Daily news updates from across the Slate Podcast network.
Slate Money: Chip War
Chris Miller joins Slate Money to talk about microchips.
The Waves: How a Man Writes Women Protagonists
Should authors steer clear of man characters with genders different from their own?
Amicus: The Dobbs Leak Investigation
Jodi Kantor on the tipping scales of secrecy and privacy at the High Court.
A Word: The Fire This Time?
Does Tyre Nichols’ death prove “the reckoning” failed?
What Next TBD: Will Google Get Broken Up?
The tech giant's online ad business has printed money for more than a decade. The Justice Department is coming for it.
Political Gabfest: DeSantis University
The rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene; Ron DeSantis’ anti-anti-racist academics; & the bipartisan bashing of monopolist Ticketmaster.
What Next: Election Deniers Shot at Her
A New Mexico state senator woke up to bullet holes in her daughter’s room.
What Next: The "Other NRA" Fighting Restaurant ...
Why the food-service industry is in turmoil—and how it can survive.
What Next: Will the Debt Ceiling Cave in This T...
A divided Congress dusts off an old fight—and for what?
What Next: Cities’ Wetter, Wilder Future
America already experiences an “urban flooding event” every 2 or 3 days—and more rain is coming.
What Next TBD: Does Meta Even Care When Its Use...
The surest way to get your Instagram account back is to know somebody who works there.
A Word: Haiti: Fear of a Black Republic
Historically, has American “help” pushed Haiti to the brink of failure?
Slate Money: It’s Not TV
Felix Gillette joins to talk about his new book on HBO.
Political Gabfest Reads: Two Horrifying Days in...
Shahan Mufti discusses his new book, American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, D.C.
The Waves: Exercise Shouldn’t (Always) Feel Pun...
It’s okay to slow down. Plus, why your yoga class costs so much.
What Next TBD: An Antivax Dog Whistle Goes Viral
A data scientist and epidemiologist is just answering questions.
Political Gabfest: Does Alito Hate Sotomayor?
Biden’s document debacle; SCOTUS justices’ open animosity; and Davos during “polycrisis”
What Next: Latin America’s Lost Decade
In the 2000s, citizens grew accustomed to rising prosperity; they’re still looking for leaders who can deliver it.
What Next: The Spike at the End of “Zero COVID”
The people and the economy seemed ready to be done with restrictions—but was the country ready to fully open?
What Next: Hospice for Profit
End-of-life care is full of people looking for a big return on little effort.
What Next TBD: Tesla’s No Good, Very Bad Year
Elon Musk promised an “epic end of year” to Tesla investors in 2022. But the stock crashed instead. What happened?
A Word: Shut Up and Teach?
Florida’s anti-”woke” law is already scaring educators into silence.
Slate Money: Is Inflation Ova?
Slate Money talks about soaring egg prices, gas stoves and Columbia Business School’s new campus.
The Waves: Who’s Getting Rich Off Menopause?
Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Naomi Watts and more are taking menopause mainstream. And companies are looking to cash in.
Amicus: The Labor Case Before SCOTUS Has Big I...
Another precedent-busting case at SCOTUS, this time targeting unions and the right to strike
What Next TBD: Why the Feds Want to Kill Noncom...
How the proliferation of noncompete clauses hurts workers and costs the economy billions.
Political Gabfest: Weaponization of Government
The House GOP launches investigations; Marcos Nobre on the insurrection in Brazil; and the British monarchy.
What Next: How They Got El Chapo’s Son
At least 29 people died in a raid to capture “the baby” of the Sinaloa cartel.
What Next: A Sex Crimes Lawyer's New Mission
A new law in New York might not get survivors "justice." But it could get them money.
How To!: End Political Violence (from an Ex-Gan...
Curtis Toler on using the future to reduce violence in the present.
What Next: Mr. Santos Goes to Washington
He’s made it to Congress—but what exactly did he get away with?
What Next: McCarthy’s Road to Speaker
After 15 votes, he got the gavel. Now the real work begins.
A Word: Dying for Football?
Damar Hamlin’s collapse reminded fans of football’s dangers. Can anything make it safer?
What Next TBD: How War in Taiwan Could Short-Ci...
Why the Biden administration views microchip manufacturing as an issue of national security.
Political Gabfest: Kevin McCarthy In Hell
The GOP’s speakership debacle; fabulist Rep. George Santos; and improving access to medication abortion.
