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#200

ICYMI: Decoder Ring: The Truth About #TheDress

On today’s episode, we’re excited to share an episode from Slate’s Decoder Ring podcast that we think you’re going to love. In the history of viral images, #TheDress has got to be in the top 10. This unassuming photo of a party dress kicked off a global debate when people realized they were seeing it completely differently. Is it black and blue, or white and gold? In today’s episode, we’ll talk to someone who was there when the photo was first taken, and the BuzzFeed writer whose post briefly broke the internet. Then we go down the optical rabbit hole with a neuroscientist who’s been studying the The Dress for years. What does it reveal about the nature of truth? This podcast was written by Willa Paskin, who produces Decoder Ring with Katie Shepherd. This episode was edited by Andrew Adam Newman. Derek John is Slate’s senior supervising producer of narrative podcasts. Merritt Jacob is senior technical director. We’ll hear from  [Paul Jinks] (https://mobile.twitter.com/meatybeefy01) ,  [Cates Holderness] (https://twitter.com/catesish) ,  [Pascal Wallisch] (https://as.nyu.edu/faculty/pascal-wallisch.html) , and  [David McRaney] (https://www.davidmcraney.com/)  author of the book  [How Minds Change] (https://www.davidmcraney.com/howmindschangehome) . Here’s the  [optical illusion of the strawberries] (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5piDuZUwAEZl00?format=jpg&name=900x900)  mentioned in the episode and created by  [Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka] (https://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html) . Subscribe to Slate Plus at [http://late.com/icymiplus] (http://slate.com/icymiplus) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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5 hrs Ago


#199

Political Gabfest: What If Twitter Dies?

This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the future of Twitter, the ghoulish World Cup, and a minister’s allegation that Justice Alito leaked the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case. Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Jodi Kantor and Jo Becker for The New York Times: “ [Former Anti-Abortion Leader Alleges Another Supreme Court Breach] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/19/us/supreme-court-leak-abortion-roe-wade.html) ” Jodi Kantor for The New York Times: “ [Allegation of Supreme Court Breach Prompts Calls for Inquiry and Ethics Code] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/20/us/supreme-court-breach-alito.html) ” Rob Schenck for The New York Times: “ [I Was an Anti-Abortion Crusader. Now I Support Roe v. Wade] (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/opinion/abortion-schenck.html) ” Kara Voght and Tim Dickinson for Rolling Stone: “ [SCOTUS Justices ‘Prayed With’ Her — Then Cited Her Bosses to End Roe] (https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/roe-supreme-court-justices-1378046/) ” Here are this week’s chatters: John: Variety: “ [Bob Dylan Fans Who Bought $600 ‘Hand-Signed’ Books With Replica Autographs Will Receive Refunds From Publisher] (https://variety.com/2022/music/news/bob-dylan-book-replica-autographs-autopen-philosophy-modern-song-refunds-1235438173/) ” Emily: Rozina Ali for The New York Times Magazine: “ [‘How Did This Man Think He Had the Right to Adopt This Baby?’] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/10/magazine/afghanistan-orphan-baby-l.html) ”  David: Politics and Prose: [City Cast DC Live Taping with Michael Schaffer, David Plotz, and Anton Bogomazov - at Union Market] (https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/city-cast-dc-live-taping-michael-schaffer-david-plotz-and-anton-bogomazov-union-market) ; Slate’s [One Year, Season 4: 1942] (https://slate.com/podcasts/one-year/s4/1942) Listener chatter from Laurent Dugois: [In Broad Daylight: A Murder in Skidmore, Missouri] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1087800080/?tag=slatmaga-20) , by Harry N MacLean; All That's Interesting: “ [The Story Of Ken McElroy — The Vicious Bully Killed By His Town] (https://allthatsinteresting.com/ken-mcelroy) ” For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John contemplate the conundrum of what they would like to tell their younger selves but wouldn’t be able to convince them of. Submit your conundrums for the 2022 conundrum episode at [slate.com/conundrum] (http://www.slate.com/conundrum) .    Tweet us your questions and chatters [@SlateGabfest] (https://twitter.com/slategabfest?lang=en) or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Cheyna Roth. Research by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 Nov 2022

