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Episodes

What Next: So... What Is COVID Now?

7/27/2021
The delta variant is now the most-prevalent strain of COVID-19, causing a handful of so-called “breakthrough” infections in fully-vaccinated people. Unvaccinated people account for 97% of severe cases of the virus. How worried should you be about infections as the delta variant continues to dominate? And is it time to mask up again? Guest: Susan Matthews, Slate’s news director. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on...

Duration:00:32:48

What Next: On the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires

7/26/2021
The fires raging across the American West are like the climate crisis itself: Too big and too extreme to understand all at once. So today, we’re zooming in on some of the people fighting those fires: crews of incarcerated women. In California, they risk their lives for abysmal pay, and officials are just starting to realize how essential they are to the state’s fire response. Guest: Jaime Lowe, author of Breathing Fire. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate...

Duration:00:34:11

A Word: Running on a Prayer

7/25/2021
Minister and scientist Chris Jones has launched a long-shot campaign to be governor in Arkansas. But does the Democratic candidate have what it takes to change the political landscape in his home state? On today’s episode of A Word, Chris Jones talks with host Jason Johnson about his unlikely path to politics, and his hopes for the race. Guest: Chris Jones, Democratic candidate for governor in Arkansas, religious leader, and physicist Podcast production by Ahyiana Angel and Jasmine Ellis You...

Duration:00:21:19

The Waves: What Does Bill Cosby’s Release Mean for the #MeToo Movement?

7/24/2021
On this week’s episode of The Waves, author and professor of history at Georgetown University Marcia Chatelain and Slate staff writer Lili Loofbourow dissect Bill Cosby’s release from prison, and what that could mean for the #MeToo movement. First they unpack exactly what happened in the Cosby case. Then they get into the potential ripple effects it could have on victims seeking justice more broadly. Recommendations Lili: The Netflix show Money Heist. Marcia: As much Real Housewives on Bravo...

Duration:00:33:42

What Next TBD: How Spyware Mercenaries Hack Your Phone

7/23/2021
This week, Amnesty International and a French journalism nonprofit named Forbidden Stories revealed that technology from a spyware firm called NSO Group is being deployed on a massive scale. The spyware, called Pegasus, gives the user access to every part of a victim’s smartphone -- notes, messages, photos, and recordings. What’s it like for security researchers to see their worst fears about digital spying play out? And what are they worried about next? Guests: John Scott Railton, Senior...

Duration:00:29:56

What Next: The Rise of Kristi Noem

7/22/2021
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has a problem. She’s ready to get beamed up to national political stardom, but she’s polling near the bottom among 2024 GOP presidential hopefuls. What issues can she use to raise her political profile? The answer came swiftly this year: anything and everything. Guest: Joe Sneve, political reporter for the Argus Leader in South Dakota. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any...

Duration:00:26:23

What Next: Punishing the Capitol Rioters

7/21/2021
Six months after the Capitol riot, plea deals from cases against the rioters have begun to trickle in. Will the courts be able to do what Congress couldn’t, and insist on a shared version of events on January 6th? Guest: Zoe Tillman, senior legal reporter at BuzzFeed 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...

Duration:00:26:46

What Next: The Right Wing War on Vaccines

7/20/2021
It’s becoming harder to get all Americans vaccinated. While millions of people still get the shots each week, some conservatives are becoming more difficult to convince, and some politicians are increasingly hostile towards the public health departments tasked with helping fight COVID-19. Guests: Michelle Fiscus, former medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs at the Tennessee Department of Health, and Dan Diamond, health policy and politics reporter at The...

Duration:00:29:40

What Next: The Unhoused Don’t Want to “Go Back to Normal”

7/19/2021
At the height of the pandemic, New York city put up some of its homeless population in the city’s empty hotels. Now, as the city comes back to life, the program is ending -- but the city’s unhoused population doesn’t want to go “back to normal” Guest: Jacquelyn Simone, Senior Policy Analyst for the Coalition for the Homeless. 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...

Duration:00:28:42

A Word: Cuba’s Color Revolution

7/18/2021
Many Cuban Americans have long called for new leadership in that nation, including Afro-Cubans who --from social media to the streets-- are challenging the historic American narrative about Cuba’s government. For Afro-Cuban professor, Amalia Dache, the fight is personal. She’s the author of the book Rise Up! Activism as Education. On today’s episode of A Word, Professor Dache joins host Jason Johnson to talk about the uprising, and the myths and realities of racial equity in Cuba. Guest:...

Duration:00:24:37

The Waves: Did Gossip Girl Lose Its Bite?

