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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.

    Biden’s First Foreign Policy Test

    Biden’s First Foreign Policy Test

    President Joe Biden has said he wants to focus his foreign policy on rebuilding international alliances and standing up to China and Russia. But just five weeks into the new administration, the Middle East has already started to demand Biden’s attention.  
    Guest: Josh Keating, senior editor at Slate.
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    • 25 min
    Texans Can't Catch a Break

    Texans Can't Catch a Break

    The power’s back on in Texas, but many residents are still struggling to clean up after a disastrous winter storm. The cold snap knocked out electricity for several days and froze water lines. Some Texans are still without water; others are bailing out flooded homes. But this storm was just the latest in a series of catastrophes to hit Texas in the past several years, leaving the state’s most vulnerable residents in ever more precarious positions. 
    Guest: Amal Ahmed, reporter at the Texas Observer. 
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    • 26 min
    TBD | Australia’s Kinda-Sorta Win Over Big Tech

    TBD | Australia’s Kinda-Sorta Win Over Big Tech

    Over the last year, the Australian government has been waging a quiet war against Facebook and Google. Through a new law, it plans to force the big tech companies to pay news outlets in exchange for linking to their sites.

    Will this new law have the intended effect? Or will it set a dangerous precedent that cedes even more power over to the tech giants?

    Guest: 

    JR Hennessy, editor at Business Insider Australia

    Host
    Lizzie O’Leary
     
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    • 23 min
    A Biden Pick in Trouble

    A Biden Pick in Trouble

    After years of policy work in Washington, Neera Tanden is more than qualified to serve as Biden’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget. But her open scorn for conservatives and progressives alike, often expressed through aggressive Twitter barbs, has made her confirmation the most tenuous of the new president’s picks.

    Guest: Jim Newell, Slate’s senior politics writer.

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    • 30 min
    The Marines’ Sexual Assault Problem

    The Marines’ Sexual Assault Problem

    The U.S. military has long had a sexual assault problem. And the Marine Corps - the final service branch to gender-integrate - is no exception. Though multiple scandals have rocked the Marines, continued abuses make it clear that deeper changes are needed to make all service people safe.

    Guest: Erin Kirk-Cuomo, founder of #NotInMyMarineCorps.

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    • 29 min
    Should Student Debt Be Canceled?

    Should Student Debt Be Canceled?

    Democrats are divided over student debt forgiveness. President Joe Biden is trying to get $10,000-per-borrower canceled, while more progressive members of the party want $50,000 wiped out. So whom would these proposals help? And what can be done to keep the student debt crisis from happening all over again? 
    Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate's senior business and economics correspondent.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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QueenofDarknessss ,

Journalists’ tempo/cadence distracting

So hard to listen to a story with the over emphasized starts and stops. Slows things down too much. I realize this is a trend in journalism but I think it is an unfortunate one.

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Media criticism

Enjoyed today’s show about how 538 missed the mark in forecasting the 2016 election. Eric Boehlert has been a media critic for years & can discuss many outlets. His criticism always rings true. Would love to hear an interview with him.

wallyinsf ,

In response to the Amazon union story

It’s all true, I pick groceries in Northern California , we are tracked and get in trouble if we are stagnant for even 5 minutes (hence no bathroom or we get in trouble unless we are on a break..... they over hire over promise (like a pyramid scheme) then release very few shifts and let people just fall off to the side because they can’t get shifts.

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