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.
How to Break the Census
Apr 24 • 17 min
The Trump administration wants to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, and the proposal has former Census directors up in arms. If the Supreme Court votes to allow the citizenship question, what could happen to the nation’s decennial…
He Got a Pardon. Now He’s Administering Them.
Apr 23 • 17 min
For a long time, Brandon Flood kept his criminal history quiet: He worked in the Pennsylvania state government and didn’t want his former convictions to detract from his career success. But now, that history makes him uniquely suited for his new job as…
The Case for Impeachment
Apr 22 • 17 min
You’ve heard the legal argument for starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Maybe you’ve heard the moral argument supporting impeachment. But what is the political case for impeachment? What could House impeachment proceedings…
Are You There, Congress? It’s Me, Mueller.
Apr 19 • 24 min
What is Washington to do with a report that is damning, but doesn’t condemn? Slate’s legal team takes a look at the case made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Guests: Dahlia Lithwick, Jeremy Stahl, and Mark Joseph Stern.Tell us what you think by leaving…
A Fox Guarding the Henhouse at the Interior Department?
Apr 18 • 21 min
The new head of the Department of the Interior has close ties to industry and a penchant for relaxing environmental regulations. He’s also the subject of an ethics investigation. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt represents a new phase in the Trump…
What Ilhan Omar Gets Right
Apr 17 • 20 min
How did a March speech by Rep. Ilhan Omar get shrunk down to a single phrase and turned into an attack on her character?Guest: Aymann Ismail, Slate writer and host of the upcoming podcast, Man Up. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and…
Trump’s Plan to Politicize the Fed
Apr 16 • 20 min
President Donald Trump has floated the idea of nominating former presidential candidate Herman Cain and conservative pundit Stephen Moore to policy seats on the Federal Reserve’s board. Would Cain and Moore alone swing interest rates? Probably not. But…
Democrats Could Lose Wisconsin Forever
Apr 15 • 17 min
Last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race got ugly, fast. The Republican favorite, Judge Brian Hagedorn, eked out a win by about 6,000 votes. Our guest today says it’s hard to overstate the political fallout from this result. It could mean that…
Mexico Fuels the Humanitarian Crisis on the Border
Apr 12 • 17 min
To understand what’s happening on the border, you have to look at the policies and leaders on both sides of it. So, how has Mexico, under its new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, changed its approach to refugees and migrants fleeing north? And how…
The Trash Crash
Apr 11 • 17 min
Here’s something you may not know. You (listener) are a member of the global trash trade. Every time you recycle a Coke bottle or throw a banana peel away, you’re entering a market of buyers, sellers, and fierce competition. Today on the show, why the…
Bernie Hasn’t Really Changed
Apr 10 • 17 min
Bernie went from virtual unknown in the 2016 election to front-runner with the highest campaign contributions in the first quarter of the 2020 race. And while some things have changed since he last ran four years ago, a lot about his campaign looks pretty…
When A Border Wall Isn’t Enough
Apr 9 • 14 min
Nogales is the biggest port in Arizona, and has been a focal point of Trump’s increasingly aggressive tactics on the border. How do the president’s efforts to shut down the border change a place like Nogales? Note: We first aired this episode on February…
California Weighs When Police Can Use Deadly Force
Apr 8 • 19 min
Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18th, 2018. He was black. He was unarmed. Last month, the Sacramento DA decided not to press charges against the two officers who fatally shot Clark citing an…
Brexit Isn’t Over and Everything Hurts
Apr 5 • 22 min
This week, we learned something: A messy, “no-deal” Brexit is likely off the table. This means that Britons can look forward to a slightly less messy, negotiated Brexit – provided that government officials can agree on what that looks like. With Theresa…
Liberals Treat Puerto Ricans Like Second-Class Citizens, Too.
Apr 4 • 20 min
President Trump’s naked disdain for Puerto Rico’s struggles might be rhetorically jarring. But it reflects long-standing U.S. policies toward the territory.Guest: Yarimar Bonilla, political anthropologist and author of the book, Aftershocks of Disaster:…
Security Clearances Were Hard to Get. Then Trump Won.
Apr 3 • 17 min
Late last month, someone paid a call to Congress. She wanted to talk about the Trump administration’s disregard for established national security protocols. The call was coming from inside the house — inside the White House, that is. Guest: Ned Price,…
Mick Mulvaney Is Trump’s Chief Enabler
Apr 2 • 21 min
Mick Mulvaney is not here to rein in the president. How Trump’s new acting chief of staff has the White House pursuing a Freedom Caucus agenda.Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.Tell us what you think by leaving a…
Is the Measles Panic Warranted?
