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#107

What Next TBD: TikTok’s Mental Health Influencers

Social media makes mental health information accessible. But it's not a perfect solution. Guest: [Lindsay Lee Wallace] (https://twitter.com/lindsaylwallace) Host: [Mary C. Curtis] (https://twitter.com/mcurtisnc3) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#106

ICYMI: This Episode Will Not Bum You Out

On this week’s episode, [Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) and [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) decided that, because of the recent Supreme Court news, it was time to take respite in some good online fun. They talk about the Olsen twins making pizza, Adam Lambert’s stellar vocals, plastic bags, musicals, and plenty more. Make sure to check out our [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/ICYMI_pod) for a thread with all the things mentioned in today’s episode. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Madison Malone Kircher and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Jun 2022

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29 Jun 2022


#105

What Next TBD: Does Crypto Investment Need to Be Regulated?

Fidelity made headlines when they announced you could invest your retirement savings in Bitcoin. Then the crypto market crashed. Guest: [Anthony Lee Zhang] (https://anthonyleezhang.github.io/) Host: [Sonari Glinton] (https://twitter.com/Sonari) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jun 2022

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26 Jun 2022


#104

ICYMI: There Are No New Jokes On the Internet

Log onto any social app and you’ll quickly find content that’s been ported over from another platform. On the show today, [Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) and [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) talk about the homogenization of internet humor and how every platform is trying to copy its competition. Then they discuss the return of anonymous online spaces with the new app NGL, an app that allows people to solicit anonymous comments and questions from Instagram, and why these anonymous spaces always tend toward toxicity. Make sure to check out [our episode on period trackers] (https://slate.com/podcasts/icymi/2022/05/period-tracker-phone-selling-data-anti-abortion-groups) , and the [newest season of Slow Burn] (https://slate.com/podcasts/slow-burn/s7/roe-v-wade/e1/shirley-wheeler-illegal-abortion-roe-v-wade) . This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Madison Malone Kircher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Jun 2022

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#103

What Next TBD: Can the Law Keep Up With the Internet?

The openness of the internet is its greatest strength. Or a glaring weakness, depending on who you ask. Does something need to change? Guest: [Jared Schroeder] (https://www.smu.edu/Meadows/AreasOfStudy/Journalism/Faculty/SchroederJared) Host: [Sonari Glinton] (https://twitter.com/Sonari?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Jun 2022

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24 Jun 2022


#102

ICYMI: Why Can’t Lesbians Escape Men on Dating Apps?

Lesbians on dating and hookup apps aren’t looking for men, but that’s what platforms like Bumble and Tinder are serving them. On today’s show, [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) and [Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) speak to some queer women who’ve had this problem and what sorts of issues it creates. Then they discuss the [women-focused apps] (https://slate.com/podcasts/outward/2021/02/gay-bar-hookup-app-lex) that’ve tried to fill that space, and why it’s so difficult to find safe queer dates online. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Madison Malone Kircher, and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Jun 2022

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#101

What Next TBD: From the Vault: It's Hot. It's Flooding. Is This the New Normal?

This episode originally aired in July 2021. Last year, North Americans saw record-breaking heat, droughts, wildfires, and floods. The science is clear: we are living through the effects of climate change. Now scientists are trying to answer: is this the new normal? Guest: [Daniel Swain] (https://twitter.com/Weather_West) , climate scientist at UCLA  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Jun 2022

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19 Jun 2022


#100

ICYMI: American Girl Just Outed One of Their Dolls?

Earlier this month, the American Girl Doll Instagram account announced the return of the classic Molly doll, and because it was announced during Pride month everybody started wondering, “Is Molly gay?” On today’s show, Rachelle and Madison discuss the recent gay panic of the conservative American Doll Instagram community, the online life of American Girl memes, and their own histories with these beloved childhood treasures. Plus, they discuss the drama around Lizzo’s “GRRRLS” and why she’s one of the few celebrities to nail the Notes app apology. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Madison Malone Kircher, and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Jun 2022

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18 Jun 2022


#99

What Next TBD: The Culture War Over Electric Cars

One state wants to stop people from buying one. But can electric vehicles be stopped?  Guest: [Ryan Cornell] (https://twitter.com/ryanpcornell) Host: [Sonari Glinton] (https://twitter.com/Sonari) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Jun 2022

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17 Jun 2022


#98

ICYMI: Did One Direction Create the Internet?

