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Hong Kong’s Protesters Have No Good Options

The protesters can watch their autonomy get taken away slowly or fight until they’re met with force.

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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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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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Episode Notes

This week the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong escalated, as activists effectively shut down an airport and beat up suspected impostors. Activists show no sign of letting up, even though the local government has withdrawn the extradition bill that initially sparked outcry. How could this possibly end?

Guest: Yvonne Chiu, professor at the U.S. Naval War College

Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon.