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What Next | Daily News and Analysis

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.

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.

 

#927

The Poll Workers Targeted by Trump

The third week of the House of Representatives investigation into the Jan. 6 riot is focusing on the weeks-long pressure campaign waged by Trump and his allies. Individuals around the country were harassed by Trump loyalists in order to change the election outcome. Trump’s “stochastic terrorism” campaign set the stage for what would happen at the capitol come January. Guest: Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate senior writer 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. 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

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#926

Why Biden Can’t Ice Out Saudi Arabia

On the campaign trail, Joe Biden called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” and said its ruling regime should be held accountable for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But now, rising oil prices have caused President Biden to soften his tone and plan a visit to Saudi Arabia next month. How much can the U.S. really demand of its allies? Guest:  [Gregory Gause] (https://bush.tamu.edu/faculty/ggause/) , head of the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. 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. 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

22 Jun 2022

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#925

An Overlooked Tool to Stop School Shootings

A school with armed teachers and every door locked sounds a lot more like a prison than a nourishing educational environment. How does the discussion around school shootings change when you change your starting point from “how can we stop this?” to “what kind of world do we want to live in?”  Guest: Ron Avi Astor, professor of public affairs, social work, and education at UCLA.  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. 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

21 Jun 2022

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21 Jun 2022


#924

Slow Burn - Roe v. Wade: Women vs. Connecticut

Soon after Ann Hill arrived at Yale Law School in 1968, she realized she was pregnant. Her options were limited: she could give birth—or get an illegal abortion. The decision she faced inspired her to take on Connecticut’s abortion ban. The legal battle that followed would set the stage for Roe v. Wade. Season 7 of Slow Burn is produced by Susan Matthews, Samira Tazari, Sophie Summergrad, and Sol Werthan. Derek John is Sr. Supervising Producer of Narrative Podcasts. Editorial direction by Josh Levin, Derek John, and Johanna Zorn. Merritt Jacob is our Technical Director. Our theme music is composed by Alexis Cuadrado. Artwork by Derreck Johnson based on a photo provided by Robert Wheeler. The season’s reporting was supported by a grant from the [International Women’s Media Foundation’s] (http://iwmf.org/) Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Jun 2022

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#923

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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#922

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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#921

Bill Barr Calls B.S. on Trump

The hearings have started for the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. The televised hearings have already circled in on a major, and possibly criminal theme: Donald Trump would not accept that he lost the election and was willing to listen to any theory or allegation—no matter how little evidence there was to support it—that would let him stay in office. Why are former Trump officials finally willing speak out against the former president? Guest: [Jeremy Stahl] (https://slate.com/author/jeremy-stahl) , Slate senior editor.  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. 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

16 Jun 2022

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#920

The Real Lesson of San Francisco's D.A. Recall

San Francisco is all but short-hand for “liberal American city,” but their progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin just got booted from office in a not-so-close recall. Elected as part of a wave of progressive prosecutors, why is Boudin now out, while his reformer-minded peers remain popular? And what does it mean for criminal justice reform in America?  Guest: [Jessica Brand] (https://twitter.com/jbrand07) , founder and co-director of the Wren Collective, a consulting service focused on transforming the criminal justice system. 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. 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

15 Jun 2022

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#919

The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

Last month, Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while reporting on an Israeli military raid of a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Multiple media investigations say the evidence suggests Abu Akleh was killed by targeted Israeli fire, not stray bullets from a chaotic skirmish. Meanwhile, the U.S. has called for an impartial investigation into Abu Akleh’s death, but has stopped short of leading such a probe.  Guest: [Dalia Hatuqa] (https://twitter.com/DaliaHatuqa) , a journalist specializing in Israeli/Palestinian affairs and regional Middle East issues. 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. 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

14 Jun 2022

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14 Jun 2022


#918

Does Gun Violence Need an Emmett Till Moment?

To the people who deal with the reality of bullet wounds, the aftermath of shootings aren’t so abstract. If politicians and the public had to see what military weaponry actually does to the body, would that change the conversation around gun control? Guest: [Dr. Amy Goldberg] (https://medicine.temple.edu/amy-goldberg) , [interim dean] (https://medicine.temple.edu/amy-goldberg) of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief at the Temple University Health System. 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. 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 Jun 2022

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#917

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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#916

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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#915

What The Jan. 6 Hearings Are Really About

The House hearings to examine the events of Jan. 6, 2021, begin this week and the party lines are drawn. Republicans are calling the hearings a distraction from issues that voters care about—inflation, rising prices of gas and food. Democrats are trying to remind voters which party tried to override American democracy. Will it be enough to stem the “red tide” projected for fall midterms? Guest: [Jim Newell] (https://twitter.com/jim_newell) , senior politics writer at Slate. 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. Sign up now at [ slate.com/whatnextplus] (http://slate.com/whatnextplus) to help support our work. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, Anna Rubanova and Sam Kim. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Jun 2022

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#914

Can 20 Years of Oversight Reform a Police Department?

