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1
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
2
A Word: Uneven Playing Field
Why does Black activism look so different in the NBA and the NFL?
25 min
3
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
4
What Next TBD: Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow
Why are tech companies flipping houses?
16 min
5
What Next: How Immunity for Cops Ends
Not with a bang but with a whimper.
27 min
6
What Next: Is Trump Still On Virginia’s Ballot?
Both candidates for governor can’t escape his shadow.
27 min
7
What Next: How Should We Remember Colin Powell?
Untangling the former general’s complicated legacy.
28 min
8
What Next: No One's Got Mail
Is the post office’s demise a foregone conclusion?
23 min
9
A Word: Black to the Land
Will the reversal of the racist land grab at Bruce’s Beach spark a trend?
26 min
10
The Waves: Finding Hope for Women in the Climat...
The world is on fire. Is it disproportionately impacting women?
34 min
11
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
12
What Next: The Strike That Could Paralyze Holly...
Workers are fed up with the long hours and low pay.
19 min
13
What Next: Is Someone Brain-Zapping American Op...
...maybe.
19 min
14
What Next: When Airbnb Takes Over Your Neighbor...
Short-term rentals are hollowing out places like Galveston, Texas.
21 min
15
A Word: Supreme Injustice
The conservative Supreme Court majority could super-charge gun rights and wreck Roe v. Wade.
19 min
16
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
17
What Next TBD: Will the Facebook Whistleblower ...
Frances Haugen thinks we’re talking about Facebook all wrong.
21 min
18
What Next: Congress Plays Chicken
Democrats and Republicans agree on the debt ceiling. Why won’t they do anything?
25 min
19
What Next: Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?
With bold social welfare programs, our chances are better.
24 min
20
What Next: Democrats’ Gerrymandering Dilemma
Do you forfeit the game just when you’re taking the lead?
21 min
21
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
22
A Word: Las Vidas Negras Importan
From the streets to the big screen, Afro-Latinos are fighting for visibility and respect.
23 min
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
What Next: A Doctor’s Hardest Call
Who do you treat when you’re running out of resources?
23 min
28
What Next: Death and Desperation at Rikers Island
Things at the country’s most notorious jail have worsened.
26 min
29
The Waves: Is Overthrowing Capitalism the Best ...
Author Amia Srinivasan discusses her new book, The Right to Sex.
32 min
30
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
31
A Word: Texas Political Power Twins
Democratic stars Julian and Joaquin Castro are fighting to turn their red state blue.
19 min
32
TRAILER: This Is Critical
A new podcast from Virginia Heffernan
10 min
33
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
34
What Next: The Haitian Refugees Blocked at the ...
With disaster behind them and deportation ahead, what are fleeing Haitians supposed to do?
23 min
35
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
36
What Next: God Doesn’t Want Me Vaccinated
Examining the religious claims of the COVID vaccine’s conscientious objectors.
25 min
37
A Word: Cancelling the “Black Friend” Excuse
Joe Biden is wrong. Interracial relationships don’t prove racial progress.
23 min
38
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
39
What Next TBD: China vs. Video Games
Why is Beijing restricting young people’s gaming to three hours a week?
14 min
40
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
41
What Next: Steve Bannon’s “War Room” is Mobilizing
How the far-right is taking control of the GOP’s election machinery.
27 min
42
What Next: Why College Professors Have Had It
Educators were feeling burnt out before the pandemic. COVID just made things worse.
18 min
43
What Next: Empty Shelves Everywhere
Global supply chains have been flipped upside down.
21 min
44
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
45
The Waves: Did Elizabeth Holmes Kill the Concep...
The idea of the #girlboss has been on trial recently, and so is Holmes.
30 min
46
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
47
What Next: What 9/11 Did to My Life
The attacks were a nightmare. For many Muslim families, what followed was worse.
34 min
48
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
49
What Next: The Texans Fighting for Abortion Access
How do you prepare for an onslaught of lawsuits?
