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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.

 

#1058

TBD | The Trap of Buy Now, Pay Later

The option to “buy now and pay later” over installments exploded over the past two years, thanks to people being flush with stimulus cash and shopping online during the pandemic. But is this new, underregulated industry a useful line of credit or another path into debt? Guest: [Paulina Cachero] (https://twitter.com/PaulinaCachero) , personal finance reporter [for Bloomberg] (https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AVnL_Ten33g/paulina-cachero) . 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

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#1057

Ticketmaster's Swift Meltdown

When presale tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour effectively broke the internet last week, Ticketmaster emerged as the villain…again. The media behemoth has been reviled since the ‘90s, but it has continued to grow, through a merger with Live Nation. What can a Department of Justice antitrust investigation, buoyed by Swifties, actually do?  Guest: [Jason Koebler] (https://twitter.com/jason_koebler) , editor-in-chief of Motherboard at Vice. 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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

33 MINS

33:50

23 Nov 2022


#1056

Why Outlawing Slavery Won't Outlaw Slavery—Yet

During the 2022 midterms, four states voted to ban slavery, which is still legal—and practiced—in the form of forced prison labor. The ballot initiatives are designed to keep people from having to work against their will and could provide prisoners with the opportunity to sue for higher wages, and better working conditions, including medical exemptions for those who are pregnant and postpartum.  Guest: [Candace Bond-Theriault Esq] (https://twitter.com/attorney_bond) ., [Director of Racial Justice Policy & Strategy] (https://gender-sexuality.law.columbia.edu/content/faculty-staff) at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.  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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

26 MINS

26:43

22 Nov 2022


#1055

The Real Danger of Fentanyl

Fentanyl has been a right-wing boogeyman and ostensible reason for Republicans to rail for more security at the U.S.-Mexico border. As the opioid crisis continues, the danger fentanyl poses has become vividly clear. While stopping overdoses is important, resurfacing nasty drug war tropes isn’t helping.  Guest: [Brian Mann] (https://twitter.com/BrianMannADK) , NPR correspondent covering addiction 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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

29 MINS

29:54

21 Nov 2022


#1054

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


#1053

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

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18 Nov 2022


#1052

The Shiny New Target for Political Spending

State supreme court elections, for a long time, were an afterthought; filler for the ballot’s second page. But with questions of abortion rights on the line, this year both parties started pouring money and attention on the races across the country. Even where the races are explicitly “non-partisan,” the partisan political machine has arrived.  Guest: [Erik Ortiz] (https://twitter.com/erikjhortiz) , staff writer for [NBC News] (https://www.nbcnews.com/author/erik-ortiz-ncpn371) focusing on racial injustice and social inequality. 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 Amicus—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

17 Nov 2022

22 MINS

22:27

17 Nov 2022


#1051

Will SCOTUS Take Native Children Away From Their Families?

The Supreme Court case Brackeen v. Haaland concerns how adoption placement currently works under the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law prioritizes placing Native children with Native families. But depending on how the court rules, striking down or changing ICWA could affect not only adoption but Indian tribes’ entire status as sovereign nations.  Guest: [Elizabeth Hidalgo Reese] (https://twitter.com/yunpovi?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , Stanford law professor and scholar of American Indian tribal law, federal Indian law, and constitutional law. 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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

29 MINS

29:37

16 Nov 2022


#1050

How New York Democrats Blew It

After bracing themselves for a “red wave,” the Democrats will keep their Senate majority after the midterms. However, the Republicans will likely, narrowly take the House, thanks in part to gains made in deep blue New York State. How did the party bungle this so badly? And why do some Democrats say it’s Andrew Cuomo’s fault? Guest: [Jimmy Vielkind] (https://twitter.com/JimmyVielkind?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , reporter for the Wall Street Journal covering New York State politics and government. 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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

30 MINS

30:10

15 Nov 2022


#1049

The Far Right’s Alarming Rise in Israel

Though just last year he was ousted from office amidst corruption charges, Benjamin Netanyahu has returned to power, leading a coalition of three hard right-wing parties. Palestinians inside Israel are concerned that some of their leaders are now emboldened in their goal of expelling Arabs from the country. Guest: [Peter Beinart] (https://twitter.com/PeterBeinart) , professor of journalism and political science at the [Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Newmark_Graduate_School_of_Journalism_at_the_City_University_of_New_York) and an editor-at-large at [Jewish Currents] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Currents) . 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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

28 MINS

28:07

14 Nov 2022


#1048

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


#1047

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


#1046

Did Trump Crash the Red Wave?

The dust still hasn’t settled from the midterm elections. But some themes have begun emerging: the GOP underperformed; the right to abortion won on state-level votes; Florida has gone red, but Democrats won gubernatorial races across the old “blue wall.” And it may be time for Republicans to consider who they are, apart from the party of Trump. Guest: [Jamelle Bouie] (https://twitter.com/jbouie) , columnist at the New York Times. 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 Amicus—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

10 Nov 2022

28 MINS

28:29

10 Nov 2022


#1045

What Texas' Attacks on Trans Healthcare Did to One Family

As Texas laws have become more discriminatory against trans individuals and their families, many wonder if they can even stay in the Lone Star State, especially when parents could be investigated as child abusers for providing healthcare to their children. This family made the difficult decision to move to Colorado.  Guests: [Katie Laird] (https://twitter.com/happykatie) , [social justice blogger] (https://www.careharder.com/about) . Noah Laird, high school junior. 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 Amicus—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

09 Nov 2022

29 MINS

29:08

09 Nov 2022


#1044

The Frightening Rise in Political Violence

Paul Pelosi joined a growing list of Congress members and their families who have been targets of violent political attacks. What can be done about the growing safety risk of being in the public eye? And what does living under threat do to the people charged with running the government? Guest: [Liz Goodwin] (https://twitter.com/lizcgoodwin) , Congress reporter [at the Washington Post.] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/liz-goodwin/) 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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

28 MINS

28:21

08 Nov 2022


#1043

How the Dems Win Back the Rust Belt

Trump won Ohio handily, and it’s been expected that JD Vance would cruise into a Senate seat this fall. But Democratic candidate Tim Ryan seems to have struck a chord with the very demographics that have been drifting away from his party. Does he have what it takes to win in Trump country? And could his success be replicated across the Midwest? Guest: [Alec MacGillis] (https://twitter.com/AlecMacGillis?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , politics and government reporter [at ProPublica] (https://www.propublica.org/people/alec-macgillis) . 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 Amicus—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 Nov 2022

27 MINS

27:46

07 Nov 2022


#1042

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


#1041

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