7/17/2021
On this week’s episode of The Waves, June Thomas, senior managing producer of Slate podcasts and a host of Working, talks with Willa Paskin, Slate TV critic and host of Decoder Ring, about the reboot of Gossip Girl. They discuss how the show messed up by making its characters too nice, why the teachers may be the most interesting part of the reboot, and whether Gossip Girl has finally figured out its class politics. Recommendations June: Reality competition show about ball culture, Legendary...

Duration:00:32:55

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

7/16/2021
Welcome to the Slate News feed! We’ll be sharing daily episodes from Slate’s podcasts What Next, What Next: TBD, The Waves, and A Word. Listen for everything you need to know about the news this week. Over the last month, North Americans have seen 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, climate scientist at UCLA Host...

Duration:00:21:16

What Next: When the Culture War Comes for Your Job

7/15/2021
Brittany Hogan worked in diversity and inclusion for the Rockwood School District for eight years. As public debate intensified over the way race is discussed in schools, and threats were made against her, Hogan eventually was pushed to resign. Guest: Brittany Hogan, former director of educational equity and diversity for the Rockwood School District in St. Louis County. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any...

Duration:00:31:05

What Next: Texas Democrats' Last Stand?

7/14/2021
Texas Dems are on the lam. After walking out of their regularly scheduled legislative session to block an extremely restrictive election security bill, they’ve decided to go bigger. At the start of the special session called by Governor Greg Abbott to get that bill passed, 51 of 67 House Democrats broke quorum and fled to DC in a last-ditch effort to thwart the bill and spur national Democrats into action. Will it make any difference? Guest: Jessica Huseman, Editorial Director of Vote Beat....

Duration:00:27:36

What Next: How Exxon Gets Its Way

7/13/2021
Oil-giant Exxon says publicly that it supports initiatives to fight climate change. But a new undercover investigation reveals the company’s quiet lobbying effort to stymie environmental protection legislation. Guest: Lawrence Carter, Senior Reporter & Special Projects Editor at Unearthed, a journalism project from Greenpeace U.K. 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...

Duration:00:24:54

What Next: Drugs and the Olympics

7/12/2021
Welcome to the Slate News feed! We’ll be sharing daily episodes from Slate’s podcasts What Next, What Next: TBD, The Waves, and A Word. Listen for everything you need to know about the news this week. Olympics officials have created an anti-doping system to crack down on cheaters. We have no idea if it’s working. And it’s ensnaring athletes for seemingly bizarre infractions. Guest: Lindsay Crouse, writer and producer for the New York Times Opinion section. If you enjoy this show, please...

Duration:00:29:29

A Word: The Cruelty Was the Point. Is It Still?

7/11/2021
Welcome to the Slate News feed! We’ll be sharing daily episodes from Slate’s podcasts What Next, What Next: TBD, The Waves, and A Word. Listen for everything you need to know about the news this week. Donald Trump’s combination of bigotry, lies, and meanness led to a victory that stunned political pundits in 2016. Atlantic writer Adam Serwer would go on to coin the phrase that summed up Trump’s appeal: the cruelty is the point. Serwer has collected his essays chronicling the Trump era in the...

Duration:00:24:18

The Waves: Amy Coney Barrett Is Following in the Footsteps of John Roberts

7/10/2021
Welcome to the Slate News feed! We’ll be sharing daily episodes from Slate’podcasts What Next, What Next: TBD, The Waves, and A Word. Listen for everything you need to know about the news this week. On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate Supreme Court reporters Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern join forces to dissect Amy Coney Barrett’s first term on the bench. They talk about how her confirmation hearings were shaped by Democrats’ desire to paint her as an enemy of health care, and...

Duration:00:38:05

The Waves: Kyrsten Sinema Doesn't Care What You Think of Her

6/21/2021
On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior writer and host of Outward Christina Cauterucci and Julia Craven, Slate staff writer covering race, politics, and health disparities, talk about one woman: Kyrsten Sinema. From her wardrobe to her position on the filibuster, Sinema has been in the news a lot recently. The hosts talk about the Arizona senator’s political evolution—she moved from the Green Party to run as a progressive Democrat, but when she got to the U.S. Senate, she tacked...

Duration:00:51:46

A Word: Is Critical Race Theory Getting Canceled?

6/11/2021
Kendi joins the show this week to explain critical race theory, and why it has become such a political lightning rod. He also talks about how the backlash against critical race theory is threatening academic freedom, and specifically how it kept Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones from tenure at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Kendi is the host of a new podcast, Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi. You can listen here:...

Duration:00:21:30