18 min
50
A Word: Haiti’s DIY Recovery
An earthquake. An assassination. An uncertain future. What’s next for Haiti?
24 min
51
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
52
What Next TBD: The Rush for Ivermectin
Who’s profiting from the latest unproven COVID treatment craze?
19 min
53
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
54
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
55
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
56
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
57
The Waves: What We Learned From the Andrew Cuom...
There are reasons to be optimistic about where #MeToo goes from here.
42 min
58
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
59
What Next: The OnlyFans Debacle
Why a website, famous for sexual content, decided to ban sexual content.
27 min
60
What Next: What Does Haiti Actually Need?
Not more international interference.
25 min
61
What Next: Will R. Kelly Survivors Finally Get ...
After decades of allegedly abusing women, the singer is back on trial.
25 min
62
What Next: California's Recall Nightmare
Gavin Newsom needs to campaign just to keep his job.
23 min
63
A Word: Black to School, At Home
Between COVID and racism, will Black homeschooling rates keep rising?
18 min
64
The Waves: Can We Love True Crime When We’re th...
Sifting through the trash to find the good in true crime
39 min
65
What Next TBD: Will Booster Shots Make a Differ...
Globally, what’s the best use of the next available dose?
18 min
66
What Next: The Afghans Who Couldn’t Get Out
They worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan. Now, they're stuck.
24 min
67
What Next: A Texas Standoff
The Democrats fled. The Republicans can have them arrested when they return. What happens now?
20 min
68
What Next: How Afghanistan Ended Like This
The Taliban is back in control. What happened?
23 min
69
What Next: Mask Wars and the Start of School in...
Mississippi’s hospital system is days away from collapse.
23 min
70
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
71
The Waves: COVID Exhaustion
From neverending planning to constant worrying about safety.
33 min
72
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
73
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
74
What Next: A DOJ Lawyer’s Attempt to Overthrow ...
And why the next attempt may be closer than you think.
25 min
75
What Next: The Latest Blow to American Workers
Richard Trumka’s death marks the end of an era in organized labor.
31 min
76
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
77
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
78
The Waves: Can Feminists Visit FBoy Island?
The new HBO Max series resurfaces old tensions about watching reality dating shows.
36 min
79
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
80
What Next: Washington’s Most Broken Institution?
How to play bipartisan hardball.
26 min
81
What Next: Cuomo vs. Everyone
New York’s governor will not go quietly.
26 min
82
What Next: Why Republicans Compromised
No one got exactly what they wanted, so why is Congress patting itself on the back?
24 min
83
What Next: Take This Job, Please!
Where did all the workers go?
23 min
84
A Word: Black Man With a Gun
Are growing gun sales to Black Americans about freedom, fear, or both?
21 min
85
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
86
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
87
What Next: Will the Jan. 6 Hearings Accomplish ...
Four officers who protected the Capitol speak out.
20 min
88
What Next: What Happened to Simone Biles?
Winning at all costs takes its toll.
24 min
89
What Next: So... What Is COVID Now?
The race between variants and vaccination rates is heating up.
28 min
90
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
91
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
92
The Waves: What Does Bill Cosby’s Release Mean ...
Cosby’s release from prison was shocking. How much does it matter?
31 min
93
What Next TBD: How Spyware Mercenaries Hack You...
A new spyware technology has the cybersecurity world scrambling to catch up.
27 min
94
What Next: The Rise of Kristi Noem
South Dakota’s governor is taking a page out of Trump’s playbook.
23 min
95
What Next: Punishing the Capitol Rioters
What will accountability look like for the events of January 6th?
23 min
96
What Next: The Right Wing War on Vaccines
From hesitancy to hostility.
27 min
97
What Next: The Unhoused Don’t Want to “Go Back ...
How NYC is going backwards on housing.
25 min
98
A Word: Cuba’s Color Revolution
Many Afro-Cubans are leading calls for change. Who’s listening?
22 min
99
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
100
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