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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 subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Lauren Boebert Will Not Go Away

    Lauren Boebert Will Not Go Away

    Lauren Boebert barely won re-election to the House in 2022. Now the gun-loving Freedom Caucus firebrand is running for Congress in a new Colorado district.. Even after a lewd theater scandal threatened to tank her career, how is Boebert still leading in the polls?

    Guest: Paul Karolyi, Senior Executive Producer of City Cast Denver

    Podcast production by Elena Schwartz, Paige Osburn, Anna Phillips, Madeline Ducharme and Rob Gunther.

    TBD | Is Your Phone Tracking Your Driving?

    TBD | Is Your Phone Tracking Your Driving?

    As cars get smarter, automakers - with the help of third-party apps - are leveraging the new data they’re able to collect on people's driving habits to influence drivers’ insurance prices. The problem? Most people aren’t aware their driving is being monitored.

    Guest: Kashmir Hill, tech reporter for the New York Times.

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    • 25 min
    TBD | Amazon Wants Your Handprint

    TBD | Amazon Wants Your Handprint

    Amazon has installed digital palm readers at Whole Foods. The reader scans your palm, collecting biometric data, and links it to your credit card to pay for your groceries. What does exchanging vein mapping for eggs and butter mean for the future of data security and in-person shopping. 
    Guest: Emily Moore, freelance tech and food journalist
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    Podcast production by Evan Campbell, Patrick Fort, and Cheyna Roth.
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    • 23 min
    Homelessness Before the Supreme Court

    Homelessness Before the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court is soon expected to decide Grants Pass v. Johnson, a case where a town’s efforts to remove unhoused people from its parks became “cruel and unusual,” according to lower courts.

    Guest: Dr. Bruce Murray, chief medical officer for the Mobile Integrative Navigation Team (MINT) in Josephine County, Oregon.

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    Podcast production by Elena Schwartz, Paige Osburn, Anna Phillips, Madeline Ducharme and Rob Gunther.
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    • 32 min
    Slow Burn: Defend Our Children

    Slow Burn: Defend Our Children

    Happy Juneteenth! What Next resumes regularly scheduled programming tomorrow, but for the holiday, check out this episode of Slow Burn Season 9: Gays Against Briggs.

    In 1977, John Briggs was a small-time state senator with big dreams. But Briggs’ plan to ban gay and lesbian teachers from California schools changed the arc of his life and career. Suddenly, he was a right-wing hero, and a villain of the gay rights movement. And his message seemed to be catching on all over the country.

    Subscribe to Slate Plus to immediately unlock the first five episodes of Slow Burn: Gays Against Briggs. Your subscription also gets you ad-free access to all your favorite Slate podcasts, plus other member exclusive content. Join now on Apple Podcasts by clicking “Subscribe” at the top of our show page. Or, visit slate.com/slowburnplus to get access wherever you listen.

    Season 9 of Slow Burn was written and produced by Christina Cauterucci. Slow Burn is produced by Joel Meyer, Sophie Summergrad, and Kelly Jones.

    Josh Levin is the editorial director of Slow Burn.

    Derek John is Slate’s executive producer of narrative podcasts.

    Susan Matthews is Slate’s executive editor.

    Merritt Jacob is our senior technical director. We had engineering help from Patrick Fort and Madeline Ducharme.

    Our theme music is composed by Alexis Cuadrado. Artwork by Ivylise Simones, based on an image of Silvana Nova and a poster designed by Larry Hermsen and the Too Much Graphics Collective.
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    • 53 min
    How IVF Became the GOP's Next Battle

    How IVF Became the GOP's Next Battle

    Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, the Christian right seems to be setting its sights on banning in-vitro fertilization. But even though the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution against IVF, it’s a very popular and widely accepted procedure, which is why Senate Republicans signed a statement in favor of access to IVF, the same day almost all voted against protecting it by law.

    Guest: Megan Messerly, health policy reporter at Politico.

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    • 28 min

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My social studies teacher has us bring in a new current event to class every day, and this is useful, as well as very fun to listen to, too. Great for a teenaged Marxist with no awareness, like ever! It helps me to figure out what’s happening in this got mess of a country. It’s very nice to have this entertaining thing to listen to, especially because ADHD makes it hard to focus on reading sometimes, though. Also, for all the guys in the comments complaining about ads, you can skip them when you got to the transcript and click through them (unless I’m so disconnected from other people that I don’t even realize that’s a feature exclusive to premium or Apple plus or whatever it’s called). Thank you to Slate Media for producing this! Love and hugs, -Sebastian Moon ☆

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