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#623

What Next TBD: The FBI Made a Phone Network. It Was A Trap.

In 2021, one of the largest global law enforcement operations took place. It was all thanks to an encrypted phone service known as Anom, which was secretly run by the FBI.  The program was a wild success. But did the agency take it too far?  Guest: Joseph Cox, investigative reporter for 404 media and author of [“Dark Wire, the Incredible True Story of the Largest Sting Operation Ever”] (https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/joseph-cox/dark-wire/9781541702691/?lens=publicaffairs) Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#622

Slate Money: Is Tesla Even a Good Car Company?

This week, [Felix Salmon] (https://www.axios.com/authors/fsalmon) , [ Emily Peck] (https://www.axios.com/authors/epeck) , and [ Elizabeth Spiers] (https://www.elizabethspiers.com/) discuss Tesla shareholders’ overwhelming support of Musk’s pay package, the return of the GameStop meme stock influencer, and why Governor Hochul killed New York’s congestion pricing plan. In the Plus segment: a Missouri restaurant has banned 20-somethings. Can they do that? If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and an additional segment of our regular show every week. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Slate Money. Sign up now at [ slate.com/moneyplus] (http://slate.com/moneyplus) to help support our work. Podcast production by Jared Downing and Cheyna Roth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#621

ICYMI: The Icarian Journey of Ashley Madison

On today’s episode, Rachelle is joined once again by Slate staff writer Nadira Goffe. The two dive into Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies and Scandal, a recent Netflix docuseries that documents the rise and fall of the dating website targeted towards cheating spouses. This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#620

What Next TBD: Apple Goes Intelligent

On Monday, Tim Cook announced Apple was getting into artificial intelligence. Is Apple about to do for A.I. what it did for personal computers and smartphones? Guest:  [Gerrit De Vynck] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/gerrit-de-vynck/) , tech reporter for the Washington Post. Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Podcast production by Evan Campbell, Patrick Fort, and Cheyna Roth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Jun 2024

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14 Jun 2024


#619

ICYMI: Netflix’s TikTok Dance Cult Documentary is Missing Something

On today’s episode, Rachelle is joined by ICYMI fave and Slate staff writer Nadira Goffe. The two sit down to discuss one of Netflix’s newest docu-series Dancing for the Devil: the 7M TikTok Cult which explores the alleged misconduct of Robert Shinn through the church and management company that he founded. Since the docu-series premiered on May 29, it’s consistently been one of the top 10 most watched TV series on Netflix. This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jun 2024

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12 Jun 2024


#618

What Next TBD: Fee’d Up: A Musician’s Take on Ticketmaster

It’s hard to imagine music fans mourning a break-up of Ticketmaster and its parent company Live Nation, as a Department of Justice lawsuit requests. But even with this monopolistic middleman out of the way, touring musicians still seem destined to struggle financially. Guest:  [Laura Jane Grace] (https://www.laurajanegrace.com/) , musician Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Podcast production by Evan Campbell, Patrick Fort, and Anna Phillips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Jun 2024

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09 Jun 2024


#617

ICYMI: Inside the Unsolved 2014 Attack on a Furry Convention

On today’s show, we’re joined by Nicky Woolf, the host Fur and Loathing, a new investigative podcast which attempts to solve the decade-old cold case of a chemical attack at the 2014 Midwest Furfest convention. From their show description, “It’s a journey that will bring [Woolf] face-to-face with the challenges this vibrant, often misunderstood subculture faces–including the far-right extremists looking to wreck the community from within.” This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jun 2024

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08 Jun 2024


#616

What Next TBD: The Secret Semiconductor War

How well is the Biden administration coaxing semiconductor companies to build their chips in the United States? Compared to Taiwan, South Korea, Japan…or even mainland China, things are just okay. Guest:  [Asa Fitch] (https://x.com/asafitch?lang=en) , reporter for the Wall Street Journal, covering the semiconductor industry. Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

07 Jun 2024

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07 Jun 2024


#615

ICYMI: TikTok’s Current Main Character is a Familiar Face

On today’s episode, Rachelle is joined by Slate staff writer and friend of the show, Nadira Goffe. The two revisit last year’s episode breaking down the  [Tarte brand trip that took over TikTok] (https://slate.com/podcasts/icymi/2023/05/tarte-cosmetics-miami-f1-influencer-trip-drama-explained)  now that one of the main stars of that debacle, Fannita Legett, is once again TikTok’s main character This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Jun 2024

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05 Jun 2024


#614

What Next TBD: Would You Buy Poop On the Internet?

