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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

    TBD | The Downfall of One of the World's Biggest Brains

    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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    • 25 min
    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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    • 29 min
    Putin’s Plan

    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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    • 27 min
    Policing-for-Profit

    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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    • 26 min
    Policing-for-Profit

    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.

    How the Texas Synagogue Survived

    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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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Raiderreign ,

Great insight

Always get a deep insight on issues. Keeps me sharp!

Marcus517 ,

A bit light but ok

Some interesting and current topics, but very little hard data; mostly anecdotes and opinions of non-experts. I like depth and this doesn't have much, but there are so many podcasts like this there's an audience for it. Also, I think these lighter podcasts are easier to produce and tend to be shorter; with most of the What Next ones around 20 to 25 minutes. It leans a bit left on most subjects but much more balanced than you'd see in an NPR podcast or Slate in general.

zane394 ,

Thoughtful, smart

Mary Harris is a great host. I try to listen every day.

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