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Daily news updates from across the Slate Podcast network.

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A Word: “Good” Hair; Bad Health
Why popular hair products could be fueling cancer in Black women.
26 min
Political Gabfest: Is Harvard Antisemitic?
University presidents go to Congress and fail antisemitism test; Special Counsel Jack Smith asks a Trump question of the U.S. Supreme Court; and abortion rights are obstructed by the Texas Supreme Court.
59 min
Slate Money: Is Starbucks Still a Union Buster?
Slate Money talks the Fed’s falling interest rates, Starbucks’ labor woes, and star pitcher Shohei Ohtani’s lavish retirement plan.
41 min
Amicus: Texas Abortion Laws’ Cruel Outcomes
The results of overturning Roe have reached their awful, logical conclusion.
57 min
What Next TBD: Shein’s Newest Offering? An IPO
Shein has already faced criticism over its labor practices and environmental impact. What will it mean if the company goes public?
24 min
What Next: What Texas Abortion Laws Leave Unsaid
The State Supreme Court decides what constitutes “life-threatening.”
25 min
What Next: Some Israeli Hostages Came Home. His...
The Gaza ceasefire came and went; his son is still held by Hamas.
26 min
Hear Me Out: Race Isn’t Real. The Census Should...
Checking a box is oversimplifying.
39 min
What Next: Pilots' Hidden Mental Health Crisis
Under current regulations, seeking help for mental health can cost pilots their ability to work.
21 min
What Next: War in Gaza; Violence in the West Bank
Violent assaults by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank have doubled since October 7.
17 min
A Word: Is “The Talk” Too Much?
Black parents have long warned kids about police violence. Does it help?
25 min
The Waves: We See Dead Girls
From Twin Peaks to Mare of Easttown to all the true crime documentaries in between, pop culture has a thing for dead woman stories.
33 min
What Next TBD: Musk's War on Free Speech
He may not like what you have to say—and he'll file frivolous lawsuits to discourage you from saying it.
28 min
Amicus: Billionaires Had a Bad Week at the Supr...
Are oligarchs getting the return they deserve on their SCOTUS investments?
45 min
Slate Money: The War on Self-Checkouts
Slate Money talks high-tech Christmas shopping, airline mergers, and the podcast biz.
47 min
Political Gabfest: Should Liz Cheney Run?
Liz Cheney wrote a book; Chris Christie is still running for President; and Purdue Pharma might go bankrupt so the Sacklers don’t have to.
53 min
What Next TBD: Spotify Unwrapped
2023 wraps up…with layoffs.
24 min
What Next: Pickleball vs. Everybody
The turf war raising a racket for park departments across the country.
24 min
What Next: The Supreme Court Takes On Opioids
The Supreme Court has to decide whether victims of the opioid crisis can settle for $6 billion—even if it means the perpetrators get off easy.
23 min
Hear Me Out: The Oppressed Still Have Moral Duties
Fighting fire with fire has its limits.
30 min
What Next: Nikki Haley’s Surge to Second
She’s got big money and a Koch endorsement. But does the Haley voter really exist?
22 min
What Next: Is Amazon Too Big To Regulate?
OSHA can’t fix the Bezos Behemoth in one fell swoop.
22 min
A Word: Black Cop, White Mob
How January 6th still haunts Capitol Police.
25 min
What Next TBD: They See You When You’re Shopping
Holiday shopping is upon us. Is it too late to expect a little privacy and control over your data online?
28 min
The Waves: Why Anime is for Women
From Sailor Moon to Inuyasha, anime pushes boundaries for representation of gender and relationships.
32 min