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What Next | Daily News and Analysis

What Next | Daily News and Analysis

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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.

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The federal Lifeline program was intended to bridge the gap between Americans who could comfortably pay for phone and internet service, and those who couldn’t. But in the midst of the pandemic, Lifeline is falling woefully short. How did a program meant to help connect low-income Americans with phone and internet service ended up making them second-class digital citizens at the worst possible moment?  Guest:  Tony Romm, senior tech policy reporter at the Washington Post, author of “How the Federal Lifeline Program Failed Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic” Host Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After Joe Biden’s surprising win in Georgia, Republicans in the state started in on legislation to limit voting access in the state. Their efforts mirror what’s happening in state houses across the country. Is there any way to slow down these efforts to limit access to the ballot?  Guest: Ari Berman, writer for Mother Jones and the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.  Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As legislative sessions begin across the country, a rash of anti-trans bills have been brought to the floor by Republican legislators. Many of the proposals target trans youth -- both in sports, and access to medical care. If any of these bills become law, what will it mean for trans rights across the country?  Guest: Kate Sosin, Reporter for the 19th Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
President Joe Biden has said he wants to focus his foreign policy on rebuilding international alliances and standing up to China and Russia. But just five weeks into the new administration, the Middle East has already started to demand Biden’s attention.   Guest: Josh Keating, senior editor at Slate. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The power’s back on in Texas, but many residents are still struggling to clean up after a disastrous winter storm. The cold snap knocked out electricity for several days and froze water lines. Some Texans are still without water; others are bailing out flooded homes. But this storm was just the latest in a series of catastrophes to hit Texas in the past several years, leaving the state’s most vulnerable residents in ever more precarious positions.  Guest: Amal Ahmed, reporter at the Texas Observer.  Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Over the last year, the Australian government has been waging a quiet war against Facebook and Google. Through a new law, it plans to force the big tech companies to pay news outlets in exchange for linking to their sites. Will this new law have the intended effect? Or will it set a dangerous precedent that cedes even more power over to the tech giants? Guest:  JR Hennessy, editor at Business Insider Australia Host Lizzie O’Leary   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Biden Pick in Trouble

A Biden Pick in Trouble

2021-02-2530:051

After years of policy work in Washington, Neera Tanden is more than qualified to serve as Biden’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget. But her open scorn for conservatives and progressives alike, often expressed through aggressive Twitter barbs, has made her confirmation the most tenuous of the new president’s picks. Guest: Jim Newell, Slate’s senior politics writer. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The U.S. military has long had a sexual assault problem. And the Marine Corps - the final service branch to gender-integrate - is no exception. Though multiple scandals have rocked the Marines, continued abuses make it clear that deeper changes are needed to make all service people safe. Guest: Erin Kirk-Cuomo, founder of #NotInMyMarineCorps. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Democrats are divided over student debt forgiveness. President Joe Biden is trying to get $10,000-per-borrower canceled, while more progressive members of the party want $50,000 wiped out. So whom would these proposals help? And what can be done to keep the student debt crisis from happening all over again?  Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate's senior business and economics correspondent. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has attracted national praise for his buck-stops-here leadership throughout the pandemic. But he's made some major missteps in his coronavirus response - the lack of transparency around COVID-related deaths in nursing homes is only the latest example. And his efforts to evade scrutiny have drawn fire from critics and constituents.  Guest: Jimmy Vielkind, reporter for the Wall Street Journal covering New York politics and government. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Over the last week, millions of Texans have been forced to live without power or heat. At least 16 have died since Monday. In a state that’s no stranger to extreme weather and high power demand, how did it all go so wrong? Guest:  Josh Rhodes, research associate at the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin   Host Lizzie O’Leary   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rush Limbaugh’s radio show provided a roadmap that the Republican Party has been following, more or less faithfully, for decades.  Guest: Nicole Hemmer, author of Messengers of the Right and co-host of This Day in Esoteric Political History.  Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the year since the pandemic began, the number of attacks against Asian Americans has skyrocketed. The most recent wave of assaults left a number of victims injured and one man dead. Many Asian American activists say the attacks reflect a pattern of violence “as old as America itself.”  Guest: Kim Tran, an anti-oppression consultant and the author of the forthcoming book, The End of Allyship: A New Era of Solidarity. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gustavo Arellano’s father is what he would call a ‘pandejo’ - someone who doesn't take COVID safety seriously. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Gustavo has been fighting the uphill battle to dissuade him of his skepticism. And two weeks ago, his father finally got vaccinated.  We all know a ‘pandejo.’ What can we learn from Gustavo’s relationship with his father? Guest: Gustavo Arellano, columnist for the LA Times Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For most of the last year, Clubhouse—the audio-only social media app—has been dominated by conversations about business, branding, and Elon Musk. But as users picked up the app around the globe, something extraordinary happened.   Censors in mainland China overlooked it. And for two weeks in February, it hosted a series of unusual, unfiltered conversations. Han Chinese, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese, and Uighurs all flooded to the app to speak freely about authoritarianism, democracy, and propaganda.  Here’s what happened when the censors looked the other way.  Guest:  Melissa Chan, journalist with the Global Reporting Centre Host Lizzie O’Leary   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Tuesday, workers in an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama started voting on whether or not to form a union. Amazon has been fighting the vote on multiple fronts. A “yes” vote could possibly spark unionization drives in warehouses all across the country.  Guests: Jay Greene, tech reporter for the Washington Post Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As soon as the Democrats won a slim 50-50 majority in the senate, the jokes about President Joe Manchin started flying. The Senate's self described “conservative Democrat” from West Virginia is in a key position to influence legislation during the Biden administration. How will he wield that power?  Guests: Jim Newell, senior politics reporter for Slate Ken Ward Jr., co-founder of Mountain State Spotlight and distinguished reporting fellow for Pro-Publica Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump on Trial — Again

