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The Waves: Why Being the Chef on a Yacht Could ...
Below Deck’s Chef Rachel Hargrove joins The Waves to dish on the last season, the yachting industry, and the pressures of being a chef.
32 min
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What Next TBD: Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow
Why are tech companies flipping houses?
16 min
3
What Next: How Immunity for Cops Ends
Not with a bang but with a whimper.
27 min
4
What Next: Is Trump Still On Virginia’s Ballot?
Both candidates for governor can’t escape his shadow.
27 min
5
What Next: How Should We Remember Colin Powell?
Untangling the former general’s complicated legacy.
28 min
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What Next: No One's Got Mail
Is the post office’s demise a foregone conclusion?
23 min
7
A Word: Black to the Land
Will the reversal of the racist land grab at Bruce’s Beach spark a trend?
26 min
8
The Waves: Finding Hope for Women in the Climat...
The world is on fire. Is it disproportionately impacting women?
34 min
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What Next TBD: The Return of Hacktivism
Massive data dumps from inside Twitch and Epik may signal a new era in the world of moralistic hacking.
19 min
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What Next: The Strike That Could Paralyze Holly...
Workers are fed up with the long hours and low pay.
19 min
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What Next: Is Someone Brain-Zapping American Op...
...maybe.
19 min
12
What Next: When Airbnb Takes Over Your Neighbor...
Short-term rentals are hollowing out places like Galveston, Texas.
21 min
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A Word: Supreme Injustice
The conservative Supreme Court majority could super-charge gun rights and wreck Roe v. Wade.
19 min
14
The Waves: Can You Really Have a Feminist Wedding?
Two women—one recently married and one recently engaged—contemplate whether it’s possible to redeem the old institution filled with white dresses and garter tosses.
37 min
15
What Next TBD: Will the Facebook Whistleblower ...
Frances Haugen thinks we’re talking about Facebook all wrong.
21 min
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What Next: Congress Plays Chicken
Democrats and Republicans agree on the debt ceiling. Why won’t they do anything?
25 min
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What Next: Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?
With bold social welfare programs, our chances are better.
24 min
18
What Next: Democrats’ Gerrymandering Dilemma
Do you forfeit the game just when you’re taking the lead?
21 min
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What Next: The Supreme Court Confronts Its Critics
As the justices watch their public polling numbers drop, they insist that they’re not political hacks. Do you believe them?
28 min
20
A Word: Las Vidas Negras Importan
From the streets to the big screen, Afro-Latinos are fighting for visibility and respect.
23 min
21
The Waves: Does the New Clinton Impeachment Sho...
The new Ryan Murphy show American Crime Story: Impeachment attempts to give Monica Lewinsky a voice.
37 min
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What Next TBD: What Instagram Does to Teens
A leaked internal report concludes, “we make body issues worse for one in three teen girls.”
19 min
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What Next: The Vaccine Holdouts in the NBA
Players are getting penalized for being unvaccinated. That’s not stopping some high profile holdouts.
21 min
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What Next: Why a Hollywood #MeToo Organization ...
Time’s Up was founded to end workplace sexual harassment. It was brought down by mundane workplace gripes and a sycophantic approach to power.
22 min
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What Next: A Doctor’s Hardest Call
Who do you treat when you’re running out of resources?
23 min
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What Next: Death and Desperation at Rikers Island
Things at the country’s most notorious jail have worsened.
26 min
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The Waves: Is Overthrowing Capitalism the Best ...
Author Amia Srinivasan discusses her new book, The Right to Sex.
32 min
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What Next TBD: Are We Getting COVID Testing All...
It may be time to reimagine how we use tests in the U.S.
25 min
29
A Word: Texas Political Power Twins
Democratic stars Julian and Joaquin Castro are fighting to turn their red state blue.
19 min
30
TRAILER: This Is Critical
A new podcast from Virginia Heffernan
10 min
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What Next: How Biden’s Agenda Could Fall Apart
The paranoid, high-stakes fight playing out among Congressional Democrats as they try to deliver everything at once.
24 min
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What Next: The Haitian Refugees Blocked at the ...
With disaster behind them and deportation ahead, what are fleeing Haitians supposed to do?
23 min
33
What Next: Did Gen. Milley Go Too Far?