Apr 1 • 23 min
Officials in New York’s Rockland County declared a state of emergency after yet another measles outbreak. In Brooklyn, more cases of measles have cropped up over the last several months as well. Both places are home to a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish…
A Pilot on Whether He’ll Ever Trust Boeing Again
Mar 29 • 22 min
After the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10—and the Indonesian Airlines crash before that, in October—country after country began grounding the deadly Boeing 737 Air Max fleet, and the U.S. belatedly followed suit. This week, Congress held hearings…
Is the Court Ready to Curb Gerrymandering?
Mar 28 • 18 min
This week, the Supreme Court returned to the subject of partisan gerrymandering. After kicking the can down the road last time, will the court finally decide on the constitutionality of drawing election maps to rig elections? And who’s the most…
Trump is Trying to Kill Obamacare, Again
Mar 27 • 21 min
The president’s week was off to a great start. The Attorney General’s letter regarding Mueller’s Russia investigation largely exonerated him of any crimes. So why did Trump start talking about health care again? It’s anybody’s guess, but Democrats are…
New York City’s School Segregation Problem
Mar 26 • 20 min
New York City’s top public high school has a diversity problem. How did the crown jewel of the city’s public education system come to look so unlike the public?Guest: Mara Gay, writer for the New York Times Editorial Board.Podcast production by Mary…
About That Mueller Report
Mar 25 • 28 min
What we know about the Mueller report. Spoiler: not a whole lot.Guest: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s legal correspondent and host of the Amicus podcast. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.This episode is brought to you by…
How Long Will It Take the Death Penalty To Die?
Mar 22 • 24 min
California has a new moratorium on executions, despite the fact that voters upheld capital punishment twice in recent statewide elections. Could this mark the beginning of a lasting policy change? Guest: Jordan Steiker, director of the Capital Punishment…
When Are We Going to Start Planning For Floods?
Mar 21 • 19 min
This week, we’re following the enormous flooding in the Midwest. Climate change is magnifying the shortcomings of our river policies. We build in the flood plains, and we bracket our rivers with dams and reservoirs. But is it folly to think that we can…
Court Packing Is Not That Extreme
Mar 20 • 19 min
Some of your favorite presidents have tried to pack the Supreme Court. So why does it sound like such an extreme tactic? And why are top Democrats finally embracing it as a way out of the wilderness?Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, Slate’s legal…
How the Internet Makes Murderers
Mar 19 • 24 min
The Christchurch shooter lurked in corners of the internet that most people don’t understand. But there are ways to fight extremists who are radicalized online — and the U.S. has done it quite recently.Guest: Robert Evans, writer for Bellingcat and host…
Why is Beto Running?
Mar 18 • 16 min
After weeks and weeks of mulling a decision, Beto O’Rourke finally entered the 2020 presidential race. What is he bringing to the table? Anything?Guest: Josh Voorhees, Senior Writer at Slate.Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or…
How to Dodge a Presidential Pardon
Mar 15 • 17 min
This week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of 7½ years in prison. Here’s how his case is one of the best examples of a special counsel making sure that those who did wrong serve the time.Guest: Jed Shugerman, a…
The Side Door Into College
Mar 14 • 22 min
The FBI submitted indictments this week into the largest college admissions scam they’ve ever prosecuted. Celebrities, millionaire parents, and college sports coaches are among the dozens charged in a scheme that sought to get wealthy kids through a…
Big Banks Say “No” to Private Prisons
Mar 13 • 17 min
If you made your way up to 1185 Park Ave. on the Upper East Side of New York, you’d find an apartment building that looks like a castle. It’s the apartment of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase. Back in February protesters stood on the sidewalk and…
Joe Biden’s Laundered History
Mar 12 • 20 min
There’s really never been a national political conversation about Joe Biden’s record. Partly because much of the focus today is about the time he spent as Vice President under Barack Obama. If he decides to run, what other ugly skeletons will the public…
Is Mark Zuckerberg Gaslighting You?
