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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    TBD | Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow

    TBD | Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow

    Between April and June of this year, Zillow bought nearly 4,000 homes. And they had no intention of holding onto them. The plan was to flip houses, often and at scale, joining the ranks of companies like Opendoor and Offerpad, also known as iBuyers. 

    So, why did Zillow put their plans on pause last weekend? Can online middlemen really change the way we buy and sell houses?

    Guests: 
    Tony Santos, homeowner
    Patrick Clark, reporter at Bloomberg

    Host: Henry Grabar
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    • 23 min
    How Immunity for Cops Ends

    How Immunity for Cops Ends

    Once an obscure legal doctrine, the practice of qualified immunity for police has drawn widespread public scrutiny in the past year. But as mainstream support for ending qualified immunity grows, police unions are amping up their opposition. 
    Guest: Kimberly Kindy, national investigative reporter for The Washington Post.
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    • 31 min
    Is Trump Still On Virginia’s Ballot?

    Is Trump Still On Virginia’s Ballot?

    Virginia’s gubernatorial election is just weeks away, with former Virginia governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, vying against newcomer Republican Glenn Youngkin. Many polls show a slim margin between the two candidates, as they spar over issues like critical race theory and Trump’s legacy in an election seen as a bellwether for the upcoming midterm elections.

    Guest: Ben Paviour, state politics reporter at VPM. 

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    • 32 min
    How Should We Remember Colin Powell?

    How Should We Remember Colin Powell?

    Colin Powell, known as a “trailblazer” and “pathbreaker” in his military career, leaves behind a complicated legacy. The four-star general became a household name during the first Gulf War as the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later the first Black secretary of state. Thirty years after his rise to national prominence, Powell’s death has prompted reflections on the Iraq War and his role in using false intelligence to justify the U.S. invasion.  
    Guest: Fred Kaplan, Slate’s War Stories columnist. 
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    • 32 min
    No One's Got Mail

    No One's Got Mail

    Democrats spent months fretting last year about the Postal Service and the fate of democracy. Now the Democrats are in charge. So why is the mail slowing down? And could planned changes fix what ails the Postal Service?
    Guest: Jacob Bogage, business reporter for the Washington Post. 
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    • 27 min
    TBD | The Return of Hacktivism

    TBD | The Return of Hacktivism

    Over the last month, the domain company Epik and the streaming service Twitch have fallen prey to massive-scale hacks. The hackers revealed not just email addresses, but detailed personal information too. For Twitch, it was the entire source code for their site. 

    But the attackers aren’t holding this data for ransom. In fact, they don’t seem to want much of anything. What’s motivating this new wave of activist hacks? And who suffers?

    Guest: Drew Harwell, tech reporter at the Washington Post

    Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

pk undisciplined ,

To Mary Harris and her script writer.

I like this show. You cover interesting topics and take the information beyond the superficial which I appreciate. Too many NPR shows get stuck on explaining the basics of topics fir far too long. ( most listeners are why more informed than the apparent preserved audience)

One hurdle to my experience is a personal note to Mary Harris. To cut to the point, although I apologize for this public personal criticism.
You have a very appealing voice quality, but you sound like you are reading a script written for a male salesman. Too many dramatic pauses, suspenseful lead up phrases. Dropping your tone at end of phrases.
Most men sound annoying and overrating their importance when they speak like this, you should drop these speech patterns

dts45 ,

No one gets mail

Your. Guy. That u interviewed. Left out. Some. Stuff. Actually. Ups FedEx Do come. To your mail box. Thru a program. Called. Smart ship it goses thru. Ups first. Or FedEx. First. Then. Get pick up at the airport By post office then to your mail box or front porch ups. Helps. Carry. The mail for the post office

midwestBlue ,

10.5 pod

your guest said lead by example. this is not good advice. that mantra has been killing dems opportunities at least since newt gingrich said politics is war and republicans have to fight like it is by following the line all is fair in love and war. dems have been getting clobbered because of the right’s turning politics into war where cheating and lying is in their blood. dems cannot afford to any longer lead by example unfortunately we must fight every political fight like its life or death.

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