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What Next | Daily News and Analysis
The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.
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How Long Will It Take the Death Penalty To Die?
California Governor Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on executions is largely symbolic.
22 min
When Are We Going to Start Planning For Floods?
It’ll take an absolute catastrophe.
18 min
Court Packing Is Not That Extreme
It’s an accident of history that the Supreme Court has nine seats.
18 min
How the Internet Makes Murderers
Right-wing extremism lives online now. Can law enforcement follow it there?
23 min
Why is Beto Running?
The former Congressman isn’t bringing anything unique to an already crowded 2020 field.
14 min
How to Dodge a Presidential Pardon
The groundwork Mueller laid nearly two years ago is on display today.
16 min
The Side Door Into College
Rich families wanted a guarantee. What they got was an FBI investigation.
21 min
Big Banks Say “No” to Private Prisons
Protesters chanted in front of Jamie Dimon’s house and got results.
16 min
Joe Biden's Laundered History
We all know Uncle Joe, but do we know Joe Biden?
19 min
Is Mark Zuckerberg Gaslighting You?
What to think of the Facebook founder’s latest blog post.
20 min
The Scandal Catching Up to Justin Trudeau
Could this imbroglio prompt the rise of Canada’s far right?
17 min
Listening to Ilhan Omar
The congresswoman has a case to make.
18 min
Things That Should Scare You More Than Momo
YouTube’s algorithm is the real boogeyman.
12 min
The National Emergency Isn’t Really Trump’s Fault
It’s a natural escalation of constitutional hardball.
20 min
Reconsidering Michael Jackson
How could a documentary change everything when a criminal trial changed nothing?
24 min
Sins of the Fathers
What will accountability look like for the Catholic Church?
17 min
The Gun-Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate
The NRA told them to stay in their lane. They replied, “This IS our lane.”
20 min
Civil Rights Cold Cases Find Teenage Allies
A student-teacher duo put their curriculum to the test and passed legislation that would help solve civil rights crimes.
23 min
Venezuela’s Crisis Deepens
Vice President Pence reaffirmed American support for Venezuela. How far will it go?
18 min
The Laquan McDonald Case Isn’t Over
Here's how it's shaping Chicago's contentious mayor's race.
15 min
Who Wants to Be a (Heavily Taxed) Millionaire?
America’s one-percenters weigh their options: Higher taxes, or mobs with pitchforks?
23 min
Meet the EPA’s Ghost-Writer
For years, one scientist has been saying the U.S. should loosen rules around toxins. Now, he’s writing a new government standard.
20 min
The Fight to Change Frat Culture
If financial pressures won’t force frats to change, will the courts?
13 min
Utah’s Medicaid Battle
Voters approved an expansion of the health care program. Lawmakers rolled it back.
18 min
A Cautionary Green New Deal Tale
What lessons should Americans take from California’s high speed rail boondoggle?
12 min
Has Anything Changed Since Parkland?
There were marches, there were town halls, there were midterms. Are we any closer to solving our gun violence problem?
15 min
The Democratic Divide Over Israel
Republicans saw a chance to pit the Democrats against one another and jumped at it.
15 min
When a Border Wall Isn’t Enough
This Arizona border town already has a wall. The Trump administration still doesn’t think that’s enough.
12 min
How to Get Away With Highway Robbery
A South Carolina newspaper takes a closer look at civil asset forfeiture.
18 min
How an Abortion Bill Started the Mess in Virginia
Are we about to see a lot more bare-knuckled politicking as states try to expand access to abortions?
13 min
How Trump’s Inaugural Committee Got Into Trouble
Inaugurations are always a little unseemly. But Trump’s crew seemed unbothered by the appearance of influence-peddling. And now prosecutors want receipts.
12 min
Which State of the Union? Which Medicare for All?
Trump's speech often meandered from pleas for bipartisanship to accusations of “ridiculous partisan investigations.” What do we make of this state of the union?
21 min
Larry Krasner and the System That Fought Back
He campaigned on a promise to reform Philadelphia’s criminal justice system. Putting theory into practice has been challenging.
16 min
The Ferguson Effect
Protesters organized into a grassroots campaign to unseat a 7 term incumbent and replace him with the first black St. Louis County prosecutor.
13 min
Anti-Vaxxers Brought Back the Measles
Why the spread of a preventable disease in the Pacific-Northwest should scare Texans.
14 min
Don't Call Him El Chapo
The myth of El Chapo has overpowered the hard truths his trial is revealing.
11 min
Howard Schultz and the Ghost of Ross Perot
A billionaire flirts with a third party presidential run and everybody loses their mind.
15 min
How Big Tech Is Bleeding American Journalism
Is it time for major media companies to boycott Facebook?
17 min
The Gun Rights Case Headed to the Supreme Court
In the fight to expand Second Amendment rights, a New York City gun law could be the first domino to fall.
16 min
The Opposition Comes for Venezuela’s Maduro
Venezuela has been in crisis for years. Why is a network of exiled politicians sending people into the streets now?
