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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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    Best of 2021: Inside the Subreddit That Blew Up GameStop

    Best of 2021: Inside the Subreddit That Blew Up GameStop

    This episode originally aired in January 2021

    The story of how GameStop went from the verge of a bankruptcy to a $15 billion market value isn’t an easy one to wrap your head around. But it helps to go back to the beginning; almost three years ago, in a subreddit called r/wallstreetbets.

    Guests:
    Brandon Kochkodin, reporter at Bloomberg
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    • 24 min
    Space Junk! (And Space Wars?)

    Space Junk! (And Space Wars?)

    Over the weekend, Russia tested a new weapon​​—a type of missile that can fly into space and destroy a satellite in orbit. 

    The test created thousands of pieces of debris, which will hurtle around the Earth’s orbit for years to come. What’s the real risk of the rapid increase in space junk? And is there anything to be done about it?

    Guest:
    Laura Grego, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MIT


    Host: Seth Stevenson
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    • 26 min
    The Kid-Vaccine Holdouts

    The Kid-Vaccine Holdouts

    A recent poll showed that about a third of parents of younger children would get their kids vaccinated, a third would not, and the final third said they wanted to wait and see how the vaccines worked.

    Public health officials are asking: what will it take to convince that third group that now is the time to vaccinate? 

    Guests:
    Julie Hamill
    Dr. Aaron Carroll, pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine


    Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 28 min
    How Schools Surveil Your Kids

    How Schools Surveil Your Kids

    In schools across the country, tighter digital controls were put in place to keep kids on task during the pandemic. Are they here to stay?

    Guests: Priya Anand, reporter at Bloomberg

    Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 25 min
    Why Are Bots Buying Sneakers?

    Why Are Bots Buying Sneakers?

    The bots aren’t just buying cool sneakers. They’re buying concert tickets. Tickets to basketball games and Broadway shows. At the beginning of the pandemic, they were buying hand sanitizer and face masks. And later, they were booking vaccine reservation spots.

    Why are bots taking over certain markets? And is there anything we can do to slow them down?

    Guests: 
    Derreck Johnson, designer at Slate
    Eric Budish, economics professor at the University of Chicago

    Host: Seth Stevenson
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    • 29 min
    Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow

    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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

pattiocon ,

Good listen

This podcast is about the ethics of technology and the discussions are absolutely necessary if not mandatory.

My respect for April Glaser (?sp) has risen exponentially in the past 1-2 years ago. She has a superior intellect and the guts to challenge the filthy rich “titans of tech”. I was sad when Will Oremus (?) left. He provided a mellow balance to April’s intensity. I hope the program can find someone equally smart and relaxed.

I do think they should rethink the title :-)

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jamesej ,

Biased.

The Google piece seemed unduly biased. Odd for a tech/news podcast. I want news and insight, not biased commentary.

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