“Fecal microbial transplants” treat someone’s unhealthy gut with poop from someone else’s healthy gut, and proponents of FMT claim it can help treat everything from IBS to autism. But if your doctor isn’t ready to fill you up with someone else’s poop, the internet will happily oblige.  Guest:  [Luke Winkie] (https://x.com/luke_winkie) , Slate staff writer who published “ [The Poop Broker] (https://slate.com/life/2024/05/fecal-transplant-fmt-c-diff-microbiome-poop-black-market.html) .” Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Jun 2024

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02 Jun 2024


#613

ICYMI: Anna Sale on Internet Sabbaticals, iPod Culture and WebCrawler

Rachelle Hampton and Candice Lim are joined by Anna Sale, the host of  [Death, Sex & Money] (https://slate.com/podcasts/death-sex-money) , to dive into her internet diary. After her podcast jumped to Slate, Sale took a month off and plugged into her surroundings, starting with her local library. Since its return, Death, Sex & Money has dived into  [diagnosed sociopaths] (https://slate.com/podcasts/death-sex-money/2024/04/diagnosed-sociopath-violence-shame-guilt) ,  [botox in Appalachia] (https://slate.com/podcasts/death-sex-money/2024/05/healthcare-botox-appalachia-health-wagon)  and the  [magic of mushrooms] (https://slate.com/podcasts/death-sex-money/2024/05/paralysis-and-psychedelics) . But as Sale tells ICYMI, the podcast has developed an interesting relationship with the internet, which makes it both easier and harder to answer the questions her listeners are dying to ask. This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Jun 2024

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01 Jun 2024


#612

Slate Money: Nobody’s Gonna Stop Nvidia

This week, [Felix Salmon] (https://www.axios.com/authors/fsalmon) , [ Emily Peck] (https://www.axios.com/authors/epeck) , and [ Elizabeth Spiers] (https://www.elizabethspiers.com/) are joined by [Alex Kantrowitz] (https://www.bigtechnology.com/) of the Big Technology podcast. They discuss why the Nvidia juggernaut isn’t going to slow down any time soon, the man, myth, and legend of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and whether U.S. texters will embrace WhatsApp and voice memos. In the Plus segment: Which candidate is most TikTok-able? If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and an additional segment of our regular show every week. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Slate Money. Sign up now at [ slate.com/moneyplus] (http://slate.com/moneyplus) to help support our work. Podcast production by Jared Downing and Cheyna Roth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Jun 2024

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01 Jun 2024


#611

What Next TBD: He’s Suing Big Tech Over Uvalde

His law firm won a $73 million dollar settlement against Remington on behalf of nine Sandy Hook families. Now he’s filing a lawsuit against the gunmaker Daniel Defense, the video game company Activision, and Instagram’s parent company, Meta, on behalf of families in Uvalde. Guest:  [Josh Koskoff] (https://www.koskoff.com/attorney/josh-koskoff/) , attorney Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Podcast production by Evan Campbell, Patrick Fort, and Anna Phillips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

31 May 2024

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31 May 2024


#610

ICYMI: Encore: TikTok Shop Is a Dystopian Mall Kiosk

Today, we’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes from September 2022 about TikTok Shop. In the episode, Rachelle and Candice are joined by sustainable stylist and fashion educator  [Lakyn Carlton] (https://www.lakyn.style/)  to discuss TikTok Shop — a new feature that lets users purchase products without ever leaving the app. TikTok Shop is a modern day QVC, where merchants can shell products they’ve made — or are authorized to resell — in live videos with products tagged on screen. In the age of Amazon Storefronts and Etsy, it’s not surprising for TikTok to enter the e-commerce space. But the crowded, merchant-filled experience has ruined the app’s appeal and made users consider quitting TikTok for good. This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 May 2024

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29 May 2024


#609

What Next TBD: Why Hospitals Keep Getting Hacked

Last year saw a record number of healthcare hacks with more than 700 separate incidents. And with a subsidiary of United Healthcare forking over a $22 billion ransom this year, the problem isn’t going away. With so much sensitive personal information on file, why aren’t hospitals and their ilk better prepared? Guest:  Dina Carlisle, president of the local nurses union, OPEIU 40 in Michigan. Justin Sherman, CEO of Global Cyber Strategies. Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

26 May 2024

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26 May 2024


#608

What Next TBD: Scarlett Johansson vs OpenAI

When OpenAI showed a demo for the latest version of ChatGPT —the one that you can chat with, you know, with your voice—one of the voices sounded eerily familiar. And instead of a victory lap, it was a reminder of all of the implications for intellectual property and one’s own basic human likeness that this technology carries with it. Guest: Sigal Samuel, senior reporter for Vox's Future Perfect and co-host of the Future Perfect podcast. Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

