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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.

    Are We Headed for a Cold War With China?

    Are We Headed for a Cold War With China?

    On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Hong Kong was no longer considered autonomous from China by the US government. Tensions were already high between the two global superpowers but with this new escalation, where do they go from here? 

    Guest: Joshua Keating, staff writer at Slate

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    • 20 min
    How the US Can Dodge A Depression

    How the US Can Dodge A Depression

    At 14.7%, US unemployment is at its highest rate since the Great Depression. In the coming months, Washington has a narrow window to avert an even bigger economic disaster.

    Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.

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    • 22 min
    When Coronavirus Came to Navajo Nation

    When Coronavirus Came to Navajo Nation

    No one was ready for this coronavirus. But what’s happening on native lands is the result of generations of neglect. 
    Guest: Wahleah Johns, co-founder of Native Renewables. Read more from Wahleah here. Read about the history of underfunded health care in native communities here. 
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    • 14 min
    TBD | What Is Elon Musk Thinking?

    TBD | What Is Elon Musk Thinking?

    As the coronavirus shut down manufacturing across California in March and April, Elon Musk only wanted one thing: to start making cars again.

    So when local government officials in Alameda County got in his way, Musk took the fight public, and won.

    Guest: Kara Swisher, co-host of the Pivot podcast.

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    Lizzie O’Leary
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    • 18 min
    A Summer Without Camp

    A Summer Without Camp

    In a normal year, the next couple of weeks would be when excited campers returned to summer camp. Now, because of the coronavirus, summer camps are having to make tough calls about how and if they’ll open this year.
    Guest: Lisa Handelman, camp director at Capital Camps. 
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    • 21 min
    On A Wild Goose Chase for Masks

    On A Wild Goose Chase for Masks

    The global scarcity of masks has shown us the federal government’s desperate side. Procurement rules have been loosened. Prices have soared. And a shadowy market has emerged where deals fall through all the time -- leaving people without the gear they need to protect themselves and save lives. 
    Guest: J. David McSwane, reporter for ProPublica. 
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    • 26 min

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