A new book is raising questions about General Mark Milley’s efforts to constrain an unpredictable president.
28 min
34
What Next: God Doesn’t Want Me Vaccinated
Examining the religious claims of the COVID vaccine’s conscientious objectors.
25 min
35
A Word: Cancelling the “Black Friend” Excuse
Joe Biden is wrong. Interracial relationships don’t prove racial progress.
23 min
36
The Waves: Where Have All The Teen Magazines Go...
CosmoGirl? Gone. Teen Vogue? Online only. What does that mean for the next generation of women?
34 min
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What Next TBD: China vs. Video Games
Why is Beijing restricting young people’s gaming to three hours a week?
14 min
38
What Next: The Plight of the Delivery Worker
New York City depended on them to get through the pandemic; why are they struggling to survive?
26 min
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What Next: Steve Bannon’s “War Room” is Mobilizing
How the far-right is taking control of the GOP’s election machinery.
27 min
40
What Next: Why College Professors Have Had It
Educators were feeling burnt out before the pandemic. COVID just made things worse.
18 min
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What Next: Empty Shelves Everywhere
Global supply chains have been flipped upside down.
21 min
42
A Word: Is Larry Elder the Best of Black Republ...
How did the Black GOP standard bearer go from Colin Powell to conservative provocateur Larry Elder?
23 min
43
The Waves: Did Elizabeth Holmes Kill the Concep...
The idea of the #girlboss has been on trial recently, and so is Holmes.
30 min
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What Next TBD: Can This River Be Saved?
The 40 million people who rely on water from the Colorado River are running out of time.
17 min
45
What Next: What 9/11 Did to My Life
The attacks were a nightmare. For many Muslim families, what followed was worse.
34 min
46
What Next: Dying of COVID to Own The Libs
Conservative talk radio hosts still have a vaccine-hesitancy problem. It’s killing them.
21 min
47
What Next: The Texans Fighting for Abortion Access
How do you prepare for an onslaught of lawsuits?
18 min
48
A Word: Haiti’s DIY Recovery
An earthquake. An assassination. An uncertain future. What’s next for Haiti?
24 min
49
The Waves: What’s Next for TV’s White Guys?
They’ve always been TV’s default protagonists. Where do they go when someone else gets to be the hero?
32 min
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What Next TBD: The Rush for Ivermectin
Who’s profiting from the latest unproven COVID treatment craze?
19 min
51
What Next: The Last-Ditch Effort to Get Afghans...
The U.S. military has left, but volunteers are still pursuing a rescue mission.
20 min
52
What Next: Why Paid Family Leave Might Finally ...
The pandemic laid bare just how little support caretakers have. Is Congress ready to change that?
25 min
53
What Next: Afghanistan’s Power Vacuum
Two suicide bombings at the Kabul airport beg the question of whether even the Taliban have control in Afghanistan.
19 min
54
A Word: The Color of Climate Change
Environmentalism isn’t just a white issue. Black grassroots activists have been leading from the start.
20 min
55
The Waves: What We Learned From the Andrew Cuom...
There are reasons to be optimistic about where #MeToo goes from here.
42 min
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What Next TBD: Elizabeth Holmes on Trial
The founder of Theranos faces criminal charges in court next week. Here’s what to expect.
21 min
57
What Next: The OnlyFans Debacle
Why a website, famous for sexual content, decided to ban sexual content.
27 min
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What Next: What Does Haiti Actually Need?
Not more international interference.
25 min
59
What Next: Will R. Kelly Survivors Finally Get ...
After decades of allegedly abusing women, the singer is back on trial.
25 min
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What Next: California's Recall Nightmare
Gavin Newsom needs to campaign just to keep his job.
23 min
61
A Word: Black to School, At Home
Between COVID and racism, will Black homeschooling rates keep rising?
18 min
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The Waves: Can We Love True Crime When We’re th...
Sifting through the trash to find the good in true crime
39 min
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What Next TBD: Will Booster Shots Make a Differ...
Globally, what’s the best use of the next available dose?
18 min
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What Next: The Afghans Who Couldn’t Get Out
They worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan. Now, they're stuck.
24 min
65
What Next: A Texas Standoff
The Democrats fled. The Republicans can have them arrested when they return. What happens now?
