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    What Next: The Taliban vs. the Press

    What Next: The Taliban vs. the Press

    Afghan women and LGBTQ+ people immediately felt the impact of the Taliban’s return to power last year. But journalists trying to tell their stories could face intense and even violent backlash from the extremist group—like what happened to Lynne O’Donnell. 

    Guest: Lynne O’Donnell, columnist at Foreign Policy and former Afghanistan bureau chief for Agence France-Presse and the Associated Press.
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    • 30 min
    What Next: The New Era of Child Labor

    What Next: The New Era of Child Labor

    With an ongoing labor shortage, companies turn to third-party labor brokers to fill jobs. But with little oversight and a surge of immigrants, the line between “ recruiter” and “ trafficker” gets blurred as vulnerable children are sent to work in dangerous conditions. 

    Guest: Mica Rosenberg, national immigration reporter for Reuters.

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    • 23 min
    A Word: Full-Court Fighter

    A Word: Full-Court Fighter

    NBA star Bill Russell, the first Black American to coach a major-league sports team, died this week. His playing earned him 11 championships. His activism won him respect in the Black community, but the hatred of many white fans, and surveillance from the FBI during the civil rights era. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by sports journalist Howard Bryant to discuss Russell’s legacy, on and off the court.

    Guest: Veteran sports journalist Howard Bryant

    Podcast production by Eric Aaron

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    • 36 min
    What Next TBD: The Monkeypox Vaccine Monopoly

    What Next TBD: The Monkeypox Vaccine Monopoly

    It makes intuitive sense for companies that develop a technology to hold its intellectual property rights. But in the case of vaccines and medical treatments, IP laws slow down manufacturing and distribution and give private companies the power to make huge decisions that affect public health globally.

    Guest: Zain Rizvi, researcher for advocacy group Public Citizen, specializing in pharmaceutical innovation and access to medicine.
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    • 28 min
    The Waves: Liz Cheney’s Mom Energy

    The Waves: Liz Cheney’s Mom Energy

    On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior writer Christina Cauterucci and Slate books and culture columnist Laura Miller talk all things Liz Cheney. They discuss Laura’s piece on how the Republican Congresswoman is coming across like a disappointed mom during the January 6 hearings—and whether comparing women politicians to mother figures is always sexist. Then they dig into what Cheney’s long-game is as she defies the Republican party and goes against Donald Trump.

    In Slate Plus, Christina and Laura discuss the January 6 hearings’ breakout star, Cassidy Hutchinson. 

    Recommendations:
    Christina: Caesar salad dressing from Once Upon a Chef
    Laura: Trailed by Kathryn Miles
     
    Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus, Alicia Montgomery and Daisy Rosario.
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    • 32 min
    Political Gabfest: Nothing’s The Matter With Kansas

    Political Gabfest: Nothing’s The Matter With Kansas

    This week, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Heather McGhee discuss the primaries and Kansan voters’ defense of abortion; Alex Jones on trial; and Annie Lowrey’s story of surviving pregnancy in the United States. 

    Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:
    Sam Adler-Bell for The New York Times: “The Violent Fantasies of Blake Masters”
    Jason Beeferman for The Texas Tribune: “How Sandy Hook Lies and the Jan. 6 Inquiry Threaten to Undo Alex Jones”
    Annie Lowrey for The Atlantic: “American Motherhood”
    Annie Lowrey for The Atlantic: “The Most Important Study in the Abortion Debate”
    The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee
    The Sum of Us podcast
    Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, by Emily Bazelon
    Black Reconstruction in America, by W. E. B. Du Bois 
    Forbidden City, by Vanessa Hua

    Here are this week’s chatters:
    Emily: The Law & Justice Journalism Project
    Heather: A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
    David: Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke; Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke; Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain

    Listener chatter from Mohamed El-Sheik: Adriana E. Ramírez for The Atlantic: “Everyone Loses on Jeopardy Eventually”
     
    Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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jstubbs81 ,

Tulsa Massacre

With all due respect, what is Biden supposed to do re: reparations? The republicans will filibuster anything helping anyone. And the house did pass a bill for white supremacy hate crime. Republicans voted against. All of these issues can be addressed if African Americans will turn out and vote. Democrats and Biden’s hands are tied. I 100% support and hope the attorney can get a win for the Tulsa victims. But, to be disappointed in Biden and the Dems is misguided

anthony12275 ,

Ehhh

There are so many ads which I get you need to pay for the podcast upkeep but this is a whole new level. They even open the show w/ ads.

Aurey A ,

Thursday’s show before Jan 1 Hearing

Generally enjoy the show but intro to Hearing
Was not very serious at all. Kept repeating Republican talking points. What happened is really serious but there was no sense of that. Shocking.

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