Mar 11 • 21 min
Facebook is reshuffling its priorities and making moves that could help it evade antitrust regulators. Will it affect users that much? No. Is it solving a problem users have been talking about? Not really. So what is Mark Zuckerberg’s latest blog post all…
The Scandal Catching Up to Justin Trudeau
Mar 8 • 19 min
A scandal involving Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is putting Canada’s warts on display.Guest: Jesse Brown, publisher of the Canadaland news site and podcast network.Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to…
Listening to Ilhan Omar
Mar 7 • 20 min
House Democrats have scuttled a plan to chide Rep. Ilhan Omar over remarks she made about the U.S.-Israel relationship. Why were her words so triggering? Is she making a fair point? And what should she do now?Guest: Slate economics and policy writer…
Things That Should Scare You More Than Momo
Mar 6 • 14 min
The Momo challenge doesn’t appear to be much of a threat, but the fact that parents are worried about it reveals a real anxiety about the videos that YouTube pushes toward kids. Guest: Taylor Lorenz, writer for the Atlantic.Tell us what you think by…
The National Emergency Isn’t Really Trump’s Fault
Mar 5 • 21 min
President Trump’s national emergency declaration is headed for a showdown. More and more Senate Republicans are peeling away from their caucus to reject it. Sen. Rand Paul says his “political soul” hangs in the balance. But Sen. Mitch McConnell is keeping…
Reconsidering Michael Jackson
Mar 4 • 26 min
If you’re watching the Leaving Neverland documentary about Michael Jackson’s alleged child sexual abuse, you probably want to talk to someone about it: What it left out, what it wants to accomplish, and how it complicates our view of victimhood. Guest:…
Sins of the Fathers
Mar 1 • 18 min
For years now, survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have sought accountability at the local level, taking claims to their parish or bishop. But the Roman Catholic Church is a global institution, and experts say its cover-up of child abuse reaches the…
The Gun-Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate
Feb 28 • 21 min
Last fall, doctors from all over America took to social media with the hashtag #ThisIsMyLane (or #ThisIsOurLane). They sent pictures of themselves in blood-drenched scrubs and shared stories of treating victims of shootings. They were responding to a…
Civil Rights Cold Cases Find Teenage Allies
Feb 27 • 24 min
It started as a simple lesson in civil rights and ended as a bill President Trump signed into law. How did a class of New Jersey high school students create a piece of legislation to help solve civil rights crimes?Guests: Oslene Johnson, former student at…
Venezuela’s Crisis Deepens
Feb 26 • 19 min
As violence erupts on the Venezuelan border, Vice President Mike Pence makes his way to Colombia to reaffirm American support for the opposition leader, Juan Guaido. How far is the U.S. willing to go? And will this be remembered as the weekend everything…
The Laquan McDonald Case Isn’t Over
Feb 25 • 16 min
Chicago’s mayoral election is Tuesday. The race has been crowded, contentious, and very much shaped by the Laquan McDonald case.Guest: Jamie Kalven, a journalist with the Invisible Institute. Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or…
Who Wants to Be a (Heavily Taxed) Millionaire?
Feb 22 • 24 min
As Democrats try to find an economic message that can win in 2020, a group of like-minded millionaires is making the rounds, telling any politicians who will listen, “We want to pay more in taxes.” Why now?Guest: Morris Pearl, chair of Patriotic…
Meet the EPA’s Ghost-Writer
Feb 21 • 21 min
A scientist on the outer fringes of his field has been patiently making the case that the U.S. government applies far too conservative controls on toxins in the environment. Now, he’s trying to implement his ideas at the EPA — by writing a sweeping new…
The Fight to Change Frat Culture
Feb 20 • 14 min
People who believe the fraternity system is broken have been trying every which way to force changes — something, anything, to stop the parade of injuries, sexual assaults, and deaths that have happened at frat houses. Last week, we saw yet another…
Utah’s Medicaid Battle
Feb 19 • 20 min
Voters during the 2018 midterms favored the expansion of Medicaid, but it’s being met with some pushback by conservative legislators. What can Utah’s Medicaid episode teach us about how health care fights may roll out over the coming years?Guests: Utah…
A Cautionary Green New Deal Tale
Feb 15 • 13 min
The Green New Deal brought attention back to the idea of high-speed rail in America. This week California squandered it. What lessons should Americans be taking from the failed high-speed rail project in California?Guest: Henry Grabar, staff writer at…
Has Anything Changed Since Parkland?
Feb 14 • 17 min
After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, we saw a group of students speed through the stages of grief and go directly to action. One year later, have they made any lasting changes to the gun control debate? Guest: Dave Cullen, author of Parkland.…
The Democratic Divide Over Israel
Feb 13 • 16 min
President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign after her anti-Semitic remarks this past weekend. She has since apologized, but the episode revealed a bigger problem that is bound to keep rearing its head for the Democratic Party: its stance on…
When a Border Wall Isn’t Enough
Feb 12 • 14 min
How to Get Away With Highway Robbery
Feb 11 • 20 min
Reporters in South Carolina schlepped to all 46 courthouses in the state to document every civil asset forfeiture case in a three-year period. What they found was an impossibly flawed law that rewards bad police-work.Guests: Anna Lee, reporter for the…
How an Abortion Bill Started the Mess in Virginia
Feb 8 • 15 min
Virginia is in chaos as racist stunts and allegations of sexual assault threaten to upend the political careers of four top state officials. How did we get here? It all started with a debate over an abortion bill. Guest: Anna North, senior reporter for…
How Trump’s Inaugural Committee Got Into Trouble
Feb 7 • 15 min
Inaugurations are ethically dubious in the best of times. So why is the Trump inaugural committee under investigation? Consider the scale of the swindle.Guest: Ilya Marritz, co-host of Trump Inc., a podcast produced by WNYC and ProPublica. Tell us what…
Which State of the Union? Which Medicare for All?