In the early 2000s, following a civil lawsuit with over 100 plaintiffs against a group of Oakland police officers known as “the Riders,” the Oakland PD was put under federal oversight. Now after nearly two decades of reforms, backslides into scandals, and close watch from activists and the feds, Oakland can enter a probationary period. But has the culture of the department really changed?  Guest: [Darwin BondGraham] (https://twitter.com/DarwinBondGraha?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , News Editor of the Oaklandside and co-author of a forthcoming book about the Oakland police department. He and his partner Ali Winston have been covering the OPD for almost two decades. 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. 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

08 Jun 2022

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#913

The Right’s Poll-Watcher Army

Republicans who still haven’t accepted that Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in 2020 are recruiting “a volunteer army” of poll watchers and poll workers for upcoming elections. For those who want transparent and fair elections, an influx of enthusiasm is theoretically a good thing. But if new poll workers and poll watchers have an agenda— chasing after fraud that didn’t happen—can they hurt more than they help?   Guest: [Alexandra Berzon] (https://twitter.com/AlexandraBerzon) , investigative reporter for the New York Times.  Guest hosted by Mary C. Curtis, columnist at Roll Call and host of its Equal Time podcast. 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. 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

07 Jun 2022

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#912

Does Proof Matter at the Supreme Court?

The Sixth Amendment is supposed to guarantee the right to a fair trial—including a lawyer, even if the defendant can’t afford one. But Indigent Defense is woefully underfunded and, sometimes, State-appointed lawyers are nowhere near as competent as Federal attorneys. A new Supreme Court ruling makes it more difficult to use exonerating evidence discovered on a federal level to prove innocence, even if state counsel didn’t look for it. Guest: Leah Litman, law professor at University of Michigan, specializing in constitutional law and federal courts, and co-host of the podcast Strict Scrutiny 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. 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 Jun 2022

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#911

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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#910

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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#909

How Gun-Makers Are Arming the Culture War

After a mass shooting, gun manufacturers follow a set playbook—they offer “thoughts and prayers,” go quiet, and wait for the bump in sales driven by fear of new gun restrictions. The company Daniel Defense’s products were used in Uvalde and in the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. Do they have a responsibility for how they market their rifles—or how their weapons are used? Guest: Todd C. Frankel is an enterprise reporter on the Washington Post's Financial desk, covering people and policy. 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. 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

02 Jun 2022

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#908

How Soccer's Best Women Finally Got Paid

If you want to understand the way inequality is baked into the systems and structures all around us, examining the pay equity issue in U.S. soccer is a pretty good place to start. But after a six-year battle, the U.S. Women’s National Team struck an agreement with U.S. Soccer, ensuring equal pay for equal work for the men’s and women’s teams — another victory for a team that doesn’t take no for an answer.  Guest: Christina Cauterucci, senior writer at Slate and a former middle school soccer star. 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. 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

01 Jun 2022

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#907

Reporting on Guns from Texas

Following the shooting in Uvalde, we talked to a Texas reporter who has covered mass shootings for five years. The Lone Star state remains a GOP strong-hold, which means Texas Republicans tailor their messaging and legislation to avoid being primaried from the right. This impacts how gun laws are written and how mental health is instead elevated, leaving both underserved. Guest: Lauren McGaughy, investigative reporter, the Dallas Morning News. 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. 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

31 May 2022

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31 May 2022


#906

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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#905

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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#904

A Sandy Hook Parent Speaks

The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas was the deadliest since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut nearly a decade ago. Today, we’re re-airing an interview with a parent who lost her child at Sandy Hook and went on to channel her grief into activism. In February, she and a group of other Sandy Hook families announced a [$73 million settlement with Remington Arms] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/15/remington-sandy-hook-settlement/) , forcing the gunmaker to accept responsibility for marketing its weapons to disaffected young men.  Guest: [Nicole Hockley] (https://twitter.com/NicoleHockley) , co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. 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. 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

26 May 2022

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#903

The End of Ending the Pandemic

More than a million people have died of COVID in America, and infection rates across the country are climbing again. But public officials seem reluctant to enact mask mandates or lockdowns this time around.  Doctors and scientists who work in public health are hoping that “harm reduction” techniques, which were developed to treat addiction and chronic illnesses, can tamp down this latest wave. Guest: Dr. Deepika Slawek, assistant professor of medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician at Montefiore Comprehensive Family Care. 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. 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

25 May 2022

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#902

New York State’s Redistricting Mess

An effort to counterweight GOP-friendly maps in Ohio and Florida in New York state has backfired on the Democrats. How did Democratic state politicians bungle their redistricting process? Will the error cost the party nationally?   Guest: [Dave Wasserman] (https://twitter.com/Redistrict) , U.S. House editor of the nonpartisan [ @CookPolitical] (https://twitter.com/CookPolitical) Report. 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. 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

24 May 2022

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#901

Biden’s Student Loan Ambivalence

President Biden ran on a promise to forgive $10,000 in student loans back in 2020—but so far, there hasn’t been much movement on that front. Between the pros, the cons, and the politics, one thing is clear: fixing higher education will take more than an executive order. Guest: [Jordan Weissmann] (https://twitter.com/JHWeissmann) , writer and editor focused on economics, public policy, and politics at Slate. 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. 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

23 May 2022

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23 May 2022