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:14

24 Nov 2022


#198

ICYMI: An ICYMI Friendsgiving with Normal Gossip

As we all prepare to gather around the Thanksgiving table with our friends and families, we thought it was a great time for our second annual Friendsgiving special. On today’s show, Rachelle Hampton is joined by Kelsey McKinney and Alex Sujong Laughlin of Normal Gossip to share in the online riches of 2022. They discuss the first memes they encountered this year, the internet jokes they’re most thankful for, and so much more. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Daisy Rosario. Subscribe to Slate Plus at [http://slate.com/icymiplus] (http://slate.com/icymiplus) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Nov 2022

38 MINS

38:41

23 Nov 2022


#197

What Next TBD: The End of the Tech Boom

After decades as America’s booming industry, tens of thousands of tech workers have been laid off in November alone. Is the venture-capital, low-interest-rate wind leaving the sails temporary or is this the end of the hunt for “the next big thing?” Guest: [Timothy B. Lee] (https://twitter.com/binarybits) , reporter for Full Stack Economics covering labor markets, technology, and housing. Host: [Lizzie O’Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) 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 TBD. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Nov 2022

31 MINS

31:10

20 Nov 2022


#196

ICYMI: What's Going to Happen to Twitter?

On today’s episode, Rachelle is joined by Lizzie O’Leary, the host of Slate’s tech podcast What Next: TBD. The two discuss Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, whether or not Musk has broken any laws and what the future of the platform might look like. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Daisy Rosario, Emily Charash and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Nov 2022

42 MINS

42:41

19 Nov 2022


#195

What Next TBD: The Case Against Climate Reparations

At this year’s annual UN conference on climate change, they are discussing “climate reparations,” wherein the rich countries that grew their wealth burning fossil fuels pay money to poorer and more vulnerable countries. It sounds sensible, but is the UN capable of administering something like this? And how much money are we talking here? Guest: [Vijay Vaitheeswaran] (https://twitter.com/VVVijayEconBiz) , global energy and climate innovation editor at The Economist. Host: [Lizzie O’Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally) 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 TBD. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about Avast One at  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Nov 2022

33 MINS

33:10

18 Nov 2022


#194

ICYMI: Who’s Invited to the Cookout?

On today’s episode, Rachelle is once again joined by Daisy. The pair dive deep into the digital etymology of the phrase “invited to the cookout” which, in the past few years, has been applied to figures from Bill Nye the Science Guy to Justin Timberlake. They discuss the phrase’s roots in African American Vernacular English and the future of The Cookout. This podcast is produced by Kevin Bendis, Rachelle Hampton, Daisy Rosario and Daniel Schroeder Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about Avast One at  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Nov 2022

41 MINS

41:24

16 Nov 2022


#193

Decoder Ring: The Truth About #TheDress

In the history of viral images, #TheDress has got to be in the top 10. This unassuming photo of a party dress kicked off a global debate when people realized they were seeing it completely differently. Is it black and blue, or white and gold? In today’s episode, we’ll talk to someone who was there when the photo was first taken, and the BuzzFeed writer whose post briefly broke the internet. Then we go down the optical rabbit hole with a neuroscientist who’s been studying the The Dress for years. What does it reveal about the nature of truth? This podcast was written by Willa Paskin, who produces Decoder Ring with Katie Shepherd. This episode was edited by Andrew Adam Newman. Derek John is Slate’s senior supervising producer of narrative podcasts. Merritt Jacob is senior technical director. We’ll hear from [Paul Jinks] (https://mobile.twitter.com/meatybeefy01) , [Cates Holderness] (https://twitter.com/catesish) , [Pascal Wallisch] (https://as.nyu.edu/faculty/pascal-wallisch.html) , and [David McRaney] (https://www.davidmcraney.com/) author of the book [How Minds Change] (https://www.davidmcraney.com/howmindschangehome) . Here’s the [optical illusion of the strawberries] (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5piDuZUwAEZl00?format=jpg&name=900x900) mentioned in the episode and created by [Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka] (https://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html) . If you haven’t please yet, subscribe and rate our feed in Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. And even better, tell your friends. If you’re a fan of the show, I’d love for you to sign up for Slate Plus.    Slate Plus members get to listen to Decoder Ring — and every other Slate podcast — ad-free. Their support is also crucial to our work. So please go to [Slate.com/decoderplu] (http://slate.com/decoderplus) s to join Slate Plus today. Check out Remote Works  [here] (https://link.chtbl.com/remoteworks?sid=podcast.decoderring) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

