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    A Word: Biden: Fighting or Failing on Voting Rights?

    A Word: Biden: Fighting or Failing on Voting Rights?

    President Biden and Vice President Harris made impassioned speeches in Georgia this week, calling voting rights a top political priority. But the grassroots organizers who helped turn Georgia in 2020 want more than words, and many refused to attend the president’s event. One of those people is Nsé Ufot, the CEO of the New Georgia Project voting rights group. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson talks with Ufot about dangers to voting rights, frustrations with Biden, and the dire consequences for people of color should voting protection efforts fail.
    Guest: Nsé Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project 
    Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis
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    • 25 min
    The Waves: What's Different About Women's Brains?

    The Waves: What's Different About Women's Brains?

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor Shannon Palus is joined by author Emily Willingham. Emily’s new book The Tailored Brain: Feeling Better and Thinking Smarter is all about how our brains work and whether gender plays a role in brain enhancement. They talk about how to be more empathetic and the ways empathy can boost your brain, the importance of using a feminist lens in brain science, and the old theory that brains are made of sperm. 

    In the Slate Plus segment, Emily and Shannon talk about Emily’s other book, Phallacy: Life Lessons From the Animal Penis and explore why the duck vagina is like a gated community.

    Recommendations:
    Shannon: Wearing perfume to turn your mood around. 
    Emily: Lightly meditating by beholding a tree. 
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus, Susan Matthews and June Thomas. 
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    • 36 min
    What Next: Should Democrats Compromise on Election Reform?

    What Next: Should Democrats Compromise on Election Reform?

    For the past year, Democrats have been touting the importance of passing two huge federal voting protections bills. If those plans can’t pass, should the party tackle straight-up election subversion? 
    Guest: Rick Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California–Irvine School of Law and author of Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy.
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    • 25 min
    Greg Abbott’s PR Play at the Border

    Greg Abbott’s PR Play at the Border

    Back in March, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a couple hundred members of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to counteract what he called President Biden’s “open border policies.” Almost a year later, around 10,000 troops are stationed there at Abbott’s command. Many guardsmen have had to upend their lives for a mission that seems to have little purpose. 

    Guest: Davis Winkie, staff reporter for Army Times.

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    • 28 min
    What Next: Chicago’s Public School Meltdown

    What Next: Chicago’s Public School Meltdown

    Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for three consecutive days this year, following a vote by the teachers union to defy in-person teaching orders amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. The union wants additional safety measures in place as teachers and students return to school. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the union’s actions are “illegal,” and the public schools system said the refusal to teach in-person amounted to a strike. 

    How will the showdown end? And when will students get back into the classroom?

    Guest: Sarah Karp, education reporter at WBEZ in Chicago.

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    • 23 min
    What Next: J.D. Vance’s Long Game

    What Next: J.D. Vance’s Long Game

    J.D. Vance became a sought-after cultural translator when he published Hillbilly Elegy. Now, he’s a rhetorical bomb-thrower running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Ohio. But underneath Vance’s transformation is a relatively consistent appreciation for a new strain of conservatism still in the process of defining itself. Could Vance’s candidacy advance this intellectual movement on the political right?
    Guest: Simon van Zuylen-Wood, who wrote about J.D. Vance for the Washington Post Magazine. 
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    • 27 min

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