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What Next: The Path to the Sandy Hook Settlement
A deft legal strategy led to the largest payout by a gun manufacturer in a mass shooting case.
24 min
Gabfest Reads: Heartbreak
It’s not just in your head; heartbreak can impact your immune system.
30 min
What Next TBD: The COVAX Fantasy
How a plan to vaccinate the world came undone.
25 min
A Word: Porn and Prejudice
Is racism in pornography fueled by the shame and silence of its audience?
23 min
The Waves: Hockey Mom Charm Couldn’t Save Sarah...
The former GOP vice-presidential nominee was the same as ever during her libel trial against the New York Times.
36 min
What Next TBD: "Rampant Racism" at Tesla
What's happening inside Elon Musk's Fremont plant?
18 min
What Next: The Olympics’ Latest Doping Scandal
A Russian figure skater’s drug test has the international sports world spiraling.
26 min
What Next: A Trump Protege Auditions for 2024
Why the Florida governor’s blitz of conservative proposals and policies matters right now.
22 min
What Next: Sarah Palin v. the New York Times
The judge plans to dismiss this case. So why isn’t it going away?
24 min
What Next: Where Does Minneapolis Go Now?
A city councilman struggles to balance his own desire for radical policing reform and an electorate that’s not so sure.
28 min
A Word: Black Balled in the NFL?
Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says racism is keeping him out of the league. Can he prove it?
23 min
What Next TBD: The Rise of a Fast Fashion Jugge...
Shein isn’t just changing the fast fashion industry. It’s changing the way Americans shop.
15 min
The Waves: All The Layers of Mess at the Winter...
Unpacking all the controversies at this year’s Games, from lack of diversity to climate change.
35 min
What Next TBD: How Safe is the Metaverse?
For early adopters, there’s a dark underbelly to Meta’s new world.
22 min
What Next: What You Don’t See At The Olympics
The shiny China presented during the games masks years of human rights abuses against the country’s Uyghur minority.
27 min
What Next: The Canadian Trucker Revolt
Why are hundreds of semi-trucks parked outside of the Canadian parliament?
23 min
What Next: When Planned Parenthood Burns Down
The brick-and-mortar space isn’t the only thing that needs to be rebuilt.
25 min
What Next: The NFL’s Race Problem
A former head coach alleges that the league’s hiring practices are discriminatory. What will it take for them to change?
27 min
What Next TBD: The Code That Runs Your Life
COBOL is 60 years old and still propping up the world’s financial and healthcare institutions.
17 min
A Word: Homegrown Black History
In his children’s book Who Are Your People?, commentator Bakari Sellers delivers Black history, and gets targeted over Critical Race Theory.
23 min
The Waves: Romantic Comedies Are Making a Comeb...
From stalking to punishing women, can rom-coms escape their sometimes icky past?
38 min
What Next TBD: Spotify’s Joe Rogan Mess
For the Swedish streaming service, the Experience has been a wakeup call.
20 min
What Next: A New Kind of Gun Control
San Jose is trying to pioneer a fresh way to address gun violence. Will it survive all the lawsuits?
24 min
What Next: The Mineral The Future Is Built On
Creating a fleet of electric vehicles means sourcing a lot of cobalt. But extracting it without hurting the environment is no easy task.
19 min
What Next: The Life and Death of the Expanded C...
Was burying the credit in Build Back Better the fatal blow?
20 min
What Next: How China Is Spinning the Olympics
The Beijing Olympics aren’t a triumph of international cooperation. They’re a triumph of China.
22 min
A Word: Black Horror is Killing It
From “Candyman” to “Get Out,” Black filmmakers are escaping “the sunken place” to lead a renaissance in horror.
27 min
The Waves: Can Women Exercise Without the Patri...
A look at the history and current state of exercise with Danielle Friedman, author of Let’s Get Physical.
33 min
What Next TBD: The Downfall of One of the World...
IBM’s Watson was supposed to transform health care. Last week, it was sold off for scrap.
21 min
What Next: Bye Bye, Breyer
The oldest sitting Supreme Court justice has taken the hint.
25 min
What Next: Putin’s Plan
As Russia looks to halt the advance of the West towards its borders, Ukraine’s independence hangs in the balance.
22 min
What Next: Policing-for-Profit
Inside a town where law enforcement sees citizens as dollar signs.
22 min
What Next: How the Texas Synagogue Survived
The security expert who trained the Colleyville congregants explains what to do in a crisis.
