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The Belated National Embrace of Juneteenth

More institutions are embracing the holiday. What does that really mean?


Episode Notes

Companies from Nike to the New York Times have announced that Juneteenth will be a paid day off this year. What does wider observance of the holiday say about the progress we’re making as a country?

Guest: Adam Serwer, staff writer for the Atlantic.

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.