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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

    Diddy’s Reckoning

    Diddy’s Reckoning

    Allegations about Sean “Diddy” Combs had been circulating, but it wasn’t until surveillance footage of the mogul assaulting his then-partner Cassie began circulating on social media, that his response changed from defensive to apologetic. 

    Guest: Sidney Madden, reporter for NPR Music and co-host of Louder Than a Riot.

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    • 30 min
    Does Netanyahu Have an Exit Strategy?

    Does Netanyahu Have an Exit Strategy?

    Seven months into the war in Gaza, both the international community and many Israelis are demanding to know what Benjamin Netanyahu’s “day after” plan is. Observers are also wondering whether charges from the International Criminal Court will influence Israel’s approach—and whether the death of Iran’s president and foreign minister will change how Hamas fights.

    Guest: Yair Rosenberg, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of the newsletter Deep Shtetl, about the intersection of politics, culture, and religion.

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    • 26 min
    Is Killing a Protester Still a Crime?

    Is Killing a Protester Still a Crime?

    Daniel Perry was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering Garrett Foster at a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020, but Texas Governor Greg Abbott just pardoned Perry and restored his rights, including the right to own and carry a gun. 

    Guest: Christopher Hooks, contributing editor at Texas Monthly.

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    • 26 min
    What Are Presidential Debates For?

    What Are Presidential Debates For?

    Though their influence on voters seems to be between negligible and nonexistent, presidential debates are still important. And even if their past performances were sometimes hard to watch, it’s good for democracy that Trump and Biden will meet on stage this election cycle. But these debates will be a little different this time…

    Guest: Alan Schroeder, Professor Emeritus at the Northeastern University School of Journalism with a focus on presidential elections, author of Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail.

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    • 27 min
    TBD | The Dark Side of GoFundMe

    TBD | The Dark Side of GoFundMe

    In theory, crowdfunding sites offer an opportunity for anyone to give to any cause, including, say, strangers facing huge medical bills. In practice, crowdfunding suffers from many of the same inequities that led to someone needing to crowdfund to begin with.

    Guest: Nora Kenworthy, author of Crowded Out: The True Costs of Crowdfunding Healthcare, associate professor at the University of Washington, Bothell.

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    • 32 min
    TBD | Too Stonks Too Furious

    TBD | Too Stonks Too Furious

    The 2021 subreddit-coordinated effort to raise the price of Gamestop stock was, in some ways, a proof of concept: the little guy can get into the market and make some noise. Because even though that “meme stock” rose and fell, the idea of the meme stock went has changed the way our stock market works.

    Guest: Alex Kirshner, contributing writer for Slate.

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    • 24 min

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V good for social studies

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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Thank you so much for the Columbia story

I was deeply moved listening to the interview with Columbia classics professor Joe Howley. My daughter - apolitical and a student at Barnard- has been drawn into these debates reluctantly as a result of the courageous action of students and faculty. Thank you so much for lifting up Howleys voice. There is so much more to education than classes, exams and graduation ceremonies. 🙏🏼

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State sponsored propaganda

State sponsored Marxist propaganda. Enjoy being lied to!

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