22 min
A Word: Home Robbery
Discrimination has cost Black home owners of billions of dollars of generational wealth. What can change that?
24 min
The Waves: Was the Women’s March Successful?
Five years after the first march, we look back on what’s changed, and what it was all for.
43 min
What Next TBD: Why Does Matt Damon Want Me to B...
A former teen star unpacks the hottest Hollywood hustle.
14 min
What Next: Is Biden Flunking COVID?
Something’s wrong with the plan. Or the message. Or the messengers. Or, maybe, there’s a problem with all three.
26 min
What Next: The Supreme Court, Unmasked
The conservative majority is openly challenging the power of the federal government.
26 min
What Next: The New King of Conservative Media
Dan Bongino is the most popular radio host you’ve probably never heard of.
24 min
A Word: Biden: Fighting or Failing on Voting Ri...
Why exasperated organizers skipped Biden’s “photo op” on voting rights in Georgia.
22 min
The Waves: What's Different About Women's Brains?
Breaking down misconceptions about intelligence
32 min
What Next: Should Democrats Compromise on Elect...
If additional voting protections can’t pass the Senate, there’s another way to protect future elections from sabotage.
21 min
What Next: Greg Abbott’s PR Play at the Border
In an election year, Governor Abbott is using his power to make a show of force on immigration.
24 min
What Next: Chicago’s Public School Meltdown
It’s teachers vs. Mayor Lori Lightfoot… again.
19 min
What Next: J.D. Vance’s Long Game
As he runs for Senate in Ohio, the “Hillbilly” elegist is turning his ire on the left – and borrowing from a new intellectual movement on the political right.
23 min
One Year: Ann Arbor's DNA Dragnet
A controversy over genetic testing ripped a college town apart, and put 160 innocent Black men under suspicion.
47 min
The Waves: Middle-Aged Women Are Getting Their ...
With And Just Like That and Yellowjackets, middle-aged women are having a moment on TV.
35 min
What Next: Rapid Test Blues
Why is the U.S. still falling down on COVID testing?
22 min
What Next: Is the Pandemic Getting Better... Or...
The omicron variant is scrambling our plans, our workplaces, and our confidence.
21 min
What Next: The Coup Next Time
What if January 6 was just a first attempt?
23 min
What Next: The Capitol Rioters, A Year Later
The number of defendants facing federal charges continues to grow.
26 min
A Word: Get Facts, Get Free: The Emancipator
American media has messed up race coverage for decades. Can The Emancipator change that?
24 min
The Waves: “It Was and Is Horrible”
Christina Cauterucci, Marcia Chatelain, and Nicole Perkins reconvene to unpack the last two years.
47 min
What Next: Best of 2021 | When Your Town Burns ...
Greenville, California was a microcosm of America: full of heart and bedeviled by bitter arguments over how to face the long-term threat of climate change.
27 min
What Next: Best of 2021 | Will the NFL Finally ...
Standing behind Carl Nassib is going to take more than a tweet.
31 min
What Next: Best of 2021 | How Should We Remembe...
Untangling the former general’s complicated legacy.
28 min
What Next: Best of 2021 | God Doesn’t Want Me V...
Examining the religious claims of the COVID vaccine’s conscientious objectors.
25 min
The Waves: A Very Waves Reunion
June Thomas, Noreen Malone, and Hanna Rosin are back!
47 min
A Word: Black Christmas Movie Bonanza
Streaming services are bringing new audiences to Black holiday classics.
18 min
What Next: Best of 2021 | When the Culture War ...
It started with a Facebook group and ended with violent threats.
29 min
What Next: Best of 2021 | One Woman’s Year Prot...
Why activists held onto the block where George Floyd was murdered.
34 min
What Next: Best of 2021 | The Plight of the Del...
New York City depends on food carriers. So why are they struggling to survive?
28 min
What Next: Joe Biden's Putin Problem
The west still has a way to keep Russia from pushing further into Ukraine.
22 min
A Word: Black and Missing: Finding Our Own
An HBO documentary highlights the racial disparities in how missing persons cases are handled, and how the Black and Missing Foundation is making a difference.
22 min
The Waves: The Case Against Ghislaine Maxwell
Why Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime girlfriend probably won’t testify.
43 min
What Next TBD: The Carbon Capture Fantasy
The IPCC says we may need to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to keep the planet from overheating. That won’t be easy.
23 min
What Next: What Mark Meadows Knew
The former White House chief of staff is being held in contempt of Congress for the things he won’t say about January 6.
