What Next

What Is Going On in Portland?

Unmarked federal agents are grabbing protestors off the streets. Where did they come from?


Episode Notes

This weekend, disturbing video of unmarked federal agents detaining a protestor in Portland circulated on Twitter. Even the state government of Oregon was unable to identify the agents. Now, the state is suing the federal government. Oregon is seeking a restraining order to stop the unlawful detention of its citizens. Why is this happening in Portland?

Guest: Jonathan Levinson, producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting

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


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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.