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    What Next TBD: Where Are The Little Kids' Vaccines?

    What Next TBD: Where Are The Little Kids' Vaccines?

    Today on What Next TBD: What is going on with little kids' vaccines? Why don’t they seem to be a priority for the government or the pharmaceutical companies, while parents are stressed to a breaking point? We discuss with Meg Tirrell, health and science correspondent for CNBC, and co-host of the Readout Loud podcast.
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    • 22 min
    What Next TBD: The Aftermath of Elizabeth Holmes

    What Next TBD: The Aftermath of Elizabeth Holmes

    Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of defrauding investors this week in federal court. The former CEO, wunderkind, and blood mogul has been the subject of intense legal interest and public fascination ever since her company, Theranos, was beset by scandal in 2015. Today on What Next: TBD we follow-up with Rebecca Jarvis, host of “The Dropout” podcast and ABC News Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent. We dig into the verdict and ask if Silicon Valley will finally confront the elements of its culture that allowed Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos to run wild with investor’s money, and patient’s health. You can listen to “The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial” now wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 27 min
    What Next TBD: The Carbon Capture Fantasy

    What Next TBD: The Carbon Capture Fantasy

    Using experimental technology to pull gigatons of carbon out of the air and bury it deep beneath the Earth sounds like a bad sci-fi plot point. If things don’t change soon, it also might be one of our only options.

    Guest: Clive Thompson, journalist and author of Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World

    Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 29 min
    What Next TBD: Who Online Justice Leaves Behind

    What Next TBD: Who Online Justice Leaves Behind

    The U.S. civil court system doesn’t get as much attention as the criminal courts, but it would be hard to overstate its importance. In 2018, for example, 47 percent of respondents to a Pew survey said they had dealt with the system in one way or another; from eviction proceedings, to debt collection, to child-support modifications. 

    What happened when the pandemic upended such an important pillar of the justice system? Did new technologies fix existing problems—or just create new ones?

    Guest: Qudsiya Naqui, officer at the Pew Charitable Trust


    Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 21 min
    What Next TBD: Did @jack Ruin Twitter?

    What Next TBD: Did @jack Ruin Twitter?

    On Monday, Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO of Twitter. It’s not the first time he’s left the job. 

    Is this really the end for the man who guided Twitter through the Trump era? And how will the platform change without him at the helm?

    Guest: Nick Bilton, special correspondent at Vanity Fair

    Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 21 min
    What Next TBD: Best of 2021 | Inside the Subreddit That Blew Up GameStop

    What Next TBD: Best of 2021 | Inside the Subreddit That Blew Up GameStop

    This episode originally aired in January 2021

    The story of how GameStop went from the verge of a bankruptcy to a $15 billion market value isn’t an easy one to wrap your head around. But it helps to go back to the beginning; almost three years ago, in a subreddit called r/wallstreetbets.

    Guests:
    Brandon Kochkodin, reporter at Bloomberg
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
540 Ratings

540 Ratings

hColette ,

Fascinating and easy to follow

Listening to podcasts has become my way to have my own moment and space while riding out the pandemic at home with my family. I’ve learned that discovering new podcasts is very hit-or-miss. This podcast is a delightful find—each episode has a fascinating topic that is well-researched and supported with interesting sources. The hosts have a clear delivery and (seemingly to me) their presentation is mostly scripted and well-edited, which means there’s not a bunch of filler or banter, and the podcast becomes about their topic and not their personalities. Listening to each podcast does provide an escape, as I really need to focus on the information to process it, which takes me away from current events.

liberal-tarian ,

KIDS ARE NOT AT RISK! (unless they’re obese)

Why is Slate pushing FDA propaganda? The only reason kids are now approved to get jabbed is because big pharma couldn’t sell enough to the adult population! It’s the flu! So please stop the fear mongering!

chaddyk ,

A++++++

Great all-around history podcast tying current events to past historical events. Even manages to avoid political tones so it’s something we all can enjoy. Well worth the listen!

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