What Next

The Antifa Myth

What happened when a small town got itself ginned up about a threat that never came.


Episode Notes

To hear the president tell it, you would think that antifa activists are blanketing the country, bringing their campaign of vandalism and looting and lawlessness to your town. These fears are sown and circulated through digital whisper networks that can be hard for outsiders to penetrate. But the online rumors are having real-life consequences.

Guest: Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News correspondent. Read her latest.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Danielle Hewitt.


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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.