19 min
Congress Does Something
Could Thursday mark the beginning of the end of the government shutdown?
18 min
Kamala Harris & the Rise of Progressive Prosecu...
Why doesn’t the reform-minded set accept Harris as one of their own?
21 min
The Women Fleeing Saudi Arabia
What it’s like to escape when your every movement is policed by men.
19 min
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flips the Script
She doesn’t need to be authoritative, or vaguely androgynous, or even right. How does AOC pull that off?
20 min
The L.A. Teachers' Strike
The second-largest school district in the country is having a battle royale over charter school expansion.
24 min
The Gymnast Who Went Megaviral
Remember when U.S. women’s gymnastics used to be joyful?
19 min
Pardons, Presidential Power, and Worry About Bi...
What can history tell us about how William Barr will handle the Mueller investigation?
24 min
The Three-Headed Beast Leading U.S. Foreign Policy
You’ve got President Trump, Mike Pompeo, and John Bolton. And they’re all pulling in different directions.
15 min
The Threat of National Emergency
Can President Trump get his wall by circumventing Congress?
18 min
How We Became Shutdown Nation
It doesn’t have to be like this.
18 min
Clemency for Cyntoia Brown
She was serving a notably harsh sentence. But what does it mean that she was freed after a publicity blitz and a celebrity assist?
15 min
Battling 2020 Fatigue
Each election is an experiment. Approach it like a scientist, armed with a few hypotheses.
20 min
The Republican Party Shake-Out in Kansas
What do you do when your party leaves you behind?
17 min
We're Back Monday, January 7th
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1 min
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1 min
Jeff Flake Takes Another Stand
Conservatives are beginning to check the Trump administration. Is it too little, too late?
19 min
The Gun Owning Doctors Changing the Gun Debate
A pediatric surgeon recommends new ways to think about gun safety. Not only because he has seen the damage that a gun can do, but because he owns guns himself.
26 min
Sins of the Fathers
What will accountability look like for the Catholic Church?
17 min
The Wildfires to Come
Stephen Pyne has made fire his life’s work. He put them out for 15 summers and has thought about them ever since. Today on the show – the conversation we’re not having about wildfires.
16 min
The Legacy of the Last Florida Recount
How we learned all the wrong lessons from the 2000 election and landed right back in Broward County.
18 min
Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform
Just as he was getting kicked out the door, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted to do one last thing: strongly limit the strength and use of consent decrees moving forward.
17 min
What to Watch After Sessions’ Ouster
Are we about to see Bob Mueller use his voice?
18 min
What Won for the Democrats?
Democrats ran all sorts of different campaigns and won (or lost) in all sorts of different ways. Is there a lesson they could take from the midterms and carry into the next election?
19 min
Happy Election Day?
We asked the pros for tips and tricks for watching election night returns.
25 min
What Story Will This Election Tell Us?
What signals and trends should you be on the look out for and what will that tell us about how we understand ourselves as a country?
14 min
They Forecast a Hate Wave in 2008
Ten years ago, a team of government analysts noted a surge in right-wing extremism. Instead of taking action, conservatives took offense.
19 min
The State of Red State Democrats
President Trump wanted to make this the election of the caravan. So with only days to go until midterms how will Trump’s immigration rhetoric shape close races?
20 min
Understanding the Crisis in Yemen
We spent weeks riveted by the Khashoggi disappearance. What about Saudi Arabia’s hand in the war to its south?
17 min
"And Subject to the Jurisdiction Thereof..."
There's a clause in the 14th amendment that people wanting to change it continue to come back to: "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Today on the show, Professor Garrett Epps of The Atlantic joins us to explain why its absurd for Trump to think he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order.
12 min
Words Matter
Does anyone know how to weed out the social media platforms that allow hate speech to bloom?
15 min
The Blame Game
Can we chalk up this week’s bomb scares to heated political rhetoric?
22 min
Does Corruption Matter?
Evidence points to no. Not really.
13 min
Midterm Trolls - Online and Off
US Cyber Command launched its first cyber operation to deter Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections, but is it too late? Clint Watts, the author of Messing With the Enemy, "Oh yeah."
17 min
Turkey Makes the Most of Its Moment
President Erdogan’s angle on the Khashoggi crisis.
21 min
The Health Care Turnabout
Andrew Gillum began his candidacy as a "Medicare for All" supporter. His subtle slide from that position to another is a small, but telling one. Today on the show, the health care debate in the lead up to midterms.
16 min
Just an Old Sweet Song
The Georgia governor’s race highlights a struggle playing out across the country: voter turnout versus voter suppression.
21 min
Now Is a Good Time to Cheat on Your Taxes
Budget cuts have crippled the IRS allowing tax cheats to run rampant.
16 min
From One Caravan to Another
Mary Harris is joined by Vox’s Dara Lind to discuss how the latest caravan from Honduras is shining a light on the danger and red tape facing asylum seekers.
20 min
Could the Saudi Monarchy Fall Over This?
Why the death of Jamal Khashoggi is “catastrophic” for Saudi Arabia and the relative stability of the Middle East.
25 min
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