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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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    • 4.4, 181 Ratings

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.

    How One Block Got Through It

    How One Block Got Through It

    Over the past five months, city blocks have been slipping away. Bars are closed; restaurants are half-empty; retail is shuttered. As the country returns to varying states of lockdown, how long can these blocks hold on?
     
    This week: how one commercial strip on Chicago’s South Side is weathering the pandemic. 
     
    Guests:
    Nedra Sims Fears, executive director of the Greater Chatham Initiative
    Brian d'Antignac, The Woodshop
    Jaidah Wilson-Turnbow, Frances Cocktail Lounge
    Zoie Reams, Brown Sugar Bakery
     
     
    Host
    Henry Grabar
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    • 22 min
    When America Can’t Pay the Rent

    When America Can’t Pay the Rent

    For the last four months, federal and state eviction moratoria have kept Americans in their apartments, even if they couldn’t pay rent. Now, with financial relief in question, and moratoria set to expire, the first of the month might look very different for millions of Americans.

    Guests:
    Emily, a resident of Chicago’s Northwest Side
    Mark Durakovic, principal at Kass Management
    Peter Hepburn, analyst at Princeton’s Eviction Lab

    Host
    Henry Grabar
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    • 25 min
    New Orleans Without Music

    New Orleans Without Music

    More than any other U.S. city, New Orleans banks on its culture. From music to restaurants to parades, the city relies on a steady stream of tourists to support its many artists and institutions. In March, those tourists stopped visiting. And without them, the fragile infrastructure of clubs, venues, and performances is starting to collapse. Can New Orleans survive the coronavirus?

    Guests:
    Patrick Williams, harmonica player
    Jesse Paige, owner of the Blue Nile
    Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Executive Director of the Ashé Cultural Arts Center
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    • 22 min
    Cities Are Running Out of Money

    Cities Are Running Out of Money

    After months of coronavirus lockdowns, cities are taking stock of their finances. The situation is bleak. With plummeting sales and property tax revenue, American cities of all sizes may be facing a budget crisis. What happens when local governments have to cut their budgets by double-digit percentages? Will the federal government learn from the Great Recession and intervene?

    Guests:
    Minh Nguyen, owner of Cafe TH in Houston
    Chris Brown, Houston City Controller
    Mildred Warner, professor of urban planning at Cornell.
     
    Host: Henry Grabar
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    • 23 min
    Is “Covid Flight” a Thing?

    Is “Covid Flight” a Thing?

    Tens of thousands of people leave American cities every year. Normally, they’re replaced by new arrivals seeking jobs, education, and opportunity. But in a world transformed by the coronavirus, what happens if nobody arrives to replace them?

    Guests:
    Emily Badger, reporter at the New York Times
    Natalie Moore, reporter at WBEZ
    Amanda Kolson Hurley, editor at Bloomberg Businessweek

    Host: Henry Grabar
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    • 20 min
    What's a City Without the Office?

    What's a City Without the Office?

    Since March, white-collar offices in major cities across the United States have stood empty. Now, with growing evidence that the workforce is equally effective at home, companies and designers are starting to rethink the office—what it looks like, what it’s used for, and if it’s really needed at all.

    But this wholesale reimagining of office life comes at a cost. How will the severe reduction of commuters transform American cities?

    Guests:
    John Capobianco, principal at IA Interior Architects
    Hannah Hackathorn, principal at Unispace
    Ellen Baer, BID president, Hudson Square
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 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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