20 min
66
What Next: How Afghanistan Ended Like This
The Taliban is back in control. What happened?
23 min
67
What Next: Mask Wars and the Start of School in...
Mississippi’s hospital system is days away from collapse.
23 min
68
A Word: Tuskegee’s Ghosts Haunt COVID Fight
The Black Coalition Against COVID is battling the virus, disinformation, and historic distrust in the Black community.
22 min
69
The Waves: COVID Exhaustion
From neverending planning to constant worrying about safety.
33 min
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What Next TBD: What's Taking the FDA So Long?
Full approval of the vaccines could move the needle on U.S. vaccination rates. So what’s the holdup?
23 min
71
What Next: When Your Town Burns Down
Greenville, California was a microcosm of America: full of heart and bedeviled by bitter arguments over how to face the long-term threat of fire.
23 min
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What Next: A DOJ Lawyer’s Attempt to Overthrow ...
And why the next attempt may be closer than you think.
25 min
73
What Next: The Latest Blow to American Workers
Richard Trumka’s death marks the end of an era in organized labor.
31 min
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What Next: A Doctor in the Middle of the Florid...
Healthcare workers are fed up, and Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t seem to care.
24 min
75
A Word: Eviction Restriction Showdown
Ex HUD chief Julian Castro wonders why the White House dropped the ball on evictions before reviving the moratorium this week.
25 min
76
The Waves: Can Feminists Visit FBoy Island?
The new HBO Max series resurfaces old tensions about watching reality dating shows.
36 min
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What Next TBD: Can America Fix Its Trains?
To make a real difference, we first need to learn how to spend the money well.
16 min
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What Next: Washington’s Most Broken Institution?
How to play bipartisan hardball.
26 min
79
What Next: Cuomo vs. Everyone
New York’s governor will not go quietly.
26 min
80
What Next: Why Republicans Compromised
No one got exactly what they wanted, so why is Congress patting itself on the back?
24 min
81
What Next: Take This Job, Please!
Where did all the workers go?
23 min
82
A Word: Black Man With a Gun
Are growing gun sales to Black Americans about freedom, fear, or both?
21 min
83
The Waves: The Olympics Are Still Sexist. Can W...
Despite boasting a high female participation rate, the Games still have a long way to go to reach equality.
35 min
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What Next TBD: I Bought It. Why Can't I Fix It?
Manufacturers don’t let customers repair their own stuff. That may be about to change.
16 min
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What Next: Will the Jan. 6 Hearings Accomplish ...
Four officers who protected the Capitol speak out.
20 min
86
What Next: What Happened to Simone Biles?
Winning at all costs takes its toll.
24 min
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What Next: So... What Is COVID Now?
The race between variants and vaccination rates is heating up.
28 min
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What Next: On the Front Lines of California’s W...
The state is relying on incarcerated women to face down an existential threat.
31 min
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A Word: Running on a Prayer
Pastor, scientist, and political novice Chris Jones says he can rebuild Bill Clinton’s coalition to become Arkansas governor.
20 min
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The Waves: What Does Bill Cosby’s Release Mean ...
Cosby’s release from prison was shocking. How much does it matter?
31 min
91
What Next TBD: How Spyware Mercenaries Hack You...
A new spyware technology has the cybersecurity world scrambling to catch up.
27 min
92
What Next: The Rise of Kristi Noem
South Dakota’s governor is taking a page out of Trump’s playbook.
23 min
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What Next: Punishing the Capitol Rioters
What will accountability look like for the events of January 6th?
23 min
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What Next: The Right Wing War on Vaccines
From hesitancy to hostility.
27 min
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What Next: The Unhoused Don’t Want to “Go Back ...
How NYC is going backwards on housing.
25 min
96
A Word: Cuba’s Color Revolution
Many Afro-Cubans are leading calls for change. Who’s listening?
22 min
97
The Waves: Did Gossip Girl Lose Its Bite?
The reboot focuses too much on representation and not enough on what made the show great.
31 min
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What Next TBD: It's Hot. It's Flooding. Is This...
A climate scientist on why it’s not too late to turn things around.
19 min
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What Next: When the Culture War Comes for Your Job
It started with a Facebook group and ended with violent threats.
28 min
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What Next: Texas Democrats' Last Stand?
This walkout might be more delaying tactic than strategy.
25 min