Feb 6 • 24 min
It was a long speech that often meandered from pleas for bipartisanship to accusations of “ridiculous partisan investigations.” What do we make of this state of the union?Plus, it’s anyone’s guess what ‘Medicare for All’ really means on the 2020 campaign…
Larry Krasner and the System That Fought Back
Feb 5 • 18 min
Larry Krasner promised a sea change when he was elected to serve as Philadelphia’s district attorney. It should surprise no one that his policies are making waves.Guest: Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Chris Palmer. Read his story about Krasner’s first…
The Ferguson Effect
Feb 4 • 15 min
There’s a new prosecutor in St. Louis County taking on decades of racial injustice. How will Wesley Bell, buoyed by the political movement after the death of Michael Brown, deliver on his progressive promises?Tell us what you think by leaving a review on…
Anti-Vaxxers Brought Back the Measles
Feb 1 • 16 min
The latest measles outbreak in the Pacific-Northwest is a self-inflicted wound. One that Texans, and Americans alike, should all pay attention to.Guest: Dr. Peter J. Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.Tell…
Don’t Call Him El Chapo
Jan 31 • 13 min
Joaquín Guzmán operated in Mexico’s shadows for decades. His trial is shining a spotlight on who the man is and the chaos he sowed on a country . How are Mexicans dealing with the explosive allegations made against former presidents? And what are we all…
Howard Schultz and the Ghost of Ross Perot
Jan 30 • 17 min
Howard Schultz’s potential independent presidential candidacy has gotten off to a rough start. Why are Democrats and Republicans alike upset about the Starbucks CEO entering the 2020 fray? And will it even matter?Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political…
How Big Tech Is Bleeding American Journalism
Jan 29 • 19 min
More than 1,000 journalists lost their jobs last week. The reason is pretty simple: Big tech is beating digital media to the money. To save journalism, what rules should the public be fighting for?Guest: Will Oremus, Slate’s Senior Technology Writer.Tell…
The Gun Rights Case Headed to the Supreme Court
Jan 28 • 17 min
Why it matters that the Supreme Court is taking on a gun rights case now, after keeping its powder dry for years.Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, who covers courts & the law for Slate.Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an…
The Opposition Comes for Venezuela’s Maduro
Jan 25 • 20 min
How Venezuelans reached a breaking point, and how a team of savvy politicians orchestrated the break. No one expected the greatest threat of a proxy war to come out of South America — right?Guests: Ana Vanessa Herrero, reporter for the New York Times.…
Congress Does Something
Jan 24 • 19 min
The Senate is readying a vote on two bills to fund the government. The measures aren’t expected to pass, but they might signal the beginning of the end of the shutdown.Guest: Jim Newell, who covers Congress for Slate. Tell us what you think by leaving a…
Kamala Harris & the Rise of Progressive Prosecutors
Jan 23 • 23 min
More and more reform-minded district attorneys are taking office as self-avowed progressive prosecutors. Why don’t some advocates think Kamala Harris deserves the label?Guest: Lara Bazelon, associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of…
The Women Fleeing Saudi Arabia
Jan 22 • 20 min
What Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power has meant for women in Saudi Arabia. Guest: Journalist Sarah Aziza. Read her latest reporting in the New Yorker. Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flips the Script
Jan 18 • 22 min
Why aren’t conservatives’ usual tricks working on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Guest: Slate writer Lili Loofbourow. Read her piece here. Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to [email protected] Follow us on…
The L.A. Teachers’ Strike
Jan 17 • 26 min
What makes the Los Angeles teachers’ strike different from the strikes that swept the country last year? In L.A., a robust charter school sector competes with the traditional public schools for funds. Guest: Dana Goldstein, education reporter for the New…
The Gymnast Who Went Megaviral
Jan 16 • 20 min
UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi wowed the internet this week with a viral video of her college gymnastics floor routine. As Ohashi’s star rises, the U.S. women’s gymnastics program is imploding. Fans of the sport wonder: What is the price of being…
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.