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What the Writers’ Strike Is Really About

The WGA is fighting to get ahead of A.I.—and finally catch up with the streaming era.


Episode Notes

When television and screenwriters went on strike in 2007, Netflix had just started offering the option to stream content.. . This week, the Writer’s Guild of America went on strike to update pay structures for the streaming era—and to get ahead of A.I. and the changes it may bring.

Michelle Dean, television writer and journalist
Anousha Sakoui, entertainment industry writer for the Los Angeles Times

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Every Friday and Sunday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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  • Lizzie O’Leary is the host of What Next: TBD, Slate’s show about technology, power, and the future. Previously, she created and hosted Marketplace Weekend. She has reported for CNN, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She is also a contributing writer at the Atlantic.