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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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    • 4.4 • 95 Ratings

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.

    TBD | What Cops Are Doing With Your DNA

    TBD | What Cops Are Doing With Your DNA

    Ever since police used a DNA platform called GEDmatch to crack the Golden State Killer case in 2018, police departments around the country have rushed to use genetic genealogy to crack their own cold cases. The result? Hundreds of violent cases solved. 

    So--why are some states passing new laws to limit this new technology?

    Guest: Nila Bala, senior staff attorney at the Policing Project at NYU Law. 


    Host
    Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 25 min
    Whom the Vaccines Leave Behind

    Whom the Vaccines Leave Behind

    Around the country, states are casting off pandemic restrictions. But for millions of immunocompromised people, the pandemic isn’t nearly over.

    Guest: Dr. Lindsay Ryan, internist at San Francisco General Hospital and San Francisco VA Medical Center in California. 

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    • 26 min
    The Looming Eviction Crisis

    The Looming Eviction Crisis

    The clock is winding down on the CDC’s eviction moratorium. The moratorium will lift in less than two weeks, marking an end to the pandemic-era protection. What happens to vulnerable tenants when the clock runs out? 

    Guest: Henry Granville Widener, rent strike organizer in Maryland  
    Alieza Durana, reporter for Princeton’s Eviction Lab 

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    • 28 min
    The Fight Over Rising Prices

    The Fight Over Rising Prices

    Turn on your favorite business news channel, and it seems like all anyone can talk about is inflation. Prices are rising, but is it anything to worry about in the long term? 
    Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent. 
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    • 26 min
    WTF, DOJ?

    WTF, DOJ?

    As U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland approaches 100 days of leading the Department of Justice, the department’s recent legal positions in support of former President Trump have mystified onlookers. Is the department lost at sea, and can Garland right the ship? 
    Guest: Ankush Khardori, attorney and former federal prosecutor.
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    • 28 min
    TBD | What Space Billionaires Cost Us

    TBD | What Space Billionaires Cost Us

    Over the last decade, billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson have come to embody the future of space travel and exploration. What does it mean when the ideas and ambitions of a few powerful men come to dominate the conversation so thoroughly?

    Guest: Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at the Adler Planetarium and founder of the Just Space Alliance

    Host
    Lizzie O’Leary

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

mxruden ,

Good talk 😉

I would especially recommend episode from April 14th with Dan Pfeiffer of Pod Saver America. I thought it was great.

jc9395 ,

What an ER doctor!!

I love this show but the episode with the ER doctor taking about Covid-19 struck me as really irresponsible. Not that his opinion wasn’t interesting, as a lot of opinions are, but it was just his opinion. He is not a public health expert and the timing of airing his take on the inefficacy of social distancing strikes me as irresponsible on the part of What Next, seeing as we are at the height of the Covid crisis. His ideas add nothing interesting to the conversation going on right now beyond telling people that social distancing doesn’t really work and that they should maybe disregard what public health EXPERTS are telling us.

Nancy sudano ,

I wake up every morning looking forward to your Podcast

What’s Next is one of the vital Podcast that not only informs me with a humanist real life stories. Thank you for enriching my days.

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