The Waves: The Myths About Fat People
Maintenance Phase’s Aubrey Gordon discusses her new book, “You Just Need to Lose Weight” And 19 Other Myths About Fat People.
What Next TBD: Will Southwest Be Held Accountable?
Why consumers can’t vote with their feet when it comes to flying.
What Next: Trapped on the Streets of El Paso
Thousands on the border are watching the uncertain future of a COVID-era immigration order.
What Next: The "Grooming" Panic's Real Origins
The Respect for Marriage Act was signed against a backdrop of violent threats being leveled at the LGBTQ community—what’s behind the backlash?
How To!: Prevent Another Jan. 6
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld on how all of us can help protect democracy, Part 1.
What Next: Nancy Pelosi’s Legacy
What the strongest Speaker of the House of the modern era got right…and wrong.
The Waves 2022 Rewind: How Gone Girl Changed Pu...
Ten years after its publication, the impact of Gillian Flynn’s thriller looms large.
Political Gabfest: Conundrum 2022 with Alison B...
Emily, John, and David close out 2022 puzzling over life’s perplexing questions—with special guest Alison Bechdel!
One Year 1942: When Internment Came to Alaska
The U.S. military claimed it was protecting Indigenous Alaskans during World War II. The real story is much darker.
One Year 1942: The Info Wars of World War II
How the Nazis used radio propaganda as a weapon against the United States.
Political Gabfest Reads: Everything You Need to...
Gautam Mukunda explains how to predict presidential success – and how to make the right choice for the job - in his new book, Picking Presidents.
One Year 1942: The Year Everyone Got Married
In 1942, matrimony was a national obsession. How would those weddings change America?
Slate Money: In Defense of Nepotism
Slate Money talks about 401(k)s, nepo babies, and the golden age of cocaine.
Political Gabfest: Inciting Insurrection
The January 6th Committee’s findings; Josh Partlow on the brewing water crisis in the West; and looking back on 2022.
The Waves: Are Women of Color Disappearing From...
Comedian Aida Rodriguez shares her tough road in comedy. And why she’s always trying to lift up “the kids”.
A Word: Season’s Streamings
What to watch as you unwind over the holidays.
What Next TBD: One Year - 1942: The Most Hated ...
In 1942, it was up to Leon Henderson to stop inflation. He became a nationwide villain.
What Next: 2022 Retrospective | Dua Lipa’s Copy...
Did the "Levitating" singer rip off other artists? Or should courts stop rewarding musicians for being so litigious?
What Next: 2022 Retrospective | How Soccer's Be...
The US Women’s National Soccer team fought for six years to secure equal pay for equal work.
What Next: 2022 Retrospective | Amazon Gets Its...
A scrappy group of Davids has bested Goliath.
What Next: 2022 Retrospective | What the Sackle...
The people behind Purdue Pharma and the reckless marketing of OxyContin are about to pay out billions in return for civil immunity.
A Word: HBCU Football Blues
Deion Sanders said God called him to coach Jackson State University football. Not anymore.
What Next TBD: Are You Ready For Lab-Grown Meat?
Many of the issues with lab-grown meat directly contradict what makes enthusiasts excited in the first place.
Slate Money: Should You Care About the Dot Plot?
Slate Money talks about the Fed’s dot plot, Microsoft’s attempted acquisition of Activision, and SBF’s arrest.
Political Gabfest: Is Kyrsten Sinema Toast?
Sinema ditches the Dems; Republicans’ good turnout, poor performance midterms; and the Pelosi documentary.
Amicus: “Is This How We Do Law Now?”
What happens when the Supreme Court decides to ignore precedent and trial records––and the need for actual cases, controversies, or even standing.
The Waves: Tis the Hallmark Season
Come for the rugged, inn-owning men. Stay for the vibes and attempts at increased diversity.
How To!: House Everyone in Your City
Theo Henderson and Larry Morrissey on human-centered solutions.
What Next TBD: SBF's Worst Week Yet
Legal action against the former head of FTX and hearings on Capitol Hill expose just how bad things are at the once-dominant crypto exchange.
What Next: Germany Cribs From the QAnon Playbook
How the conspiracy that says Donald Trump will take out a cabal of pedophiles fits into the plot to topple the German government.
What Next: Inside the Right-Wing Judicial Machine
A candid call with a conservative judge.
What Next: The Magic of Messi
As he laces up for his last World Cup semifinal, a lookback on how Messi reached the top of the soccer world.