24 May 2024

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24 May 2024


#607

Well, Now: How Social Media Hurts Youth Mental Health

Youth mental health has hit a crisis point.  Just last year, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released an advisory connecting young people’s use of social media with adverse mental health outcomes.  But Murthy and other public health leaders are fighting back, including New York City Health Commissioner [Ashwin Vasan] (https://x.com/NYCHealthCommr?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) . He’s leading the charge against social media platforms like Meta, TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube through litigation and legislation. On this week’s episode of Well, Now – holding social media companies accountable for the youth mental health crisis. If you liked this episode, check out: [Is it Burnout? Or, Do You Have a Busy Brain?] (https://slate.com/podcasts/well-now/2024/02/curing-burnout-anxiety-stress-busy-brain) Well, Now is hosted by [Kavita Patel, MD] (https://x.com/kavitapmd?lang=en) and [Maya Feller, RD] (https://www.instagram.com/mayafellerrd/) . Podcast production by [Vic Whitley-Berry] (https://www.victoriahartwhitley.com/) with editorial oversight by [Alicia Montgomery] (https://x.com/AMontgomery_998?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) . Send your comments and recommendations on what to cover to [wellnow@slate.com] (mailto:wellnow@slate.com) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 May 2024

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22 May 2024


#606

What Next TBD: The Dark Side of GoFundMe

In theory, crowdfunding sites offer an opportunity for anyone to give to any cause, including, say, strangers facing huge medical bills. In practice, crowdfunding suffers from many of the same inequities that led to someone needing to crowdfund to begin with. Guest: Nora Kenworthy, author of [Crowded Out: The True Costs of Crowdfunding Healthcare] (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0262548038/?tag=slatmaga-20) , associate professor at the University of Washington, Bothell. Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 May 2024

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19 May 2024


#605

Slate Money: Biden Zaps Chinese EVs

This week, [Felix Salmon] (https://www.axios.com/authors/fsalmon) , [ Emily Peck] (https://www.axios.com/authors/epeck) , and [ Elizabeth Spiers] (https://www.elizabethspiers.com/) discuss the motivations and impacts of new tariffs plus the cultural forces behind China’s economic policy. Also: Congress is trying to figure out what to do with AI, and Melinda French Gates is getting her groove back. In the Plus segment: Rates for new mortgages suck right now, but what if you could buy out someone existing one? Also: Do you have a donor-advised fund? Do you pay fees on it? Felix invites you to weigh in on his [Axios poll for DAF holdersl] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeblYAZrE81DC4IOfM5EBM1PwWRHZ6L47sfauC7HiLhsdfL9Q/viewform) If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and an additional segment of our regular show every week. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Slate Money. Sign up now at [ slate.com/moneyplus] (http://slate.com/moneyplus) to help support our work. Podcast production by Jared Downing and Cheyna Roth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 May 2024

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18 May 2024


#604

ICYMI: Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show Makes Reality TV Great Again

On today’s show, Rachelle is joined by Aisha Harris, co-host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and author of Wannabe: Reckonings With the Pop Culture That Shaped Me. The two discuss Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show, the latest venture from the comedian behind the Emmy-award winning stand-up special Rothanial. In contrast, Reality Show has been greeted with  [a mixed critical reception] (https://slate.com/culture/2024/04/jerrod-carmichael-reality-show-boyfriend-tyler-the-creator-emmy-hbo.html)  but both Aisha and Rachelle agree that it’s a fascinating project by one of our generation’s most experimental comedians. This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 May 2024

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18 May 2024


#603

What Next TBD: Too Stonks Too Furious

The 2021 subreddit-coordinated effort to raise the price of Gamestop stock was, in some ways, a proof of concept: the little guy can get into the market and make some noise. Because even though that “meme stock” rose and fell, the idea of the meme stock went has changed the way our stock market works. Guest: Alex Kirshner, contributing writer for Slate. Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 May 2024

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17 May 2024


#602

ICYMI: Street Fights and Moissanite Rings: Reddit’s Favorite “Selling Sunset” Moments

Rachelle and Candice dive into their mutual obsession: the  [Selling Sunset subreddit] (https://www.reddit.com/r/SellingSunset/) . Across seven seasons, the Netflix reality show has taken viewers into a glamorous and over-the-top real estate agency in Los Angeles. Aside from selling mansions, the show’s most successful endeavor has been its online community, built on social media platforms like Reddit. r/SellingSunset has more than 250,000 followers with eagle-eyed fans posting daily about episode plotlines and off-season social media activity. Following the release of Selling the OC’s third season, ICYMI is rounding up the subreddit’s favorite moments from the original series and throwing in a few of their own. This podcast is produced by Se’era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 May 2024

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15 May 2024


#601

What Next TBD: Would You Choose Your Child’s Sex?

The ability to choose the sex of your child through IVF is banned in most of the world. In America, however, parents can—and do—for a price. Guest: [Emi Nietfeld] (https://www.eminietfeld.com/) , writer and software engineer, author of “ [The Parents Who Want Daughters—and Daughters Only] (https://slate.com/technology/2024/05/ivf-daughters-toxic-masculinity-sex-selection.html) ” for Slate. Want more What Next TBD? Subscribe to Slate Plus to access ad-free listening to the whole What Next family and all your favorite Slate podcasts. Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Try Free” at the top of our show page. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to get access wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 May 2024

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28:45

12 May 2024