Throughout the 2010s, the One Direction fandom was inescapable online. On today’s show, Atlantic writer [Kaitlyn Tiffany] (https://twitter.com/kait_tiffany) is here to discuss her new book all about that subject, Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It. [Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) and [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) talk to Kaitlyn about why she chose One Direction, how fan theories get out of hand, and why neither she nor Rachelle would ever want to meet Harry Styles. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Madison Malone Kircher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Jun 2022

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15 Jun 2022


#97

What Next TBD: Sheryl Sandberg’s Complicated Legacy

She wanted to be an icon for working women. What went wrong? Guest: [Sheera Frenkel] (https://twitter.com/sheeraf) Host: [Lizzie O'Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jun 2022

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12 Jun 2022


#96

A Word: Black Crypto Boom

The market for cryptocurrency crashed in May, losing billions of investor dollars. That’s a special concern for African Americans, who are twice as likely as white people to invest in crypto. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by economist Darrick Hamilton to discuss the unique appeal of cryptocurrency among Black Americans, and whether the potential rewards outweigh the risks. Guest: Darrick Hamilton, the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School. Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis and Eric Aaron You can skip all the ads in A Word by joining Slate Plus. Sign up now at [slate.com/awordplus] (http://slate.com/awordplus) for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Jun 2022

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#95

What Next TBD: Bots! What Are They Good For?

Elon Musk isn't wrong that Twitter has a bot problem. But he's kind of missing the point. Guest: [Samuel Woolley] (https://twitter.com/samuelwoolley) Host: [Lizzie O'Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Jun 2022

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10 Jun 2022


#94

ICYMI: The Musician TikTok Hostage Crisis

Over the past few months, musicians have been posting on TikTok about how their record labels are forcing them to make TikTok videos to promote their new music. On the show today, [Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) and [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) look at what all these famous musicians like Charli XCX, Florence Welch, and Ed Sheeran are posting, why the music industry is so desperate for viral hits, and who we should feel sorry for in all of this. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Madison Malone Kircher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jun 2022

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08 Jun 2022


#93

What Next TBD: Is Elon Musk Any Good at Business?

Some call him revolutionary. Others call him a hack. Is his success warranted? Guest: [Ashlee Vance] (https://twitter.com/ashleevance) Host: [Lizzie O'Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Jun 2022

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#92

ICYMI: Are the Mormon TikTok Moms Really Swingers?

The Mormon moms on TikTok are accused of “soft swinging,” or engaging in sexual acts with people other than their spouses while their spouses are in the room, and people cannot stop asking about it. On the show today, [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) and [Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) talk about Liam Payne’s recent comments about his former One Direction bandmates, and then they’re back with High Speed Downloads about the [Early American] (https://www.youtube.com/c/EarlyAmerican) Youtube channel, and the drama surrounding the Mormon moms of TikTok. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton and Madison Malone Kircher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Jun 2022

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04 Jun 2022


#91

What Next TBD: Can an Algorithm Spot a Shooter?

Schools have spent millions to detect threats online. It mostly doesn’t work. Guest: [Arijit Sen] (https://twitter.com/ArijitDSen?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Host: [Lizzie O'Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Jun 2022

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03 Jun 2022


#90

A Word: Black to the Future Online

Like so much of pop culture, online culture is largely rooted in the work of Black and other marginalized people. Writer and activist Bridget Todd celebrates their stories on her podcast [There Are No Girls on the Internet] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/there-are-no-girls-on-the-internet/id1520715907) . On today’s episode of A Word, she joins Jason Johnson to talk about the challenge of preserving that history, and building communities for women, LGBTQ people, and Black folks in an increasingly hostile online world.  Guest: [Bridget Todd] (https://twitter.com/BridgetMarie?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , host of the “There Are No Girls on the Internet” podcast. 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] (http://slate.com/awordplus) for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Jun 2022

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03 Jun 2022


#89

ICYMI: How Depp v. Heard Broke the Internet

Since it started over six weeks ago, the court battle between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been impossible to escape online. On today’s show, [Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) and [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) look at the troubling ways people are discussing the trial, the cottage industry of lawyers reacting to the trial, and the stakes that have been lost in the breathless coverage and endless meme-ing of Heard and Depp. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Madison Malone Kircher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Jun 2022

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01 Jun 2022


#88

What Next TBD: Online Privacy in a Post-Roe World

What can current surveillance infrastructure tell us about online privacy after the fall of Roe?  Guest: [Lily Hay Newman] (https://twitter.com/lilyhnewman) Host: [Lizzie O'Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 May 2022

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29 May 2022


#87

ICYMI: The Real Story Behind The Viral Makeup All Over TikTok

Earlier this month, Bobbi Brown’s new foundation line blew up on TikTok thanks to some rather ungenerous videos from beauty influencers. In an effort to defend her new Jones Road line, Brown took to TikTok and filmed her own response, rocketing the drama into the TikTok mainstream. On today’s show, Madison and Rachelle dig through the drama to explain why this isn’t just a story about one makeup company, and what it reveals about the state of the influencer industry. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 May 2022

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28 May 2022


#86

What Next TBD: Will Bitcoin Ruin El Salvador?

