is set to return to the role this week. What should we expect? And what should the senators at the confirmation hearing be asking?Guest: Noah Feldman, professor of…
The Three-Headed Beast Leading U.S. Foreign Policy
Jan 14 • 17 min
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 East.Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to…
The Threat of National Emergency
Jan 11 • 19 min
What would a national emergency look like, and why hasn’t Trump declared one yet? Dahlia Lithwick has answers. Plus: Was it weird that Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t at work this week?Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an…
How We Became Shutdown Nation
Jan 10 • 20 min
How could congressional leaders end the current government shutdown? Come to think of it, how could they put an end to shutdowns altogether?Guests: Tom Davis, former Republican congressman from Virginia, and Slate’s Jim Newell.Tell us what you think by…
Clemency for Cyntoia Brown
Jan 9 • 17 min
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 America, and why Kaba considers…
Battling 2020 Fatigue
Jan 8 • 22 min
Jamelle Bouie sees each presidential election like a grand experiment. On today’s show, he shares some of his hypotheses going into the 2020 campaign season. Will the rift grow between President Trump and the establishment GOP? Will Democrat presidential…
The Republican Party Shake-Out in Kansas
Jan 7 • 19 min
The rightward shift of the Republican Party is kind of like global warming: Each political ecosystem is feeling it differently. In Kansas, lifelong Republicans are finding themselves without a habitat. Guests: Barbara Bollier Kansas state senator, and…
We’re Back Monday, January 7th
Jan 4 • 1 min
Every weekday morning. 5AM. Don’t start your day without knowing What Next!
We’re in the New York Times
Dec 9, 2018 • 1 min
No big deal. Did you see What Next mentioned in the New York Times? We’ll be back with more shows in January. Until then, these are some of our favorite episodes:The Gun-Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate, Nov. 15thSins of the Fathers, Nov. 14thThe…
Jeff Flake Takes Another Stand
Nov 16, 2018 • 21 min
Sen. Jeff Flake is demanding legislation to protect the Mueller probe. High-profile conservatives are peeling off from the Federalist Society to stand up to the Trump administration. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains why she thinks this is a pivotal moment…
The Gun Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate
Nov 15, 2018 • 29 min
This week doctors from all over America took to social media with the hashtag #ThisIsMyLane (or #ThisIsOurLane). They sent pictures of themselves in blood-drenched scrubs and shared stories of treating victims of gun violence. Much of this was in response…
Sins of the Fathers
Nov 14, 2018 • 19 min
Survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have gone after the church in a piecemeal fashion. But the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up of child sexual abuse goes back decades, and experts say it reaches the upper echelons of church leadership. What would…
The Wildfires to Come
Nov 13, 2018 • 18 min
Stephen Pyne has made fire his life’s work. He put them out for 15 summers and has thought about them ever since. Today on the show – the conversation we’re not having about wildfires and why despite the devastation in California this week, he remains…
The Legacy of the Last Florida Recount
Nov 12, 2018 • 20 min
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 and a Slate contributor.
Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform
Nov 9, 2018 • 20 min
Just as he was getting kicked out the door, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted to do one last thing: strongly limit the strength and use of consent decrees moving forward. It’s a move that deals a significant blow to the Department of Justice’s…
What to Watch After Sessions’ Ouster
Nov 8, 2018 • 20 min
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 Lawfare Podcast. Plus, Mary McCord, who…
What Won for the Democrats?
Nov 7, 2018 • 22 min
Democrats ran all sorts of different campaigns and won (or lost) in all sorts of different ways. Is there a lesson they could take from the midterms and carry into the next election? Plus, how did racism figure into the Florida and Georgia governor’s…
Happy Election Day?
Nov 6, 2018 • 27 min
Alfredo Corchado calls in from the border to talk about voter enthusiasm in his area. Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report shares her tips for watching election night returns. Slate’s Molly Olmstead explains why she’ll be eyeing the teacher…
What Story Will This Election Tell Us?
Nov 5, 2018 • 17 min
With less than 36 hours to go until the final voting deadline for the midterm elections, it’s important to know what’s at stake. Amy Walter, a host on The Takeaway and National Editor of the Cook Political Report, knows that each election tells us a story…
They Forecast a Hate Wave in 2008
Nov 2, 2018 • 21 min
Daryl Johnson tried to warn Homeland Security about the growing momentum behind right-wing extremists. He was not well-received. On Friday’s show, how the actions of the Obama and Trump administrations fueled far-right violence. Plus, there’s election…
The State of Red State Democrats
Nov 1, 2018 • 22 min
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 Jim Newell joins us today to…
Understanding the Crisis in Yemen
Oct 31, 2018 • 20 min
Eric Nagourney, an international desk editor for the New York Times, explains the paper’s decision to publish harrowing photographs of malnourished Yemeni children. And Fatima Alasrar, a Yemeni and a senior analyst for the Arabia Foundation, explains why…
“And Subject to the Jurisdiction Thereof…”
Oct 30, 2018 • 13 min
There’s a clause in the 14th amendment that people wanting to change it continue to come back to: “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Today on the show, Professor Garrett Epps of The Atlantic joins us to explain why its absurd for Trump to think he…
Words Matter
Oct 29, 2018 • 17 min
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
Oct 26, 2018 • 25 min
While we wait for news on the bomb suspect, a debate between Slate’s Mike Pesca and Mary Harris: Can we blame the potential explosives on provocative political speech?
Does Corruption Matter?
Oct 25, 2018 • 15 min
When it comes to the people we vote for, how corrupt is too corrupt? With Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent for USA Today and The Record. We take a whirlwind tour of the U.S. politicians hitting the campaign trail with a dark cloud hanging over their…
Midterm Trolls - Online and Off
Oct 24, 2018 • 20 min
US Cyber Command launched its first cyber operation to deter Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections, but is it too late? Clint Watts, the author of Messing With the Enemy, “Oh yeah.” Today on the show, the continued assault on our information…
Turkey Makes the Most of Its Moment
Oct 23, 2018 • 23 min
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 Next in public for the next several…
The Health Care Turnabout
Oct 22, 2018 • 19 min
Andrew Gillum began his candidacy as a “Medicare for All” supporter. His subtle slide from that position to another is a small, but telling one. Today on the show, a look into the health care debate in the lead up to midterms. Plus, Slate’s Mark Joseph…
Just an Old Sweet Song
Oct 19, 2018 • 23 min
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. Tell us what you think:…
Now Is a Good Time to Cheat on Your Taxes
Oct 18, 2018 • 18 min
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 is in collapse because of budget cuts and the fact that the agency still has the same number of auditors…
From One Caravan to Another
Oct 17, 2018 • 22 min
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 Next in public for the next several…
Could the Saudi Monarchy Fall Over This?
Oct 16, 2018 • 28 min
Host Mary Harris talks to Dexter Filkins of the New Yorker on the fraught relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Plus, Slate’s Jim Newell explains why you should care about the final debate tonight between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. This is the…
Trailer: Introducing What Next
Oct 1, 2018 • 2 min
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.