38 MINS

38:18

15 Nov 2022


#192

What Next TBD: Is This The Cryptocalypse?

The (once) second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, collapsed in stunning fashion this week, highlighting why consumers really do want regulation, and why old financial institutions remain wary of crypto.   Guest: [Felix Salmon] (https://twitter.com/felixsalmon) , host of Slate Money, chief financial correspondent for Axios. Host: Lizzie O’Leary   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 TBD. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Nov 2022

33 MINS

33:20

13 Nov 2022


#191

ICYMI: The Internet Wouldn’t Exist Without Sex

On today’s episode Rachelle interviews Vice senior editor Samantha Cole about her forthcoming book How Sex Changed the Internet. The two talk about the role of sex in internet technology like videoconferencing, affiliate links and online credit card transactions. Cole also explains how lifecaster Jennifer Ringley is a predecessor to modern vloggers and livestreamers. This podcast is produced by Kevin Bendis, Daniel Schroeder, Daisy Rosario and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Nov 2022

47 MINS

47:26

12 Nov 2022


#190

What Next TBD: Senator Chris Murphy on Elon's Acquisition of Twitter

The second largest investor in Twitter, after Elon Musk, is the Saudis, which raises questions about what kinds of “free speech” Musk is really committed to. But it also raises questions around national security in the U.S.  Guest: [Chris Murphy] (https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT) , U.S. Senator from Connecticut Host: [Lizzie O’Leary] (https://twitter.com/lizzieohreally/status/1590737205680431104) 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 TBD. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Nov 2022

22 MINS

22:05

11 Nov 2022


#189

ICYMI: A Man Ate Rotisserie Chicken for 40 Days Straight

On today’s episode, Rachelle is back with Daisy to read your letters and answer all your burning questions. They get into everything from Johnny Depp’s rumored appearance in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show to why hundreds of people turned out to abandoned Philadelphia dock to watch a man eat a rotisserie chicken. This podcast is produced by Kevin Bendis, Daniel Schroeder, Daisy Rosario and Rachelle Hampton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Nov 2022

44 MINS

44:49

09 Nov 2022


#188

What Next TBD: Why Are So Many Little Kids Sick Right Now?

It’s been a rough autumn for parents of little kids, as non-COVID respiratory diseases are taking advantage of the first fall since 2019 where schools and daycares are full again, and America’s strained pediatric health care system is once again put to the test.  Guest: [Katherine Wu] (https://twitter.com/KatherineJWu) , science writer [for The Atlantic] (https://www.theatlantic.com/author/katherine-j-wu/) . Host: Lizzie O’Leary. Podcast production by Madeline Ducharme. 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 TBD. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Nov 2022

28 MINS

28:03

06 Nov 2022


#187

ICYMI: How Are the Midterms Affecting Social Media?

On today’s episode, Daisy is sitting in the host chair and she’s joined by Slate’s own Nitish Pahwa, who covers business and tech for the site, and has written a lot about these upcoming elections. They’ll be talking about which candidates are and aren’t using TikTok well, how easy it is to encounter election misinformation, Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, and the state of right wing social media platforms. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Daisy Rosario. Subscribe to Slate Plus at http:// [slate.com/icymiplus] (http://slate.com/icymiplus) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Nov 2022

37 MINS

37:47

05 Nov 2022


#186

What Next TBD: So How’s It Going, Elon?