22 min
What Next: Why Didn’t Maryland Democrats Go For...
All is fair in love and elections?
22 min
What Next: Abrams vs. Kemp vs. Perdue
Georgia’s gubernatorial race is now a three-way showdown.
23 min
What Next: When Your Book Gets Banned By the Sc...
How did Ashley Pérez’s novel Out of Darkness get blackballed from schools across the country?
27 min
A Word: Abbott Elementary’s Top Teacher
Comedian Quinta Brunson gives lessons in laughs on ABC’s Abbott Elementary.
22 min
The Waves: The Fight Over Abortion Is About to ...
This week on the Waves, the Nation’s abortion access correspondent weighs in on what’s happening outside of the Supreme Court.
39 min
What Next TBD: Who Online Justice Leaves Behind
The courts’ arrival in the modern era came with some unexpected tradeoffs.
15 min
What Next: The School Shooting Down the Street
Republicans have blocked nearly all consideration of gun laws in Michigan. After the latest tragedy, Democrats are trying to revive the debate
25 min
What Next: What Peng Shuai Started
The tennis player unraveled China’s carefully-curated image.
24 min
What Next: House Democrats’ Long-Shot Plan to D...
An interview with the guy in charge of making it happen.
22 min
What Next: The 30-Year Plan to End Roe
When it comes to abortion rights, conservatives played the long game.
25 min
A Word: Planes, Trains and Pandemic Travel Plans
A travel expert explains how to avoid COVID --and racist microaggressions-- while traveling abroad.
22 min
The Waves: Can Kamala Harris Turn Things Around...
The Veep’s approval ratings are abysmal. How much of that is her fault?
41 min
What Next TBD: Did @jack Ruin Twitter?
In the post-Dorsey era, Twitter will try to grow as large as its competitors. Is that a good thing?
14 min
What Next: Why No One Told Chris Cuomo No
A trove of documents revealed just how involved he was in his brother’s damage control.
29 min
What Next: Everything We (Don’t) Know About Omi...
A new variant is here. How worried should we be?
22 min
What Next: Are the Democrats Making Child Care ...
Biden’s infrastructure bill promises more funding for a broken industry. But money isn’t all that’s needed.
25 min
What Next: RIP to the SAT
Will one university’s decision to scrap the test send shockwaves across higher education?
24 min
A Word: Cooking for the Culture
Chef Vallery Lomas baked her way out of an unhappy law career, and into reality show stardom.
21 min
The Waves: Why Women Are in Charge of Leftovers
To celebrate a very Waves Thanksgiving, we dig into how texture explains why women end up managing the leftovers.
36 min
What Next: Whose Second Amendment Is It?
An unlikely alliance on guns.
24 min
What Next: Inflategate
Are Americans doing inflation to themselves?
23 min
A Word: Colorism, Cluelessness, and Carefree Bl...
Writer Zeba Blay on how Black women writers are flipping the script in pop culture criticism.
24 min
The Waves: Taylor Swift and Adele Take Differen...
As Taylor Swift and Adele release new music, we reflect on the place they’ve taken in our hearts and ears, and what’s next for each of them.
33 min
What Next TBD: Space Junk! (And Space Wars?)
Is space a battlefront, a garbage dump, or both?
19 min
What Next: Can Beto O’Rourke Fail Up?
In his bid for Texas governor, the candidate is hoping the third time’s the charm.
23 min
What Next: The Battle Over San Francisco’s Schools
A petition. A recall vote. And it’s just getting started.
24 min
What Next: Is the FBI’s Surveillance of Muslims...
The Supreme Court considers whether to shield the FBI from accountability for its surveillance of Muslims.
24 min
What Next: “I Quit My Job Today”
Stories from those who quit...and who were quit on..
33 min
A Word: Lights, Camera, Revolution
The Black Film Archive turns a spotlight on decades of cinematic innovation from African American artists.
23 min
The Waves: What the Debate Over ‘Pregnant Peopl...
We unpack the recent discussion over whether it’s time to move forward from “pregnant women” and talk through what the trans community really wants.
37 min
What Next TBD: The Kid-Vaccine Holdouts
Many vaccinated parents aren’t ready to take their younger children in for a COVID shot. What’s holding them back?
21 min
What Next: The Astroworld Tragedy
At least eight people died and hundreds were injured during Travis Scott’s set.
26 min
What Next: A Controversial New Plan to Fight Ho...
Is LA’s new policy a political gimmick?
20 min