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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
What Next: Has Minneapolis Given Up on Police R...
A ballot measure to restructure the police department failed by more than ten points.
29 min
What Next: Do Vaccine Mandates Work?
What happened when New York City gave its workers nine days to get the shot?
20 min
A Word: Legacy of Fire: The L.A. Riots
Decades after fury exploded across L.A., how much has changed?
26 min
The Waves: Daddy Love Me! Breaking Down the Men...
From toxic masculinity to glass cliffs, Succession manages to be one of the bro-iest shows on TV.
41 min
What Next TBD: How Schools Surveil Your Kids
A startup named GoGuardian is changing the way teachers monitor their students online.
18 min
What Next: Is It Time for Democrats to Panic?
Cutting through the hype around Virginia’s governor’s race.
21 min
What Next: White Supremacy on Trial in Charlott...
Previous trials have gone after individuals; this one’s going after a movement.
27 min
What Next: A Rust-Belt City Might Elect a Socia...
India Walton would be the first socialist mayor around the country in over half a century.
25 min
What Next: How Long Can Mark Zuckerberg Be King?
Facebook can’t dominate the internet of the future if it’s widely considered to be indifferent to human suffering.
28 min
A Word: From Schoolyards to Prisonyards
Too many school policies criminalize Black students for just being kids.
23 min
The Waves: Does Your Favorite Scary Movie Have ...
Or is there feminism to find in the “final girl” trope?
35 min
What Next TBD: Why Are Bots Buying Sneakers?
When algorithms start buying up products, there’s something wrong with the system.
22 min
What Next: Why I Quit Advising Kyrsten Sinema
The Arizona senator is notorious for ignoring her constituents. Five members of her Veterans Advisory Council have had enough.
26 min
What Next: Is Bill Gates to Blame for Lagging V...
The billionaire’s love of intellectual property could be limiting vaccine supply.
22 min
What Next: The Afghans Who Got Out
They had to be lucky to flee their country. Once in the U.S., they face a wall of bureaucracy and new customs.
21 min
What Next: A Brazen Kidnapping in Haiti
Abductions aren’t new to Haiti, where armed gangs now have more power than national police.
27 min
A Word: Uneven Playing Field
Why does Black activism look so different in the NBA and the NFL?
25 min
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
What Next TBD: Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow
Why are tech companies flipping houses?
16 min
What Next: How Immunity for Cops Ends
Not with a bang but with a whimper.
27 min
What Next: Is Trump Still On Virginia’s Ballot?
Both candidates for governor can’t escape his shadow.
27 min
What Next: How Should We Remember Colin Powell?
Untangling the former general’s complicated legacy.
28 min
What Next: No One's Got Mail
Is the post office’s demise a foregone conclusion?
23 min
A Word: Black to the Land
Will the reversal of the racist land grab at Bruce’s Beach spark a trend?
26 min
The Waves: Finding Hope for Women in the Climat...
The world is on fire. Is it disproportionately impacting women?
34 min
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
What Next: The Strike That Could Paralyze Holly...
Workers are fed up with the long hours and low pay.
19 min
What Next: Is Someone Brain-Zapping American Op...
19 min
What Next: When Airbnb Takes Over Your Neighbor...
Short-term rentals are hollowing out places like Galveston, Texas.
21 min
A Word: Supreme Injustice
The conservative Supreme Court majority could super-charge gun rights and wreck Roe v. Wade.
19 min
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
What Next TBD: Will the Facebook Whistleblower ...
Frances Haugen thinks we’re talking about Facebook all wrong.
21 min
What Next: Congress Plays Chicken
Democrats and Republicans agree on the debt ceiling. Why won’t they do anything?
25 min