One week in as head honcho of Twitter and Elon Musk is in a tight spot: how do you balance the desires of advertisers with your ostensible zeal for free speech? How do you make something for which you’ve already overpaid turn a profit? How do you convince Stephen King to pony up for a blue check? Guest: [Alex Kirshner] (https://twitter.com/alex_kirshner?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , contributing writer at Slate.  Host: Lizzie O’Leary 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 TBD. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Podcast production by Madeline Ducharme. Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about Avast One at  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Nov 2022

31 MINS

31:51

04 Nov 2022


#185

ICYMI: Did Deplatforming Andrew Tate Work?

Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer and star of Big Brother in the UK, was deplatformed earlier this year because of his offensive and misogynistic talking points, but that didn’t stop him from spreading his message. On today’s episode, Rachelle speaks with journalist Ikran Dahir who recently wrote, “ [Andrew Tate’s Hustlers University 2.0 Has Made at Least $11 Million in Just One Month] (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ikrd/andrew-tate-hustlers-university) ,” in BuzzFeed. Ikran discusses what it was like being on the platform, the quality of the classes being offered, and the vibes of the user base, revealing Tate might be savvier than anybody wants to admit. This podcast is produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Daisy Rosario. Subscribe to Slate Plus at http:// [slate.com/icymiplus] (http://slate.com/icymiplus) Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about Avast One at  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Nov 2022

38 MINS

38:33

02 Nov 2022


#184

What Next TBD: Big Brother, Big Tech and China

There are some 400 million surveillance cameras installed in China, one for every three to four civilians. Built with the help of American tech companies, the surveillance state was pitched to the public as a way to make society safer and more efficient. But after severe lockdowns during COVID, the public has been objecting out of the eye of the camera lens. Protests are being written on bathroom walls. Guest: [Josh Chin] (https://twitter.com/joshchin) , deputy bureau chief, China, [for the Wall Street Journal] (https://www.wsj.com/news/author/josh-chin) Host: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Oct 2022

42 MINS

42:07

30 Oct 2022


#183

Slate Money: Memelord Takeover

This week, [Felix Salmon] (https://twitter.com/felixsalmon) , [Emily Peck] (https://twitter.com/EmilyRPeck?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , and [Elizabeth Spiers] (https://twitter.com/espiers) are joined by Bloomberg Opinion columnist [Matt Levine] (https://twitter.com/matt_levine?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) to talk about his Bloomberg Businessweek article [The Crypto Story] (https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2022-the-crypto-story/?sref=2o0rZsF1) . They also discuss Elon Musk finally closing his Twitter deal and restructuring at Credit Suisse.   In the Plus segment: more crypto!   Podcast production by Anna Phillips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Oct 2022

55 MINS

55:53

29 Oct 2022


#182

ICYMI: Inside the Online Life of a Health & Wellness Reporter

We all spend so much of our lives online these days, and so we figured we’d start interviewing people about theirs. On today’s show, Rachelle is joined by health and wellness journalist Julia Craven to talk about Julia’s past online, how she would curate her feeds if she could only follow three people, and the best and worst wellness trends she’s currently seeing. And, of course, we continue to wonder, was Jesus hot? This podcast was produced by Daniel Schroeder, Rachelle Hampton, and Daisy Rosario. Subscribe to Slate Plus at http:// [slate.com/icymiplus] (http://slate.com/icymiplus) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Oct 2022

37 MINS

37:22

29 Oct 2022


#181

What Next TBD: Twitter Is Dead; Long Live Twitter

Twitter has been a lot of things—where you posted your lunch, where you met your people, where you were subjected to a harassment campaign. Now, as Elon Musk prepares to take the reins, where is it headed? Guest: [Will Oremus] (https://twitter.com/WillOremus?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , technology reporter [for the Washington Post] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/will-oremus/) . Host: Lizzie O’Leary 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 TBD. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Oct 2022

42 MINS

42:41

28 Oct 2022