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    What Next TBD: The Downfall of One of the World's Biggest Brains

    What Next TBD: The Downfall of One of the World's Biggest Brains

    Ten years ago, IBM made a gamble. Through a monumental advertising and PR campaign, it promised that its AI technology–Watson–would transform the health care industry as we know it. A decade and billions of dollars later, Watson Health is being sold for parts. 

    What went wrong with IBM’s “moonshot?” And what does Watson’s failure tell us about the promise of AI for health care?

    Guest: Casey Ross, national technology correspondent for STAT

    Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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    Bye Bye, Breyer

    Bye Bye, Breyer

    This week, Justice Stephen G. Breyer is expected to announce his plan to retire from the Supreme Court at the end of its term this summer. Breyer’s signal comes after a year-long pressure campaign from the political left and others anxious to ensure that Democrats control who replaces the court’s most senior liberal justice. 

    Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, who covers courts and the law for Slate.

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    What Next: Putin’s Plan

    What Next: Putin’s Plan

    The odds of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are increasing, with thousands of Russian troops stationed near the two countries' border. Vladimir Putin is set on ensuring Ukraine gives up its ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, and it’s unclear how much he’s willing to risk to meet that objective. 

    How far will the Russian leader go to get what he wants? Is there any way to end the standoff without violence?

    Guest: Amy Mackinnon, national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy.

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    What Next: Policing-for-Profit

    What Next: Policing-for-Profit

    Over the last few years, a sleepy southern town has seen its arrest rate grow more than 1100%. It’s not because of a spike in crime in Brookside, Alabama; instead, the town’s law enforcement has adopted a policing-for-profit model that treats citizens as revenue generators and cracks down on them accordingly. In turn, some residents enter debt spirals as the town’s police force rakes in more cash, with no signs of stopping anytime soon.

    Guest: John Archibald, columnist for AL.com and the Birmingham News.

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    Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.
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    What Next: How the Texas Synagogue Survived

    What Next: How the Texas Synagogue Survived

    Stuart Frisch gave security training to the members of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, less than six months before they found themselves under siege and held hostage—a training the rabbi cited when explaining how they managed to escape. 

    How does Frisch approach protecting spaces that aren’t meant to be fortresses? Can faith and security coexist?

    Guest: Stuart Frisch, advisor for the Secure Community Network.
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    A Word: Home Robbery

    A Word: Home Robbery

    In theory, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawed all forms of real estate discrimination. In reality, Black home sellers often see their homes valued much lower than similar homes owned by whites. Andre Perry of the Brookings Instititution joins the show today to talk about the how real estate discrimination has robbed Black Americans billions of dollars in generational wealth, and what can be done to change it. 

    Guest: Andre Perry, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities

    Podcast production by Jasmine Ellis and Asha Saluja

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Afghanis interview

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What’s Next: Capital Rioters trials update

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