Is El Salvador heading for default after going all in on crypto? Guest: [Anna-Cat Brigida] (https://twitter.com/AnnaCat_Brigida) Host: [Lizzie O'Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 May 2022

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27 May 2022


#85

ICYMI: Oh No, Not Another Couch Guy

On today’s episode, it’s mailbag time! [ Rachelle] (https://twitter.com/heyydnae) and [Madison] (https://twitter.com/4evrmalone) answer listener questions on a very important Haley Kiyoko relationship status update, if the Apple Health app is also selling your biological data, and – shudder – whether there is a new Couch Guy. Plus, Madison herself has a very important question about resizing your jeans.     Mentioned in the Show: “ [I’m the TikTok Couch Guy. Here’s What It Was Like Being Investigated on the Internet] (https://slate.com/technology/2021/12/tiktok-couch-guy-internet-sleuths.html) ” by Robert McCoy   Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder, Cheyna Roth and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. [Sign up ] (https://slate.com/plus?utm_medium=audio&utm_campaign=plus_pod&utm_content=ICYMI&utm_source=show_notes) to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 May 2022

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25 May 2022


#84

Better Life Lab: The Future of Wellbeing in an Automated World

This season of Better Life Lab, we’ve been taking a close look at work stress and the future of work and wellbeing.  Parts of the American economy are looking tough for many workers — even “dystopian. People are quitting their jobs at record rates. We know what many of the problems are. Yet the fixes are not so simple. So on this closing episode of our fourth season, we ask: Are bad jobs an inherent part of the workplace — or can we actually do what it takes to make the jobs of the future good jobs, big enough to support real human life for all of us? Guests --- Rep. Jim Himes, D-Ct, chair of the [House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth] (https://fairgrowth.house.gov/) --- Zeynep Ton, founder, [Good Jobs Institute] (https://goodjobsinstitute.org/) --- [Warren Valdmanis] (https://twosigmaimpact.com/our-team/) , private equity investor and partner with Two Sigma Impact, who will only invest in companies that provide good jobs --- Resources --- [What if Progress meant Wellbeing for All?] (https://www.metgroup.com/ideas/what-if-progress-meant-well-being-for-all/) , The Metropolitan Group --- [Making wellbeing a policy priority. Lessons from the 2021 World Happiness Report] (https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2021/04/06/making-well-being-a-policy-priority-lessons-from-the-2021-world-happiness-report/) , Carol Graham, Brookings, 2021 --- [The Business Roundtable Redefines the Purpose of a Corporation to Promote an Economy that Serves All] (https://www.businessroundtable.org/business-roundtable-redefines-the-purpose-of-a-corporation-to-promote-an-economy-that-serves-all-americans) , 2019 --- [Hearing Recap: Our Changing Economy: The Effects of Technological Innovation, Automation and the Future of Work] (https://fairgrowth.house.gov/news/press-releases/hearing-recap-our-changing-economy-effects-technological-innovation-automation) , House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, Nov. 2021 --- [Economists pin more blame on tech for inequality] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/technology/income-inequality-technology.html) , New York Times, January 2022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 May 2022

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24 May 2022


#83

What Next TBD: North Korea's Hacking Army

They’ve stolen billions of dollars. Is the U.S. ready to crack down? Guest: [Jason Bartlett] (https://twitter.com/jasonabartlett?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , research associate in the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security Host: [Lizzie O'Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 May 2022

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22 May 2022


#82

ICYMI: The Trial That Ruined TikTok

While TikTok’s “For You” page is designed to get inside users’ heads—and only show them videos about their niche interests—certain trends and sounds on the app can become too big to avoid. On this week’s episode, Madison and guest host Moises Mendes II break down the disturbing ubiquity of TikToks making fun of the Depp v. Heard defamation trial. Then, they offer insight into the app’s newest dance craze and our strongest contender for 2022 song of the summer, Lizzo’s “About Damn Time.” Finally, they trace the origins of TikTok’s strangest earworm, the “Jiggle Jiggle” rap. Podcast production by Madeline Ducharme and Derek John. Support ICYMI and listen to the show with zero ads. [Sign up ] (https://slate.com/plus?utm_medium=audio&utm_campaign=plus_pod&utm_content=ICYMI&utm_source=show_notes) to become a Slate Plus member for just $1 for your first month.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 May 2022

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21 May 2022


#81

What Next TBD: How Buffalo Could Transform Social Media

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] (https://twitter.com/ellanso) , director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology Host: [Ray Suarez] (https://twitter.com/RaySuarezNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 May 2022

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20 May 2022