Mom & Dad: Why You Need Narcan
Slate’s parenting podcast on the “miracle” you should have in your emergency kit.
What Next: The Last Time NYC Tried to Hospitali...
The best way to help New York’s mentally ill homeless population is just by providing them a place to live.
What Next TBD: San Francisco’s Self-Driving Mess
Self-driving cars are here. And there. And on the sidewalk. Oh boy.
A Word: Is Rikers Island a Death Trap?
This year, a record number of prisoners could die at the infamous jail. Why?
Slate Money: The NYT Strike: End of the Wordle ...
Slate Money talks ChatGPT, Trump tax fraud and The New York Times strike.
The Waves: The World Record Book of Racist Stories
Comedians Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar explain why humor is the only way to get through the pain
What Next TBD: Let’s Talk, Chatbots
ChatGPT is better than any chatbot that came before it.
What Next: Can Iran's Protest Movement Survive?
After criticizing the Iranian regime, rapper Toomaj Salehi is in prison, under threat of execution. Will thousands of protesters face his fate?
What Next: What It Took for a Red State to Paus...
After string of botched lethal injections in Alabama, capital punishment’s days may be numbered.
What Next: The Last Senate Race
What’s still-to-be decided by Warnock vs. Walker in Georgia.
What Next: Out of Afghanistan
After escaping the Taliban, refugees must navigate America’s bewildering bureaucracy.
A Word: Bot Battling in the Age of Elon
Has Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover boosted disinformation, or just fear?
What Next TBD: Big Tech’s Boogeymen In Washington
Is the most aggressive antitrust team in decades capable of reining in Silicon Valley?
Amicus: The Blockbuster Case You Probably Haven...
Why isn’t the left talking about 303 Creative - a case that could set civil rights back by decades?
The Waves: Fleishman - and Middle Aged Marriage...
Hulu’s new series, Fleishman Is In Trouble, uncovers how mid-life crisis and divorce are different for women.
Slate Money: The Tale of Two Bobs
Slate Money talks about Disney’s CEO swap, shrinkflation and SBF’s media tour
Political Gabfest: Is Antisemitism Back?
Trump elevates proud antisemites Ye and Fuentes; protestors challenge China’s authoritarian regime, and Congress protects marriage equality.
What Next TBD: Twitter's Vulnerabilities, Exposed
Elon's Twitter had its first test against bad actors from a foreign country. It didn't go well.
What Next: China’s Revolt Against “Zero COVID”
Three years of intense lockdowns is proving to be too much—for the people and the party.
What Next: It Isn't Time to Negotiate in Ukrain...
As Russia and Ukraine settle into a winter stalemate, they still aren’t ready to try diplomacy.
What Next: Is This the End of College Rankings?
Law schools are leading the exodus from U.S. News & World Report’s “beauty contest.”
What Next: Hakeem Jeffries’ House
Progressives hoping for a big shift from the Pelosi era shouldn’t hold their breath.
What Next TBD: The Trap of Buy Now, Pay Later
They're billed as a safe alternative to credit cards. But only if you use it responsibly.
Slate Money: Fleishman is in Trouble
Slate Money talks with Fleishman is in Trouble author Taffy Brodesser-Akner about wealth and class.
Political Gabfest: What If Twitter Dies?
The future of Twitter, a ghoulish World Cup, and Justice Alito is accused of a pre-Dobbs leak.
Amicus: The Alleged Hobby Lobby Leak at SCOTUS
The problem isn’t the leaks, it’s the stench
What Next: Ticketmaster's Swift Meltdown
The trouble with Ticketmaster began long before the Eras Tour, with a grunge band’s defiance and a controversial decision from the U.S. Department of Justice.
What Next: Why Outlawing Slavery Won't Outlaw S...
State ballot initiatives took aim at an exemption written right into the 13th Amendment.
What Next: The Real Danger of Fentanyl
The problem has little to do with illegal immigration.
What Next TBD: The End of the Tech Boom
After decades of growth, tech companies are now focusing on profits.
A Word: Black Soccer GOALS!
Building Black love for soccer at the World Cup.
Slate Money: Enron 2
Slate Money talks about FTX and how to gauge the scope of a scandal
Political Gabfest: SBF FTX WTF?
Candidate Trump, election denying candidates lose, and a crypto firm’s implosion shakes the Effective Altruism movement.