Trump on Trial — Again

2021-02-0928:494

After the insurrection at the nation's capitol on January 6th, the House of Representatives impeached Donald Trump for a second time. The only article charges him with high crimes and misdemeanors for inciting a riot. There's no shortage of evidence backing up that claim, but the politics make it an open question if the senate will convict.  Guest: Dahlia Lithwick, host of Slate’s Amicus podcast  Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The COVID-19 vaccine roll-out has been a mess across the country, but the failure has been particularly egregious in Philadelphia. The city entrusted a large part of its vaccine distribution to a start-up company run by a 22-year-old with zero medical experience. It wound up with a shuttered clinic and stolen vaccine doses.  Guest: Nina Feldman, health reporter for WHYY. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last week, in response to protests by farmers outside New Delhi, India, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi restricted access to the mobile web in areas where the protests were unfolding. The move is the latest in the Indian government’s long history of throttling internet access and censoring speech online.  Why is the Modi government increasingly shutting down the internet and stifling digital dissent? And what does the party’s history of internet shutdowns tell us about India’s future? Guest:  Pranav Dixit, correspondent for Buzzfeed News Host Lizzie O’Leary   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Alex Mercedes

and again we see how racism complicates things that seem to have nothing to do with racism in the US. the reckoning required to fix what ails us is mind-blowing. no wonder the resistance and denial is so widespread. every little step is correctly viewed as both "progress" and "not enough".

Feb 24th
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Alex Mercedes

...and what he started. fascinating program. I see now that essential style elements of Trumpism actually started with Limbaugh. scary to consider what would have happened if Rush had been elected rather than Trump.

Feb 23rd
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TJ Dogflower

I usually like this show but this episode totally bored me. I kept waiting for it to get better. The poet has an annoying voice and have no enlightenment into his works. This show was rather irrelevant to the whole subject

Jan 22nd
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

Was not loving the poet on this episode. I enjoyed his commentary but the way his voice changed when he read excerpts of his poetry was grating to me. I'm likely just being petty but do indeed feel at least I take myself much less seriously than this guest.

Jan 21st
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Alan

I suppose by now I shouldn't really be surprised by intellectuals dismissing and not understanding what make America great again actually means, especially when they themselves don't think America is or ever was great. Their thoughts are so shallow they simply compare it to a 70s sitcom call it ridiculous and dangerous like it's not worthy of deeper thought and move on. While my interpretation of make America great again isn't necessarily the correct one or the only way one could interpret it, it comes far closer to the idea and spirit it's meant to invoke. The US is capable of doing great good things. We fought a Civil War to ensure the freedom of slaves, we mobilized the world's most powerful military and took down opponents on opposite sides of the world, we trained our goals on becoming the first country to land a man on the moon. There are things America has done that are not so great, but we've always attempted to correct those wrongs so people can live a more free and prosperous life. There is dignity in work, and we want all Americans to have the opportunity to earn a living. Work can also set one free. Once you become capable of earning something for yourself you can work towards that instead of demanding the government provide it for you. These are just a few ideas of what I think make America great again means, but definitely not all of them. This post is long enough though but I probability spent more time analyzing this already than the people in this podcast.

Jan 21st
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Mikhail Mutcianko

I couldn't care less about US politics, and I guess same goes for a lot of other users of Castbox, especially those not from the states. USA is not the only country on this planet, and believe it or not, not everyone gives a damn about what's happening there. So please stop abusing global push notifications to force stuff like this onto all of your users. Or at least extract it into a dedicated notifications category, so it can be disabled.

Jan 20th
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Geoff Schmidt

why do you constantly force your political views on us with bullshit like this.

Jan 20th
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Pam Thorson

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Jan 11th
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Sara Stilson

this is a terrific podcast I listened while riding my horse, l listened while puttering around the house, I listened while online shopping and while eating dinner.

Jan 2nd
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Greg Rothenberger

Excellent program!

Dec 31st
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Kathy Fauver

Just another news source like all the rest of them. Journalists acting like the all-knowing authority, all trying to impose their beliefs & fears on the listeners. I have no respect for reporting that sarcastically laughs at something they don't agree with.

Dec 16th
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Alton A Roberson III CEO

cashbox I am hoping you like all of my content and while your opinion will be very much so appreciated as the new kid on the block please do not hesitate to tell me first off your honest opinion of ' Stories To Be Sold But Never Told ' the things you feel I should add and the things you feel I should delete. Thank You HNIC CEO

Dec 13th
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Hans Thomas

you lost me when you admitted he doesn't even know if he has Covid because he has not been tested. Covid for 90 days is newsworthy. This is not

Jun 30th
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Marie B

Used to like this show but after this episode I am baffled as analysis felt as deceiving and not helping understand what’s really happening and the consequences of Trump executive order. Also Trump tweet didn’t say it was illegal to vote by mail it said it triggers lots of fraud. Very different. Sorry. I unsubscribed then.

Jun 1st
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Andi-Roo Libecap

I have so much respect and gratitude for medical professionals. They are handling this catastrophe with finesse.

Mar 17th
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Dre

This woman is biased and does kot support women

Mar 6th
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Eoj Hou

Harris completely let her off the hook about her racist views.

Dec 2nd
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Eoj Hou

Did she denounce her white nationalist, racist views? I don't remember hearing her say racism was bad. She supports Bernie and denounced mysoginy, but what about the racism?

Dec 2nd
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Tibbitt Chance

you guys failed to mention that the sneaky vote the republican party took in NC was the morning of 9/11 and many of the Democrats were attending a service with the governor

Oct 31st
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James Knight

Justin "the small", is not ready.

Sep 26th
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