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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

    What Space Billionaires Cost Us

    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

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    Lizzie O’Leary

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    • 24 min
    The App That Sparked a Manhunt

    The App That Sparked a Manhunt

    Two weeks ago, as wildfires burned north of Los Angeles, the crime app Citizen offered $30,000 for information that would lead to the arrest of a suspected arsonist. They had the wrong guy. 

    Why is Citizen offering bounties in the first place? And what does this bounty debacle say about the app’s aspirations for the future?


    Guest: Joseph Cox, reporter at Motherboard 


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    • 28 min
    Apple and Epic’s Battle Royale

    Apple and Epic’s Battle Royale

    After years of careful planning and public spats, Apple and Epic—the maker of Fortnite—have spent the last three weeks in court, fighting over the future of mobile gaming. What happens if, for once, Apple loses?

    Guest: Elizabeth Lopatto, deputy editor at the Verge 


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    Lizzie O’Leary
     
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    • 22 min
    The Hackers Who Took Down the Colonial Pipeline

    The Hackers Who Took Down the Colonial Pipeline

    Last week, a hacker group called DarkSide shut down the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast. Gas prices skyrocketed, people started hoarding gas, and DarkSide walked away with over $4 million in Bitcoin. How did they do it? And what makes this hack different from those we’ve seen before?

    Guest: David Uberti, cybersecurity reporter at the Wall Street Journal
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    • 26 min
    How the World’s Great Vaccination Hope Crashed

    How the World’s Great Vaccination Hope Crashed

    The Serum Institute of India was supposed to supply vaccines not just to India, but to the entire Global South. Now, with cases surging, there aren’t nearly enough vaccines for India’s population, not to mention the many countries that are relying on it. How did such a successful institution come up so short? And what are the costs of that failure?

    Guest: Samanth Subramanian, senior reporter at Quartz

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    Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 24 min
    Oversight Board to Facebook: Nice Try

    Oversight Board to Facebook: Nice Try

    The question of Donald Trump’s banned account--to keep it blocked, or reinstate it--is one of the toughest that Facebook has ever faced. But the social network had a plan: punt the decision to its newly minted Oversight Board, a semi-independent “Supreme Court” tasked with making hard decisions about what content stays up, and what comes down. 

    Did that plan just backfire?

    Guest: Kate Klonick, professor at St. John’s University School of Law 

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    Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 Ratings

pattiocon ,

Good listen

This podcast is about the ethics of technology and the discussions are absolutely necessary if not mandatory.

My respect for April Glaser (?sp) has risen exponentially in the past 1-2 years ago. She has a superior intellect and the guts to challenge the filthy rich “titans of tech”. I was sad when Will Oremus (?) left. He provided a mellow balance to April’s intensity. I hope the program can find someone equally smart and relaxed.

I do think they should rethink the title :-)

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jamesej ,

Biased.

The Google piece seemed unduly biased. Odd for a tech/news podcast. I want news and insight, not biased commentary.

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