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Ferguson Revisited: The Worst Night

Five years after the death of Michael Brown, we reflect on one of the worst nights of the protest and ask, “What didn’t we see?”

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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

Its been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson in the middle of Ferguson’s Canfield Drive. His death at the hands of a police officer sparked protests across the country and cemented the Black Lives Matter movement into the American consciousness.

In the first of our three-part series, we ask: “On the worst night of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, what didn’t we see?”

Guest: Joel Anderson, host of Slow Burn

This episode is part of Ferguson Revisited, a series from What Next looking back at Michael Brown’s death, the protests that followed, and their legacy five years later.